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Autonomous truck startup TuSimple hits unicorn status in latest round

Another autonomous vehicle unicorn has joined the herd. TuSimple, a self-driving truck startup running daily routes for customers in Arizona, has raised $95 million in a Series D funding round led by Sina Corp. as the company prepares to scale up its commercial autonomous fleet to more than 50 trucks by June. The startup, which launched in 2015 and has operations in San Diego and Tucson, Arizona, has a post-money of $1.095 billion (aka unicorn status). TuSimple has raised $178 million to date...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Uber, Hong Kong, Texas, China, Tech, Tesla, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Arizona, Shanghai, San Diego, Nvidia, Self-driving Cars, Weibo


Softbank’s next bet: $940M into autonomous delivery startup Nuro

Nuro, the autonomous delivery startup, has raised $940 million in financing from the Softbank Vision Fund, a whopping amount that will be used to expand its delivery service, add new partners, hire employees and scale up its fleet of self-driving bots. Nuro has raised more than $1 billion from partners including SoftBank, Greylock Partners and Gaorong Capital. “We’ve spent the last two and a half years building an amazing team, launching our first unmanned service, working with incredible ...
Tags: Transportation, Softbank, Tech, Automotive, Arizona, Toyota, Self-driving Cars, Robotics, Greylock Partners, Kroger, Phoenix, Starship Technologies, Ike, Dave Ferguson, SoftBank Vision Fund, SoftBank Investment Advisers


Coyotes Weekly: A Powerless Power Play

Last week, we touched on how important it would be for the Arizona Coyotes to get off to a good start in the second half of the season if they had serious aspirations of making a run at a playoff spot in the Western Conference. Well, after a 0-2-1 road trip in the first week of play following the All-Star Break, it’s safe to say things aren’t off to a great start. Coyotes Week in Review After a nine-day layoff from game action due to the All-Star Break, the Coyotes traveled to the site of the ...
Tags: Column, Usa, Sport, Car, Glendale, Arizona, Kings, Dallas, Nashville, San Jose, Hockey, NHL, San Jose Sharks, Sharks, Pacific, Ducks


Piston Slap: A Winter Tire for All Seasons?

Ryan writes: Esteemed Mr. Mehta, what tires should you use when going from cold to hot weather? Imagine you were driving from Canada to Arizona in March. Earlier this year, my parents drove their shiny new 2018 CR-V AWD to Phoenix in order to attend the Vintage Stunt Championships. The event happens in March, a […] The post Piston Slap: A Winter Tire for All Seasons? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Canada, Arizona, Autos, Phoenix, Ryan, Mehta, Long Journey, News Blog, Piston Slap, Snow Tires, Winter Tires, M+S tires


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 60: Returning to Colorado

Left Quartzsite this morning and ended up near Tucson by 5:00 PM. Long day behind the wheel but it's time to get back home and get some stuff done, Scarlett repaired or sold or both, and get Uma the URRV ready for another trip.I did stop by my FIL's home to pick up the camera/lens and meds I'd forgotten to bring with me in the flight back to AZ from Denver.Warm day, sunny skies, and I was in the RV driving...oh well.So now spending the night at the Snyder Hill BLM site near Tucson.  It's becomin...
Tags: Colorado, Motorcycles, Arizona, Denver, Sunset, Tucson, Scarlett, Az, Quartzsite, FIL, RV Trips, Snyder Hill BLM


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 59: Hanging with the Machidas

Spent the day hanging out with RichardM and Bridget at the campsite near Quartzsite, AZ.The weather was warm and not windy at all which made it quite enjoyable to sit in the sun and chat about whatever was on our mind.  It would have been a perfect setting, but the large number of RVs surrounding us tended to ruin things a little bit.  Here's three views from the top of my URRV: We did take RichardM's truck into town to check out e-bikes for Bridget but nothing suitable was found.  One plac...
Tags: Verizon, Motorcycles, Arizona, Honda, Bridget, Scarlett, Quartzsite, RV Trips


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 57: Linking up with RichardM in Quartzsite, AZ

Broke camp early and left the State Trust Land near Congress, AZ. Leaving last night's campsite area A couple of hours later, I was in the traffic zoo that is apparently Quartzsite in late January!Holy Cow, never seen so many RVs and cars crammed into so small a town.  The BLM areas looked quite saturated as well.  December is definitely the time to be at Quartzsite, not late January when there's a Gem Show, Hamfest (Ham Radio gathering), Schoolie-Palooza (RVs converted from old school bus...
Tags: Alaska, Motorcycles, Arizona, BLM, Denver, Sunset, Lightroom, La Paz, Bridget, Scarlett, Quartzsite, Scarlett Repairs, RichardM, RV Trips, Quartzsite AZ, Congress AZ Leaving


The Southwestern Sojourn - Days 54 -56: A Wedding in Denver, and now back in Arizona

Friday, Jan 18.Didn't get much riding done, wasn't feeling it I guess.  The weather wasn't great, light snow and snow-covered streets.  I had ridden Fiona to the auto parts store to get a 35mm socket wrench that I will be using to seat the replacement oil seal for Scarlett's leaking final drive.Saturday, Jan 19.Today was Eric L's and Danielle F.'s wedding day at the Brown Palace Hotel in downtown Denver.   It was a lot of fun seeing all of Eric's daughters together in one place again, they'd all...
Tags: Colorado, Motorcycles, Arizona, Denver, Sunset, Eric, Bridget, Martha, Scarlett, Danielle, Fiona, Quartzsite, Phoenix AZ, State Trust, RV Trips, Brown Palace Hotel


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 52: Back in Sun City

Left the boondocking site near the Painted Rock Petroglyph campground today just before noon.  I should probably have waited a bit longer for the water that fell yesterday to dry up.Getting out of the site was no problem, there was a layer of rock laid on top of the sandy ground.The dirt road leading back to the campground was another story.  I could feel the wheels wiggling a bit in the softer spots that "looked OK" but the worst parts were the large puddles.Some of them were wide enough, long ...
Tags: Motorcycles, Arizona, Sun City, Denver, Scarlett, RV Trips, Painted Rock Petroglyph


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 49: Uraling along Rocky Point Road

Today's riding involved exploring the trails around the campground.Not much to report, I kept encountering either "no motorized travel" signs or private property signs and ended up turning back.  Looking west from near the campground, that't Oatman Mountain on the right. I decided to head west, along Rocky Point Road, past the turn off for Oatman Mountain I'd explored earlier. Went as far as 17 miles, to Hyder Road where it parallels a railroad track that was marked as "out of service"....
Tags: Motorcycles, Arizona, Google Maps, Sunset, Rocky Point Road, Scarlett Rides, RV Trips, Oatman Mountain, Hyder Road


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 49: Uraling along Painted Rock Dam Road

Today's riding involved exploring the trails around the campground.Not much to report, I kept encountering either "no motorized travel" signs or private property signs and ended up turning back.  Looking west from near the campground, that't Oatman Mountain on the right. I decided to head west, along Painted Rock Dam Road, past the turn off for Oatman Mountain I'd explored earlier. Went as far as 17 miles, to Hyder Road where it parallels a railroad track that was marked as "out of serv...
Tags: Motorcycles, Arizona, Google Maps, Sunset, Scarlett Rides, RV Trips, Oatman Mountain, Painted Rock Dam Road, Hyder Road


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 48: Gila Bend Museum and other sights

This morning, I rode Scarlett the 25 miles or so to the nearby highway junction town of Gila Bend after a pretty good sunrise: The town, as I understand it, has basically been the junction point of travel technologies over the history of the region.  From wagons, to trains, and now auto highways, Gila Bend, has functioned as a meeting point.I got some groceries and then toured the museum at the city's visitor center.It's a small museum, basically contained in one large room that is part...
Tags: Mexico, US, Alaska, Motorcycles, Arizona, Sunrise, Bulls, Martha, Scarlett, Gila Bend, Oatman, Scarlett Rides, RV Trips, Oatman Mountain, Gadsen Purchase, Sisson Road


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 47: Painted Rock Petroglyph Campground, Day 2

Decided to hang out another day at the campground after all.  It promised to be a sunny and warm day with some clouds.Dawn came and while started clear, a low layer of fog moved through the valley as I waited for the sun to show itself.  It made for some nice lighting in spite of the lack of clouds overhead: As the fog grew thicker, it made the nearby hills and distant peaks appear to be afloat on clouds.  Oatman Mountain  The fog got higher and partially blocked the sun as it finally...
Tags: Motorcycles, Arizona, Sunrise, Sunset, Dawn, Gila River, Scarlett Rides, RV Trips


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 46: Painted Rock Petroglyph Site and Campground

Left the Cottonwood Canyon Road BLM campsite today and found a spot at the Painted Rock Petroglyph Site and Campground about 15 miles west of Gila Bend, AZ.It's a BLM campground, featuring nice big spots with space between the sites and pretty level as well.  For the $8 camping fee, there's pit toilets and a garbage dumpster along with a camp host.  Not bad.  It wasn't crowded, perhaps slightly less than half full.It's right next to the Painted Rock Petroglyph site itself.From wikipedia:  LINKTh...
Tags: Motorcycles, Arizona, Sunset, Scarlett, Bureau of Land Management BLM, Scarlett Rides, RV Trips, Cottonwood Canyon Road BLM, Gila Bend AZ, Theba Arizona, Oatman Mountain, Painted Rock Dam, Corps of Engineers Returning


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 45: Maintenance Day

A cloudy day with wind making the temperatures which reached the mid-60s seem cooler.Still the clouds made for a nice sunrise: Found there were tasks to be done on Scarlett, the 2014 Ural Sidecar Rig and I spent some time at the hardware store in nearby Florence, AZ sourcing the right bolt.One of the two bolts which held the starter motor in place had fallen off and I noticed it this morning.  I think I failed to secure it properly while working on the failed clutch parts last month.  Sigh....
Tags: Motorcycles, Arizona, Sunrise, Florence, Sunset, Scarlett, Scarlett Rides, Scarlett Repairs, RV Trips, Florence AZ


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 44: Checking out Cottonwood Canyon

Today was the day to ride Scarlett to see what lay to the east along Cottonwood Canyon Road.Turns out, I didn't get very far.One road turned out to be blocked, there's apparently some kind of livestock operation behind locked gates.Further on, the road got bad really fast....and I wasn't up to a kidney busting ride today and so I stopped early on for this picture. Going back to the fork in the road, I took the one on the right instead and wound up stopped by the entrance to an open pit quarry...
Tags: Motorcycles, Arizona, Sunrise, Sunset, Scarlett, Scarlett Rides, Cottonwood Canyon, RV Trips, Cottonwood Canyon Road Turns


Walmart taps startup Udelv to test autonomous grocery deliveries in Arizona

More autonomous vehicles are poised to descend on Arizona. This time, Walmart has signed a deal with startup Udelv to test the use of autonomous vans to deliver online grocery orders to customers. Under the agreement, Udelv will provide its second-generation autonomous delivery van, called the Newton, to Walmart to deliver groceries in Surprise, Arizona. The trial is set to begin in February, Udelv announced Tuesday at CES 2019. The Newton, which is being shown at CES, is based on  Baidu’s la...
Tags: Transportation, Texas, Technology, Cars, San Francisco, Tech, Walmart, Automotive, Arizona, Las Vegas, Self-driving Cars, Baidu, Robotics, Newton, Emerging-technologies, Chandler


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 43: Miami

Jan 07Miami, Arizona that is.  More on this name in a bit. After two days of overcast skies, I woke to a clear sky! Having spent my teenage years in Miami, FL....I tend to notice when other locales are named the same, such as the one in Ohio.Today I rode Scarlett over to US Highway 60 and headed east towards the town of Miami, passing Superior along the way and turning around eventually at Globe, AZ. Copper Boomtown Miami  Catholic Shrine by the Miami welcome sign How the town got ...
Tags: Colorado, US, Motorcycles, Arizona, Army, Miami, Sunrise, US Army, Sunset, Devil, Scarlett, Cripple Creek, Scarlett Rides, Cottonwood Canyon, RV Trips, Globe AZ Copper Boomtown Miami Catholic Shrine


Atlis emerges from stealth mode to promise an electric pickup truck

Nonexistent and unimaginable several years ago, the electric pickup truck segment is attracting companies from all over the automotive spectrum. Arizona-based startup Atlis has revealed a concept named XT tentatively set to launch in 2020. The post Atlis emerges from stealth mode to promise an electric pickup truck appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Arizona, Electric Cars, Pickup Trucks, Atlis


Autonomous trucking startup TuSimple is taking 3 to 5 commercial trips a day

A little more than a year ago, autonomous trucking startup TuSimple —flush with a fresh round of venture capital — was preparing to scale up its testing to two full truck fleets in China and the U.S. TuSimple, a China-based company with an R&D facility in San Diego and test operations in Tucson, has put that money to use. The startup, which launched in 2015, is taking three to five fully autonomous trips per day for customers on three different routes in Arizona, TuSimple said Monday at CES 2...
Tags: Texas, China, Tech, Automotive, Arizona, San Diego, Nvidia, Las Vegas, Self-driving Cars, Weibo, Tucson, Cummins Inc, Sina, Autonomous Trucks, TuSimple, CES 2019


The Southwestern Sojourn - Days 37 - 42: Sun City and back on the road.

Martha and I spent Jan 1-4 visiting with her sister's family, her dad and local friends as well.Martha's sister, Laura, Husband Andy and son Greg all flew back to Michigan on Wednesday.  Martha and I hung out at her dad's place, just relaxing really, getting some chores done while there.Saturday, Jan 5We got the URRV ready to roll in the morning, filled up with water from Martha's dad's home and left soon afterwards.  We found a spot, enroute to the next campsite, to dump tanks, gas up both in t...
Tags: Colorado, Motorcycles, Arizona, Miami, Michigan, BLM, Sun City, Florence, Sunset, Greg, Abraham Lincoln, Martha, Scarlett, Poston, Scarlett Rides, Cottonwood Canyon


Custom Bikes Of The Week: 6 January, 2019

Since this is our first weekly round up of the year, we’re taking liberties. A couple of the bikes below popped up last month, and a couple more have just landed in our inbox. The list includes everything from a Ducati 750SS dressed as a MH900e, to a BMW R nineT built up with kit parts. We’ve also got a retro-styled Yamaha XJR1300, a rare Moto Martin M16 and a little Honda Z50R filled with attitude. Let’s get 2019 started then… Ducati 750SS by Unik Edition The Ducati MH900e is one of the m...
Tags: Motorcycles, Ducati, Arizona, Portugal, Honda, Yamaha, Martin, Don, Federico, Kawasaki Ninja, Duc, Jens, Lille France, Suzuki Motorcycles, Rizoma, Classic Motorcycles


The Southwestern Sojourn - Days 35 & 36 Sun City

Jan 01Happy New Year Folks!Here's the first sunrise pic for 2019, taken in the parking lot of my FIL's snowbird home in Sun City, AZ.We are visiting, along with Martha's sister and her family, for a few days. Here's a pic of the group, taken by my nephew Greg, of the New Year's Eve dinner at my FIL's home: Laura, Andy, Richard, yours truly and Martha No plans for much riding, just hanging with the relatives mostly. We'll be here this week, Martha returns home Saturday and I will resume ...
Tags: Motorcycles, Arizona, Sunrise, Sun City, Greg, Martha, RV Trips, Laura Andy Richard


Waymo’s autonomous cars are coming under attack in Arizona

It's not just technological challenges that autonomous-car companies have to overcome. Waymo's testing of self-driving cars near Phoenix, Arizona, shows that they still have to win over some members of the public, too. The post Waymo’s autonomous cars are coming under attack in Arizona appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Arizona, Self-driving Cars, Autonomous Cars, PHOENIX Arizona, Waymo


Waymo’s autonomous cars are coming under attack from some folks in Arizona

It's not just technological challenges that autonomous-car companies have to overcome. Waymo's testing of self-driving cars near Phoenix, Arizona, shows that they still have to win over some members of the public, too. The post Waymo’s autonomous cars are coming under attack from some folks in Arizona appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Arizona, Self-driving Cars, Autonomous Cars, PHOENIX Arizona, Waymo


Arizona: People are violently attacking driverless cars from Google/Alphabet's Waymo

People like this guy waving his gun at a driverless Waymo van in Arizona are attacking self-driving vehicles with rocks, knives, and *their own cars*, sending a message to tech companies like Waymo, which is owned by Alphabet (Google's parent company). That message is, please go experiment with artificial intelligence in somebody else’s neighborhood. In the video above, a pissed off guy in Chandler, Arizona waves his gun at a passing Waymo van. He got in trouble for it, but man, I can empa...
Tags: Google, Post, Technology, News, Cars, Tech, US news, Automotive, New York Times, Arizona, Self-driving Cars, Phoenix, Road Rage, Arizona Republic, Tempe, Chandler


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 33: Wickenburg and Vulture City

Mellow day today, Martha and I rode Scarlett about 60 miles to the tourist town of Wickenburg.Temperatures were in the high 40s as we wandered about for a bit, checking the shops that interested Martha and some of the sights.  Alas, not much picture taking was done, but I did get one of the Jail Tree: The Jail Tree Wickenburg was one of the towns I visited a little over a year ago while I was in Arizona to help take care of my FIL:  LINK We had lunch at a Chinese restaurant and then head...
Tags: Motorcycles, Arizona, Sunset, Phoenix, Martha, Scarlett, Wickenburg, Scarlett Rides, RV Trips, Wickenburg Temperatures, Vulture City, Henry Wickenburg, Wells Fargo Post Weekly Weigh


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 32 Travel Day to Tonopah, AZ

Dec 29We displaced from the Needle Mountain Road BLM area this morning and headed east and south towards a BLM area I'd boondocked in last year.  Its south of Tonopah, AZ, lots of space, found a smoother road in (last year I picked the worst possible road apparently) and joined the several RVs already onsite.Our sunset on DEC 28: Along the way, we dumped tanks and took on water at the Cattails Cove State Park along US 95.  $15 and the attendant made sure to tell us that this did NOT inclu...
Tags: US, Motorcycles, Arizona, Sunset, Tonopah, RV Trips, Needle Mountain Road BLM, Cattails Cove State Park, Scarlett Sunset


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 31: Oatman, AZ and its Burros

After a leisurely breakfast and after Martha returned from the truck stop 7 miles away where she got herself a Truck Stop Shower....we headed out in two vehicles towards Oatman, AZ about 26 miles away.It was very windy and I was having to concentrate and react constantly to strong gusts of winds that threatened to blow Scarlett to one side or other of the road. Martha was driving the rental car, as this ride was a further test of my repairs yesterday.  I'm happy to report all is well on those.W...
Tags: US, Motorcycles, Arizona, Sunset, Martha, Clark Gable, Scarlett, Lake Havasu City, Oatman, Carole Lombard, Scarlett Rides, RV Trips, URRV, Oatman AZ, Golden Shores


The Southwestern Sojourn - Days 29 & 30: Travel Day and Scarlett breaks at the London Bridge

Wednesday Dec 26After we dropped off Patrick at the airport in Las Vegas, Martha and I were quite fed up with Las Vegas and its crowds and traffic.Instead of waiting till Thursday, we packed up the URRV soon as we got back to it and headed south on US95 towards Lake Havasu.Soon, we were finally back within the confines of Arizona's border and had found a boondocking spot off of exit 4 on eastbound I-40.  There were at least five or six more RVs already camped out in the area but we got a good sp...
Tags: London, Colorado, Walmart, Motorcycles, Arizona, Las Vegas, BLM, Sunset, London Bridge, Patrick, Martha, Ural, Randy, Scarlett, Lake Havasu City, Thames River



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