Stephen Edelstein graduated from Clark University in 2011 with an M.A. in American History. He was the Editor in Chief of Clark's student newspaper, The Scarlet. Stephen enjoys all things historical, science-fictional, and transportation-related.
Ford is set to undertake a 10-year renovation of its world headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan. It plans to upgrade older buildings with modern energy-saving features, and test things like self-driving cars onsite.
Ford may use the name "Model E" for a Toyota Prius-Fighting hybrid model, which would reportedly be built in Mexico beginning in 2019. The Model E could also have plug-in hybrid and all-electric variants.
Ford sent an autonomous Fusion Hybrid around its Arizona test track at night without headlights. The car used lidar and detailed 3D maps to find its way in the dark, without any help from human drivers.
Ed Welburn, General Motors' current design boss, will retire July 1. He's only the sixth head of design in the company's 108-year history, and the first African American to lead an automotive design department.
Volvo will launch an autonomous car experiment in China, putting self-driving cars in the hands of ordinary Chinese drivers. This coincides with public tests of the technology in Volvo's home country of Sweden.
Volkswagen may miss an April 21 deadline to propose a fix for its delinquent diesel cars, according to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. The deadline was pushed back after VW failed to make a proposal by March 24.