In the News: Regulators Investigating Every Top AV Company

This weekly roundup provides the latest news, trends, and updates from the automotive industry, with particular focus on self-driving technology and HD maps.

Regulators have opened investigations to every top operator of AVs

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened investigations into all the major companies testing and developing autonomous vehicles. That’s a stark reversal from the hands-off approach the safety administration has taken in regards to self-driving technology until recently.

Ford asks suppliers to cut costs in quest to make EVs profitable

Ford has asked suppliers to propose ideas on how to cut costs, as competition from companies like Tesla and Chinese automakers intensifies. The U.S. automaker is facing pressure to offer affordable EVs to consumers amid high interest rates and competitor discounts; Ford’s chief supply-chain officer Liz Door emphasized a “call-to-action” for suppliers to propose cost-reduction ideas. Ford reported a $1.3 billion operating loss for its EV/software division in the first quarter, and anticipates a pretax loss of up to $5 billion for this year.

Small, well-built Chinese EVs pose threat to US auto industry

Priced around $12,000 in China, the BYD Seagull is a tiny affordable EV that could pose a significant threat to U.S. automakers, who would not be able to hit that kind of price point. The Biden administration is considering imposing a 100 percent tariff on imported Chinese automobiles to protect U.S. jobs. The Seagull has a single windshield wiper and a lightweight construction, allowing for up to 252 miles of range. The Seagull is already sold in Latin America and Europe under different names and price points.

Car talk

Volvo EX-90 featuring LiDAR

Supercruise-equipped Acura ZDX to be Pikes Peak Hill Climb’s first EV pace car

Xpeng says US tariffs on Chinese EVs are detrimental to carbon neutrality

Chevy Equinox EV now available, but not the $35,000 base model

GM’s PHEV’s coming back to the US in 2027


GM opens Silicon Valley office

XPeng rolls out AI-powered OS, advanced 2K ADAS, CEO claims L4 autonomy by 2025

LiDAR maker Hesai sues US government, denying link to Chinese military

Woman dragged by Cruise robotaxi is paid millions

Cruise: a cautionary tale

Einride starts building world’s largest Autonomous Trucking network in Dubai

Other News

The environmental benefits of AVs

Developing Florida’s digital twin

Full Self Driving is still not Full Self Driving

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