Tag: automotive

Tesla Model 3 owner implants RFID chip to turn her arm into a key

Forget the keycard or phone app, one software engineer is trying out a new way to unlock and start her Tesla Model 3. Amie DD, who has a background in game simulation and programming, recently released a video showing how she “biohacked” her body. The software engineer removed the RFID chip from the Tesla Model […]

Calling all hardware startups! Apply to Hardware Battlefield @ TC Shenzhen

Got hardware? Well then, listen up, because our search continues for boundary-pushing, early-stage hardware startups to join us in Shenzhen, China for an epic opportunity; launch your startup on a global stage and compete in Hardware Battlefield at TC Shenzhen on November 11-12. Apply here to compete in TC Hardware Battlefield 2019. Why? It’s your chance […]

Tesla drops request for restraining order against allegedly dangerous short seller

Tesla has withdrawn its request for a court-ordered restraining order against Randeep Hothi, documents submitted to the court where the complaint was filed revealed Friday. Hothi, an individual who is very vocal on social media about his short position in Tesla, had gone to extreme and potentially dangerous lengths in his avid attempts to collect […]

Digging into key takeaways from our 2019 Robotics + AI Sessions event

Extra Crunch offers members the opportunity to tune into conference calls led and moderated by the TechCrunch writers you read every day. This week, TechCrunch’s Brian Heater and Lucas Matney shared their key takeaways from our Robotics + AI Sessions event at UC Berkeley last week. The event was filled with panels, demos and intimate […]

Online used car startup Shift adds another $40M, snags COO in road to IPO

Online used car startup Shift Technologies has tacked on another $40 million in equity funding, hired a new COO with Amazon and Enjoy roots and scaled up its engineering staff — all in the past several months — as the company aims to double its revenue this year. The recent activity, along with what executives […]

GM is smartening up its Bolt EV smartphone app

GM is sprucing up its smartphone app for owners of the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt through a collaboration with charging network companies EVgo, ChargePoint and Greenlots. The idea is to take aggregate dynamic data from each of the EV charging networks so owners can have a “more seamless charging experience.” In short: GM wants to make […]

FlixBus is testing VR on certain routes to Las Vegas

FlixBus, the reduced-cost tech-forward bus service from Europe that launched in U.S. this season, has added a VR experience with a lengthy-distance routes back and forth from Vegas. For the time being, the FlixBus VR feature, including about 50 virtual reality games and travel encounters, is restricted to routes from&nbspTucson, Phoenix, La and North Park. […]

An inside look at Rivian’s EV ambitions from AI batteries to electric jet skis

For any Chief executive officer who insists his electric vehicle startup doesn’t want to be Tesla, Rivian founder RJ Scaringe can seem nearly the same as Elon Musk. Just days before unveiling Rivian&rsquos first vehicles &mdash an exciting-electric pickup along with a seven-seater Sports utility vehicle &mdash in the LA Auto Show recently, Scaringe guaranteed […]