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In Columbus, a showdown over shuttles

The controversy pits the Transport Workers Union of America and its 850 Columbus members against an array of public and private transportation groups.

We visit an upstart lidar maker in our season finale

In “Rainbow Road,” the Season 3 finale of Automotive News' “Futurismo” podcast, host Shiraz Ahmed journeys to Orlando to see how one company, lidar startup Luminar Technologies, is preparing for the next chapter of the autonomous vehicle age.

Volvo to open employee training center in S.C.

UPDATED: 8/24/18 4:17 pm ET - adds details

One of the fastest-growing automotive brands in the U.S. plans a training center — Volvo Cars University — in South Carolina, with a focus on technical and service training, and career development for employees.

When self-driving cars come to small towns

In “Going Home,” the seventh episode of Season 3 of “Futurismo,” we talk with Saginaw city leaders about the role advanced transportation technologies will play in the future of small-town America.

Volvo product push rolls on with U.S.-built S60

Volvo Cars is amid a product overhaul, with the carmaker's first U.S.-built vehicle, the S60 compact sedan, set to roll off the production line in South Carolina this fall.

Volvo's Polestar refines its strategy as first product nears

The Polestar 1, positioned as a low-volume halo car, has over 5,000 hand-raisers in the U.S., and 200 have put down deposits.

JLR, Volvo stick to path for utilities, electrification

Jaguar Land Rover is hitting a few potholes as it enters its second decade as part of India's Tata Motors. Jaguar sales are sinking in the vital U.S. market, and Land Rover, is facing big challenges and new competition in the SUV segment.

Uber exits trucks to focus on ‘sweet spot’

Uber's surprise shuttering of its self-driving trucks program reveals more about what is happening inside the company than the state of autonomous truck technology.

Waymo, Walmart give shoppers a lift

Waymo is expanding its early rider program in Arizona to include self-driving rides for everyday tasks such as grocery shopping and hotel stays, taking the next step in acclimating a wary public to autonomous technology.

Sergio, the skeptic

Former Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne's illness and death brought an illustrious career to a sudden and unexpected end.

City envy

If you represent a city that wants to improve its transportation system and find ways to forge partnerships with local businesses, what better way to figure out the next steps than to visit other cities that are models for the future of transportation?

Left behind by knowledge economy, small cities look to transportation future

For small and midsize cities, transportation innovation means more than cutting commute times. Becoming a hub for connected and autonomous vehicles can boost a cash-strapped region's technological infrastructure, lure companies to its backyard and help regions left behind by the knowledge economy recast themselves for the 21st century.

Will this car be your friend?

In the fifth episode of Season 3 of Futurismo, Automotive News' podcast on tomorrow's cars, we're going to look closely at the relationship between the car and the driver — or, maybe in the future, the passenger.

Waymo's way forward

Waymo has been methodical with its partnerships, carefully picking companies to work with that can help both sides learn and grow.

Connected cars confront an old problem

Companies developing autonomous and connected-vehicle technology face an old problem for electronics: interference from other wireless devices.

Polestar names chief of U.S. operations

UPDATED: 7/9/18 7:36 pm ET - corrected

Polestar, Volvo's luxury electric vehicle unit, named Gregor Hembraugh chief of its U.S. operations, continuing a strategy of seeding new ventures with in-house talent.

Ford's bet on a relic of the past will define its future

In the fourth episode of Season 3 of "Futurismo," Automotive News' podcast on tomorrow's cars, we trace what this iconic monument to the rise, fall and subsequent resurgence of the Motor City means for a company that needs to shift the conversation when it comes to its autonomous vehicle efforts.

Can regulators keep up with the pace of self-driving tech?

Critics fear government authorities are falling behind in evaluating and approving guidelines for road readiness of self-driving technologies.

Pizza, potholes and the public good

Here in America, when the government fails to repair crumbling roads, your favorite cheesy late-night dinner option steps in.

The humble beginnings of a tech revolution

In the third episode of Season 3 of "Futurismo," the Shift team profiles the beginning of the autonomous revolution.

VOLVO NORTH AMERICA'S ANDERS GUSTAFSSON: Dealer profitability is my priority

The new CEO of North America says new strategies for the XC40 crossover are helping surpass US sales goals.

Q&A with Henrik Fisker

In this issue, we talk with Henrik Fisker, the luxury car designer who had stints at BMW and Aston Martin before starting his own independent electric car brand intended to take on Tesla. These days, he's a partner in VLF Automotive, alongside former General Motors executive Bob Lutz, and helms an eponymous design shop where he focuses on electric vehicle design.

High-tech startups on getting noticed

Even if the business is built around technology, attention is what brings in the investment dollars and helps make the business understandable to regular consumers.

Who's afraid of artificial intelligence?

In our second episode of Season 3 -- "Who's Afraid of AI?" -- we explore this technology that's affecting nearly every aspect of the auto industry and beyond.

Just say 'No'

Sometimes the key to success is not what new trends your company chases, but deciding which projects deserve to be nonstarters.


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