Looking to fill up on auto news? We’ve clocked some miles traversing the Web for all things auto-related. Pull in, grab a coffee and digest some of the week’s most interesting news with us.
“The Apple car: on sale in 2019?” Autoweek
Apple is developing an electric car which could be “ready to roll in 2019,” according to reports. The tech giant is raising the number of people working on the project, codenamed Titan, from 600 to 1,800, says Autoweek, citing a Wall Street Journal report.
“Lexus and BMW said to be teaming up for supercar project,” Car and Driver
Lexus and BMW are coming together to create an “ultra-high-performance” supercar, according to Car and Driver. A prototype features a mid-engine layout and all-wheel drive, and BMW hopes the vehicle will enable it to rival Audi in the supercar stakes, a source tells the publication.
Stefan Knupfer paints a picture of global car culture in the future, with self-driving cars, electric vehicles, in-vehicle connectivity and car sharing all contributing to ease road congestion. What makes that particularly interesting? “There are about 1.2 billion cars on the road; by 2030, that figure could double,” it is forecast.
A health monitoring car seat offering an “on the move therapy session” could counteract stress and keep drivers calmer, Reuters reports. The innovation uses biometric sensing to monitor the driver and provides a specific massage and airflow in response to their condition.
“Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn resigns amid emissions scandal,” The New York Times
And finally, in case you’ve been willfully shunning media outlets recently, German automaker Volkswagen has got in to a bit of bother about emissions testing on diesel vehicles. Martin Winterkorn, VW’s CEO, resigned, “taking responsibility for an emissions cheating scandal that has gravely damaged the carmaker’s reputation and may spread to the German economy,” The New York Times reported.
See you next week for more automotive news. Drive safe.