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Michael Potuck


Michael is an editor for Electrek, 9to5Mac, and 9to5Google. You’ll find his articles most often on 9to5Mac where he covers news, reviews, and how-tos. Reach out to Michael with tips, deliberations, and feedback at potuck@9to5mac.com

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January 17

Tesla refuses to adopt CarPlay, but this developer has a workaround

Over the weekend, Polish developer Michał Gapiński shared a fascinating look at CarPlay running on his Tesla Model 3. The automaker doesn’t support CarPlay, so this workaround – with some major caveats – will certainly grab the attention of those who have been asking for the functionality for years.

November 9, 2021

Tim Cook responds to Elon Musk claim that Tesla wanted to sell to Apple (while dodging car question)

Back in late 2020, Elon Musk said he had reached out to Tim Cook to talk about Apple acquiring Tesla years back when the automaker was struggling. However, Cook said he had never spoken with Musk. Now in a new interview, while skipping a question about Apple Car, Cook shared more details on what happened with Musk.

October 22, 2021

Report: Apple Car battery talks with Chinese suppliers on pause, shift to Panasonic

This past summer we learned that Apple was in talks with China’s CATL and BYD to supply battery packs for its electric vehicle. But now it appears the negotiations have stalled as Apple allegedly wants the batteries to be made in the US as well as an exclusive manufacturing operation.

August 18, 2021

BMW surveys Apple fans on Apple Watch app ahead of all-electric i4 launch

BMW is working on launching an all-new Apple Watch app to view vehicle information, lock/unlock doors, control climate, view cameras, and more. Ahead of the release, BMW is asking Apple Watch users for feedback like what features they want to see and which ones are most important.

January 18, 2021

Concept imagines what CarPlay would look like ‘if Apple made the Tesla Model 3’ [Video]

Even though it looks like we’re still more than several years out until Apple Car might reach the world, excitement is building as we learn more details. Now a graphic designer has created a sharp Apple Car concept that imagines what it would look like with a large 15-inch center console screen like Tesla uses with its Model 3 and Model Y.

November 17, 2020

CarPlay support comes to ChargePoint EV charging network

Apple users who don’t want to rely on the built-in charging station guidance in their electric vehicle (or their iPhone) now have the option of using Apple’s CarPlay for everything from navigation, starting a session, to joining a waitlist at ChargePoint EV stations.

November 11, 2020

Arriving soon: Electric aviation for passengers

Drone pilots don’t need to be told about the wonders of electric flight.  But Scientific American believes electric aviation for passengers may be here sooner than we think as the industry struggles to decarbonize.

It’s one of the top ten emerging technologies the magazine highlights in its most recent issue.

August 18, 2020

Outfit your kids with a Radio Flyer Model Y, announced today at $100

After first detailing its Model S for Kids way back in 2016, Radio Flyer is back with a new ride, this time built around the Model Y. But you won’t find an electric-powered ride here, instead, this model moves with your kid’s feet. As a trade-off, it’s also $400 less than the original Model S from Radio Flyer. A worthwhile decision for many. We have full details on the new kid-focused Model Y down below, along with availability and pricing info, so hit the jump for more.

May 21, 2020

Veteran analyst breaks down similarities between Apple and Tesla, how Apple can impact car industry

Morgan Stanley has published a new investor note this week in which veteran analyst Katy Huberty breaks down her thoughts on Apple, Tesla, and the future of both companies. Huberty also acknowledges what needs to change for Apple to have a bigger impact “around cars and transportation.”

January 29, 2020

iPhone 11 Pro meets Tesla Cybertruck with Caviar’s ‘Cyberphone’ for an unlisted price

Apple and Tesla make some of the most sought after products and the luxury device accessory company, Caviar is blending the two with its latest iPhone 11 Pro modification, the Cyberphone. Yep, a mashup of Tesla’s upcoming Cybertruck with the latest flagship iPhone.

December 16, 2019

Google Maps adds search options for electric car charging stations by plug type

Google Maps is now adding the ability to search for electric charging station connector types — making the process of topping up your vehicle that bit easier.

July 22, 2019

Apple poaches Tesla engineering VP for ‘Senior Director’ role as Project Titan future remains unclear

Apple has made a notable hire this month with a storied career in the automative industry. As first reported by Bloomberg, Steve MacManus has joined Apple as a “Senior Director” working out of Apple Park in Cupertino.

July 3, 2019

Waymo gains approval for transporting passengers in self-driving cars in California

As Waymo continues its push for a driverless future, the Alphabet company is trying to expand to more regions. This week, the state of California has granted Waymo a permit to transport passengers in its self-driving vehicles.

June 20, 2019

Waymo partners with Renault, Nissan to bring self-driving cars around the world

Waymo has largely been testing and operating self-driving cars in the United States. The Alphabet division today announced a partnership with Renault and Nissan to bring autonomous vehicles to France, Japan, and other parts of the world.

June 6, 2019

Apple buying Drive․ai, says report, though Apple statement vaguer than usual

An unconfirmed report of Apple buying Drive.ai suggests the Cupertino company may be primarily interested in acquiring engineers from the self-driving startup.

However, a statement by Apple suggests that the deal is not certain …

April 23, 2019

Google Maps now shows real-time availability of nearby EV charging stations in US, UK

Google Maps is now able to show you the real-time availability of nearby EV charging stations when you use the map search feature.

April 19, 2019

Denmark to deploy drones to detect shipping sulphur emission levels

Shipping authorities in Denmark have adopted a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) to detect shipping sulphur emission levels. The shipping emissions detection system, developed by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), will be deployed along the Great Belt region where large tankers travel from and to the Baltic Sea.

April 15, 2019

Report: US malls can’t rely on Apple and Tesla to increase foot traffic

New data out today about retail store closures in the US shows that “experiential” tenants like Apple and Tesla aren’t driving consumer traffic to malls like landlords expect.

March 20, 2019

Waymo planning 85,000-square-foot Technical Service Center for Mesa, Arizona

In a post on Medium, Waymo has confirmed massive expansion plans for a Technical Service Center in Mesa, Arizona.

March 4, 2019

Google Maps expands Lime scooter location tracking to 80 more cities globally

Towards the tail end of 2018, Google Maps added the ability for users to find out the location of Lime scooters in a very few select cities globally. The service has now rolled out to a further 80 cities around the planet.

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