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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: Pony.ai turns to delivery, Kodiak cuts, Lime snaps up Boosted’s IP

Hi and welcome back to The Station, a weekly newsletter dedicated to the future (and present) of transportation. I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. What you’re reading here is an abbreviated version of The Station. To get the complete newsletter, which comes out every weekend, go here and click The Station. Here’s a friendly reminder to reach out and email me at [email protected] to share thoughts, opinions or tips or send a direct messag...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Uber, Technology, California, China, Tech, Ceo, AV, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, DMV, Portland, Sharing Economy, Bird, Mountain View


Nuro gets OK to test its driverless delivery vehicles on California public roads

Autonomous delivery startup Nuro has been granted a permit to begin driverless testing on California’s public roads, paving the way for the company to roll out commercial operations throughout the state. Nuro, which raised $940 million from SoftBank Vision Fund last year, is allowed to put two of its low-speed electric R2 delivery vehicles on public roads in parts of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, according to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, the agency that regulates autonomous...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Texas, California, Tech, Automotive, Arizona, DMV, Gm, Mountain View, Michigan, Toyota, Santa Clara, Cpuc, Gavin Newsom, Nhtsa


Uber self-driving cars are back testing on San Francisco streets

Uber Advanced Technologies Group has resumed testing autonomous vehicles in San Francisco, two years after the company scaled back its testing program following a fatal crash in Arizona that killed a pedestrian. Uber’s self-driving vehicle unit is tiptoeing back into testing its autonomous vehicle technology on public roads. Uber ATG ended all testing on public roads after one of its vehicles struck and killed pedestrian Elaine Herzberg in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe. Uber ATG was testing its...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Technology, Washington, Toronto, Articles, San Francisco, Tech, Spokesperson, Automotive, Automation, Arizona, Dallas, Self-driving Cars, Driver, Volvo


Lyft ramps up self-driving program

A year ago, Lyft submitted a report to the California Department of Motor Vehicles that summed up its 2018 autonomous vehicle testing activity in a single, short paragraph. “Lyft Inc. did not operate any vehicles in autonomous mode on California public roads during the reporting period,” the letter read. “As such, Lyft Inc. has no autonomous mode disengagements to report.” The 2019 data tells a different story. Lyft had 19 autonomous vehicles testing on public roads in California in 2019, acc...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Lyft, Technology, London, California, Tech, AV, Palo Alto, Munich, Automotive, United States, Automation, DMV, Las Vegas, Self-driving Cars


California’s self-driving car reports are public. Here’s what they don’t mean.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles released its annual cache of autonomous vehicle testing and disengagements data that, depending how one chooses to interpret the data, shows either stunning progress or stagnation. The data, which every company testing autonomous vehicles on public roads in California must submit, tells a winding and sometimes contradictory tale of growth, consolidation and priorities. The total number of autonomous miles driven in 2019 rose 40%, to more than 2.87 mill...
Tags: TC, Transportation, California, Tech, Automotive, DMV, Self-driving Cars, Baidu, Chris Urmson, Aurora, California Department of Motor Vehicles, Waymo, Zoox


Uber issued permit to test self-driving vehicles on California public roads

Uber Advanced Technologies Group has been issued a permit that would allow the company to put its autonomous vehicles back on public roads in California nearly two years after the company scaled back its testing program following a fatal crash in Arizona that killed a pedestrian. Uber doesn’t have immediate plans to put its autonomous vehicles on public roads in San Francisco, where it was previously testing. The company says it will notify key local, state, and federal stakeholders before it...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Uber, Technology, California, Washington, Toronto, Articles, San Francisco, Tech, Spokesperson, Automotive, Automation, Arizona, DMV, Self-driving Cars


Aurora can now give the public rides in its self-driving cars

Aurora has been given permission by California regulators to transport passengers in its self-driving vehicles, TechCrunch has learned. The California Public Utilities Commission granted Aurora a permit, which was posted on its website Wednesday, to participate in the state’s Autonomous Vehicle Passenger Service pilot. Aurora confirmed the approval. “This permit lets us give rides powered by the Aurora Driver and shows that we’re committed to being good partners to California and the Commissi...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Technology, California, Government, San Francisco, Tech, AV, Automotive, Sequoia Capital, Cpuc, TechCrunch, Self-driving Car, Emerging-technologies, Chris Urmson, Chrysler Pacifica


Cruise calls for a new way to determine commercial readiness of self-driving cars

Cruise co-founder and CTO Kyle Vogt said Friday that disengagement reports released annually by California regulators are not a proxy for the commercial readiness or safety of self-driving cars. Vogt, in a lengthy post on Medium, called for a new metric to determine whether an autonomous vehicle is ready for commercial deployment. The post suggests that the autonomous vehicle company, which had a valuation of $19 billion as of May, is already developing more comprehensive metrics. The Californi...
Tags: TC, California, Tech, Cruise, Automotive, DMV, Jalopnik, Cto, Vogt, Kyle Vogt, California Department of Motor Vehicles, Chandler Arizona, Waymo


The Station: A new self-driving car startup, Inside Tesla’s V10 software, Lilium’s big round

If you haven’t heard, TechCrunch has officially launched a weekly newsletter dedicated to all the ways people and goods move from Point A to Point B — today and in the future — whether it’s by bike, bus, scooter, car, train, truck, flying car, robotaxi or rocket. Heck, maybe even via hyperloop. Earlier this year, we piloted a weekly transportation newsletter. Now, we’re back with a new name and a format that will be delivered into your inbox every Saturday morning. We’re calling it The Station, ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Lyft, Asia, Twitter, Europe, Elon Musk, China, Africa, Cars, Tech, Tesla, AV, Mit


Benefits of Motorcycle Riding Later In Life

When you picture your golden years, you might never have imagined that some of your best days would be spent cruising around on a motorcycle, but that is exactly what more and more people are doing later in life. California Department of Motor Vehicles data shows that baby boomers make up 56 percent of the almost 1.4 million Californians licensed to operate motorcycles, while only 30 percent of Class M licenses are held by people ages 16 through 40. There are many factors that might contribute t...
Tags: Articles, Motorcycles, Harley Davidson, Riding Tips, Harley, California Department of Motor Vehicles, Michael Russell, Tips & Advice, Great Way, Tri Glide


GM Cruise snags Dropbox HR head to hire 1,000 engineers by the end of the year

GM Cruise plans to hire 1,000 more engineers over the next nine months, TechCrunch has learned. It’s an aggressive move by the autonomous vehicle technology company to double its size as it pushes to deploy a robotaxi service by the end of the year. Arden Hoffman, who helped scale Dropbox, will leave the file-sharing and storage company to head up human resources at Cruise. The GM subsidiary is expanding its office space in San Francisco to accommodate the growth. GM Cruise will keep its head...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Cloud Storage, Softbank, San Francisco, Tech, General Motors, Artificial Intelligence, Software, Cruise, Automotive, Computing, Gm, Dropbox, Autonomous Vehicles, Honda


GM Cruise snags Dropbox HR head to hire at least 1,000 engineers by end of year

GM Cruise plans to hire hundreds of employees over the next nine months, doubling its engineering staff, TechCrunch has learned. It’s an aggressive move by the autonomous vehicle technology company to double its size as it pushes to deploy a robotaxi service by the end of the year. Arden Hoffman, who helped scale Dropbox, will leave the file-sharing and storage company to head up human resources at Cruise. The GM subsidiary, which has more than 1,000 employees, is expanding its office space i...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Cloud Storage, Softbank, San Francisco, Tech, General Motors, Artificial Intelligence, Software, Cruise, Automotive, Computing, Gm, Dropbox, Autonomous Vehicles, Honda


California Gives Ford’s Argo AI Green Light to Test AVs

Argo AI, the Pittsburgh-based firm Ford pumped $1 billion into and handed responsibility for educating its self-driving vehicles, just received a go-ahead for testing in the State of California. The company gained a testing permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles on Tuesday, making its autonomous trials perfectly legal on public roads. Ford’s current trajectory has its […] The post California Gives Ford’s Argo AI Green Light to Test AVs appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, California, General Motors, Ford, Autos, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Pittsburgh, Ford Motor Company, Ford Motor Co, Avs, California Department of Motor Vehicles, News Blog, Waymo, Argo AI, Autonomous Testing


Argo.AI acquires permit to test autonomous vehicles in California

Argo.AI, the self-driving car startup that burst onto the scene in 2017 with $1 billion in backing from Ford, has obtained a permit to test its autonomous vehicles in California. The permit, issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles, is for one vehicle and two drivers. Unlike other self-driving car companies, California isn’t the first, or even third, market where Argo.AI is testing its tech. The company, which founded by former Google self-driving project veteran Bryan Salesky an...
Tags: Google, Uber, Technology, California, Washington, Tech, Car, Automotive, Ford, Automation, Transport, Miami, Self-driving Cars, Dc, Robotics, Driver


GM’s self-driving unit Cruise is expanding to Seattle

Cruise, the self-driving company acquired by GM in 2016, is expanding to Seattle as it seeks out more engineering talent to develop its technology. The company doesn’t have any plans right now to test its autonomous vehicles in the city. Instead, GM Cruise plans to set up offices in Seattle to attract and hire between 100 to 200 engineers by the end of 2019. “To continue growing a team that is diverse and rich in talent, we feel that it’s important to explore talent pools outside of the Bay Area...
Tags: Transportation, Softbank, San Francisco, Tech, Cruise, Automotive, Gm, Honda, Seattle, Self-driving Car, Bay Area, Kyle Vogt, California Department of Motor Vehicles, GM Cruise


RideCell expands funding round to $60 million

RideCell, a transportation software startup, has doubled its previously announced Series B funding round to $60 million, a sign that investors believe demand for cloud-based mobility platforms will grow as more companies try to scale up car-sharing, ride-hailing and even, robotaxi businesses. The company, which has developed a platform designed to help car-sharing, ride-sharing, and autonomous technology companies manage their vehicles, announced it raised $28 million in May. Activate Capital le...
Tags: Transportation, Tech, Automotive, BNP Paribas, Toyota, Khosla Ventures, Ford Fusion, Munich Re, Mitsui, Ergo, California Department of Motor Vehicles, DENSO, RideCell, Auro, Raj Atluru, Aarjav Trivedi


Waymo takes the wheel: Self-driving cars go fully driverless on California roads

Self-driving startup Waymo, a Google spin -off owned by parent company Alphabet, has been granted the first permit in California to begin driverless testing on public roads. Yes, that means self-driving cars without a human behind the wheel will be cruising around California, beginning with a limited geographic area in Silicon Valley. The company’s autonomous vehicles are a common sight on public roads in and around Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California. The startup, which began as ...
Tags: Google, TC, Transportation, California, Tech, Palo Alto, Automotive, United States, Arizona, DMV, Silicon Valley, Mountain View, Alphabet, Phoenix, Chandler, Mountain View California


Waymo, take the wheel: Self-driving cars go fully driverless on California roads

Self-driving startup Waymo, a Google spin-off owned by parent company Alphabet, has been granted the first permit in California to begin driverless testing on public roads. Yes, that means self-driving cars without a human behind the wheel will be cruising around California, beginning with a limited geographic area in Silicon Valley. The company’s autonomous vehicles are a common sight on public roads in and around Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California. The startup, which began as a...
Tags: Google, TC, Transportation, California, Tech, Palo Alto, Automotive, United States, Arizona, DMV, Silicon Valley, Mountain View, Self-driving Cars, Alphabet, Phoenix, Chandler


Apple’s autonomous vehicle fleet swells 27% in four months

Apple keeps adding autonomous vehicles to its test fleet in California, boosting its ranks 27% since May, according to records from the California Department of Motor Vehicles. The company now has 70 autonomous vehicles permitted to test on public roads, Mac Reports first reported. The permits, which are issued by CA DMV, require a safety driver to be behind the wheel. Over the past 18 months, Apple has gone from just three autonomous vehicles to 27 by January, 55 by May, and now 70. GM Cruis...
Tags: Apple, Transportation, California, Tech, Automotive, Tim Cook, DMV, Silicon Valley, Delphi, California Department of Motor Vehicles, GM Cruise, Waymo, CA DMV


Apple is late to a self driving milestone — its first test car accident

Apple’s secretive self-driving vehicle program has disclosed its first accident, according to a report filed with the California Department of Motor Vehicles. The low speed accident, which occurred August 24, is a milestone of sorts for the company, albeit not one that is being celebrated. These days, as more companies head out onto public streets to test their autonomous vehicle systems, accidents have become more common. The vast majority are minor, low-speed incidents. There was just one a...
Tags: Apple, Google, Transportation, Tech, Bloomberg, Automotive, Automation, Arizona, Tim Cook, DMV, Silicon Valley, Delphi, Nissan Leaf, Cupertino California, California Department of Motor Vehicles, Waymo


Apple reportedly partners with Volkswagen for self-driving employee shuttles

Apple has decided to work with Volkswagen for some of its self-driving car efforts, The New York Times reported today. The plan, according to the NYT, is to turn some of Volkswagen’s T6 Transporter vans into autonomous shuttles for employees. However, this project is reportedly behind schedule and taking up much of the time of Apple’s autonomous driving team. According to the NYT, Apple’s lengthy talks pertaining to partnerships with manufacturers like BMW and Mercedes-Benz have ended. A Vol...
Tags: Apple, TC, Transportation, California, Tech, Automotive, New York Times, Autonomous Vehicles, Bmw, Volkswagen, Self-driving Cars, Mercedes Benz, California Department of Motor Vehicles, General Motors Cruise


California DMV has new regulations for self-driving car companies

Self-driving car programs have been under close scrutiny as of late. That is due in part to a fatal accident involving one of Uber’s self-driving cars in Tempe, Arizona, as well as a fatal crash involving one of Tesla’s Model X vehicles, which had its semi-autonomous Autopilot system engaged. Today, the California Department of Motor Vehicles adopted new regulations pertaining to autonomous vehicles. “State law requires the California DMV to develop regulations for the safe testing and deploymen...
Tags: Startups, Transportation, California, Tesla, Automotive, DMV, Self-driving Cars, Department, California Department of Motor Vehicles, Tempe Arizona, Autonomous Vehicle Regulation


Lyft gets approval to test self-driving cars on public roads in California

 Lyft is the latest company to be added to the ever-growing list of those permitted to test their self-driving technology on California state public roads. The California Department of Motor Vehicles added Lyft to the list recently (via Axios), following Lyft’s foundation of a self-driving technology development center earlier this year, and its announcement that it would work on both its…
Tags: TC, Transportation, Lyft, California, Tech, Automotive, Automation, Transport, Robotics, Emerging-technologies, Autonomous Car, California Department of Motor Vehicles


California will allow self-driving cars with no human driver on public roads next year

California is anything but the wild West when it comes to testing self-driving cars. The state requires automakers and technology companies to adhere to strict regulations. Most notably, there must be a human driver behind the wheel of any self-driving car. Next year, California will change that. The California Department of Motor Vehicles... [Author: [email protected] (Sean Szymkowski)]
Tags: California, Automotive, Self-driving Cars, Autonomous Cars, California Department of Motor Vehicles, Sean Szymkowski


California DMV changes rules to allow testing and use of fully autonomous vehicles

 The California Department of Motor Vehicles is changing its rules to allow companies to test autonomous vehicles without a driver behind the wheel — and to let the public use autonomous vehicles. The DMV released a revised version of its regulations and has started a 15-day public comment period, ending October 25, 2017. California law requires the DMV to work on regulations to cover… Read More
Tags: TC, California, Tech, Automotive, DMV, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, California Department of Motor Vehicles


Undistracted Driver: Waymo’s Self-driving Minivans are Becoming Eerily Competent

According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles and its autonomous vehicle disengagement report, self-driving cars are in need of less and less human intervention. Waymo, Google’s autonomous driving project, is leading the pack in this regard. The report shows that the number of times test drivers had to take over in Waymo’s vehicles dropped […] The post Undistracted Driver: Waymo’s Self-driving Minivans are Becoming Eerily Competent appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Google, Technology, Autos, Autonomous Vehicles, Autonomous Driving, California Department of Motor Vehicles, Self Driving, News Blog, Gizmology


Waymo’s self-driving tech got a lot better in 2016

 Waymo’s self-driving software had far fewer disengagements in 2016 than it did in 2015 in the state of California, despite a big increase in the number of miles driven overall. The California Department of Motor Vehicles just published Waymo’s most recent disengagement report, which tracks al the times that a self-driving software system must be turned off in a test cars –… Read More
Tags: Google, TC, Transportation, California, Tech, Car, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Transport, California Department of Motor Vehicles


Did Uber flub its chance to expand self-driving ride-hailing service to San Francisco?

A few weeks ago, Uber quietly expanded its self-driving ride-hailing service to its hometown of San Francisco. The launch marked a triumphant leap forward just three short months after the company initially began offering riders in Pittsburgh the option of hailing a self-driving car. Unfortunately, the California Department of Motor Vehicles swiftly shut down the San Francisco operation by revoking the registrations on Uber’s 16 self-driving vehicles, citing the company's failure to obtain the ...
Tags: Uber, Design, News, California, US, San Francisco, General Motors, Automotive, New York Times, Arizona, DMV, Rideshare, Uber app, Volvo, Self-driving Car, Car Service


Uber Informed the California DMV its Rules Don’t Apply to Their Cars

Uber Technologies Inc. have again ignored mandates from California regulators that the ride-services firm must apply for a permit to test self-driving cars, setting the table for a potential legal battle. Uber’s grounds for refusing to apply are that the autonomous vehicles are not quite self-reliant enough to warrant the paperwork. Unveiled to the public on Wednesday, […] The post Uber Informed the California DMV its Rules Don’t Apply to Their Cars appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Uber, California, Industry, Testing, DMV, Autos, Autonomous Vehicles, Volvo, Legal Action, Autonomous Car, Uber Technologies Inc, California Department of Motor Vehicles, News Blog



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