Are You Ready to Fly a Porsche?
Porsche and Boeing have entered into a deal to “explore the premium urban air mobility market and the extension of urban traffic into airspace.” Said differently, they’re working on a flying car. “Porsche is looking to enhance its scope as a sports car manufacturer by becoming a leading brand for premium mobility. In the longer... Continue Reading →
Uber Works: A pivot or a prayer?
Uber has introduced Uber Works. A shift work matching app that hopes to efficiently connect workers with gigs that fit their schedules. The app is currently available in Chicago. Autonomous vehicles (AVs) are about to dramatically change the world of on-demand car services. Viewed through that lens, Uber and Lyft’s current business models are doomed... Continue Reading →
Audi Q8
While driving an Audi Q7 (back in December 2018), I got a flat tire on a Friday night. What should have been an unremarkable event turned out to be anything but. In fact, my experience was so counter to what I had come to expect from Audi, I wrote The Myth of Luxury at Scale, a cautionary tale about expectation management and customer service. It’s a fun read (if schadenfreude is your thing). What follows is the epilogue to that story.... Continue Reading →
by Digital Dan Dubno The North Hall of CES 2016 is filled with half-cars. They’re about three dozen demo “cars”  from companies like Audi, Volkswagen, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, and more. Each of these chunks of gleaming car-parts and heads-up-display dashboards of the future promise to one day be integrated into autonomous vehicles.  Usually, the North... Continue Reading →
Tesla Motors
After teasing the Internet with a poorly-worded Twitter announcement earlier in the week, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk this evening unveiled a new optional powertrain configuration for the entire line of the company’s flagship Model S sedans: dual motors, powering all four wheels. After making a few good-natured jokes about how he recently received a... Continue Reading →
Elon Musk
Elon Musk took to the stage at the Vanity Fair Summit ahead of the Big D unveiling, and in addition to talking about how we all could be living in a Matrix-style virtual reality and the perils of our current patent system, he made the obvious case against flying cars. When asked by reporter and... Continue Reading →
Tesla Motors
Tesla is expected to introduce an all-wheel drive version of its Model S sedan, according to a source familiar with the matter. Tesla calls this feature “dual motor,” which may answer what Chief Executive Elon Musk was referring to in a cryptic tweet last week. The Palo Alto, Calif., electric car maker’s co-founder posted an... Continue Reading →
CarPlay
Pioneer is now the first aftermarket manufacturer to support Apple CarPlay with the release of new firmware for its NEX in-dash receivers. The 2014 NEX series ranges in price from $700 to $1,400. Pioneer also announced a new $600 AppRadio 4 with big 6.2-inch capacitive touchscreen and support for both CarPlay and MirrorLink, thus making... Continue Reading →