Ford announced an exciting new partnership today with ride-sharing startup Lyft to bring its autonomous tech to the masses. We’ll get into the nitty-gritty of that partnership in a moment.
We also have an op-ed discussing the viability of the Genesis brand in the U.S. Many may not have even heard of Genesis, let alone know that it’s the new luxury subsidiary of Hyundai. With Genesis’s debut of its new G70 Sport sedan last week in Seoul, we found out whether the brand has longevity in the cutthroat luxury market.
Those stories and much more are on tap in this Wednesday edition of the Daily Drive-Thru.
Ford to integrate autonomous cars with Lyft network
In a partnership announced Wednesday, Ford will link its self-driving software with Lyft’s fleet of taxis in order to test its autonomous technology. The goal is to develop a fully driverless vehicle by 2021. This is, of course, not the first time Lyft has partnered with an automaker, as Lyft in the past has teamed up with Google’s Waymo to test autonomous Chrysler Pacifica minivans.
Jaguar’s future to include electrified sports cars
While many may think that Jaguar’s ambitious plans to usher in all electrified models by 2020 puts the kibosh on sports cars, they couldn’t be more wrong. A design director from the British automaker told Automotive News that sports cars are staying put in Jag’s portfolio. After the debut earlier this month of the gorgeous, vintage-inspired E-Type Zero concept roadster, we’re looking forward to what’s in store for Jaguar’s electrified future.
Vacuum maker Dyson is building an electric car
Dyson, the maker of everyone’s favorite overpriced, pretentious vacuum cleaners wants to break into the electric car business. In an email to staff yesterday, Founder James Dyson said he’s got a team of 400 engineers working on an electric car. This news comes after Dyson’s recent hire of former lead of communications at Tesla and Dyson’s recent acquisition of Michigan-based battery tech company Sakti3 back in 2015.
Op-Ed: Korean culture could play a role in Genesis’s success
In 2016, Hyundai decided to take its Genesis and Equus sedans and renamed them the G80 and G90 under the new “Genesis” nameplate. Now, Genesis lifted the curtain on the third sedan to join the trio of luxury four-doors with the G70 Sport, aimed at competing against the stalwarts of Germany. However, unlike the Germans, Genesis doesn’t have the brand recognition of Audi, BMW, or Mercedes.
In a four-day trip to Seoul, Daily News Autos contributing writer Rebecca Lindland got to drive the 2019 G70 Sport and reflected on whether Genesis can find success in the U.S. in its early infancy as a standalone name.
2017 BMW i8
Luxury plug-in hybrid sports cars that perfectly balance performance, style and fuel efficiency are a rare gem when found. Here, it looks like we’ve stumbled upon the trifecta in the 2017 BMW i8 plug-in hybrid.
Gallery: 2017 BMW i8 Photos
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