11th December 2018

Weekly Brief: There’s Reason Behind Waymo’s Damp Squib Robo-Taxi Launch

Talk about a letdown. Waymo’s launch of its commercialized robo-taxi service last week was supposed to be a revolutionary moment in the history of the automotive industry. Here was...

Commentary By Andrew Tolve


6th December 2018

Digital Customer Experience Now Key For Automakers

Shopping for a new car used to be a labor of love, or a trip through hell. Some customers enjoyed the trips to multiple showrooms to stroke the flanks...

By Susan Kuchinskas


3rd December 2018

Weekly Brief: GM Cuts Head of Old Business to Run New One

General Motors capped off its stunning week of announcements by revealing that its President, Dan Ammann, will leave his current role to become the new chief executive officer of...

Commentary By Andrew Tolve


29th November 2018

Waymo’s Latest Moves Show How Critical Safety Is for AVs

With its self-driving taxi service preparing to launch, Waymo is taking no chances and is now boosting its safety approach to AVs.


28th November 2018

Uber-Backed Electric Bike Start-Up Enters UK

An “electric-assist” bicycle hire start-up backed by Uber is deploying its first UK fleet of bikes. Lime’s bikes are fitted with rechargeable lithium batteries and 250-watt motors. The company...


6th November 2018

Uber Bids to Restart AV Tests in Pittsburgh, but Company Isn’t Rushing

Six months after a fatal crash involving one of its autonomous vehicles, Uber is taking the first steps to restart its program in Pittsburgh.


5th November 2018

Weekly Brief: Baidu Sets Off Robo-Taxi Race in China

The race to roll out robo-taxis in the US makes for great theater. Waymo is on the doorstep. General Motors’ Cruise is nipping at its heels. Uber just announced...

Commentary by Andrew Tolve


2nd November 2018

Volvo, Baidu Partner for Chinese AVs

Volvo is partnering with Chinese tech giant Baidu to develop and mass-produce electric autonomous vehicles for that country. The company claims this makes it the first non-Chinese automaker “to...


31st October 2018

PSA Launches DC Car-Sharing Service

Groupe PSA has launched its car-sharing service in Washington DC. The group claims its Free2Move service provides DC residents and visitors with “access to a fleet of 600 cars”...


29th October 2018

Weekly brief: Cars Will Soon Become Billboards on Wheels

Andrew Tolve assesses the likelihood of drivers losing their rear windows to the ad men. Remember the early days of the internet when pundits swore that online platforms would...

Commentary by Andrew Tolve


25th October 2018

The Disrupters: WaiveCar Ruffles Auto Feathers With Free Rides

A mobility start-up in Santa Monica, California is bringing the ad-supported digital economy to life in the car sharing business, writes Robert Gray. WaiveCar, which claims to be the...

By Robert Gray


24th October 2018

Uber Introducing ‘Clean Air’ Surcharge in London

Uber is to make its London customers pay more for their journeys in order to improve the city’s air quality, it says. Beginning in early 2019, passengers in the...