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E-bike subscription Dance has 10,000 subscribers

Dance, a German startup that rents electric bikes and mopeds, has two interesting developments. First, the company added a few investors to its €12 million funding round. Second, Dance has 10,000 paying members. Dance says little about funding. The company isn’t disclosing the second tranche’s amount, which usually means it’s …

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BMW stops charging for cheek warming due to heat

When BMW started charging $18 per month for heated seats in 2022, the backlash was swift and brutal. Customers united to discourage automakers from encouraging this behavior, fearing it would encourage avarice. “You’ve already paid for it!” cried one Redditor. “The fucking hardware is in your car and you paid!” …

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Google’s artificial intelligence chatbot will be integrated into GM’s OnStar service

GM has found a new way to join the generative AI revolution. The automaker now handles non-emergency OnStar features with Google Cloud’s Dialogflow chatbot. GM announced the partnership Tuesday during Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai’s Google Cloud Next 23 keynote. Since 2022, GM’s OnStar in-car concierge has used Google Cloud’s conversational …

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Vinfast worth more than Ford and GM after 19% stock drop

Vietnamese EV maker VinFast’s Nasdaq debut Tuesday was remarkable. The automaker, which went public after merging with Black Spade Acquisition, saw shares rise 68% to $37.06, valuing it at $86 billion, far above Ford, GM, and Stellantis. Wednesday was the real surprise. VinFast still had a market cap ahead of …

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Volkswagen’s XPeng deal models West-China EV alliance

Volkswagen’s $700 million investment in China’s electric vehicle startup XPeng is this week’s auto industry news. This partnership could set a precedent for Western automakers looking to leverage Chinese firms’ EV expertise, while Chinese firms can benefit from their foreign allies’ global distribution. Volkswagen will produce two battery-powered models using …

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