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Fresh off a $530M round, Aurora acquires lidar startup Blackmore

Aurora, the self-driving car startup backed by Sequoia Capital and Amazon, is in an acquiring mood. The company, founded in early 2017 by Chris Urmson, Sterling Anderson and Drew Bagnell, announced Thursday that it acquired lidar company Blackmore. The Blackmore purchase follows another smaller, and previously unknown acquisition of 7D Labs that occurred earlier this year, TechCrunch has learned. 7D, founded by former software engineer from Pixar animation Magnus Wrenninge, is a simulat...
Tags: Amazon, Transportation, Elon Musk, Tech, Tesla, Ceo, Automotive, Silicon Valley, Bmw, Pixar, Sequoia Capital, Lidar, Self-driving Car, Cto, Emerging-technologies, Chris Urmson

Ford CTO Ken Washington at TC Sessions: Mobility on July 10

A conference dedicated to transportation and mobility wouldn’t be complete without hearing from Ford, the U.S. automaker with a storied 116-year history. We’re excited to announce that Ford CTO Ken Washington will participate in TechCrunch’s inaugural TC Sessions: Mobility, a one-day event on July 10, 2019 in San Jose, Calif., that’s bringing the best and brightest minds — founders, investors and technologists — who are determined to invent a future Henry Ford might never have imagined. Or maybe...
Tags: Transportation, Technology, California, Los Angeles, Events, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, United States, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Transport, Bird, San Jose, Automotive Industry, Self-driving Cars

Ford will slash 7,000 salaried jobs by August

Ford Motor is laying off 7,000 salaried employees as part of CEO Jim Hackett’s restructuring plan to reduce bureaucracy, cut costs and turn the automaker into a more agile company prepared for a future that extends beyond its traditional business of producing and selling cars and trucks. The cuts represent about 10 percent of the automaker’s salaried employees. Some buyouts and layoffs have already occurred, according to an email sent to employees by Hackett. The contents of the email were in...
Tags: Transportation, Technology, Tech, Ceo, Automotive, Vehicles, Transport, Driving, Detroit, Qualcomm, Wireless Networking, Emerging-technologies, Ann Arbor, Jim Hackett, Layoff

TC Sessions: Mobility announces its July 10 agenda

TechCrunch Sessions is heading to San Jose on July 10 and we’re thrilled to announce our jam-packed agenda, overflowing with some of the biggest names and most exciting startups in the transportation industry. With Early Bird ticket sales ending soon, you’ll want to be sure to grab your tickets after checking out this agenda. Throughout the day, you can expect to hear from and partake in discussions about the future of transportation, the promise and problems of autonomous vehicles, the pote...
Tags: Google, Food, Transportation, Uber, Tech, Ceo, Intel, AV, Nasa, Companies, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Transport, Chrysler

Waymo CTO Dmitri Dolgov at TC Sessions: Mobility on July 10

Long before there was an autonomous vehicle industry, there was Project Chauffeur — a secret endeavor staffed by about a dozen engineers and housed under Google’s moonshot factory X. That venture, popularly known as the Google self-driving car project, would eventually graduate from its project status to become a standalone company called Waymo in 2016 — along the way helping launch an entire industry and numerous careers. And Waymo’s CTO and VP of engineering Dmitri Dolgov has been the...
Tags: Google, TC, Transportation, Technology, California, Tech, Intel, Companies, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, San Jose, Self-driving Cars, Robotics, Cto, Henry Ford, Emerging-technologies

Audi self-driving unit taps newcomer Aeva for its unique lidar

Audi’s self-driving unit has tapped a startup with a unique approach to lidar as it ramps up testing in Munich using a fleet of autonomous electric e-tron crossover vehicles. Audi subsidiary Autonomous Intelligent Driving, or AID, said Wednesday it’s using lidar sensors developed by Aeva, a startup founded just two years ago by veterans of Apple and Nikon. Aeva, a Mountain View, Calif.-based company started by Soroush Salehian and Mina Rezk, has developed what it describes as “4D lidar” th...
Tags: Apple, Transportation, Tech, Tesla, Munich, Automotive, Automotive Industry, Volkswagen, Self-driving Cars, Nikon, Audi, Lidar, Emerging-technologies, Velodyne, Mountain View Calif, Canaan Partners

Aptiv takes its self-driving car ambitions (and tech) to China

Aptiv, the U.S. auto supplier and self-driving software company, is opening an autonomous mobility center in Shanghai to focus on the development and eventual deployment of its technology on public roads. The expansion marks the fifth market where Aptiv has set up R&D, testing or operational facilities. Aptiv has autonomous driving operations in Boston, Las Vegas, Pittsburgh and Singapore. But China is perhaps its most ambitious endeavor yet. Aptiv has never had any AV operations in China,...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, China, Boston, Singapore, Tech, Automotive, United States, Automation, President, Shanghai, Transport, Automotive Industry, Manufacturing, Las Vegas, Self-driving Cars

Alibaba will let you find restaurants and order food with voice in a car

Competition in the Chinese internet has for years been about who controls your mobile apps. These days, giants are increasingly turning to offline scenarios, including what’s going on behind the dashboard in your car. On Tuesday, Alibaba announced at the annual Shanghai Auto Show that it’s developing apps for connected cars that will let drivers find restaurants, queue up and make reservations at restaurants, order food and eventually complete a plethora of other tasks using voice, motion or tou...
Tags: Apple, Android, Startups, Transportation, Asia, China, Beijing, Automotive, Shanghai, Alibaba, Tencent, Alipay, Alibaba Group, Baidu, Operating System, Operating Systems

Uber spent $457 million on self-driving and flying car R&D last year

Uber spent $457 million last year on research and development of autonomous vehicles, flying cars (known as eVTOLs) and other “technology programs” and will continue to invest heavily in the futuristic tech even though it expects to rely on human drivers for years to come, according to the company’s IPO prospectus filed Thursday. R&D costs at Uber ATG, the company’s autonomous vehicle unit, its eVTOL unit Uber Elevate and other related technology represented one-third of its total R&D spen...
Tags: Apple, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Toronto, San Francisco, Tech, Ceo, AV, Automotive, Ford, Toyota, Travis Kalanick, Self-driving Cars, New York Stock Exchange, Robotics

Voyage CEO Oliver Cameron at TC Sessions: Mobility on July 10

Some of the first users of autonomous taxis are senior citizens living in a massive retirement community in Florida. It’s there, in a 40-square-mile area known as The Villages, that autonomous driving startup Voyage has planted its flag. Once the door-to-door self-driving taxi service is fully operational, all 125,000 residents will have the ability to summon a self-driving car to their doorstep using the Voyage mobile app. Voyage’s strategy to target retirement communities makes the startup,...
Tags: Transportation, Florida, Technology, California, Articles, Tech, Automotive, Automation, Cameron, Transport, San Jose, Self-driving Cars, Voyage, Robotics, Udacity, TechCrunch

Nuro CEO Dave Ferguson at TC Sessions: Mobility on July 10 in San Jose

Autonomous delivery startup Nuro, fresh with nearly $1 billion in capital from SoftBank, is bursting with ideas — as some recent patent filings (and our recent deep dive into the company) suggest. And we can’t wait to learn more about what Nuro has planned. It’s only fitting that Nuro co-founder and CEO Dave Ferguson is our first announced guest for TechCrunch’s inaugural TC Sessions: Mobility, a one-day event on July 10, 2019 in San Jose, Calif., that’s centered around the future of mob...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Mississippi, California, China, Softbank, Events, Tech, Intel, Engineer, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Darpa, Machine Learning, Ferguson, San Jose

Transportation Weekly: Waymo unleashes laser bear, Bird spreads its wings, Lyft tightens its belt

Welcome back to Transportation Weekly; I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch . This is the fifth edition of our newsletter and we love the reader feedback. Keep it coming. Never heard of TechCrunch’s Transportation Weekly? Catch up here, here and here. As I’ve written before, consider this a soft launch. Follow me on Twitter @kirstenkorosec to ensure you see it each week. (An email subscription is coming).  This week, we explore the world of light detec...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Travis Vanderzanden, Elon Musk, UK, Technology, California, France, China, Samsung, Sacramento, Articles, Tech, Tesla

Waymo to start selling standalone LiDAR sensors

Waymo, the Google self-driving project that spun out to become a business under Alphabet, will start selling its custom LiDAR sensors — the technology that was at the heart of a trade secrets lawsuit last year against Uber . The company announced Wednesday in a blog post that it will sell is light detection and ranging sensors, or LiDAR, to companies outside of self-driving cars. Waymo will initially target robotics, security, and agricultural technology. The sales will help the company scale ...
Tags: Google, TC, Transportation, Uber, Technology, Tech, Automotive, Self-driving Cars, Lidar, Emerging-technologies, John Krafcik, Krafcik, LUMINAR, Waymo, Innoviz, Anthony Levandowski

UK moves toward driverless car tests without safety drivers

The U.K. government has announced it’s working on a process to support so-called “advanced trials” of autonomous vehicles — i.e. trials without human safety drivers. It also says it will be beefing up the existing Code of Practice for testing driverless cars to provide a framework to support the evolution of the tech, saying it’s on track to meet its goal of fully driverless cars being tested on public roads by 2021. Commenting in a statement, Richard Harrington, automotive minister, said: “We w...
Tags: Europe, UK, Technology, Tech, Car, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, United Kingdom, Automation, Transport, Self-driving Cars, Driverless Cars, Robotics, Emerging-technologies, Department For Transport, UK Government

UK moves towards driverless car tests without safety drivers

The UK government has announced it’s working on a process to support so-called ‘advanced trials’ of autonomous vehicles — i.e. trials without human safety drivers. It also says it will be beefing up the existing Code of Practice for testing driverless cars to provide a framework to support the evolution of the tech, saying it’s on track to meet its goal of fully driverless cars being tested on public roads by 2021. Commenting in a statement, Richard Harrington, automotive minister, said: “We wan...
Tags: Europe, UK, Technology, Tech, Car, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, United Kingdom, Automation, Transport, Self-driving Cars, Driverless Cars, Robotics, Emerging-technologies, Department For Transport, UK Government

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

Waymo plans to open a self-driving car factory in Michigan

Waymo and Magna plan to build thousands of self-driving cars at a factory in southeast Michigan, including autonomous versions of the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE and Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan. Waymo, the former Google self-driving project that spun out to become a business under Alphabet, announced Tuesday that the Michigan Economic Development Corporation voted to approve the company’s plan to set up a manufacturing facility in the state to build its self-driving vehicles. The MEDC ...
Tags: Google, Tech, Companies, X, Austria, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Fca, Transport, Chrysler, Jaguar, Jaguar Land Rover, Michigan, Self-driving Cars, Emerging-technologies, John Krafcik

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

Nvidia dives into a new business segment with Drive AutoPilot

Nvidia’s automotive ambitions seemed targeted solely on creating a platform to enable fully autonomous vehicles, notably the robotaxis that so many companies hope to deploy in the coming decade. It turns out that Nvidia has also been working a more near-term product that opens it up to a different segment in the automotive industry. The company announced Monday at CES 2019 that it has launched Nvidia Drive AutoPilot, a reference platform that automakers can use to bring more sophisticated automa...
Tags: Startups, Transportation, Technology, Tesla, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Automation, Transport, Nvidia, Drive, Autonomous Machines, Driver, Continental, Self-driving Car, Emerging-technologies, Autopilot

Audi, Mobileye, Waymo, other top automakers unite to spread the self-driving gospel

The self-driving vehicle evangelists are uniting. A number of major automakers, technology companies and organizations with a stake in autonomous vehicles, including Audi, Aurora, Cruise, GM, Mobileye, Nvidia, Toyota, Waymo and Zoox has formed a coalition to spread the word about advanced vehicle technologies and self-driving vehicles. Their message: this tech can transform transportation and make it safer and more sustainable. The Partners for Automated Vehicle Education, or PAVE, coal...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Technology, Tech, Automotive, Ford, Automation, Transport, Nvidia, Toyota, Las Vegas, Self-driving Cars, Robotics, Audi, Driver

The well-funded startups driven to own the autonomous vehicle stack

A t some point in the future, while riding along in a car, a kid may ask their parent about a distant time in the past when people used steering wheels and pedals to control an automobile. Of course, the full realization of the “auto” part of the word — in the form of fully autonomous automobiles — is a long way off, but there are nonetheless companies trying to build that future today. However, changing the face of transportation is a costly business, one that typically requires corporate b...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, TC, Transportation, Uber, Column, Technology, Tech, General-motors, Tesla, Automotive, Ford, Jaguar, Automotive Industry, Autonomous Vehicles

Einride’s autonomous trucks will be Nvidia-powered, and deliveries start this fall

Einride’s T-pod all-electric, self-driving transport vehicle will use the Nvidia Drive AI platform to provide its autonomous smarts, the Swedish technology company revealed today. Einride also announced that the very first customer deliveries of its production T-pod truck will begin this fall, meaning it could be making actual deliveries sooner rather than later. The Nvidia Drive AI platform will allow Einride’s T-pods to operate autonomous for up to 124 miles, with path planning and intel...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Technology, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Transport, Nvidia, Truck, Autonomous Cars, Robotics, Science and Technology, Gothenburg, Emerging-technologies, Helsingborg

AeroMobil’s new electric flying car concept is a sporty 4-seater

Flying cars are more down to earth than ever – at least, in that their physical design is moving closer to something resembling a car. The AeroMobil 5th generation all-electric VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) concept is no exception, with styling that makes it look sort of like a near-future SUV or crossover, with a wide nose but a sleek, low design that suggests sporty performance. The AeroMobil 5.0 VTOL joins the previously revealed 4.0 STOL (short take-off and landing) vehicle that the c...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Tech, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Automotive, Aircraft, Transport, New Zealand, Aviation, Flying Car, Emerging-technologies, Vtol, Kitty Hawk, STOL

Lyft is building a self-driving platform with auto supplier Magna

Lyft is partnering with Magna, one of the largest tier-one automotive industry suppliers in the world, on autonomous vehicle technology. Lyft CEO and co-founder Logan Green explained that this will help them get their self-driving tech into various automaker vehicles around the world. Lyft will be working directly with Magna on “co-developing” an autonomous driving system, with collaborative teams from both companies working on the project. Magna is also investing $200 million in Lyft i...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Lyft, California, Tech, Palo Alto, Green, Netflix, Automotive, Automation, Transport, Robotics, Raj Kapoor, Emerging-technologies, Logan Green, John Zimmer

Elon Musk shares updated pedestrian-first Boring Co. Hyperloop transit plan

 Elon Musk has shifted his pans for The Boring Company: While it will still focus on digging tunnels to provide a network of underground tubes suitable for use by high-speed Hyperloop pods, the plan now is to use that Hyperloop to transport pedestrians and cyclists first, and then only later to work on moving cars around underground to bypass traffic. Musk shared the update via Twitter, noting…
Tags: TC, Transportation, Business, Elon Musk, Tech, Automotive, Transport, Hyperloop, Emerging-technologies, High Speed Rail, Tunnel, Hyperloop One, The Boring Company, Boring Co, Transport Systems, Boring Co Hyperloop

Waymo and Google launch a self-driving truck pilot in Atlanta

 Waymo’s autonomous trucking program is coming along – though we haven’t heard much about it since discovering it was a real thing last year, Waymo today announced that it’s launching a pilot program in Atlanta to focus specifically on self-driving trucks and automated logistics. The pilot is being done in partnership with Google, another Alphabet company and… Read More
Tags: Google, TC, Transportation, Technology, California, Tech, Atlanta, X, Automotive, Automation, Autonomous Cars, Robotics, Emerging-technologies, San Francisco Bay Area, Waymo launches a self-driving ride-hailing fleet for public use in China

 Autonomous driving technology startup has become the first company to operate an autonomous ride-hailing service on public roads for public users in China. The company, just over a year-old, recently raised $112 million in a Series A round to help it accelerate its efforts, and its fleet is running a nearly two-mile route in Nansha, Guangzhou, where its China HQ is located. As you… Read More
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, China, Tech, Automotive, Automation, Transport, Robotics, Emerging-technologies, Autonomous Car, Pony, Nansha Guangzhou

Elon Musk’s self-driving strategy still doesn’t include LiDAR

 Elon Musk’s vision of autonomous driving differs from a lot of Tesla’s competitors in that he’s been adamant that LiDAR isn’t a core component of his approach. It’s a stance that provokes a lot of debate among experts in the field. Read More
Tags: TC, Transportation, Business, Elon Musk, Tech, Tesla, Economy, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Millionaires, Lidar, Hyperloop, Emerging-technologies, Tesla Model 3, Autonomous Car

Continental taps Nvidia for its full-scale autonomous vehicle platform

 Continental is the latest top-tier automotive supplier to work with Nvidia, and the latest to announce its intent to build a full-scale, top-to-bottom autonomous driving system. Continental (which might be most familiar from its tire division, but which supplies a range of automotive parts and systems across the industry) will be using Nvidia’s DRIVE autonomous vehicle platform for… Read More
Tags: TC, Transportation, Technology, Tech, Automotive, Automation, Transport, Nvidia, Automotive Industry, Robotics, Continental, Emerging-technologies, Autonomous Car, Tire

We were in an accident during an automated driving tech demo

 As a transportation reporter, I’ve been in a lot of cars using either autonomous or semi-automated Advanced Driver Assistance (ADAS) features, both on public and private roads, and yet I’d never been in an accident during a demonstration drive for any of these features before now. On Tuesday, January 30, myself and two TechCrunch video production staff were riding in a modified… Read More
Tags: Travel, TC, Transportation, Technology, Automotive, Automation, Transport, Automotive Industry, Autonomous Cars, Emerging-technologies, ADAS

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