June 20th, 2020 | by Guest Contributor
As we grapple with the potential reality of compound crises, each extracting significant tolls, now is the time to examine how an emerging technology like autonomous vehicles (AV) can help respond to and mitigate this and future crises
January 28th, 2020 | by Loren McDonald
On Monday, General Motors announced its plans to build all-electric trucks and SUVs, along with the Cruise Origin, an electric autonomous ride sharing sharing vehicle, at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant. I spoke with GM leadership about the news. Some initial notes are below. More are coming in a future article
January 28th, 2020 | by Steve Hanley
GM's Detroit/Hamtramck factory will close at the end of February and will be reconfigured to produce electric vehicles, including the Cruise Origin electric shuttle.
January 23rd, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan
I love looking at auto sales charts — and creating them — and we do so somewhat obsessively as it concerns electric vehicles and Tesla. From a static point of view today, looking at Tesla's global sales versus the global sales of Audi, BMW, or Mercedes-Benz (let alone Volkswagen Group or Toyota) and then looking at Tesla's [TSLA] market cap compared to those companies can leave you scratching your head
January 22nd, 2020 | by Steve Hanley
Cruise revealed Origin, the autonomous electric people mover it thinks will rule the ride-hailing business in the future, once its guidance technology proves it is superior to a human driver.
June 6th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan
The self-driving vehicle startup Cruise that GM acquired in 2016 was recently valued at $19 billion after another round of investments.
That puts Cruise's valuation at more than half the value of Tesla, and 38% the value of GM as a whole (as of this moment)
April 21st, 2019 | by Guest Contributor
Tesla has been leading its customers through a merry little dance lately, shuffling its vehicle lineup around and raising and lowering prices. Buried among all the recent repricings is an announcement that has attracted little attention, but that offers a clue to Tesla’s future plans to deploy an automated ride-sharing network
February 10th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor
Autonomous driving technology promises to unleash sweeping changes on our society. However (perhaps fortunately), it’s likely to be some time before self-driving cars become frequent sights on the roads
October 27th, 2018 | by Steve Hanley
Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors, has a plan for a national ZEV policy. What does that mean?
October 6th, 2018 | by Steve Hanley
Building a car that drives itself in all circumstances is really, really hard. So why are so many autonomous cars testing on public roads?
September 6th, 2018 | by Kyle Field
GM CEO and Chairman Mary Barra paints an inspiring picture for the future of the automotive industry and GM, while refusing to acknowledge how far behind GM is in key metrics like safety and autonomous driving
April 24th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart
For all the talk of free markets and self-regulation, we are forced to observe that little to no market has proven to self-regulate itself well. Despite its rhetoric, autonomous vehicle (AV) companies proclaim working towards industry standards while acting otherwise behind the scenes
April 8th, 2018 | by James Ayre
The California DMV has new rules allowing for self-driving vehicle testing on state roads even without the presence of "safety drivers" (as of this week). The California Public Utilities Commission has itself now issued a proposal that builds on those rules and further clears a path for commercialization
February 1st, 2018 | by Steve Hanley
Annual reports filed with the California DMV show Waymo leading all other autonomous car companies in most miles driven and least number of "disengagement events." Tesla reported if conducted no autonomous driving testing on public roads in California last year.
January 20th, 2018 | by Steve Hanley
Navigant Research has issued its annual report on self driving cars. It says GM is in the lead and Tesla is in last. Does that surprise you?
January 12th, 2018 | by James Ayre
GM has released pictures of the inside of a fully autonomous, driverless taxi design that the company is currently trying to get approved by US regulators. The inside of the GM/Cruise self-driving car is about what you'd expect from such a vehicle — there's no steering wheel and no pedals of any kind
December 15th, 2017 | by Matthew Klippenstein
Episode #42 of Cleantech Talk is here! This episode covers my LA Auto Show-inspired VW-Scooby Doo fantasy crossover and “Fair Trade” Copper.
December 4th, 2017 | by James Ayre
Last week, we published an article recounting a journalist's demo drive of GM's (Cruise Automation's) self-driving vehicle tech. The drive was conducted in San Francisco and the most humorous bit seemed to be that a double-parked taco truck managed to stump the unit — for a minute or so, after which the backup driver took over instead of waiting around for a move from the self-driving tech
November 30th, 2017 | by James Ayre
GM execs are reportedly expecting that self-driving vehicles will be first commercially deployed in the US in 2019 — though, initially, just in dense urban environments. Robotaxis will be the primary application, as you'd expect
November 30th, 2017 | by James Ayre
GM's self-driving car development unit, Cruise Automation, gave a number of media figures rides through the crowded downtown San Francisco metropolitan area on Tuesday, giving us a chance to check in on the state of the company's tech.
So, how did the GM/Cruise self-driving car do on its first media demonstration (non-employees riding in the car)