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Uber entices drivers back post-pandemic with $250 million stimulus

Despite the classification of ride-hail drivers as “essential workers” during the early days of the pandemic, last April  Uber’s business dropped by 80%. Drivers decided they’d rather not risk contracting or spreading COVID-19 for the measly revenue provided by the few rides per day they were getting, so when the federal CARES Act extended the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance to gig workers, many Uber drivers decided to hang up their keys.  With more than a quarter of the U.S. population a...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Tech, Austin, Automotive, Rideshare, On-demand, Gig Economy, Ride Hailing, Phoenix, Uber Drivers, Gig workers, Philadelphia Austin Chicago Miami

The Station: Argo AI plots its fundraising course and Waymo changes leadership

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every weekend in your inbox. Hi there, new and returning readers. This is The Station, a weekly newsletter dedicated to all the ways people and packages move (today and in the future) from Point A to Point B. There is a lot to get to, so let’s dive right in. My email inbox is always open. Email me at [email protected] to share thoughts, criticisms, offer...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Transportation, Europe, Japan, Florida, UK, Congress, China, Massachusetts, America, Tech, Tesla, Spain

Not Everyone in Arizona Is a Fan of Waymo’s Self-Driving Vans

Waymo, the autonomous program backed by Google-parent Alphabet, seems to have upset some residents of Phoenix, Arizona, who have elected to whip eggs at the company’s test vehicles. Selected due to its lax regulatory standards, the state has become home base for Waymo to pioneer its self-driving vans since 2016. However, newly released police reports paint […] The post Not Everyone in Arizona Is a Fan of Waymo’s Self-Driving Vans appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Google, Technology, Safety, Arizona, Autos, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Phoenix, PHOENIX Arizona, Alphabet Inc, News Blog, Waymo, Test Mules, Test Vehicles, Public Testing

$300 a day for a rental car? There’s a reason for that

By Chris Isidore | CNN Here’s what you need to know if you’re planning on a spring break trip to Orlando next week: Renting a car — if you can find one — could cost you at least $300 a day. That’s possibly more than you’ll spend for air fare, hotel rooms or tickets to theme parks. A year ago, air travel came to a near halt, leading to a glut of rental cars. Rental companies parked their cars in unused lots at ballparks around the nation, and cars were rented for a fraction of their normal price ...
Tags: Business, Florida, News, US, Sport, Economy, Soccer, Hawaii, Autos, Deutsche Bank, Omaha, Hertz, Orlando, Phoenix, Maui Hawaii, Marc Gasol

Porsche adds the all-electric Taycan to its subscription program

Porsche has added its first all-electric vehicle, the Taycan sports sedan, to its subscription and short-term rental program as part of a broader expansion that aims to build a new customer base of U.S. owners. The German automaker said Thursday it is also expanding the Porsche Drive subscription and rental programs to five more cities — up from four. It’s now offered to customers living in Atlanta, Houston and Phoenix, and in California in Irvine, Los Angeles, Monterey, San Diego, San Francisco...
Tags: TC, Transportation, California, Los Angeles, Tech, Automotive, United States, Porsche, Electric Vehicles, Phoenix, Atlanta Houston, Porsche Cars North America, Porsche Drive, Porsche Taycan, Kjell Gruner, San Jose Porsche

Boondocking near the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument

 Left Phoenix at 10AM today and about 5 hours or so later, was setting up in the Badger Canyon dispersed camping area located on a flat-ish ground that overlooks the Colorado River.  In my rush to get here, managed to forget to fill the onboard propane tank at the KOA in Flagstaff, AZ where I dumped tanks.  Careless of me but the tight confines of the dump area at the KOA distracted me I guess.  Still I have about a week of propane remaining so should be good to go till I decide to leave this ar...
Tags: US, Motorcycles, Arizona, Phoenix, Chevron Gas Station, Colorado River, KOA, Flagstaff AZ, RV Trips, Navajo Bridge, Badger Canyon, Badger Creek Road

California bill would require all self-driving vehicles to be zero emission by 2025

California might be the first state to give self-driving cars a deadline to electrify. In mid-February, a bill was quietly introduced into the California State Legislature that would require all autonomous vehicles to also be zero emission by 2025. Proposed Bill SB 500, which was introduced by Senator Dave Min and sponsored by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), would directly affect the nascent AV industry in applications like ride-hailing, delivery and trucking. The amendment is in line w...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Texas, California, Washington, Softbank, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Cruise, Automotive, Ford, Arizona, Gm, Davis, Jaguar

Elon Musk fires back at Waymo's CEO after he said Tesla was 'no competitor at all'

Patrick Pleul/picture alliance via Getty Images Waymo CEO John Krafcik said Tesla is not a viable competitor in the autonomous vehicle market.  In response, Elon Musk called the company out on Twitter, saying "Tesla has better AI hardware and software than Waymo." The two CEOs have traded jabs in the past after Tesla released its "full self-driving" software, which isn't self-driving, in beta mode to customers in the fall. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Elon Musk fire...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Transportation, Twitter, Elon Musk, News, Germany, Cars, Trends, Tesla, Electric Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Vinod Khosla, Musk, John Krafcik, Phoenix

The Station: Zoox’s six-year ride, Aurora makes its Uber ATG employee picks and NHTSA takes a new position on AVs

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 new 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 asked you last week to share your picks for the biggest stories of the year. While there was a mix, two startup-focused themes emerged: COVID-19 and the pressure it put on ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Transportation, Uber, Toronto, Tech, General Motors, Tesla, Bloomberg, Austin, Automotive, United States, Electric Vehicles, Autonomous Vehicles, Zomato, EC

Home Again

 Dec 09, Wednesday:Got back to the clogged cesspool that is the Metro Denver area soon after noon today.  Left Springer, NM soon after the sun had risen above the horizon with temperatures hovering at 21°F (-6°C).Temperatures would climb throughout the drive and it would be in the mid-60s as I unloaded the URRV and then took it to the storage yard before the forecasted cold/snowy weather that starts tomorrow.I was gone for 37 nights this time out.  It wasn't as warm as I remembered Arizona, this...
Tags: Colorado, Motorcycles, Arizona, Nevada, Phoenix, Owen, Ural, Scarlett, Fiona, IAA, Beemer, Metro Denver, URAL Patrol, RV Trips

Boondocking at the Indian Bread Recreation Area (BLM) and testing a new camera

I displaced from the vicinity of Gila Bend and the Barry Goldwater AF Range Thursday morning, and parked at my FIL's place so I could hand deliver the title for Fiona to my insurance company's office in Phoenix.  Thursday after, after a lot of anguished thought, much bothering of both CCjon and Scooter in the Sticks' Steve Williams, thinking about needs vs wants, trying to establish and adhere to requirements grounded in reality....I went ahead and picked up a new camera at the BestBuy store nea...
Tags: Motorcycles, Arizona, Sony, Bestbuy, Dsc, Phoenix, Megapixels, Barry Goldwater, Fiona, Gila Bend, Steve Williams, Yagi, Megapixel Digital Camera, RV Trips, Sun City AZ, Indian Bread Recreation Area BLM

Birds, Bugs and Bushings

 A pretty quiet day here in the desert.  Some Gambel's Quails came by to check out the URRV but did not tarry.  Sorry but the camera in my Pixel 4a, as with most camera phones, is lacking when it comes to zoom function.  The below pic is shot at 2X zoom, I think its optical, but not sure. As to bugs, there have been very few flies this time around, probably the cool temperatures at night killing off any remaining flies from summer/fall.  There are however, enough black beetles crawling around, ...
Tags: Colorado, Motorcycles, Arizona, Albuquerque, Phoenix, Fiona, Gambel, Fiona Misc, RV Trips, Yagi Rides

Self-driving trucks startup TuSimple raises $350M from U.S. rail, retail and freight giants

Self-driving trucks startup TuSimple has closed a $350 million funding round from a diverse consortium of strategic investors that include major U.S. corporations in rail, retail and freight,  according to sources familiar with the deal.  The round, which was oversubscribed, was led by VectoIQ LLC, confirming a report by TechCrunch in September. VectoIQ is the consulting and investment company founded by Steve Girsky, the former GM vice chairman, consultant and investor whose special purpo...
Tags: Transportation, Texas, China, Tech, Beijing, Automotive, United States, Arizona, Shanghai, Gm, Autonomous Vehicles, Kroger, Phoenix, Tucson, Ike, Volkswagen AG

Jason Sakurai, News Contributor: Who Am I?

I, Jason R. Sakurai, literally grew up in a dealership, with a father that nurtured my automotive interests. Following grad school, I was recruited by General Motors, leaving Phoenix for the Motor City. Managing 21 dealerships in GM’s San Francisco Zone, I later moved to Nissan, and then Mazda. Eschewing corporate life, I sold ad […] The post Jason Sakurai, News Contributor: Who Am I? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: News, General Motors, Gm, Autos, Nissan, Housekeeping, Phoenix, Mazda, News Blog, TTAC, News Contributor, Jason Sakurai, Jason R Sakurai, Motor City Managing, San Francisco Zone

Root Car Insurance Review (2020)

Affiliate disclosure: Automoblog and its partners may be compensated when you purchase the products below. Root Insurance Review In Our Opinion: Root car insurance can be a good option for safe drivers and those who do not use their vehicles often. The usage-based program is available in 30 states. Industry Standing: 85 Availability: 90 Coverage: 85 Affordability: 95 Customer Service: 90 Online Experience: 90 Pros: Rates set b...
Tags: United States, Wyoming, Autos, North Carolina, State Farm, Ahmed, Phoenix, Gary, COLUMBUS Ohio, GEICO, Michele, Auto Insurance, San Francisco Chicago, Better Business Bureau BBB, Vehicle Ownership, Root Insurance

Motional gets approval to test fully driverless vehicles in Nevada

Motional, the Aptiv-Hyundai $4 billion joint venture aimed at commercializing autonomous vehicles, is preparing to roll out fully driverless vehicles on public roads in Las Vegas after receiving approval from the state of Nevada. The company’s president and CEO Karl Iagnemma announced Tuesday in a blog post that the state has given permission to test its autonomous vehicles without a human safety driver behind the wheel. That doesn’t mean these vehicles will be plying Las Vegas streets tomorr...
Tags: Lyft, South Korea, Singapore, Tech, Automotive, Las Vegas, Nevada, Hyundai, Pittsburgh, Phoenix, Motional, Karl Iagnemma, Waymo, Iagnemma, Aptiv, Boston Pittsburgh Las Vegas

Motional gets approval to test fully driverless vehicles in Las Vegas

Motional, the Aptiv-Hyundai $4 billion joint venture aimed at commercializing autonomous vehicles, is preparing to roll out fully driverless vehicles on public roads in Las Vegas after receiving approval from the state of Nevada. The company’s president and CEO Karl Iagnemma announced Tuesday in a blog post that the state has given permission to test its autonomous vehicles without a human safety driver behind the wheel. That doesn’t mean these vehicles will be plying Las Vegas streets tomorr...
Tags: Lyft, South Korea, Singapore, Tech, Automotive, Las Vegas, Nevada, Hyundai, Pittsburgh, Phoenix, Motional, Karl Iagnemma, Waymo, Iagnemma, Aptiv, Boston Pittsburgh Las Vegas

Walmart and Cruise partner to test autonomous grocery delivery in Arizona

U.S. retailer Walmart and autonomous vehicle company Cruise are pairing up to test grocery delivery in Scottsdale, Arizona. Under the pilot program, customers will be able to place an order from their local Walmart store and have it delivered via one of Cruise’s autonomous, electric Chevy Bolt cars. While the vehicles will operate autonomously, a human safety operator will always be behind the wheel. The companies haven’t provided details on the size of the fleet or customer area that will...
Tags: TC, Transportation, San Francisco, Tech, Walmart, Cruise, Automotive, Ford, Arizona, Houston, North America, Doordash, Scottsdale, Chevy Bolt, Phoenix, Ward

Waymo pauses operations in San Francisco, stays the course in Phoenix on Election Day

Waymo has taken a dual approach to operations on Election Day. In San Francisco, where Waymo has been testing its autonomous vehicles, driving operations have been temporarily suspended Tuesday and Wednesday “out of an abundance of caution.” Its fleet of autonomous vehicles was moved Monday to nearby Mountain View, according to an internal email first reported by The Verge. Waymo has continued its testing operations on public roads in Mountain View, according to an email from Transdev, the ve...
Tags: TC, Uber, California, San Francisco, Tech, Palo Alto, Cruise, Automotive, Silicon Valley, Mountain View, Autonomous Vehicles, Pittsburgh, Phoenix, Aurora, Dallas Fort Worth, Foster City

GM To Run Robot Cars In San Francisco Without Human Backups

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors’ Cruise autonomous vehicle unit says it will pull the human backup drivers from its vehicles in San Francisco by the end of the year. Cruise CEO Dan Ammann said in a statement that the company got a permit Thursday from California’s Department of Motor Vehicles to let the cars travel on their own. The move follows last week’s announcement from Waymo that it would open its autonomous ride-hailing service to the public in the Phoenix area in vehicles without human dri...
Tags: Google, California, San Francisco, Ap, Cruise, Gm, Autos, University Of California Berkeley, Driverless Cars, Detroit, San Francsico, Phoenix, Department of Motor Vehicles, Alphabet Inc, Wert, Dan Ammann

Deals We Love This Week: Motorcycle Jacket Markdowns!

Now Might Be the Best Time to Get a New Jacket With a lot of folks’ riding season coming to an end, motorcycle gear shops, like Revzilla, are rolling out the sales. I’ve been a bit behind with keeping up on the deals recently, but these ones on motorcycle jackets were too good to pass up. Revzilla has marked down a lot of its inventory to entice buyers this fall. With all that said, you should check out the full list of jackets on sale. I’ve also decided to pull together a list of five of my fa...
Tags: Motorcycles, Phoenix, YKK, TPR, RevZilla, Leatt, GPX, Joe Rocket Phoenix, Revzilla REAX Ludlow Textile Jacket Regular Price, Ludlow Textile

Daily Crunch: Waymo opens up driverless ride-hailing

Alphabet’s self-driving technology company hits a major milestone, Apple TV+ extends its free subscription period and Affirm files to go public. This is your Daily Crunch for October 8, 2020. The big story: Waymo opens up driverless ride-hailing Waymo hit a major milestone today: It’s offering fully driverless rides to (some) members of the public. While the Alphabet-owned company has offered plenty of self-driving rides before, they usually came with a human in the driver’s seat for ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Technology, California, America, Tech, General Motors, Apple TV, Companies, X, Automotive, Automation, Gm, Ibm, Self-driving Cars

Waymo starts to open driverless ride-hailing service to the public

Waymo, the Google self-driving-project-turned-Alphabet unit, is beginning to open up its driverless ride-hailing service to the public. The company said that starting today members of its Waymo One service will be able to take family and friends along on their fully driverless rides in the Phoenix area. Existing Waymo One members will have the first access to the driverless rides — terminology that means no human behind the wheel. However, the company said that in the next several weeks more peo...
Tags: Google, TC, California, Tech, Austin, Automotive, Arizona, Jaguar, Castle, Alphabet, John Krafcik, Phoenix, Chrysler Pacifica, NDA, Steve Mahan, Krafcik

Porsche Expands Its Single-Vehicle Subscription Service to Los Angeles

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Tags: Lifestyle, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Porsche, San Diego, Autos, Rental, Phoenix, Porsche Drive, Porsche Passport, SVS

Hailing a self-driving taxi when blind. Learn how Waymo answers that challenge at Sight Tech Global

Imagine yourself unable to see well enough to drive, and how that would change your life. I witness that scenario every day at home with my wife, who is legally blind, and a very busy person. She reveres Uber and Lyft because they provided her with the still remarkable option to get up and go whenever she wants, wherever she wants.  So imagine her excitement a year ago when she was treated to a brief ride in a self-driving Waymo taxi. The safety driver asked my wife to buckle up and hit the “st...
Tags: TC, California, San Francisco, Tech, Accessibility, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Robotics, Phoenix, Ashton, Wright, FBC, Waymo, Phoenix Waymo, LightHouse for the Blind, Waymo Driver

Porsche experiments with subscription pricing, expands to Los Angeles

Porsche is rolling out a less expensive subscription plan in four U.S. cities as the German automaker experiments with different pricing and products in an effort to expand its customer base. Porsche now has three plans, or tiers, that are all housed under its newly rebranded Porsche Drive vehicle subscription program. This new plan, called Porsche Drive-single vehicle subscription, squeezes in between two other existing tiers. The most robust plan is Porsche Drive – Multi-Vehicle Subscriptio...
Tags: TC, California, La, Los Angeles, Tech, Atlanta, Automotive, Porsche, San Diego, Phoenix, Macan, Klaus Zellmer, Porsche Drive, Porsche Experience Center Los Angeles, Porsche Drive Rental, Atlanta Los Angeles Phoenix

Waymo COO Tekedra Mawakana is coming to TC Sessions: Mobility 2020

In the past two years, Waymo has scaled up a robotaxi service in the Phoenix area, locked in or expanded partnerships with Volvo and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, acquired at least one company, launched a lidar business and ramped up testing of its automated trucks. Standing at the frontline of this change — and Waymo’s future — is Tekedra Mawakana, the company’s chief operating officer. In October, Mawakana will join our virtual stage at TC Sessions: Mobility. The virtual event, which will high...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Events, Tech, Automotive, Volvo, Fiat Chrysler, Phoenix, Executive Committee, Waymo, Tekedra Mawakana, Mawakana, Tc Sessions Mobility, COO Mawakana, eBay Yahoo AOL

TuSimple seeking $250 million in new funding to scale self-driving trucks

TuSimple, the self-driving truck startup backed by Sina, Nvidia, UPS and Tier 1 supplier Mando Corporation, is headed back into the marketplace in search of new capital from investors. The company has hired investment bank Morgan Stanley to help it raise $250 million, according to multiple sources familiar with the effort. Morgan Stanley has sent potential investors an informational packet, viewed by TechCrunch, that provides a snapshot of the company and an overview of its business model,...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Startups, Hong Kong, Texas, China, Tech, UPS, Beijing, Automotive, United States, Arizona, Shanghai, San Diego, Morgan Stanley, Embark

Nikola’s Valuation Seems Crazy

Nikola, the Phoenix-based EV startup that hopped on the Nasdaq last week, finds itself awash in capital despite not having much to show for itself it terms of sellable product. No matter, as it doesn’t take a sound business model or originality to thrive on Wall Street. Nikola hasn’t even seen fit to come up with […] The post Nikola’s Valuation Seems Crazy appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Wall Street, Electric Vehicles, Share Price, Autos, Stocks, Nasdaq, Investors, Phoenix, Nikola, News Blog, Automotive startups, EV startups, Nikola TRE, Nikola Badger

Uber latest features lets riders book by the hour and make multiple stops

Uber is bringing a new feature to the U.S. that lets users book rides for $50 an hour and make multiple stops as the ride-hailing company tries to respond to changing consumer needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The hourly booking feature, which is already available in a handful of international cities in Australia, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East, will launch in a dozen U.S. cities beginning Monday. The product will be available in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Miami, Orlando, Ta...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Europe, Australia, Africa, Tech, Atlanta, Chicago, Automotive, Middle East, Transport, Dallas, Miami, Philadelphia, Houston, Orlando

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