Foxconn, the Taiwanese company known for assembling Apple products, has unveiled three electric-vehicle prototypes. WSJ’s Stephanie Yang attended the launch event to see how the company is diversifying its business to gain a foothold in the auto industry. Photo: I-Hwa Cheng/Bloomberg News
With only a handful of active players the helicopters industry can be called rather static, but with the arrival of new electric VTOL startups our news feed is looking rather exciting. In this episode we will cover the latest announcements of the world of vertical lift aircraft including upcoming helicopters, quadcopters, tilt rotors and other progressive transportation solutions for the future generations.
Pininfarina and Poltrona Frau have developed the concept of a new autonomous car called Teorema. The goal is to explore the interactions among passengers in a new way by creating a new “sense of community” for the people riding inside the fully autonomous vehicle.
Pininfarina has developed Teorema’s exterior look, focusing on a futuristic and aerodynamic form. In the interior, the concept car’s seats envisioned by Poltrona Frau can fold down flat, turning into a bench or a chaise longue. Passengers can travel while facing each other or alternatively lie down in a more intimate position while the car drives itself to the selected destination.
Think of autopilot like cruise control on a car. Autopilot is used on nearly every flight, but it’s not obvious just what it does. American Airlines Capt. Sonya Laxo explains the tech behind autopilot, how it’s used and why it isn’t really “auto.” Photo Illustration: Laura Kammermann
In 2021, the average age of vehicles on the road reached a record 12.1 years. Every driver that chooses to hold on to a car for another year is postponing a trip to the dealership, and some industry analysts wonder if rising vehicle ages and prices indicate trouble for new car sales in the future. Automakers are stuffing cars with new technology and improvements but will that be enough to keep buyers wanting the latest and greatest?
Amazon is on a spending spree to grow its fleet of planes, vans, semitrucks and drivers in its latest move to compete with FedEx and UPS. Now, it’s using the added capacity to move cargo for outside customers, betting big on the business of third-party shipping while also shipping 72% of its own packages. CNBC talks to former Amazon executives and current customers using the shipping services to find out all about the behemoth’s next big move.
General Motors plans to phase out nearly all of its gas and diesel vehicles by 2035. Leading that transition is the first fully electric Cadillac. WSJ’s Mike Colias visited a GM testing site for a ride and an exclusive interview with GM’s President Mark L. Reuss. Photo Illustration: Alexander Hotz
According to Rakuten Intelligence, the cost of a ride from a ride-sharing app like Uber or Lyft increased 92% between January of 2018 and July of 2021. Many riders have also noticed increased wait times for rides, and a recent driver shortage is likely to blame. In early July 2021, Uber and Lyft drivers were about 40% below capacity. The companies have taken notice of this driver shortage, and are investing millions worth of bonuses and base rates to convince drivers to return. But will it be enough to get drivers back on the roads?
Traffic SpaceNomad: THE “READY-TO-GO” CAMPER. With its four or five seats and its compact size, the SpaceNomad can be used as a normal passenger car for everyday use.
▪ Renault resented at the CARAVAN SALON in Düsseldorf, All-new Trafic SpaceNomad will be added to the Renault catalogue at the beginning of 2022. After Switzerland, it will be marketed in five other European countries
▪ Converted by French campervan manufacturer Pilote, All-new Trafic SpaceNomad is available in two lengths with four or five seats. Its pop-up roof creates space for two large beds as well as a shower and kitchenette so travellers can set off on their journeys without having to worry about accommodations
▪ Renault will share its hippie-chic vision of the campervan with its Hippie Caviar Hotel show car, alongside the iconic Estafette campervan ▪ All-new SpaceClass Escapade and Master Campervan will complete the Renault offer at the Düsseldorf Motor Show
Migma is the greek word for mixture, an evocation to the life of the sea through structural bionic elements where the rationality of the technique is mixed with the fluidity of nature, represented by this noiseless Hydrogen-powered 180 feet electric Catamaran as a living entity that furrows the seas with zero emissions.
Migma catamaran is based on a minimalist and high-end aesthetic, creating a new way to understand spaces within a catamaran, where the core structure is located in the middle and all elements grow from it.