How a Supreme Court Case Could Transform AV Ownership

  • Emma Sandler
  • June 30, 2017
The Supreme Court may be in temporary recess, but a recent decision, yielded on May 30 in a patent case, may have reverberating effects for years to come. The case, Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc., centered on a dispute about the exhaustion doctrine in patent law, in which the Court held that after the […]

Michelin Unveils a Connected 3D-Printed Concept Tire [Video]

  • Emma Sandler
  • June 30, 2017
Michelin, the tire manufacturer, recently released a video of how the company thinks mobility will look like tomorrow, and that includes an airless, rechargeable, 3D-printed organic tire. (Talk about reinventing the wheel.) The concept video begins with a couple entering a destination on their vehicle’s GPS, which, in turn, suggests they switch their tires to […]

Daimler Performs Test of Blockchain in $114MM Transaction

  • William Hoffman
  • June 30, 2017
Daimler AG issued a €100 million ($114.2 million) promissory note using blockchain technology, which the Mercedes-Benz manufacturer says is a first step to testing faster and more secure financial transactions across the company. Normally, a transaction like this would take roughly 10 weeks for a bank to work as the administrative intermediary between Daimler and […]

GM Considers Using Dealerships for Its Own Fleet Management

  • Emma Sandler
  • June 29, 2017
During an “office hours” conference call for analysts and institutional investors earlier this week, Chuck Stevens, chief financial officer of General Motors, indicated that the OEM was looking into utilizing its dealership network as fleet managers for autonomous vehicle services. The discussion followed the recent announcement from Waymo that it was partnering with Avis Budget Group, when Stevens […]

How Avis-Waymo Partnership Will Impact the Future of AVs

  • Emma Sandler
  • June 29, 2017
Earlier this week two national car rental agencies partnered up with two of the biggest tech companies in the United States, potentially marking a definitive change in the autonomous vehicle market. On Monday, Avis Budget Group and Waymo said they would be non-exclusive partners in Phoenix, Ariz., where Waymo is currently testing self-driving vehicles through its […]
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