Good morning! Welcome to The Morning Shift, your roundup of the auto news you crave, all in one place every weekday morning. Here are the important stories you need to know.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk was on Twitter again, this time calling out Daimler following the company’s announcement that it would invest $1 billion in its Alabama plant to manufacture its upcoming electric vehicles. Musk tweeted that Daimler should invest much more, and today it responded directly to him by saying it would.…
The German auto industry—and Germany at large—is desperately trying to convince local and national governments that diesel vehicles aren’t always dirty, and that they have a place in European cities. To do this, BMW, Daimler, VW and many politicians met in Berlin Wednesday to try to stop the bleeding that is Europe’s…
Parking is a tedious task, and frankly most humans just aren’t very good at it. Thankfully, Daimler and Bosch are working together to take this task out of humanity’s very flawed hands. The two companies debuted a service on Monday that takes a stab at what such a system might look like, calling it Automated Valet…
In an investigation into potentially fraudulent emissions data, the BBC reports that more than 250 members of German law enforcement searched 11 Daimler offices. If authorities find evidence, Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, will be the latest to join Volkswagen in carrying out emissions scandals.
Tesla’s acquisition of German engineering group Grohmann hasn’t gone entirely smooth, evident by the dust-up between Elon Musk and the former head of Grohmann. Reports emerged last month that Grohmann was ordered to drop all clients to focus entirely on Model 3. Now, it seems those other legacy clients—namely BMW,…
Daimler just had to shitcan an executive who allegedly made bigoted remarks and pepper sprayed locals after getting into a quarrel over a parking spot, The New York Times reports. Was that spot really worth it, my dude?
If there’s a consistent theme with Tesla’s announcements, it’s one of missed deadlines. Even Tesla’s latest Master Plan Part II—where they said wanted an all-electric big rig—arrived a few days late. Meanwhile, Daimler followed up their electric big rig announcement this week with photos of an actual one already…
In what might possibly the most German thing to have ever happened ever, two Daimler shareholders got into a fight over free sausages at a company meeting today.
Following up on their American adventures, Mercedes successfully tested its semi-autonomous Highway Pilot system on the German Autobahn. This technology can be fitted into regular production trucks and is a huge step towards fully autonomous transportation.
Freightliner just unleashed the first real, road-legal autonomous big rig on the roads of Nevada. Here’s what that actually means and why it really matters.
The Freightliner “Inspiration Truck” will be the first autonomous commercial truck to drive on American roads. Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and Daimler Chairman Wolfgang Bernhard just bolted on its Autonomous Vehicle license plate to prove it’s the real deal, and it’s already been spotted in action.
After five years and $115 million of development, the Freightliner SuperTruck is Daimler's answer to a lofty challenge set by the Department Of Energy: "improve semi-truck fuel economy by at least 50 percent." This concept blows that benchmark out of the water.
Jay Leno's latest finished project is a British sports car designed for America that Americans didn't like at all at the time. Hemi or not, does it feel like putting lipstick on a pig today?
Daimler has been running a think tank outside its Stuttgart headquarters since 2007. It's been responsible for the car-sharing service Car2Go, 3D-printing parts for classic cars, and had a hand in developing the interior of the Mercedes self-driving car concept. Now it's looking to get into delivery drones.