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Shift team reports from SXSW

In the debut episode of Season 3 of the "Futurismo" podcast, the Shift team travels to Austin for South by Southwest, the eclectic arts and technology festival, to find out how the conversation around the future of...

Blockchain or bust

A consortium of carmakers and suppliers, under the banner of MOBI, the Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative,

Automakers, suppliers team up to develop blockchain technology

GM, BMW, Renault, Bosch, ZF and IBM have formed a consortium to develop automotive uses for blockchain, the database technology known for its use in cryptocurrency.

The autonomous gold rush is on in season 3

"Futurismo" podcast host Shiraz Ahmed will be joined by Mobility Report Editor Sharon Silke Carty and Staff Reporter Hannah Lutz to inform listeners on how robotics, artificial intelligence and digitalization have sparked an...

Inside the Model 3: An ego?

It is no secret that some auto analysts, investors and journalists view Tesla CEO Elon Musk as something of a tech world P.T. Barnum. But there's one area where Musk can't hide behind jokes: inside the guts of his vehicles.

Self-driving cars hitting red lights

Federal and state officials, once eager advocates of self-driving cars, now are pumping the brakes and demanding greater accountability and information that auto and tech companies may not be willing to provide.

A week of sparring for Musk and Tesla

After the carmaker waged a public war of words with federal safety regulators, CEO Elon Musk picked a Twitter fight with a newspaper and may have improperly revealed financial information

Suppliers confront shortcomings of self-driving tech

Their response has been both a frank acknowledgment that many systems aren't ready for widespread deployment, and rising concern that similar testing failures could undermine the progress that has been achieved.

Reality check for suppliers of robocar technology

Their response has been both a frank acknowledgment that many systems aren't ready for widespread deployment, and rising concern that similar testing failures could undermine the progress that has been achieved.

Self-driving testers pause to rethink after fatality

UPDATED: 3:08 pm US ET - Interview timing clarified

The death of an Arizona woman was 'uncomfortably soon in the history of automated driving,' said one analyst.

Austin, we still have a problem

Ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft left the Texas capital to protest what they considered to be too-stringent rules. Now they're back, but tension remains.

Frustrations in finding a CPO hatchback online

A online search for the perfect CPO hatchback quickly turned into a technological nightmare, including accusations of attempted fraud.

Medical transport is next frontier for ride-hailing

The ride-hailing industry is trying to make magic by finding a way to make non-emergency transportation to doctor's offices and hospitals affordable.

SXSW: A weird place to talk tech?

The arts and culture festival is where lots of business leaders come to talk about the future.

Automakers still figuring out if 5G is worth it

The cellular industry is plowing ahead with 5G, but will it make sense for the auto industry to tap into the network? Telus, Bell and Rogers — and the Government of Canada — are expanding 5G networks.

Automakers still figuring out if 5G is worth it

The cellular industry is plowing ahead with 5G, but will it make sense for the auto industry to tap into the network?

Bike-sharing provides some hard lessons

Last year in Amsterdam, locals found a new culprit to blame for the city's congestion: bike-sharing operators.

Rivals wary of Uber's latest ambitions

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is spearheading an aggressive expansion into public transportation.

Backers of V2V aren't waiting for a mandate

Government groups and auto industry insiders are meeting up at conferences to talk about how to get this complicated tech out there.

Lyft shops for drivers on used-car lots

Lyft wants to put drivers in cars they can afford, rather than having them take on expensive loans for new vehicles.

Self-driving pledge skirmish opens the debate we need to have

UPDATED: 2/6/17 12:09 pm US ET - corrects name

A pledge to adhere to core principles for ethical deployment of self-driving vehicles has set off a skirmish between progressives and free market-types. The industry should welcome the debate.

Famed designer wants to designers to innovate

Former BMW chief designer Chris Bangle critiqued U.S. politics, expounded on theories of civilization and skewered modern car design as trite and unoriginal.

With AI digital assistant, drivers talk to their cars

The auto industry is in the early days in utilizing smart digital assistants to create unique, in-car user experiences. Here's what CES attendees see in the future.

Bangle untangles his design language

Chris Bangle knows you think his new car design is out there. That's the point.

Alliance measures 'troops on ground'

Carlos Ghosn uses a broad definition of autonomous technology to defend his claim that the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance is at the front of the race.


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