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Velodyne becomes latest tech company to go public using a SPAC, eschewing the traditional IPO path

Velodyne Lidar, the leading supplier of a sensor widely considered critical to the commercial deployment of autonomous vehicles, said Thursday it has struck a deal to merge with special-purpose acquisition company Graf Industrial Corp., with a market value of $1.8 billion. The company said it was able to raise $150 million in private investment in public equity, or PIPE, from new institutional investors as well as existing shareholders of Graf Industrial. Through the transaction, Velodyne will h...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Tech, Automotive, Ford, Autonomous Vehicles, Baidu, Nasdaq, Lidar, Hall, Kfc, Nyse, David Hall, SPAC, Nikon Corp, Vella


TuSimple kicks off plan for a nationwide self-driving truck network with partners UPS, Xpress and McLane

Self-driving trucks startup TuSimple laid out a plan Wednesday to create a mapped network of shipping routes and terminals designed for autonomous trucking operations that will extend across the United States by 2024. UPS, which owns a minority stake in TuSimple, carrier U.S. Xpress, Penske Truck Leasing and Berkshire Hathaway’s grocery and food service supply chain company McLane Inc. are the inaugural partners in this so-called autonomous freight network (AFN). TuSimple’s AFN involves four ...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Asia, Europe, Los Angeles, Tech, UPS, Automotive, United States, Dallas, Berkshire Hathaway, Autonomous Vehicles, Morgan Stanley, Jacksonville, Self-driving Trucks, Southwest


Daimler-backed Momenta says its robotaxis will be fully driverless and profitable in 2024

In China and the U.S., there’s much debate about when and how humans will achieve fully autonomous robotaxis at scale — cars that chauffeur passengers under complex road conditions without safety drivers behind the wheel. Many pieces are needed to make this happen: mammoth amounts of test data, advanced algorithms, strong operational teams, big checks from investors, local policy support, to name a handful. Until that day arrives, the bold claims from players in the field seem mostly out of reac...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Asia, Elon Musk, Microsoft, China, Softbank, Tech, Tesla, Artificial Intelligence, Beijing, Automotive, Shanghai, Toyota, Autonomous Vehicles, Baidu


Lyft’s self-driving test vehicles are back on public roads in California

Lyft’s self-driving vehicle division has restarted testing on public roads in California, several months after pausing operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Lyft’s Level 5 program said Tuesday some of its autonomous vehicles are back on the road in Palo Alto and at its closed test track. The company has not resumed a pilot program that provided rides to Lyft employees in Palo Alto. The company said it is following CDC guidelines for personal protective equipment and surface cleaning. It has ...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Lyft, California, Cdc, Tech, Palo Alto, Automotive, United States, Autonomous Vehicles, California Department of Motor Vehicles, Robert Morgan, Waymo, Self Driving Vehicles, London Munich, Sameer Qureshi


The Station: Amazoox, TuSimple seeks $250M and the next e-scooter battleground

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every Saturday in your inbox. Hi friends and first-time readers. Welcome back to The Station, a newsletter dedicated to all the present and future ways people and packages move from Point A to Point B. I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. Remember please reach out and email me at [email protected] to share thoughts, ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Elon Musk, UK, California, Oregon, Saudi Arabia, China, New York City, Tech, Information, Tesla, Ars Technica


Getting Into the Game: Amazon Purchases AV Startup Zoox for an Undisclosed Sum

Always eager to slash delivery costs — especially if the government opts to stop subsidizing the company via the U.S. Postal Service — Amazon has been getting chummy with EV startups. It’s also begun exploring new business opportunities in regard to food delivery and ride hailing, resulting in sizable investments into both sectors. On Friday, Amazon announced it […] The post Getting Into the Game: Amazon Purchases AV Startup Zoox for an Undisclosed Sum appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Amazon, Autos, Mergers and Acquisitions, Autonomous Vehicles, Avs, U S Postal Service, Self Driving, News Blog, Buyouts, Zoox, Autonomous Development, Robo-taxi, Delivery Vehicles, Amazon Purchases AV Startup Zoox


Waymo, Volvo partner to develop electric robotaxis

Waymo’s self-driving software footprint is expanding — this time in a partnership with Volvo Car Group. The two companies announced Thursday an “exclusive” partnership to integrate Waymo’s self-driving software into a new electric vehicle designed for ride-hailing. Volvo and Waymo provided few details on the partnership and what this might actually look like except that the companies “will first work together to integrate the Waymo Driver into an all-new mobility-focused electric vehicle plat...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Uber, Japan, France, Tech, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Fca, Jaguar, Jaguar Land Rover, Autonomous Vehicles, Nissan, Volvo, Renault, Fiat Chrysler


Lyft is using data from its rideshare drivers to develop self-driving cars

Lyft is using data collected from drivers on its ride-hailing app to accelerate the development of self-driving cars. Lyft’s Level 5 self-driving car program is using the data to build 3D maps, understand human driving patterns and improve simulation tests — all tools needed to push their autonomous vehicle technology forward, according to a blog post on Tuesday. The program is taking data from select vehicles in its Express Drive program, which provides rental cars and SUVs to drivers on its...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Lyft, Tech, Palo Alto, Automotive, Autonomous Vehicles, Blue Vision Labs, Peter Ondruska, Luca Del Pero, Hugo Grimmett


Lyft is using data from its ride-share drivers to develop self-driving cars

Lyft is using data collected from drivers on its ride-hailing app to accelerate the development of self-driving cars. Lyft’s Level 5 self-driving car program is using the data to build 3D maps, understand human driving patterns and improve simulation tests — all tools needed to push their autonomous vehicle technology forward, according to a blog posted Tuesday. The program is taking data from select vehicles in its Express Drive program, which provides rental cars and SUVs to drivers on its ...
Tags: TC, Lyft, Tech, Palo Alto, Automotive, Autonomous Vehicles, Blue Vision Labs, Peter Ondruska, Luca Del Pero, Hugo Grimmett


Study Says Autonomous Taxis Will Cost Users More than Car Ownership

When Sir Thomas More coined the term “utopia,” he lifted two words from Ancient Greek that roughly translate into “not a place.” Turns out people from the 14th century still understood satire, perhaps better than we do today. After all, we are the ones operating under the assumption that we can remap society in order […] The post Study Says Autonomous Taxis Will Cost Users More than Car Ownership appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Studies, Autos, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Ride-sharing, Reports, Taxis, Avs, Robotaxi, Thomas More, Self Driving, News Blog, Studies & Reports, Robo-taxis, Autonomous Cabs


NHTSA Readies New Voluntary Autonomous Driving Database

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) plans to release new guidance for automakers to make autonomous testing data available to the public. As you are no doubt aware, the concept of self-driving cars is losing steam. The industry finds itself confronting hurdles it never could have anticipated, slowing progress, while high-profile mishaps have shaken […] The post NHTSA Readies New Voluntary Autonomous Driving Database appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Regulation, Autos, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Sae, Dot, Nhtsa, Ntsb, Avs, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Self Driving, News Blog, Autonomous Testing


The Station: Spin heads to Europe, Just Eat Takeaway gobbles up Grubhub and a drive in a Bentley Flying Spur

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every Saturday in your inbox. Hi friends and first-time readers. Welcome back to The Station, a newsletter dedicated to all the present and future ways people and packages move from Point A to Point B. I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. COVID-19 hasn’t gone away, in case you were wondering. And yet, city, county and state gover...
Tags: Transportation, Europe, Japan, Texas, Stanford, China, India, Nigeria, Africa, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Mit, Cruise, Automotive


IIHS Denounces Concept of Total Safety From Autonomous Cars

When the United States began passing legislation allowing automakers to begin testing self-driving vehicles on public roads, it was framed almost entirely as a safety issue. Proponents claimed that the only way to eliminate roadway fatalities was to take the human brain out of the equation and let cars drive themselves. Having enacted a similar […] The post IIHS Denounces Concept of Total Safety From Autonomous Cars appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, Safety, Regulation, United States, Editorials, Studies, Autos, Automotive Industry, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Car Accidents, Automotive Technology, Nhtsa, Avs, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, IIHS


The Great Self-driving Revolution Gets a Language Check

Words have the power to inform or mislead. The descriptors “military grade” or “assault-style” did great things for public acceptance of a recent Canadian gun ban, prompting legions of voters to believe the government just banned once-legal, high-capacity machine guns. The reality was far different, of course. In the automotive world, critics of the haphazard […] The post The Great Self-driving Revolution Gets a Language Check appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, Language, Autos, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Avs, News Blog, Driver-assist Technologies


GM Lays Off Cruise Employees

Cruise, the self-driving arm of General Motors, is cutting roughly 8 percent its full-time staff as coronavirus lockdowns mar the economy and companies walk back development programs. You might have noticed the hype surrounding autonomous cars started dying down even before 2020 became the most miserable year in recent memory. That made them prime candidates […] The post GM Lays Off Cruise Employees appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Layoffs, General Motors, Cruise, Gm, Autos, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, News Blog, Cruise AV


7 top mobility VCs discuss COVID-19 strategies and trends

As COVID-19 swept across the globe, no sector lay untouched, but perhaps no industry was more disrupted than transportation. Airlines slashed routes, public transit use plummeted, ridership on Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing platforms dropped and shared scooter companies pulled products from city streets. Meanwhile, e-bike sales bloomed and on-demand delivery, including services using autonomous robots, exploded. Transportation companies have been forced to adapt — quickly — to this new rea...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Tech, Automotive, Scooters, Electric Vehicles, Venture Capital, Mobility, Autonomous Vehicles, Airlines, Lux Capital, Extra Crunch, Trucks VC


Hunt Ends: American Center for Mobility Names New CEO

Following a nearly six-month search for new leadership, the American Center for Mobility (ACM) has named Reuben Sarkar as its new CEO. The Michigan-based facility has been without a chief executive since Michael Noblett left in November of 2019, leaving COO Mark Chaput in charge while the company hunted for a replacement. It found one with Sarkar. He’s […] The post Hunt Ends: American Center for Mobility Names New CEO appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Automotive Industry, Michigan, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Avs, Sarkar, News Blog, ACM, American Center for Mobility, Autonomous Testing, Hirings and Firings, Reuben Sarkar, American Center for Mobility ACM, Staffing Changes, Michael Noblett


California Greenlights Autonomous Delivery Vehicles for Public Roads

On Tuesday, self-driving startup Nuro received a permit from the State of California to commence testing on certain public roads. Issued by the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles, the document allows its fleet of driverless delivery bots to mingle with traffic. On a national level, Nuro’s vehicles are technically illegal without a smidgen of government […] The post appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: California, Regulation, Autos, Autonomous Vehicles, Avs, Department of Motor Vehicles, Self Driving, News Blog, Delivery Robots, Nuro, Coronavirus, Nuro R2


Former Google Engineer Anthony Levandowski Escapes 32 of 33 Charges in Waymo Theft Plea Deal

Anthony Levandowski, the ex-Google autonomous vehicle engineer slapped with 33 charges of theft and attempted theft of trade secrets last year, has struck a deal with Uncle Sam to plead guilty and escape with just one guilty plea, per the Wall Street Journal.Read more...
Tags: Google, Uber, Science, Technology, Crime, Cars, Automotive, Courts, Autonomous Vehicles, Autonomous Cars, Automobiles, Self Driving Cars, Uncle Sam, Waymo, Anthony Levandowski, Waymo Theft Plea Deal


Waymo suspends all self-driving services in light of coronavirus pandemic

Waymo has extended the partial suspension of its autonomous vehicle service pilots to include fully driverless vehicle testing, the company confirmed on Friday. While Alphabet-owned Waymo had already stopped operation of the autonomous driving vehicles in its fleet that have safety drivers on board, in the interest of minimizing the potential spread of coronavirus, it was still going to go ahead with rides in its fully driverless test vehicles. These fully driverless vehicles are used in its ...
Tags: Google, TC, Transportation, Uber, Technology, Tech, X, Automotive, United States, Transport, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Emerging-technologies, Phoenix, Waymo, Argo AI


Annoy the Driver: IIHS Offers Its Two Cents on Improving Self-Driving Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has issued a set of guidelines for advanced driving aids, suggesting that the key to automated safety is making sure drivers are perpetually engaged with the vehicle’s operations. Unfortunately, this has turned out to be a Catch-22 scenario due to the way these systems function. Semi-autonomous features are […] The post Annoy the Driver: IIHS Offers Its Two Cents on Improving Self-Driving Safety appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Safety, Editorials, Studies, Autos, Autonomous Vehicles, Reports, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, IIHS, Self Driving, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety IIHS, News Blog, Adaptive Cruise Control, Automotive Safety, Studies & Reports, Driving Aids, Advanced Driving Aids


Could Coronavirus Complications Make AVs More Popular?

As the coronavirus epidemic scares populations out of stores, transportation hubs, and stock markets, autonomous vehicles may be getting a leg up in China. Bloomberg reports that Neolix, an autonomous delivery company based in Beijing, has seen a surge in demand as people opt to stay home (or are forced into quarantined by the Chinese government). Founder […] The post Could Coronavirus Complications Make AVs More Popular? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: China, Beijing, Autos, Autonomous Vehicles, Avs, Self Driving, China Bloomberg, News Blog, Industry Trends, Neolix, Delivery Vehicles, Coronavirus, Autonomous Delivery Vehicles, Autonomous Pods


Drivers needed. Sort of: Einride wants remote pilots for its driverless pods

Drivers for driverless pods? It sounds crazy, but this autonomous freight company says it's the future.
Tags: Cars, Trends, Autonomous Vehicles, Driverless Cars, Emerging Tech, Einride


Seeing Ghosts: Self-driving Cars Aren’t Immune From Hackers

Autonomous vehicles “feel” the road ahead with a variety of sensors, with data received sent through the vehicle’s brain to stimulate a response. Brake action, for example. It’s technology that’s far from perfected, yet self-driving trials continue on America’s streets, growing in number as companies chase that elusive driver-free buck. In one tragic case, a […] The post Seeing Ghosts: Self-driving Cars Aren’t Immune From Hackers appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, Safety, America, Autos, Hackers, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, News Blog


Former Uber Self-driving Head Declares Bankruptcy

The former leader of Uber Technologies’ self-driving unit, Anthony Levandowski, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday, and it looks to have something to do with the $179 million he’s legally obliged to pay Google. A San Francisco County court decreed the same day that Anthony needs to pay out in order to settle his contract dispute. […] The post Former Uber Self-driving Head Declares Bankruptcy appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Google, Uber, Technology, Autos, Autonomous Vehicles, Intellectual Property, Self-driving Cars, Anthony, Alphabet, Avs, Otto, Uber Technologies, San Francisco County, News Blog, Waymo, Anthony Levandowski


Waymo’s next-gen self-driving tech can see what’s happening 500 meters ahead

Waymo hopes the updated system will take it a step closer to commercial services
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Waymo, Waymo Driver


Waymo’s next-gen self-driving kit can see what’s happening 500 meters ahead

Waymo hopes the updated system will take it a step closer to commercial services
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Waymo, Waymo Driver


Anthony Levandowski ordered to pay $179 million to Google

Anthony Levandowski, the engineer and autonomous vehicle startup founder who was at the center of a trade secrets lawsuit between Uber and Waymo, has been ordered to pay $179 million to end a contract dispute over his departure from Google. Reuters was the first to report the court order. An arbitration panel ruled in December that Levandowski and Lior Ron had engaged in unfair competition and breached their contract with Google when they left the company to start a rival autonomous vehicl...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Uber, Lawsuit, Legal, Tech, Automotive, Lawsuits, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Ron, Otto, San Francisco County Superior Court, San Francisco County, Devin Coldewey, Waymo


Waymo Raises $2.25 Billion in External Funding Push

Waymo CEO John Krafcik announced Monday that his company amassed $2.25 billion in its external investment round. Considering Waymo is owned by Google parent Alphabet, one of the richest companies in the world, you’d think it’d be able to float some extra funding into autonomous development. However, even a company worth an estimated $1 trillion knows it’s better […] The post Waymo Raises $2.25 Billion in External Funding Push appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Google, Investments, Funding, Autos, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Alphabet, John Krafcik, Avs, Self Driving, News Blog, Waymo, Considering Waymo


Waymo welcomes $2BN of funds to boost self-driving efforts

The autonomous-vehicle company also announced a name for its delivery business
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Waymo, Waymo Via



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