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Daily Crunch: SoftBank bets big on autonomous delivery

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here: 1. SoftBank’s next bet: $940M into autonomous delivery startup Nuro Nuro 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. The autonomous ...
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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


Self-driving truck startup Ike raises $52 million

Ike, the autonomous trucking startup founded by veterans of Apple, Google, and Uber Advanced Technologies Group’s self-driving truck program, has raised $52 million in a Series A funding round led by Bain Capital Ventures. Redpoint Ventures, Fontinalis Partners, Basis Set Ventures, and Neo also participated in the round. Bain Capital Ventures partner Ajay Agarwal has joined Ike’s board.  Ike’s funding round will help the company expand beyond its 30-person team as it drives forward with its...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Tech, Automotive, Sun, Silicon Valley, Bain Capital, Redpoint Ventures, Bain Capital Ventures, Ike, Otto, Apple Google, Van Den Berg, Dwight D Eisenhower, Woodrow


Autonomous pods are now delivering groceries to customers in Arizona

Check out these cool-looking autonomous delivery pods that are now trundling along the streets of Scottsdale, Arizona. Created by tech firm Nuro, the unmanned pods are part of a service delivering groceries to customers The post Autonomous pods are now delivering groceries to customers in Arizona appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Arizona, Self-driving Cars, Autonomous Cars, Grocery Delivery, Emerging Tech, Nuro, Scottsdale Arizona Created


Kroger supermarket chain tests driverless grocery deliveries in Arizona

Kroger and autonomous delivery innovator Nuro began a pilot program in Scottdale, Arizona, for grocery home deliveries with Prius cars to test the self-driving concept. The first tests do not use the purpose-built Nuro vehicle. The post Kroger supermarket chain tests driverless grocery deliveries in Arizona appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Arizona, Self-driving Cars, Smart Home, Kroger, Nuro, Kroger driverless deliveries, Nuro delivery robots, Scottdale Arizona


Kroger supermarket chain to test driverless grocery deliveries

Kroger and autonomous delivery innovator Nuro announced a pilot program in the Fall to test home delivery services for Kroger's grocery customers. The Nuro delivery vehicle combines artificial intelligence, computer vision, and robotics. The post Kroger supermarket chain to test driverless grocery deliveries appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Self-driving Cars, Kroger, Nuro, Kroger driverless deliveries, Nuro delivery robots


Self-driving car startup Nuro teams up with Kroger for same-day grocery delivery

Nuro, an autonomous vehicle startup focused on local deliveries, has partnered with 135-year-old grocery retailer Kroger to offer same-day deliveries. The two have yet to announce which market this will be live in, but the plan is to launch the several-month-long pilot this fall. Nuro’s intent is to use its self-driving technology in the last mile for the delivery of local goods and services. That could be things like groceries, dry cleaning, an item you left at a friends house or really anythin...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Automotive, Ferguson, Kroger, Dave Ferguson, Nuro, America Kroger, Yael Cosset


Nuro wants to make pizza delivery guys a thing of the past

We learned about Nuro's approach to the autonomous car trend. It created a driverless car designed specifically for last-mile deliveries, potentially rendering awkward pizza delivery guys and Amazon couriers a thing of the past. The post Nuro wants to make pizza delivery guys a thing of the past appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Amazon, Cars, Trends, Self-driving Cars, Autonomous Cars, Delivery, Emerging Tech, Nuro


Nuro takes the man out of ‘deliveryman’

The self-driving car industry is turning into somewhat of an entire ecosystem of its own of late, and that’s nobody’s fault but all of our own for hyping it up. However, just when we thought all hope was lost for finding something a little different, two Google engineers have risen to the top with their interesting spin on autonomous transportation in the form of Nuro. Focused on deliveries, Nuro delivers explicitly the kind that is low-speed, local, and last-mile: groceries, laundry, and take...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Transportation, Design, Technology, Autonomous, Automotive, Nuro


Nuro’s self-driving vehicle is a grocery-getter and errand-runner

 Not every self-driving car has to be able to move passengers from point A to point B. Take, for example, Nuro: The startup just revealed their unique autonomous vehicle platform, which is more of a mobile small logistics platform than a self-driving car. The company, which has been working away in stealth mode in Mountain View until now, has raised a $92 million Series A round led by Banyan… Read More
Tags: Travel, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Transportation, Business, Economy, Car, Automotive, Automation, Transport, Driving, Mountain View, Robotics, Greylock Partners, Startup Company



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