A few years ago, you could venture into some beneficent municipality and find — in the public garage, or the library car lot, or right in the middle of Main Street — a couple of plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) charging stations. These cities, along with college and corporate campuses, were demonstrating their commitment to preserving the environment, offering free power and prime parking to those citizens who were willing to spend a lot of extra money for a low-range, underpowered, unsexy vehicle. Those charger-augmented spots were often empty, simply because there weren’t enough PEVs on the road to fill them.
Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) Google self-driving car project recast itself as Waymo on Tuesday, an independent entity within the technology giant, as executives suggested the company is close to bringing its autonomous driving to the public.
The first self-driving cars to be operated by ordinary British drivers will be left deliberately unmarked so that other drivers will not be tempted to “take them on”, a senior car industry executive has revealed.
Corralling a crowd of adults into a single vehicle is not glamourous, comfortable, or easy. But one Copenhagen-based company has brewed up a petrol-free car option that looks more like a superhero's weekend chariot than a crowded sedan that'll cramp your style. The company, Spiri, hopes to combine on-demand ride-sharing with eco-friendly carpooling for a hipper, Uber-like alternative that could spell doom for unflattering minivans.