April 12, 2024

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BMW metaverse digital twin factory

BMW Sees its Future in the Metaverse

Building a new automotive factory is a billion dollar investment. Retooling an existing factory can also mean hundreds of millions of dollars of expense. On the other hand, increasing manufacturing

GM Lays Out Electric Car & Truck Plans

12 New EVs Coming, But Many not for Three Years

Most car companies don’t talk about future product in good times, for fear of distracting from current models on sale. When the market’s not smiling on their brand, they might open up more about what they have coming. Chalk it up to a worldwide pandemic that has crushed dreams of a decent 2020 automotive market then, that General Motors has released extensive details of its plan to introduce 12 new electric models in the next four years.

DuPont Shifts to Formula 1 as Fast Track to Consumers

Corporation Uses Racing as Quick Test for New Products

More than a century ago, corporate giant DuPont waded into the automotive world by investing in the fledgling General Motors Corporation, with the eponymous head of DuPont ending up being its chairman and later president. The chemical company lately hasn’t been involved to that degree in the car business, but last year found another sector of automotive that suited its business model—Formula 1 racing.

Post-Pandemic SUVs Head Two Different Directions

New Models Introduced This Week Offer Electric or High-Horsepower Gas Choices

The automotive market is not always clear in the direction it’s taking at any given moment. This week was one of those weeks. Future SUV buyers are going to be able to choose from a very green path or one emphasizing horsepower and off-road proficiency.

Big Wheels Keep on Turning…Quietly

While headlines have showcased a dip in the light-duty car sector, big trucks, commercial vehicles, over-the-road, and short-haul semis have seen a surge in recent technology deployments.

Amazon Wants to Take You for a Ride

Retail Giant Spends $1B+ for Zoox AV Startup Amazon appears to be looking for new markets to dominate, including future robotaxis, as it last week added autonomous vehicle (AV) developer

Vans Are Becoming The Hottest New Electric Vehicle

General Motors surprised some industry watchers by making one of its 20 upcoming electric vehicles a commercial van. In addition, the electric van will be the third in a series of new vehicles coming out of the repurposed Hamtramck (Detroit) plant.

Mercedes and Nvidia Partner on Self-Driving Cars

Mercedes-Benz invented the automobile 134 years ago—and four years from now is asserting it will reinvent the transportation device. New models introduced in 2024 with being equipped with a still-being-designed super processor from chipmaker Nvidia that will allow customers to upgrade their cars later and add new features such as self-driving capabilities.

Self-Driving Cars Are Not a Safety Solution

There are two ways of looking at autonomous vehicles, and both of them are true. A thorough analysis by one of country’s leading automotive insurance research groups threw some hard data—some would say cold water—on self-driving car technology and the reactions were in predictably stark contrasts. Potential headlines on the news:

BMW metaverse digital twin factory

BMW Sees its Future in the Metaverse

Building a new automotive factory is a billion dollar investment. Retooling an existing factory can also mean hundreds of millions of dollars of expense. On the other hand, increasing manufacturing

GM Lays Out Electric Car & Truck Plans

12 New EVs Coming, But Many not for Three Years

Most car companies don’t talk about future product in good times, for fear of distracting from current models on sale. When the market’s not smiling on their brand, they might open up more about what they have coming. Chalk it up to a worldwide pandemic that has crushed dreams of a decent 2020 automotive market then, that General Motors has released extensive details of its plan to introduce 12 new electric models in the next four years.

DuPont Shifts to Formula 1 as Fast Track to Consumers

Corporation Uses Racing as Quick Test for New Products

More than a century ago, corporate giant DuPont waded into the automotive world by investing in the fledgling General Motors Corporation, with the eponymous head of DuPont ending up being its chairman and later president. The chemical company lately hasn’t been involved to that degree in the car business, but last year found another sector of automotive that suited its business model—Formula 1 racing.

Post-Pandemic SUVs Head Two Different Directions

New Models Introduced This Week Offer Electric or High-Horsepower Gas Choices

The automotive market is not always clear in the direction it’s taking at any given moment. This week was one of those weeks. Future SUV buyers are going to be able to choose from a very green path or one emphasizing horsepower and off-road proficiency.

Big Wheels Keep on Turning…Quietly

While headlines have showcased a dip in the light-duty car sector, big trucks, commercial vehicles, over-the-road, and short-haul semis have seen a surge in recent technology deployments.

Amazon Wants to Take You for a Ride

Retail Giant Spends $1B+ for Zoox AV Startup Amazon appears to be looking for new markets to dominate, including future robotaxis, as it last week added autonomous vehicle (AV) developer

Vans Are Becoming The Hottest New Electric Vehicle

General Motors surprised some industry watchers by making one of its 20 upcoming electric vehicles a commercial van. In addition, the electric van will be the third in a series of new vehicles coming out of the repurposed Hamtramck (Detroit) plant.

Mercedes and Nvidia Partner on Self-Driving Cars

Mercedes-Benz invented the automobile 134 years ago—and four years from now is asserting it will reinvent the transportation device. New models introduced in 2024 with being equipped with a still-being-designed super processor from chipmaker Nvidia that will allow customers to upgrade their cars later and add new features such as self-driving capabilities.

Self-Driving Cars Are Not a Safety Solution

There are two ways of looking at autonomous vehicles, and both of them are true. A thorough analysis by one of country’s leading automotive insurance research groups threw some hard data—some would say cold water—on self-driving car technology and the reactions were in predictably stark contrasts. Potential headlines on the news:

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