Mark Phelan

Recent and archived articles by Mark Phelan

15 Mar 2019 | 10:30 AM

Detroit leads, Tesla lags in trillion-dollar race for robot-car business

The Motor City is firmly at the front of the auto industry's next revolution.

The survey doesn't predict who will be the leading maker of self-driving cars, or who will make the most money from the technology Ford CEO Jim Hackett calls the key to a US$10tril (RM40.91tril) market for autonomous vehicles and the services they'll provide. — Sipa USA/TNS
15 Feb 2019 | 10:30 AM

Robot mail delivery trucks developed in Detroit ready for China, US

Looking like a delegation of toasters from space, a generation of electrically powered, self-driving mail trucks will roll out of a suburban Detroit industrial park later this year. Their mission: revolutionise mail and package delivery.

A Quadrobot U1 (Urban 1) autonomous electric concept vehicle at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. — Dreamstime/TNS
25 Apr 2018 | 11:30 AM

Self-driving electric shuttle buses to begin at University of Michigan

A pair of self-driving shuttle buses should begin motoring around Ann Arbor this spring in an ambitious test of the new technology with the University of Michigan.

6 Mar 2018 | 10:30 AM

Not far off: Your car becomes an extension of your brain

Technologies ranging from cloud computing to shape-changing dashboards are about to change how vehicle interiors look, feel and work.

The work at two suppliers' Detroit-area engineering centres focuses on new levels of connectivity and reimagining interiors for a day when an autonomous vehicle's steering wheel may disappear as the instrument panel morphs into a movie screen. — dpa
20 Nov 2017 | 11:00 AM

Autonomous cars likely to transport elderly, children in future

Self-driving cars will change millions of people's lives for the better by providing independence and mobility to those who can't drive because of physical limitations or age. The technology will allow more people to live on their own terms and participate in what the most of us consider everyday life.

Most forecasts say that totally autonomous vehicles won't be widespread until around 2030, but the technology's early steps are already showing what's possible. — AFP Relaxnews
24 May 2017 | 7:30 AM

Apple CarPlay to work wirelessly on new cars

Good news for Apple iPhone users: CarPlay, the system that reduces distraction using your smartphone in the car, now works wirelessly on some new cars and more are on the way.

Apple expects many more vehicles with CarPlay-friendly WiFi systems to hit the road shortly. — Hyundai/TNS
13 Sep 2016 | 7:30 AM

Soon your car may be updateable like your iPhone

Like a new smartphone, your car may soon get regular software updates to fix problems, improve performance and add new features.

More convenient: Many updates that now require a trip to the dealer for a software flash – Hyundai's addition of Apple CarPlay to cars it had sold, for instance – will be handled by beaming new software to the vehicle. — AFP Relaxnews