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Solar-Bodied Cars

Solar-Bodied Cars

A German startup by the name of Sono is innovating a car in a way that we haven’t been hearing much about. While Elon Musk leads companies that focus on electric cars and solar panels, he has yet to combine the two into the aesthetic of the cars themselves. Sono has one upped him on this front with their new car named Sion. If you think about it, having a solar panel car in the summer would mean that you’d…

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Driving in Cars Without Steering Wheels

Driving in Cars Without Steering Wheels

Announced this week, German automotive company, Schaeffler, is acquiring a new technology called Space Drive. Space Drive is from Paravan GmbH, which is positioned to play a key role in the future of self-driving cars. Space Drive was initially developed by Paravan to help people with physical disabilities. The technology allows for vehicles to be controlled remotely, like via a mobile app. This eliminates the need for a steering wheel. I bet you never thought about the reality of that…

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Ford Goes All In On Autonomous Vehicles

Ford Goes All In On Autonomous Vehicles

For keeps coming out with big and exciting news. Well, at least for them. They can’t seem to get off our blog. This time, they have more announcements surrounding autonomous vehicles. Apparently, Ford Motor Company plans to spend $4 billion through 2023 in a newly created LLC dedicated to building out that business. The automaker announced that it has created Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC, which will house the company‚Äôs self-driving systems integration, autonomous-vehicle research, and advanced engineering, AV transportation-as-a-service network…

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GM To Launch Peer Cars

GM To Launch Peer Cars

General Motors is launching a new service in three nearby markets. Those markets are Chicago, Detroit and Ann Arbor, Michigan. The core service, which is called Maven, will let owners rent out their personal GM vehicles through the new car sharing platform. Similar to Turo and Getaround, the peer-to-peer rental service isn’t a new model, but it is quite a departure for GM. Maven first launched in January of 2016, but has since experienced some hiccups along the way. This…

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The New Jaguar I-Paces Teased by Waymo

The New Jaguar I-Paces Teased by Waymo

Waymo, the company behind Alphabet’s (AKA Google) autonomous vehicle project, released its first set of images. What are we looking at?Well, it’s the new Jaguar I-Pace. Details on this reveal can be found in the article below… Waymo announced that it has three Jaguar I-Paces ready to go. They will be driving around the Bay Area collecting design requirement data and developing durability tests. Unfortunately, they aren’t equipped with any sort of impressive software just yet. They’re actually being driven…

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Honda’s Asimo Robot is Retiring

Honda’s Asimo Robot is Retiring

Do you remember that guy? That’s Asimo. Whether he’s familiar or not, he represented, at one point in time, the future of Honda. Asimo, which is a humanoid robot, is officially being put to rest in this well-known form. His technology, on the other hand, will be re-purposed for more practical uses. After all, why does a car manufacturer need a humanoid robot anyway? Asimo stands for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility. This was Honda’s mission that began in the…

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Will Autonomous Cars Make People More Productive?

Will Autonomous Cars Make People More Productive?

At PartsMarket, we’re constantly looking at data. We’re always asking the questions that lead us down a path of endless curiosity and discovery. We search relentlessly for facts, and when necessary, we conduct our own field research to inform our own decisions. Just like most of you, we’re curious about the future of self-driving cars as a whole. We want to know everything. How? When? What? Why? Give us all the answers! But it wasn’t until recently that we started…

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Toyota is Investing $1 Billion in Grab

Toyota is Investing $1 Billion in Grab

Toyota Motor Company is set to invest approximately $1 billion into the popular Southeast Asian ride-sharing app Grab. Grab has been excited to announce such a large-scaled investment from a major car manufacturer like Toyota. This particular investment will allow the two companies expand on their pre-existing partnership while exploring new strategies across Asia. To accomplish this, each company will allow an Executive from the other company to join their Board of Directors. The large-scale dollar amount is supposed to…

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Tesla 3 Refund Data

Tesla 3 Refund Data

It was recently reported that nearly 25% of all reservations for the Tesla Model 3 have been refunded. Apparently, Tesla has been paying out refunds faster than new Model 3 deposits have been coming in. This does not bode well for the future cash flow of the company. Two years ago Tesla began accepting $1,000 deposits for its new, lower-priced Model 3 electric car, with the expectation that customers would likely receive their vehicles in 2018. Hundreds of thousands of…

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Digital License Plates Have Arrived

Digital License Plates Have Arrived

California is currently testing a new technology. After seeing a handful roaming the streets, we can now confirm that digital license plates are officially a thing. The digital display board allows changeable messages to be controlled by the driver or remotely by fleet managers. This can be useful for a plethora of reasons, but the piquing of interests seem to be more for the vanity of the capability. These new plates use the same computer technology as Kindle eBook readers,…

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