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Ford Is ‘Exploring’ Robots…

This outlet has frequently made light of Ford’s more imaginative mobility projects, but they’ve spanned the gamut in terms of functionality. While dressing up college students to resemble a car seat in order to test the public’s perception of autonomous vehicles was certainly funny, it also provided some meaningful R&D insight. Meanwhile, Carr-E and the automaker’s lane-keeping […] The post Ford Is ‘Exploring’ Robots… appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: News Blog, Agility Robotics, Delivery Services, Ford, Ford Motor Co, Mobility, On-demand Deliveries, Robotics


In Ford’s future, two-legged robots and self-driving cars could team up on deliveries

Autonomous vehicles might someday be able to navigate bustling city streets to deliver groceries, pizzas, and other packages without a human behind the wheel. But that doesn’t solve what Ford Motor CTO Ken Washington describes as the last 50-foot problem. Ford and startup Agility Robotics are partnering in a research project that will test how two-legged robots and self-driving vehicles can work together to solve that curb-to-door problem. Agility’s Digit, a two-legged robot that has a lidar whe...
Tags: Automotive, Transportation, Agility Robotics, Argo AI, Digit, Domino, Ford, Ford Motors, Lidar, Postmates, Robotics, Self-driving Car, Walmart


Self-driving truck startup TuSimple will haul mail for USPS in two-week pilot

TuSimple, the self-driving truck startup that reached unicorn status earlier this year with a $1 billion valuation, is getting two weeks to prove its tech to the United States Postal Service. The company announced Tuesday that it was awarded a contract to complete five round trips, for a two-week pilot, hauling USPS trailers more than 1,000 miles between the postal service’s Phoenix and Dallas distribution centers. A safety engineer and driver will be on board throughout the pilot. TuSimple w...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Transportation, Texas, China, Tech, Automotive, Usps, Arizona, San Diego, Nvidia, Dallas, Robotics, Weibo, U.s. Government, United States Postal Service


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


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


Reserve your student ticket to TC Sessions: Mobility 2019

The future of mobility is the big topic driving TC Sessions: Mobility 2019, which takes place July 10 in San Jose, Calif. Will it include flying cars? Space tourism? Transporter beams? Before we can go where no person has gone before, we need to foster a deep bench of thinkers, makers and technologists. Students are essential to the future of mobility. If you’re in high school or college and have a passion for mobility tech, take advantage of our deeply discounted student tickets. Come to TC Ses...
Tags: Google, TC, Transportation, Technology, California, Articles, Events, Tech, Automotive, Transport, San Jose, Mobility, Robotics, Ambassador, Self-driving Car, Cto


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


Tesla vaunts creation of ‘the best chip in the world’ for self-driving

At its “Autonomy Day” today, Tesla detailed the new custom chip that will be running the self-driving software in its vehicles. Elon Musk rather peremptorily called it “the best chip in the world…objectively.” That might be a stretch, but it certainly should get the job done. Called for now the “full self-driving computer,” or FSD Computer, it is a high-performance, special-purpose chip built (by Samsung, in Texas) solely with autonomy and safety in mind. Whether and how it actually outperfor...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Texas, Samsung, Tesla, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Robotics, Gpu, Self-driving, Bannon, Pete Bannon, Autonomy Day, FSD computer


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


Economic Impact of Self-driving Trucks

Trucks are the backbone of the supply-chain delivery system. 70% of goods are delivered by truck. The U.S. trucking industry generated $700.3 billion in economic activity in 2017. Self-driving trucks... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Energy, Gadgets, Business, Science, Technology, Jobs, Future, Cars, World, Artificial Intelligence, Innovation, Robotics, Self Driving Cars, Economic Impact


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


Microsoft teams up with BMW for the IoT-focused Open Manufacturing Platform

Car companies are making big investments in technology to help ensure that they are not cut out of the next generation of transportation and automotive manufacturing, and today came the latest development in that trend. The BMW Group and Microsoft announced they would team up in a new effort called the Open Manufacturing Platform, aimed at developing and encouraging more collaborative IoT development in the manufacturing sector, focusing on smart factory solutions and building standards to devel...
Tags: TC, Europe, Enterprise, Microsoft, Germany, Tech, Automotive, Manufacturing, Bmw, Robotics, Transporation, BMW Group, BMW AG, Scott Guthrie, Board of Management, Intel Google


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


This self-driving AI faced off against an champion racer (kind of)

Developments in the self-driving car world can sometimes be a bit dry: a million miles without an accident, a 10 percent increase in pedestrian detection range, and so on. But this research has both an interesting idea behind it and a surprisingly hands-on method of testing: pitting the vehicle against a real racing driver on a course. To set expectations here, this isn’t some stunt, it’s actually warranted given the nature of the research, and it’s not like they were trading positions, jockeyin...
Tags: Gadgets, Transportation, Science, Hardware, California, Stanford, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Self-driving Cars, Robotics, Audi, Thunderhill Raceway Park, Spielberg, Stanford University, SHELLEY


This self-driving AI faced off against a champion racer (kind of)

Developments in the self-driving car world can sometimes be a bit dry: a million miles without an accident, a 10 percent increase in pedestrian detection range, and so on. But this research has both an interesting idea behind it and a surprisingly hands-on method of testing: pitting the vehicle against a real racing driver on a course. To set expectations here, this isn’t some stunt, it’s actually warranted given the nature of the research, and it’s not like they were trading positions, jockeyin...
Tags: Gadgets, Transportation, Science, Hardware, California, Stanford, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Self-driving Cars, Robotics, Audi, Thunderhill Raceway Park, Spielberg, Stanford University, SHELLEY


Lidar and perception startup Innoviz raises $132 million

Innoviz, the Israel-based startup developing solid-state lidar sensors and perception software for autonomous vehicles, has raised $132 million in a Series C funding round that includes major Chinese financial institutions . The round, which makes Innoviz one of the better capitalized lidar startups, includes China Merchants Capital (SINO-BLR Industrial Investment Fund, L.P.), Shenzhen Capital Group and New Alliance Capital.  Israeli institutional investors Harel Insurance Investmen...
Tags: Startups, Transportation, Lyft, Europe, Japan, Technology, China, Israel, Tech, Automotive, United States, Transport, Bmw, Self-driving Cars, Robotics, Laser


Mobileye CEO clowns on Nvidia for allegedly copying self-driving car safety scheme

While creating self-driving car systems, it’s natural that different companies might independently arrive at similar methods or results — but the similarities in a recent “first of its kind” Nvidia proposal to work done by Mobileye two years ago were just too much for the latter company’s CEO to take politely. Amnon Shashua, in a blog post on parent company Intel’s news feed cheekily titled “Innovation Requires Originality, openly mocks Nvidia’s “Safety Force Field,” pointing out innumerable ...
Tags: Travel, Google, TC, Gadgets, Transportation, Hardware, Intel, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Nvidia, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Robotics, SFF, Mobileye, Amnon Shashua


Lidar startup Ouster raises $60 million in production run-up

Ouster has raised $60 million as the San Francisco-based lidar startup opens a new facility that will have the capacity to assemble and ship several thousand sensors a month by the end of 2019. The new factory, which will have a grand opening ceremony March 28, currently produces hundreds of sensors per month. Ouster says at full capacity, the factory will produce $25 million to $50 million in inventory per month. Lidar measures distance using laser light to generate highly accurate 3D maps o...
Tags: Google, Startups, Transportation, Verizon, San Francisco, Tech, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Robotics, Lidar, Self-driving Car, Silicon Valley Bank, Alphabet, Fontinalis Partners, Cox Enterprises


Transportation weekly: Nuro dreams of autonomous lattes, what is a metamaterial, Volvo takes the wheel

Welcome back to Transportation Weekly; I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. We love the reader feedback. Keep it coming. Never heard of TechCrunch’s Transportation Weekly? Read the first edition 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’re shoving as much transportation news, tidbits and insights in here as possible in ho...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Elon Musk, Florida, Wtf, New York, Indonesia, California, Boston, Singapore, Softbank, US, San Francisco, Tech, Earnest


How Nuro plans to spend Softbank’s $940 million

Autonomous delivery startup Nuro is bursting with ideas since SoftBank invested nearly $1 billion in February, new filings reveal. A recent patent application details how its R1 self-driving vehicle could carry smaller robots to cross lawns or climb stairs to drop off packages. The company has even taken the step of trademarking the name “Fido” for delivery services. “We think there’s something neat about that name,” Nuro founder Dave Ferguson told TechCrunch. “It’s friendly, neigh...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Texas, California, China, Softbank, Tech, E-commerce, Ces, Cruise, Automotive, Automation, Arizona


Gates-backed Lumotive upends lidar conventions using metamaterials

Pretty much every self-driving car on the road, not to mention many a robot and drone, uses lidar to sense its surroundings. But useful as lidar is, it also involves physical compromises that limit its capabilities. Lumotive is a new company with funding from Bill Gates and Intellectual Ventures that uses metamaterials to exceed those limits, perhaps setting a new standard for the industry. The company is just now coming out of stealth, but it’s been in the works for a long time. I actually met ...
Tags: Accelerator, Automotive, Gadgets, Hardware, Robotics, Science, TC, Transportation, Autonomous Vehicles, Bill Gates, Intellectual Ventures, Lasers, Lidar, Self-driving Cars


Trump’s views about ‘crazy’ self-driving cars are at odds with his DOT

President Donald Trump is an automated-vehicle skeptic, a point of view that lies in stark contrast with agencies within his own administration, including the U.S. Department of Transportation . According to a recent scoop by Axios, Trump has privately said he thinks the autonomous-vehicle revolution is “crazy.” Trump’s point of view isn’t exactly surprising. His recent tweets about airplanes becoming too complex illustrates his Luddite leanings. Airplanes are becoming far too complex to fl...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Utah, Technology, California, Tech, General-motors, AV, Austin, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Automation, Arizona, Transport, Nvidia, Toyota


The Investments Cisco, Samsung, Toyota, and Chevron Are Making in AI

Austin—If you’re a startup talking up your artificial intelligence chops in your venture capital pitch, you’re not alone.For Cisco Investments, the venture arm of tech giant Cisco, artificial intelligence is no longer one of the key trends to watch for during pitches in 2019. That’s according to Noah Yago, a director at Cisco Investments, who said the firm did list it as a trend to watch in 2017 and 2018. Part of the issue is saturation, he said.“Our view is that we’re sort of at peak oil for A...
Tags: Google, Auto, Startups, Facebook, Texas, Technology, Trends, Startup, Tech, Investing, Cisco, Car, Vc, Artificial Intelligence, Software, Austin


Elon Musk wasn’t wrong about automating the Model 3 assembly line — he was just ahead of his time

Ryan Kottenstette Contributor Ryan Kottenstette is CEO and co-founder at Cape Analytics. More posts by this contributor Silicon Valley companies are undermining the impact of artificial intelligence In 2017, when Tesla announced incredibly ambitious Model 3 production targets of 5,000 Model 3s per week and the beginning of “production hell,” analysts were wary. But Elon Musk insisted he could pull it off, citing hyper-automation ...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Column, Elon Musk, Tech, Tesla, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Shanghai, Nvidia, Silicon Valley, Robotics, Computer Vision, Musk, Elon, John Deere


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


Meet the tiny startup that helped build Amazon’s Scout robot

When Amazon unveiled a six-wheeled urban delivery robot called Scout a couple of weeks ago, its website was pretty definitive about who was behind it. “These devices were created by Amazon,” the page reads . “We developed Amazon Scout at our research and development lab in Seattle.” But that is only part of the story, TechCrunch has discovered. Some of the intellectual property and technology behind Scout likely came from farther afield – a small San Francisco startup called Dispatch ...
Tags: Amazon, Transportation, New York, California, San Francisco, Linkedin, Tech, Mit, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Andreessen Horowitz, Jeff Bezos, Robotics, Seattle, PillPack, Braun


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



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