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 plans to build out its fleet of Fusion Hybrid autonomous test cars to 30 vehicles, which it claims will be the most of any carmaker. It's also upgrading the cars' design with a more compact lidar unit.
Volvo and Ericsson plan to develop an "intelligent" media-streaming system for future self-driving cars that will tailor video streaming to a specific route, in order to help passengers make the most of their free time.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Uconnect infotainment system will get several updates, including available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the carmaker announced at CES. The new system will arrive later this year.
Ford can now claim Toyota and suppliers QNX and UIEvolution as partners in its SmartDeviceLink app connectivity platform. Ford is courting other carmakers as well, hoping to turn the platform into an industry standard.
BMW may unveil an autonomous concept car to celebrate its 100th anniversary, and may preview technology that could eventually go into production. But like some other automakers, BMW sees obstacles on the road to self-driving cars.
Buick will unveil a new model ahead of the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, but won't say what that model will be. A new report claims it could be a production version of the Avenir concept, or a redesigned Enclave crossover.