a spotter’s guide to the revolution

“i don’t make this claim lightly,” [mary barra, ceo of general motors] said. “i believe we are on the verge of a revolution in personal transportation.”
porsche announces new sports car and suv subscription program
porsche passport provides members flexible access to porsche vehicles via a mobile app. and… the mythical porsche mission e has been sighted! the most obvious competitor to tesla in the high end market and “one of the most exciting electric cars in the works,” the mission e is slated for 2019 release.
lexus gets dibs on toyota’s self-driving features
the luxury brand will offer “level 4” self-driving technology in the first half of the 2020s. (lexus also canceled its sponsorship deals with weinstein tv and film projects.)
daimler owned car-sharing company car2go is replacing all its smart cars in seattle with mercedes-benz.
they plan to do the same in portland, denver, and austin, citing better smartphone app integration with mercedes, resulting in a smoother experience for users.
bmw reports uptick in electric vehicle sales
sales in the first 9 month of 2017 have exceeded sales for all of 2016 (they sold more than 10,000 vehicles in september alone) and the company is confidently on track to deliver target of 100,000 by year-end.
you can’t buy a self-driving bmw until 2021 (and that’s a good thing)
“right now a lot of that strategy hinges on its partners while the automaker maintains the bmw brand.”
tesla may run out of cash
what?! even though they’re currently valued at more than gm and ford combined, the uncertainty that apple and google present undermines that valuation.
yeah, i think mary barra has it right…