General Motors

10th January 2022

Weekly Brief: Fewer People but Just as Many Cars at CES 2022

The crowds stayed home but the cars showed up. Most media coverage in the build-up to CES 2022 focused on which big-name presenters had pulled out owing to the...

Commentary By Andrew Tolve

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20th December 2021

Weekly Brief: Cruise Delivers Early Christmas Present to AV Rivals?

Building a robo-taxi business takes years, firing a CEO a matter of seconds. Dan Ammann lost his job at the helm of Cruise last week in a move that...

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15th November 2021

Weekly Brief: Hot-Head BEV Investors Risk Ignoring Legacy Automakers

Electric vehicle start-up Rivian went public last week in the largest IPO of 2021. The company debuted with a share price of $106.75, which rose 22% in its first...

Commentary by Andrew Tolve

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8th November 2021

Weekly Brief: Like Whispering to Magic Carpets, Robo-Taxis Get Real in the US

Cruise launched its robo-taxi service in San Francisco last week. It began with a giddy Kyle Vogt, the company’s co-founder, CTO and president, hailing a driverless Cruise to a...

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27th September 2021

Weekly Brief: Chip Crisis a Hint of Future Battery Woes?

Automakers joined tech companies and chip suppliers last week at the White House to discuss the semiconductor crisis that has hobbled the auto industry in recent months. The goal...

Commentary by Andrew Tolve

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23rd August 2021

Weekly Brief: Unconnected Cars Come into their Own Amid Semiconductor Crisis

The global shortage of semiconductors continued to wreak havoc across the automotive industry last week. Semiconductors, which enable technology like in-dash infotainment and advanced driver assistance systems, have been...

Commentary By Andrew Tolve

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2nd August 2021

Weekly Brief: Start-Up or Up-Start? Nikola a Warning to EV Over-Reachers

The US Department of Justice has charged Nikola founder and former CEO and chairman Trevor Milton with two counts of securities fraud and one count of wire fraud. The...

Commentary By Andrew Tolve

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26th July 2021

Weekly Brief: Heads get Hotter as Robo-Taxi Market Heats Up

Ford and Argo AI will launch self-driving vehicles on Lyft’s ride-hailing network this year. The automaker and the autonomous vehicle start-up announced last week that their joint deployment with...

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17th May 2021

Weekly Brief: Cyber Hackers see Easy Pickings with AV Tech

Prices at the pump spiked across the US last week, as a cyber attack on a major oil pipeline forced its owner, Colonial Pipeline, to temporarily shutdown all of...

Commentary By Andrew Tolve

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10th May 2021

Weekly Brief: AVs Depend on Evolution not Revolution

General Motors will sell self-driving cars to the general public by 2030, the carmaker’s CEO Mary Barra declared on a quarterly-earnings call last week. Then, she hedged. “Later in the...

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26th April 2021

Weekly Brief: Latest Tesla Fatal Crash Demands Tighter Regulation

A fatal accident involving a Tesla Model S has once again raised concerns about the safety risks posed by self-driving technology. The accident happened in the suburbs of Houston,...

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5th April 2021

Weekly Brief: Volkswagen Prank Proves a BEV Can Backfire

Volkswagen tried to pull off an April Fools’ prank last week but no one ended up laughing, least of all VW. The German automaker may now be facing an...

Commentary By Andrew Tolve

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