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Volvo to supply cars for Didi’s global autonomous driving fleets

As the autonomous driving race in China heats up, Didi is rushing to expand its car fleets by picking Swedish automaker Volvo, an old partner of Uber, as its ally. Didi said on Monday it will be using the XC90 SUVs of Volvo, which has been owned by Chinese auto company Geely since 2010, for its global network of robotaxis in the long term. Didi created a subsidiary dedicated to autonomous driving last year and the unit has since raised about $800 million from investors including SoftBank Vision ...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Asia, California, China, Softbank, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, United States, Automation, Self-driving Cars, Honda, Robotics, Huawei, Volvo


Volvo to supply Chinese ride hailing giant Didi with autonomous driving cars

As the autonomous driving race in China heats up, Didi is rushing to expand its car fleets by picking Swedish automaker Volvo, an old partner of Uber, as its ally. Didi said on Monday it will be using the XC90 SUVs of Volvo, which has been owned by Chinese auto company Geely since 2010, for its network of robotaxis in the long term. Didi created a subsidiary dedicated to autonomous driving last year and the unit has since raised about $800 million from investors including SoftBank Vision Fund an...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Asia, California, China, Softbank, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, United States, Automation, Self-driving Cars, Honda, Robotics, Huawei, Volvo


China’s Xpeng in the race to automate EVs with lidar

Elon Musk famously said any company relying on lidar is “doomed.” Tesla instead believes automated driving functions are built on visual recognition and is even working to remove the radar. China’s Xpeng begs to differ. Founded in 2014, Xpeng is one of China’s most celebrated electric vehicle startups and went public when it was just six years old. Like Tesla, Xpeng sees automation as an integral part of its strategy; unlike the American giant, Xpeng uses a combination of radar, cameras, high-pr...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Asia, Elon Musk, White House, China, Cloud Computing, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Engineer, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, United States, Automation, Alibaba


Highlights from Berkeley SkyDeck’s virtual demo day

With 17 startups participating, Berkeley SkyDeck’s Demo Day isn’t the largest cohort we’ve seen by any stretch. The collection of companies is, however, defined by a wide range of focuses, from pioneering diabetes treatments to retrofitting autonomous trucking, curated by the SkyDeck’s small team and a number of advisors. Founded in 2012, the accelerator is focused on developing early-stage companies tied to the University of California system. Applicants must be affiliated with either one of th...
Tags: Startups, Hardware, Funding, Tech, Automotive, Venture Capital, Biotech, Robotics, Berkeley, University Of California, Los Alamos, Uc-berkeley, Skydeck, Kiwi, Ontario, UCSF


Starship Technologies CEO/CTO Ahti Heinla joins TC Sessions: Mobility 2021

For obvious reasons, food delivery was among the categories that soared during a year of Covid-19 related lockdowns. The question remains how these changes will impact both grocery and restaurant delivery long-term, but at the very least, it seems certain that the categories have hit an inflection point. This could also be the moment that delivery robotics finally come into their own, as more services look beyond human messengers to plan for future pandemics and other potential issues. It’s a mo...
Tags: Food, Transportation, Hardware, Tech, Automotive, Mobility, Food Delivery, Robotics, Robot, TechCrunch, Starship Technologies, Ahti Heinla, Starship, Ahti, Tc Sessions, TC Sessions: Mobility 2021


Ford expands robotics research into $75 million University of Michigan facility

Ford Motor Company will be embedding 100 of its researchers and engineers in a new $75 million robotics and mobility facility on the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus. This is not the first collaboration between the automaker and the university. Ford is UM’s single largest corporate donor and the two entities have previously teamed up to open the UM Ford Center for Autonomous Vehicles. But this is the first time Ford is co-locating part of its team on a university campus. Ford clarified ...
Tags: Transportation, Tech, Automotive, Ford, Michigan, Robotics, Boston Dynamics, University Of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mcity, Ford Motor Company, Atlanta Georgia, Ford CTO, Robotics Institute, Alec Gallimore, Ken Washington


Ford expands robotics research into $75 million U-M facility

Ford Motor Company will be embedding 100 of its researchers and engineers in a new $75 million robotics and mobility facility on the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus. This is not the first collaboration between the automaker and the university. Ford is UM’s single largest corporate donor and the two entities have previously teamed up to open the UM Ford Center for Autonomous Vehicles. But this is the first time Ford is co-locating part of its team on a university campus. Ford clarified ...
Tags: Transportation, Tech, Automotive, Ford, Robotics, Boston Dynamics, University Of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mcity, Ford Motor Company, Atlanta Georgia, Ford CTO, Robotics Institute, Alec Gallimore, Ken Washington, Ford Center for Autonomous Vehicles


Ford expands robotics research with $75 million U-M facility

Ford Motor Company will be embedding 100 of its researchers and engineers in a new $75 million robotics and mobility facility on the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus. This is not the first collaboration between the automaker and the university. Ford is UM’s single largest corporate donor and the two entities have previously teamed up to open the UM Ford Center for Autonomous Vehicles. But this is the first time Ford is co-locating part of its team on a university campus. Ford clarified ...
Tags: Transportation, Tech, Automotive, Ford, Robotics, Boston Dynamics, University Of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mcity, Ford Motor Company, Atlanta Georgia, Ford CTO, Robotics Institute, Alec Gallimore, Ken Washington, Ford Center for Autonomous Vehicles


Hyundai shrinks its ‘walking car’ robot to carry cargo, get rides from drones

Hyundai Motor Group is back with a new “walking car” robot that can use its wheels to roll along a path or stand up and navigate tougher terrain on its legs. This time, the concept is designed to carry cargo and is small enough to be carried by a drone. The TIGER robot — short for transforming intelligent ground excursion robot — is the first “uncrewed” ultimate mobility vehicle (UMV) concept to come out of New Horizons Studio, the Mountain View, Calif. facility that is home to Hyundai Motor Gro...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Tech, Automotive, Autodesk, Tiger, Robotics, Hyundai, Suh, Hyundai Motor Group, Mountain View Calif, John Suh, New Horizons Studio


Tesla’s mesmerizing video features frunk-stamping robots

Tesla has just posted mesmerizing footage shot at its California factory showing robots stamping metal sheets into parts for its Model 3 and Model Y vehicles.
Tags: News, California, Cars, Trends, Tesla, Robots, Robotics, Fremont Factory, Frunk


Inside Zoox’s six-year ride from prototype to product

Zoox, the autonomous vehicle company that was acquired this year by Amazon, revealed this week the product of six years of work: A purpose-built self-driving vehicle designed to carry people — and someday maybe even packages — in dense urban environments. The company’s story has captured the attention of skeptics and supporters alike, perhaps because of its secretive nature and outsized mission. Unlike its rivals, Zoox is developing the self-driving software stack, the on-demand ride-sharing ...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Transportation, Tech, Automotive, Automation, Self-driving Cars, Robotics, Robotaxi, Zoox, Jesse Levinson


Daily Crunch: Hyundai acquires 80% stake in Boston Robotics

Hyundai takes a controlling stake in an iconic robotics company, Twitter acquires a screen-sharing startup and we round up some security-themed gift ideas. This is your Daily Crunch for December 11, 2020. The big story: Hyundai acquires 80% stake in Boston Robotics Boston Robotics is behind a number of impressive robots, including the dog-like quadruped Spot. Over the past decade, it’s changed ownership several times, with Google acquiring it in 2013, then selling it to Japanese investment giant...
Tags: Google, Twitter, Europe, Star Wars, New York, Sweden, Berlin, Softbank, Disney, Tech, Harvard, Automotive, Squad, Robotics, Hyundai, Tink


Report: Hyundai Embracing Subscription-based Features, Buying Boston Dynamics

Following reports that Hyundai Motor Company managed to purchase American engineering and robotics firm Boston Dynamics from Japanese financial conglomerate SoftBank for a cool $921 million, we’ve learned that the South Korean automaker has also fallen into embracing on-demand features. The trend, which is sweeping through the automotive industry to our dismay, basically involves manufacturers […] The post Report: Hyundai Embracing Subscription-based Features, Buying Boston Dynamics appeared fir...
Tags: Technology, Big Data, Softbank, Data, Editorials, Robots, Autos, Mergers and Acquisitions, Mobility, Autonomous Vehicles, Robotics, Hyundai, Boston Dynamics, Ownership, Ota, Avs


Honda to mass-produce Level 3 autonomous cars by March

Honda claims it will be the first automaker to mass-produce vehicles with autonomous capabilities that meet SAE Level 3 standards, with plans to begin producing and selling a version of its Honda Legend luxury sedan with fully approved automated driving equipment in Japan from next March. Honda announced the news via press release (via Reuters) and this follows the approval by the Japanese government of the company’s ‘Traffic Jam Pilot’ autonomous tech, which for the first time will allow driver...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Japan, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Automation, Transport, Driving, Honda, Robotics, Driver, Pilot, Legend


Tesla has increased the price of its “Full Self-Driving” option to $10,000

Tesla has made good on founder and CEO Elon Musk’s promise to boost the price of its “Full Self-Driving” (FSD) software upgrade option, increasing it to $10,000 following the start of the staged rollout of a beta version of the software update last week. This boosts the price of the package $2,000 from its price before today, and it has steadily increased since last May. The FSD option has been available as an optional add-on to complement Tesla’s Autopilot driver assistance technology, even ...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Elon Musk, Tech, Tesla, Ceo, Automotive, Automation, Transport, Mobility, Robotics, Driver, Hyperloop, Self-driving Car, Emerging-technologies, Musk


Hyundai Develops Walking Car, The Future is Strange

Is it a car if it can walk? Hyundai is working on a concept called Ultimate Mobility Vehicles (UMVs), a sort of walking car/vehicle/contraption that can go where traditional vehicles cannot. The company has formed a group called the New Horizons Studio to work on the UMVs, including a concept called the Hyundai Elevate. These […] The post Hyundai Develops Walking Car, The Future is Strange appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Robotics, Hyundai, News Blog, Future Vehicles, New Horizons Studios, Weird Vehicles


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


Ford gives Boston Dynamics’ high-tech robot dog Spot a job

The advanced quadruped went on sale in June 2020 for $75,000
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Ford, Robots, Robotics, Robot, Boston Dynamics, Spot


Ford gives Boston Dynamics’ high-tech robot dog a job

Boston Dynamics' advanced quadruped went on sale in June 2020 for $75,000
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Ford, Robots, Robotics, Robot, Boston Dynamics, Spot


Ford to use Boston Dynamics’ dog-like robots to map their manufacturing facilities

Ford is going to employ two of Boston Dynamics’ ‘Spot’ robots, which are four-legged, dog-like walking robots that weigh roughly 70 lbs each, to help them update the original engineering plans for one of the transmission manufacturing plans. The plants, Ford explains, have undergone any number of changes since their original construction, and it’s difficult to know if the plans they have match up with the reality of the plants as they exist today. The Spot robots, with their laser scanning an...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Tech, Companies, Automotive, Ford, Robotics, Robot, Laser, Optics, Boston Dynamics, Imaging, Boston Dynamics Spot


Self-driving vehicle startup Argo AI completes $2.6B deal with Volkswagen, expands to Europe

Volkswagen Group finalized Tuesday its $2.6 billion investment into Argo AI, the Pittsburgh-based self-driving car startup that came out of stealth in 2017 with $1 billion in backing from Ford. The deal turns Argo into a global company with two customers — VW and Ford — as well as operations in the U.S. and Europe and an instant jump in its workforce. Autonomous Intelligent Driving, the self-driving subsidiary that was launched in 2017 to develop autonomous vehicle technology for the VW Group...
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, Washington, Cars, Palo Alto, Artificial Intelligence, Austin, Munich, Vw, Ford, Automation, New Jersey, Transport, Miami, Volkswagen


SoftBank led $500M investment in Didi in China’s biggest autonomous driving round

The race to automate vehicles on China’s roads is heating up. Didi, the Uber of China, announced this week an outsized investment of over $500 million in its freshly minted autonomous driving subsidiary. Leading the round — the single largest fundraising round in China’s autonomous driving sector — is its existing investor Softbank, the Japanese telecom giant and startup benefactor that has also backed Uber. The proceeds came through Softbank’s second Vision Fund, which was reportedly lagging...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Uber, Asia, California, China, Softbank, Tech, Beijing, Automotive, Automation, Shanghai, Alibaba, Transport, Baidu, Robotics


SoftBank pours $500M into Didi in China’s biggest autonomous driving round

The race to automate vehicles on China’s roads is heating up. Didi, the Uber of China, announced this week an outsized investment of over $500 million in its freshly minted autonomous driving subsidiary. Placing the bet — the single largest fundraising round in China’s autonomous driving sector — is its existing investor Softbank, the Japanese telecom giant and startup benefactor that has also backed Uber. The proceeds came through Softbank’s second Vision Fund, which was reportedly lagging i...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Uber, Asia, California, China, Softbank, Tech, Beijing, Automotive, Automation, Shanghai, Alibaba, Transport, Baidu, Robotics


Where these 4 top VCs are investing in manufacturing

Even though it’s a vast sector in the midst of transformation, manufacturing is often overlooked by early-stage investors. We surveyed top VCs in the industry to gather their perspectives on the challenges and opportunities facing manufacturing. Traditionally, manufacturing companies are capital-intensive and can be slow to implement new technology and processes. The investors in the survey below acknowledge the long-standing barriers facing founders in this space, yet they see large opportuniti...
Tags: Startups, TC, Science, Hardware, Tech, Remote Work, Automotive, Venture Capital, Manufacturing, Robotics, Eclipse Ventures, Dayna Grayson, Lior Susan, Extra Crunch, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Waymo expands first external investment round to $3 billion

Waymo has added an additional $750 million to the $2.25 billion funding round that it first announced in March, bringing the total size of the financing (its first from investors outside of Alphabet) to $3 billion. The extension comes from new investors including those managed by T. Rowe Price, Perry Creek Capital, Fidelity Management and Research Company and others. The extension, like the original round itself, will be used by Waymo to invest in its workforce, product development and ope...
Tags: Google, TC, Transportation, California, Tech, Ceo, Companies, X, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, AutoNation, Mobility, Self-driving Cars, Robotics, Alphabet, Emerging-technologies


Fiat Chrysler and AV startup Voyage partner on self-driving minivans

Self-driving vehicle startup Voyage said Monday that it has inked a deal with Fiat Chrysler to supply purpose-built vehicles, a partnership that will help accelerate its plan to launch a fully driverless ride-hailing service. Voyage, a three-year-old startup that tests and operates a self-driving vehicle service (with human safety operators) in retirement communities in California and Florida, started by modifying Ford Fusion vehicles. The company then began modifying FCA’s Chrysler Pacifi...
Tags: TC, Florida, California, Tech, Automotive, Ford, Automation, Cameron, Fca, Chrysler, Fiat, Jaguar Land Rover, Automotive Industry, Self-driving Cars, Voyage, Robotics


Einride demonstrates a single operator controlling multiple of its driverless cargo vehicles

Autonomous electric transportation startup Einride has taken a key step in its mission to deploy autonomous cargo pods on roads for commercial operations. The Swedish startup demonstrated its technology in use with one person remotely operating two pods at once, which is a fundamental part of their vision of multiple pods ultimately being overseen by one person essentially operating as a traffic controller. The demonstration saw an operator oversee and remotely control the two driverless p...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Technology, Coca Cola, Articles, Tech, Controller, Automotive, United States, Automation, Transport, Truck, Self-driving Cars, Robotics, Emerging-technologies, Ultra


Announcing the agenda for TC Sessions: Mobility 2020

TC Sessions: Mobility is back in San Jose on May 14, and we’re excited to give the first peek of what and who is coming to the main stage. We’re not revealing everything just yet, but already this agenda highlights some of the best and brightest minds in autonomous vehicles, electrification and shared mobility. We’ve selected the most innovative startups and top leaders from established tech companies working in mobility. This past year saw huge leaps forward, and we’re thrilled to bring the lat...
Tags: Apple, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Technology, Articles, Tech, Ceo, AV, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Vw, Porsche, Ford, Automation, Transport


Your next tire change could be performed by a robot

Waiting in a service station waiting room purgatory one day, Victor Darolfi had a simple thought. “I sat at America’s Tires for three hours and thought, hey, we use robots to put tires on at the factory,” the founder explains. “Why don’t we bring robots into the service industry?” The notion was the first seed behind RoboTire, the Bay Area-based robotics company, which the former Spark Robotics CEO founded in October 2018. Now ready to come out of stealth as part of the latest batch of Y Comb...
Tags: Transportation, Y Combinator, America, Tech, Automotive, Robotics, Mitsubishi, Detroit, Bay Area, BRIDGESTONE, Toole, San Carlos Calif, Robotire, Victor Darolfi, Spark Robotics, Darolfi


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



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