Eric D. Lawrence

Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous, TCA

Stellantis to Partner With Samsung on Second EV Battery Plant for North America

Stellantis Turin factory Maserati Ghibli luxury automobiles travel along the semi-automated production line at the Grugliasco factory in Turin, Italy. (Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg News)

For the second time in a week, Stellantis has announced plans to produce electric vehicle batteries for its North American assembly plants in a joint venture with a South Korean company.

Eric D. Lawrence | Detroit Free Press
October 22, 2021
Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Fiat Chrysler Spends $30 Million on Self-Driving Test Site Near Detroit

Fiat logo on vehicle Gene J. Puskar/AP

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is adding more muscle to its self-driving vehicle testing efforts. The company will spend more than $30 million at a new testing and development facility at its Chelsea Proving Grounds west of Detroit.

Eric D. Lawrence | Detroit Free Press
September 5, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Fiat Chrysler’s Magneti Marelli to Acquire Self-Driving Tech Startup

Magneti Marelli, a components business that is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, plans to acquire a French startup focused on self-driving car technology.

Eric D. Lawrence | Detroit Free Press
August 2, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Is Tesla’s Elon Musk Wrong About Lidar Technology?

Velodyne Lidar Inc. devices sit on top of a Ford Motor Co. Fusion set-up as an experimental self-driving delivery vehicle on display during the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News)

Elon Musk has called lidar a crutch. The Tesla CEO believes he can build self-driving and semi-autonomous cars without relying on the technology, which uses lasers to help the cars map and navigate their surroundings.

Eric D. Lawrence | Detroit Free Press
June 27, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

Fiat Chrysler CEO: Even With Autonomous Vehicles, Brand Identity Will Be Key

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The term generic might imply a reasonable, cost-effective choice at the grocery store, but Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne says it’s no way to think about cars.

Eric D. Lawrence | Detroit Free Press
February 7, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Concerned About Self-Driving Cars? You’re Not Alone

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As automakers push aggressive time frames for introducing driverless vehicles, the outreach needed to convince the public that the technology represents a positive development appears still to be wanting.

Eric D. Lawrence | Detroit Free Press
January 26, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

Self-Driving Vehicle Proving Ground Opens Near Detroit

Mark Chaput, vice president of construction for the American Center for Mobility, points to future construction, at the ACM facility in Ypsilanti, Mich., on Aug. 15, 2017. Photographer: Sean Proctor/Bloomberg News

The launch of self-driving vehicle testing at the American Center for Mobility west of Detroit came with something that frequently confounds human drivers in Michigan — snow.

Eric D. Lawrence | Detroit Free Press
December 19, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, TCA

Ready or Not, Driverless Technology Beginnings Already Here

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Some consumers say they are wary of a driverless car future, but a new survey says the beginnings of the technology which will power that future are already available on most new vehicle models and many consumers are willing to pay thousands of dollars for them.

Eric D. Lawrence | Detroit Free Press
October 23, 2017