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The Station: Exits at Waymo and Bird’s SPAC reveals its scooter-nomics

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. Hello and welcome back to 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. Here’s a crypto-meets-transportation story for you before we move onto the rest of the news. Just weeks after Tesla CEO Elon Musk and CFO Zach Kirkhorn said they believe in the lo...
Tags: Amazon, Transportation, Europe, Japan, Texas, Milan, Congress, Indonesia, Australia, California, Washington, La, China, Massachusetts, Singapore, India

California Gov. Newsom proposes $3.2B in EV investment as part of economic recovery package

California Governor Gavin Newsom, a vocal proponent of electric vehicles, on Friday debuted a new proposal that would earmark $3.2 billion to boost EV infrastructure and adoption in the state. “This is a big deal,” Newsom said at a press conference Friday. “The Biden administration’s been talking a lot about this, they’re hoping to do something with the Senate, but we’re doing it. We’re not waiting around.” Over half of the $3.2 billion budget would go toward replacing 1,150 trucks, 1,000 transi...
Tags: TC, Transportation, California, Senate, America, Tech, Policy, Automotive, United States, Electric Vehicles, Biden, Hyundai, Gavin Newsom, Newsom, Colonial Pipeline

Opportunity knocks: Exhibit at TC Sessions: Mobility 2021

No matter what slice of the mobility market you’ve claimed as your own — AVs, EVs, data mining, AI, dockless scooters, robotics or the batteries that will charge and change the world — you won’t find a better place to showcase your extraordinary tech and talent than TC Sessions: Mobility 2021. Buy a Startup Exhibitor Package and virtually plant your early-stage mobility startup in front of a global audience that’s focused exclusively on one of the most complex, rapidly evolving industries. TC Se...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Entrepreneurship, Events, Tech, General-motors, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Gm, Private Equity, Leader, Startup Company, Data Mining, Pam Fletcher, Rachel Holt

China’s autonomous vehicle startups AutoX, Momenta and WeRide are coming to TC Sessions: Mobility 2021

As the autonomous vehicle industry in the United States marches toward consolidation, a funding spree continues to exhilarate China’s robotaxi industry. Momenta,, WeRide and Didi’s autonomous vehicle arm have all raised hundreds of millions of dollars over the past year. And 21-year-old search engine giant Baidu competes alongside the startups with a $1.5 billion fund launched in 2017 to help cars go driverless. Their strategies are similar in some regards and diverge elsewhere. The bigg...
Tags: TC, Elon Musk, Technology, China, Events, Linkedin, Tech, Automotive, United States, Automation, Gm, Reid Hoffman, Search Engine, Toyota, Self-driving Cars, Baidu

Ford is bringing significant wireless software updates to its vehicles

The Internet of Things just got bigger. Four years after Ford Motor Company introduced an integration with Amazon’s suite of smart home devices, the automaker is beefing up its in-vehicle software offerings with built-in Alexa voice assistant and a wireless software update ecosystem. Ford’s over-the-air software updates, which it has branded Power-Up, will have the capability of updating “virtually all” of the computer modules in new Ford vehicles, not just the ones that focus on infotainment, t...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Transportation, Tech, Tesla, Intel, Canada, Automotive, Ford, Alexa, Ford Motor Company, Brian Krzanich, Purdy, Amazon Alexa, Alex Purdy

Google hit with $123M antitrust fine in Italy over Android Auto

Google has been fined just over €100 million (~$123M) by Italy’s antitrust watchdog for abuse of a dominant market position. The case relates to Android Auto, a modified version of Google’s mobile OS intended for in-car use, and specifically to how Google restricted access to the platform to an electric car charging app, called JuicePass, made by energy company Enel X Italia. Android Auto lets motorists directly access a selection of relevant apps (like maps and music streaming services) via a d...
Tags: Google, Android, TC, Europe, Tech, Eu, European Union, Policy, Competition, Automotive, Italy, Antitrust, Google-Maps, Electric Car, Operating Systems, Android Auto

Elon Musk, Technoking of Tesla orders a halt to bitcoin car payments 

Tesla CEO and self-dubbed technoking is back peddling on the company’s stance about bitcoin and has suspended purchases of its electric vehicles with the cryptocurrency. The change of stance, which was delivered via tweet, comes just weeks after Tesla CFO and dubbed “master of coin” Zach Kirkhorn said the company believes in the longevity of bitcoin, despite its volatility. The tweet from Musk sent the price of bitcoin down more than 4% and falling. The price of bitcoin is down more than 7% for ...
Tags: Energy, TC, Transportation, Elon Musk, China, Russia, Tech, Tesla, Bitcoin, Automotive, United States, Musk, Dogecoin, Zach Kirkhorn, Kirkhorn, Tesla Bitcoin

Waymo to lose its CFO and head of automotive partnerships

Waymo’s chief financial officer Ger Dwyer and its head of automotive partnerships and corporate development Adam Frost — two longtime executives at the autonomous vehicle company — are leaving this month, departures that comes amid some executive shuffling following CEO John Krafcik’s exit earlier this year. Dwyer and Frost’s departure was shared internally this week, according to multiple sources. Waymo has confirmed to TechCrunch that Dwyer and Frost are leaving. “We’re grateful to Ger and Ada...
Tags: Google, TC, Transportation, California, France, Tech, Austin, Automotive, Ford, House, Fca, AutoNation, Autonomous Vehicles, Oxford University, Nissan, Frost

Subaru’s first electric vehicle is called the Solterra and it’s due out in 2022

For Subaru diehards holding out for an electric vehicle, the wait is almost over. The Japanese automaker just announced new details about its first ever EV, which is set to hit the streets in 2022. Subaru will call its first EV the Solterra, a fitting name for a brand synonymous with outdoor adventures and you know, the sun and the Earth. Also fittingly, Subaru’s first full-fledged EV will be an SUV thats ships with the manufacturer’s well-regarded all-wheel drive capabilities. The Solterra is b...
Tags: TC, Cars, Tech, Electric Vehicles, Toyota, EVs, GreenTech, Subaru, Crossover, Solterra, U S Canada China Europe and Japan Toyota

Uber, Lyft to give free rides to COVID-19 vaccine sites in deal with White House

Uber and Lyft will provide free rides to any user traveling to get the COVID-19 vaccine through an agreement reached with the White House. The free rides will last through July 4, the date when President Joe Biden wants 70% of U.S. adults to be vaccinated, according to the WSJ, which was the first to report on the partnership between the ride-hailing companies and the White House. Lyft and Uber separately told TechCrunch the companies will cover the costs of the free rides. The White House will ...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, White House, US, America, Tech, Joe Biden, Walgreens, Automotive, WSJ, Ride Hailing, John Zimmer, United Way, Dara Khosrowshahi

GM and LG Chem’s Ultium Cells partners with Li-Cycle to process manufacturing waste

Ultium Cells LLC, a joint venture between General Motors and LG Chem, has been steadily building up its battery cell manufacturing capacity in the U.S. since the venture was first announced in December 2019. But with each battery cell they produce, they’ll also produce waste – tricky-to-handle waste that also has too much inherent valuable to toss into a landfill. Instead of throwing it away, Ultium is sending it to a recycler. The venture has executed an agreement with Canadian company Li-Cycle...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Tech, General Motors, Tesla, Automotive, Arizona, Gm, Recycling, Rochester, Nevada, Lithium Ion Batteries, Redwood, Li, Lordstown, Rochester New York

Lidar startup Innovusion closes $64M round led by Temasek

More investors are joining the wave to bet on lidar, the remote sensing method that uses laser light to measure distances and has garnered ample interest from automakers in recent times. But it’s also a technology that has long been scorned by Elon Musk partly due to its once exorbitant costs. Innovusion, a five-year-old lidar company and a supplier to Chinese electric car upstart Nio, just landed a Series B funding round of $64 million. The new proceeds boost its total investment to over $100 m...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Asia, Elon Musk, China, Tech, Tesla, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Toyota, Volkswagen, Self-driving Cars, Baidu, Laser

Harley-Davidson spins out LiveWire into a standalone electric motorcycle brand

LiveWire, Harley-Davidson’s electric motorcycle, is being spun out as a standalone brand, complete with a new logo and brand identity. Harley-Davidson first unveiled the LiveWire electric motorcycle in 2018 with a listing price of $29,799, placing it on the higher end for motorcycles. It went into production the following year, with some bumps, including a brief halt to production due to a charging-related problem on one of the motorcycles. The first “first LiveWire branded motorcycle” will laun...
Tags: TC, Transportation, California, Tech, Automotive, Silicon Valley, Electric Motorcycles, Harley Davidson, Reuters, Livewire, Milwaukee Harley Davidson, Harley-Davidson LiveWire, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, International Motorcycle Show Harley Davidson

NTSB: Autopilot could not have been engaged in fatal Tesla crash

Tesla’s advanced driver assistance system known as Autopilot could not have been engaged on the stretch of road where a Model S crashed last month in Texas, killing the two occupants, according to a preliminary report released Monday by the National Transportation Safety Board. The results help clear up some of the mysteries around the crash, which has received widespread attention after police reported that there was no one in the driver’s seat, leading to speculation that Autopilot was functio...
Tags: Elon Musk, Texas, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Model S, Autopilot, Ntsb, National Transportation Safety Board, ADAS, Lars Moravy, Constable 's Office

Ford reveals three new details about its officially named F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck

Ford confirmed Monday that its all-electric pickup truck will be named the F-150 Lightning, resurrecting a name that once donned the SVT F-150 in the 1990s. The company hasn’t said much about the powertrain, range or other specs. However, Ford President and CEO Jim Farley provided new details about the electric pickup that is coming to market next year. Most notably, it seems that the battery on the Ford F-150 Lightning will have the ability to power a home during an outage. Ford has touted the ...
Tags: TC, Transportation, America, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Farley, Dearborn Michigan, Jim Farley, Rivian, Model T Mustang Prius Model, Ford Rouge Electric

Tesla refutes Elon Musk’s timeline on ‘full self-driving’

What Tesla CEO Elon Musk says publicly about the company’s progress on a fully autonomous driving system doesn’t match up with “engineering reality,” according to a memo that summarizes a meeting between California regulators and employees at the automaker. The memo, which transparency site Plainsite obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request and subsequently released, shows that Musk has inflated the capabilities of the Autopilot advanced driver assistance system in Tesla vehicles, as w...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Elon Musk, California, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, DMV, Autonomous Vehicles, Musk, Elon, Automated Driving, Moore, Acosta, FSD

Autonomous vehicle pioneers Karl Iagnemma and Chris Urmson are coming to TC Sessions: Mobility 2021

Long before the multimillion-dollar acquisitions and funding rounds pushed autonomous vehicles to the top of the hype cycle, Karl Iagnemma and Chris Urmson were researching and, later, developing the foundations of the technology. These pioneers — Iagnemma coming from MIT, Urmson from Carnegie Mellon University — would eventually go on to launch their own autonomous vehicle startups in an aim to finally bring years of R&D to the public. That task isn’t over quite yet. Urmson, who is co-founder a...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Technology, Events, Linkedin, Tech, Mit, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Darpa, Gm, Reid Hoffman, Michigan, Mobility, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars

TC Sessions: Mobility 2021 early bird price extended for one more day

“I feel the need — the need for speed.” That could be the official mobility startup founder credo, amirite? Speed and agility are important, but don’t move so quickly that you miss the chance to save $100 on a pass to TC Sessions: Mobility 2021 on June 9. We’ve extended our early-bird price for just one more day. Slow your EV roll, reroute your autonomous vehicle or dock your scooter just long enough to buy a pass before the extended deadline expires on May 7, at 11:59 pm (PT). TC Sessions: Mobi...
Tags: TC, Tech, Automotive, Ford, Automation, Gm, Robotics, Sap, TechCrunch, Self-driving Car, Cto, Starship Technologies, Volvo Cars, Ahti Heinla, Jens Lehmann, Clara Brenner

Chinese EV maker Nio is stepping outside of China for the first time

Chinese electric vehicle maker Nio has chosen a Norway — an EV hotspot — for its first foray into international markets. Nio Norway will offer a European version of ES8, Nio’s flagship electric SUV, to Norwegian customers from September this year. The ET7 sedan will follow in 2022. “The decision to have Norway as our first destination overseas is backed by long-term thinking,” Nio founder William Li explained at an event Thursday. “Norway is the most EV-friendly company.” Among the European coun...
Tags: TC, Transportation, China, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Norway, Volkswagen, Audi, Oslo, Li, Norges Bank, NIO, Kristiansand, William Li

Less than 24 hours to save $100 to attend TC Sessions: Mobility 2021

Calling all frazzled procrastinators, feet-draggers, lollygaggers and last-minute decision makers. The best price on passes to TC Sessions: Mobility 2021, which takes place on June 9, disappears in mere hours. It’s now o’clock, baby. Shift your EV into gear, hail a robotaxi or tell Mr. Scott to beam you up — whatever it takes to buy your pass before the early-bird deadline expires tonight, May 6, at 11:59 pm (PT). TC Sessions: Mobility 2021 gathers the very best people in the mobility startup ec...
Tags: TC, Motorola, Europe, Technology, China, Events, Tech, Automotive, United States, Automation, Silicon Valley, Toyota, Robotics, Science and Technology, Self-driving Car, Scott

Less than 24 hours to save $100 to TC Sessions: Mobility 2021

Calling all frazzled procrastinators, feet-draggers, lollygaggers and last-minute decision makers. The best price on passes to TC Sessions: Mobility 2021, which takes place on June 9, disappears in mere hours. It’s now o’clock, baby. Shift your EV into gear, hail a robotaxi or tell Mr. Scott to beam you up — whatever it takes to buy your pass before the early bird deadline expires tonight, May 6, at 11:59 pm (PT). TC Sessions: Mobility 2021 gathers the very best people in the mobility startup ec...
Tags: TC, Motorola, Europe, Technology, China, Tech, Ceo, Automotive, United States, Automation, Silicon Valley, Toyota, Robotics, Science and Technology, Self-driving Car, Scott

Fewer than 24 hours to save $100 to attend TC Sessions: Mobility 2021

Calling all frazzled procrastinators, feet-draggers, lollygaggers and last-minute decision makers. The best price on passes to TC Sessions: Mobility 2021, which takes place on June 9, disappears in mere hours. It’s now o’clock, baby. Shift your EV into gear, hail a robotaxi or tell Mr. Scott to beam you up — whatever it takes to buy your pass before the early-bird deadline expires tonight, May 6, at 11:59 pm (PT). TC Sessions: Mobility 2021 gathers the very best people in the mobility startup ec...
Tags: TC, Motorola, Europe, Technology, China, Events, Tech, Automotive, United States, Automation, Silicon Valley, Toyota, Robotics, Science and Technology, Self-driving Car, Scott

Oculii looks to supercharge radar for autonomy with $55M round B

Autonomous vehicles rely on many sensors to perceive the world around them, and while cameras and lidar get a lot of the attention, good old radar is an important piece of the puzzle — though it has some fundamental limitations. Oculii, which just raised a $55M round, aims to minimize those limitations and make radar more capable with a smart software layer for existing devices — and sell its own as well. Radar’s advantages lie in its superior range, and in the fact that its radio frequency beam...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Transportation, Hardware, Funding, Tech, Automotive, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Radar, Lidar, Eagle, Falcon, Hong

Autonomous trucking startup Einride raises $110M ahead of expansion into US

Einride, the Swedish startup known for its unusual-looking electric and autonomous pods that are designed to carry freight, has raised $110 million to help fund its expansion in Europe and into the United States. The Series B round, which far exceeds its previous raises of $10 million in 2020 and $25 million in 2019, included new investors Temasek, Soros Fund Management LLC, Northzone and Maersk Growth. The company said Thursday that existing investors EQT Ventures, Plum Alley, Norrsken VC, Eric...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Europe, New York, Sweden, US, Tech, Automotive, United States, Electric Vehicles, Autonomous Vehicles, Austin Texas, Electrolux, Einride, Oatly Coca Cola Lidl, Temasek Soros Fund Management LLC Northzone

GM CEO Mary Barra wants to sell personal autonomous vehicles using Cruise’s self-driving tech by 2030

GM CEO Mary Barra sees the automaker selling personal autonomous vehicles by the end of the decade by leveraging technology from its self-driving subsidiary Cruise, according to comments made during the company’s Wednesday earnings call. Barra wasn’t providing any specifics just yet, but instead laid out a vision for the automaker’s future and how its stake in Cruise and its own internal effort to further develop its advanced driver assistance system Super Cruise might evolve over the next nine ...
Tags: TC, Transportation, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Walmart, Cruise, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Mary Barra, Dubai, Gm, Autonomous Vehicles, Cadillac, Barra, Self Driving Vehicles

GM’s Pam Fletcher is coming to TC Sessions: Mobility 2021 to talk about how to build a startup

GM might be best known for the millions of Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC-branded vehicles it designs, produces, finances and sells each year. But it also has a burgeoning incubator, where a team of 600 employees are working to develop 20 new businesses with a total addressable market of about $1.3 trillion. A few of the first startup fruits have already come to bear, including OnStar Guardian, OnStar Insurance, GM Defense and most recently, BrightDrop — the commercial electric vehicle deliv...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Linkedin, Tech, Cruise, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Mary Barra, Gm, Reid Hoffman, Silicon Valley, Mobility, Autonomous Vehicles, Fast Company, Nasdaq, Onstar

48 hours left to save $100 to TC Sessions: Mobility 2021

In just slightly more than a month, the mobility industry’s visionary movers, makers, shakers, innovators and investors from around the world will gather on June 9 for the virtual mind meld that is TC Sessions: Mobility 2021. If you’re a mobility maven listen up: you have just two days — a mere 48 hours — left to score the early bird price and save $100. Buy your pass to Mobility 2021 before the sale ends on Thursday, May 6 at 11:59 pm (PT). As always, TC Sessions: Mobility delivers in-depth int...
Tags: TC, Tech, Automotive, Goodyear, Karin Maake, TC Sessions: Mobility 2021, Rachael Wilcox, Volvo Cars TC Sessions, FlashParking TC Sessions

Lucid Motors taps Waymo, Intel veterans ahead of public listing

Lucid Motors is beefing up its executive and technical leadership team, hiring people from Waymo, Intel and Xperi as it prepares to become a publicly listed company. The automaker said Wednesday that Sherry House, who formerly worked at Waymo, will be its new chief financial officer. House was at Waymo for four years, most recently as its as treasurer and head of investor relations. Prior to Waymo, she was vice president of corporate development at Visteon Corporation and managing director of te...
Tags: Apple, TC, Transportation, Europe, Saudi Arabia, China, Tech, Tesla, Intel, Information Technology, Automotive, Ferrari, Electric Vehicles, House, Jaguar, Air

Investors cheer as Lyft’s Q1 revenue didn’t fall as much as expected

Investors gave Lyft’s value a small bump Tuesday after the American ride-hailing company reported results that weren’t quite as bad as the company, and Wall Street had expected. Shares of the Uber competitor rose as much as 4.5% in after-hours trading following the disclosure of its financial performance from the first three months of the year. As of the time of writing those gains have fallen to a smaller 2.5% gain. Turning to its results, Lyft’s revenue fell 36% to $609 million in the first qu...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, Uber, London, Tech, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Earnings, Toyota, Rideshare, Ride Hailing, EBITDA, U S Munich, Woven Planet Holdings, Palo Alto California Lyft, Screenshot Lyft More

Argo’s new lidar sensor could help Ford, VW deploy self-driving vehicles at scale

Four years ago, Argo AI made its first acquisition as a young, newly backed self-driving vehicle startup. Now, Argo says its acquisition of lidar company Princeton Lightwave is paying off and is poised to help it deliver autonomous vehicles that can operate commercially on highways and in dense urban areas starting next year. Argo AI unveiled Tuesday details on a long-range lidar sensor that it claims has the ability to see 400 meters away with high-resolution photorealistic quality and the abil...
Tags: Transportation, Washington, Tech, Automotive, Vw, Ford, Autonomous Vehicles, Volkswagen, Argo, Lidar, Aurora, VW Group, Ford Fusion Hybrid, Geiger, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Strip District

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