Apple Acquires Autonomous Driving Startup Drive.ai

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Apple Acquires Autonomous Driving Startup Drive.ai

Apple announced the acquisition of Drive.ai, a developer of autonomous vehicle systems.
The Bay Area based company was reportedly days away from shutting down due to a lack of funding.
Drive.ai had already laid off 90 workers and notified the state of California it intended to shut down operations prior to the …

BMW Speeds Up Plans for Electric Vehicle Rollout

by Christian Stampfer
BMW Speeds Up Plans for Electric Vehicle Rollout

MUNICH—BMW will accelerate its plans to bring additional electric and hybrid-electric vehicles to the market, the automaker said Tuesday at an event in Munich. It is also introducing a new feature that will automatically switch off internal combustion engines in its hybrid cars when they enter heavily polluted city centers, …

Hertz to Offer BMWs and Mercedes as Part of ‘Kollektion 7’ in Germany

by Paul Riegler
Hertz to Offer BMWs and Mercedes as Part of ‘Kollektion 7’ in Germany

Hertz announced a new offering for the European rental market, Kollektion 7 – Made in Germany.
The new collection combines a selection of seven vehicles from German marques and echoes the British Collection offering that Hertz launched in England.
Kollektion 7 debuted Tuesday at Frankfurt Airport with a BMW M850i Cabriolet, BMW …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Kia K900 Luxury V6

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive: 2019 Kia K900 Luxury V6

Kia may very well be onto something, namely that luxury can be something that very few know about and have. After a one-year hiatus, the K900 is back with a new look and a higher price point.
Completely redesigned for 2019, the K900, which in some markets is known either as the …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Infiniti QX80 Limited

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2019 Infiniti QX80 Limited

Based on the Nissan Armada pickup truck, the original Infiniti QX80 – albeit as the QX56 – went on sale in 2004 as the first Infiniti manufactured in the United States. It was known for several unique design details including the concealed rear door handles, which gave it the appearance …

BMW, Jaguar Land Rover to Partner on Electric Cars

by Anna Breuer
BMW, Jaguar Land Rover to Partner on Electric Cars

BMW and Jaguar Land Rover announced plans to work together on electric vehicle technology.
The two said such a collaboration is essential as the industry moves from traditional internal-combustion powered cars and trucks to ones that are autonomous, connected, electric, and can be shared.
“Together, we have the opportunity to cater more …

Apple CarPlay to Get Redesign and Better Siri Support in the Fall

by Paul Riegler
Apple CarPlay to Get Redesign and Better Siri Support in the Fall

At its Worldwide Developers Conference this week, Apple said that its in-vehicle infotainment system will get a significant update later this year, including a new user interface and new features.
Simultaneously with the launch of iOS 13 this fall, CarPlay will get the “biggest update ever,” including a new user interface …

Review and Test Drive: Auf Wiedersehen to the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Final Edition SE

by Paul Riegler
Review and Test Drive:  Auf Wiedersehen to the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Final Edition SE

After three generations and seven decades, Volkswagen will end production of the Beetle come next year.
The VW tradition of a fabulous send-off, however, continues with the 2019 Beetle Final Edition SE. Just like in 1979, when the United States said “Auf Wiedersehen” to the final original Käfer, or Bug, with …

U.K. Auto Industry Output Plummets Due to Brexit Shutdowns

by Paul Riegler
U.K. Auto Industry Output Plummets Due to Brexit Shutdowns

EThe Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said that car production in the United Kingdom fell for the 11th month in a row in April, due to factory shutdowns that were intended to allow automakers to deal with the original March 29, 2019 deadline for Brexit.
The group reported that car …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Kia Optima SX Turbo

by Jonathan Spira
Review and Test Drive:  2019 Kia Optima SX Turbo

First introduced in 2000, the Kia Optima is now in its fourth generation, which went on sale in late 2015. It was designed by Kia Chief of Design Peter Schreyer, who cut his teeth at Audi.  Schreyer also designed the game-changing previous generation of Optima. A facelifted design was introduced at …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Infiniti QX50

by Paul Riegler
Review and Test Drive:  2019 Infiniti QX50

Shown as a concept car at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the production version of the second-generation QX50 was unveiled later that year at the Los Angeles Auto Show as a 2019 model.
The good-looking SUV – which has all the sharp creases that are de rigeur …

Amtrak Deploys Cleaner Diesel-Electric Locomotives on Pacific Surfliner Routes

by Paul Riegler
Amtrak Deploys Cleaner Diesel-Electric Locomotives on Pacific Surfliner Routes

Amtrak announced it has placed new diesel-electric locomotives into service on its Pacific Surfliner routes.
The railroad acquired Siemens Charger locomotives for service between San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Luis Obispo.
The Siemens Charger is a family of diesel-electric passenger locomotive manufactured by Siemens Mobility specifically for the North American market. The …