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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...

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

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.

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.

Culture check

Between Uber and Waymo's short-lived trade secrets trial, a rash of autonomous car-related fatalities and Tesla CEO Elon Musk's soap opera lifestyle, it's tough for your everyday mobility news consumer to digest all the...

5 steps to becoming a disrupter

Silicon Valley's work culture may be known for afternoon yoga and video game sessions, but it's not those perks that give the tech hub its edge.

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.

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