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Uber fixes bug that exposed third-party app secrets

Uber has fixed a bug that allowed access to the secret developer tokens of any app that integrated with the ride-sharing service, according to the security researchers who discovered the flaw. In a blog post, Anand Prakash and Manisha Sangwan explained that a vulnerable developer endpoint on Uber’s back-end systems — since locked down — was mistakenly spitting back client secrets and server tokens for apps authorized by the Uber account owner. Client secrets and server tokens are considered h...
Tags: Security, Uber, Apps, India, Tech, Hack, Automotive, United States, Internet Security, Transport, Commuting, Carsharing, Bangalore, Founder, Anand Prakash, Prakash


Tesla’s top attorney leaves after two months on job due to ‘poor cultural fit’

Tesla’s general counsel, a veteran trial lawyer, has been replaced with a company insider just two months after taking the post. Dane Butswinkas, who was named Tesla general counsel in December, is leaving the company, Tesla confirmed. Jonathan Chang, who was most recently vice president of legal at Tesla, has taken over the general counsel position. Butswinkas is returning to the Washington D.C. law firm Williams & Connolly, where he had worked for nearly 30 years. Wednesday is his last day ...
Tags: Apple, TC, Transportation, Europe, Washington, China, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, United States, Automotive Industry, Vice President, Financial Services, Musk, Chang, Jonathan


Porsche Taycan production forecast may be ‘conservative’

Porsche’s production forecast for its first all-electric vehicle may be too conservative, the company’s head of production said this week. Porsche has targeted 20,000 Taycan electric vehicles for the first year of production. But interest in the vehicle could push those estimates higher, Albrecht Reimold, Porsche’s board member in charge of production, said in an internally produced Q&A. Reimold didn’t provide a specific figure. In the interview, Reimold was asked about the company’s new factory...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Tech, Automotive, Porsche, Electric Cars, Cnet, Oliver Blume, Wirtschaftswoche, Zuffenhausen Germany, Reimold, Porsche North America, Klaus Zellmer, Zellmer, Electrify America, Tesla Porsche


Audi’s new V2I feature helps drivers hit every green light

Audi has added a new feature to the vehicle-to-infrastructure technology embedded in its newer models that’s designed to help drivers catch every green light. The tech, called GLOSA or Green Light Optimized Speed Advisory, is part of the automaker’s built-in traffic light-reading technology. And Audi says it’s the first automaker to include this GLOSA feature in its cars. It all began in 2016 when Audi launched traffic light information, a system that enables the car to  communicate with the ...
Tags: Transportation, Washington, Virginia, Cars, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Traffic, Automotive, United States, Transport, Dallas, Las Vegas, Audi, Orlando, Volkswagen Group


Flipkart co-founder Sachin Bansal invests $92M in Ola

The money is starting to flow from India’s largest startup exit. Ola has added a major name to its ongoing financing round after it confirmed that Flipkart co-founder Sachin Bansal has invested 650 crore INR (around $92 million) into the Indian ride-hailing business. The deal rumored in January when Paper.vc, an intelligence service that sifts through company filings in India, noticed that Bansal had committed to investing 150 crore. Today, eight-year-old Ola not only confirmed the pairing...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, Uber, Asia, India, Funding, Entrepreneur, Tech, Walmart, Ceo, Economy, Companies, Automotive, United States, Asia Pacific, Retailers


Nissan’s old Leaf batteries can power this smart pop-up camper for one week

Nissan has turned its old Leaf batteries into an off-grid camping companion. The automaker’s Nissan Energy subsidiary worked with camper manufacturer Opus to create the ultimate “smart” pop-up trailer that integrates cells recovered from its first-generation electric vehicles to provide off-grid power. Add in one to two recharges of the accompanying 400W solar panel accessory and campers can listen to tunes and use their smartphones and other devices, including a microwave, for about 7 days, ...
Tags: Transportation, UK, Cars, Tech, Smartphones, Automotive, United Kingdom, Transport, Nissan, Microwave, Opus, Francisco Carranza, Air Opus, Nissan Energy


Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Endangered insects, ending robocalls, women who pioneered auto design and more Efforts Underway to Stop Robocalls With estimated robocalls at 167.3 million per day in the US, many Americans simply ignore unknown numbers or “Scam Likely” calls. This doesn’t assuage the anxiety of missing something important or the sense of violation. Two programs—STIR (Secure Telephone Identity Revisited) and SHAKEN (Signature-based Handling of Asserted information using toKENs)—aim …
Tags: Auto, Design, Animals, Environment, Cars, US, Tech, Nature, Insects, Google Translate, Linkaboutit, Link About It, Wittgenstein, Automotive Design, Language Theory


Amazon leads $700M round in electric automaker Rivian

Rivian, the electric automaker that debut its first two vehicles just three months ago, has raised $700 million in a round led by Amazon . The news follows a report earlier this week by Reuters that GM and Amazon were in talks to invest in the electric vehicle company. “We’re inspired by Rivian’s vision for the future of electric transportation,” Amazon CEO Worldwide Consumer Jeff Wilke said in a statement. “RJ has built an impressive organization, with a product portfolio and technology to ma...
Tags: Amazon, Transportation, Florida, UK, Tech, Automotive, United States, Electric Vehicles, Gm, San Jose, Michigan, La Auto Show, Mitsubishi, Reuters, Chrysler Corporation, Irvine California


Uber Freight snags Airbnb, Box veterans as it eyes global expansion

Uber Freight, which helps truck drivers connect with shipping companies, has made two high-profile hires this month as it continues to scale up its app and plans for a global expansion. The company has hired Andrew Smith, one of Box’s early employees, to head up global sales at  Uber Freight , and Bar Ifrach, formerly of Airbnb, to lead its marketplace team, TechCrunch has learned. Smith had a 10-year run at Box, where he was most recently vice president of field and commercial sales for Nort...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Texas, San Francisco, Tech, Chicago, Automotive, Transport, Airbnb, Smith, Data Scientist, Ron, U S Department of Transportation, Andrew Smith, Waymo, Lior Ron


Tesla ‘Dog mode’ and ‘Sentry mode’ are now live to guard your car and pets

Tesla has officially released two features for its electric vehicles aimed at protecting what owners love: their car and pets, as the company looks to leverage its ability to deliver a continuous stream of new capabilities via over-the-air software updates. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been tweeting about these two features, known as Dog mode and Sentry mode for weeks. And now, they’re here for electric vehicles equipped with Enhanced Autopilot and built after August 2017. Dog mode is meant to acc...
Tags: Transportation, Elon Musk, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Tesla Model S, Tesla Autopilot, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Cabin Overheat Prevention


Check out the first interior view of Honda’s Urban EV prototype

Honda has been teasing its all-electric urban vehicle in 2017, when the automaker showed off its vision of the future — that had a distinct 1970s first generation Civic flare. Now, two years later a production version of the Urban EV is nearly here. And the automaker is finally giving a glimpse —albeit the tiniest of peeks — of the Urban EV’s interior. The full reveal of the Urban EV will come next month at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. And from there, it won’t be long before the electric vehicle ...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Electric Vehicle, Europe, Tech, Automotive, Transport, Automotive Industry, Honda, Driver, Electric Cars, Honda Motor Co, Takahiro Hachigo, Frankfurt Motor Show Honda, Urban EV Concept, Urban Ev


Autonomous truck startup TuSimple hits unicorn status in latest round

Another autonomous vehicle unicorn has joined the herd. TuSimple, a self-driving truck startup running daily routes for customers in Arizona, has raised $95 million in a Series D funding round led by Sina Corp. as the company prepares to scale up its commercial autonomous fleet to more than 50 trucks by June. The startup, which launched in 2015 and has operations in San Diego and Tucson, Arizona, has a post-money of $1.095 billion (aka unicorn status). TuSimple has raised $178 million to date...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Uber, Hong Kong, Texas, China, Tech, Tesla, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Arizona, Shanghai, San Diego, Nvidia, Self-driving Cars, Weibo


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 ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Spotify, Saudi Arabia, Softbank, Tech, Getty Images, Netflix, Automotive, Va, Health Records, Jeff Bezos, Sunday Times, Equity, Instacart, Mobile World Congress


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


Transportation Weekly: Amazon’s secret acquisition and all the AV feels

Welcome to Transportation Weekly; I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. I cover all the ways people and goods move from Point A to Point B — today and in the future — whether it’s by bike, bus, scooter, car, train, truck, robotaxi or rocket. Sure, let’s include hyperloop and eVTOLs, or air taxis, too. Yup, another transportation newsletter. But I promise this one will be different. Here’s how. Newsletters can be great mediums for curated news — a place...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Transportation, Uber, Twitter, Europe, Elon Musk, Mexico, Boston, Virginia, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Mit, Palo Alto


One of Tesla’s biggest investors upped its stake by more than $30M

Baillie Gifford  & Co., the second-biggest shareholder of Tesla stock and the , has increased its stake in the electric automaker and energy storage company. A regulator filing posted Friday shows Baillie increased its stake in Tesla from 7.64 percent at the end of the third quarter to 7.71 percent at the end of the fourth quarter. That doesn’t sound like much. But it translates into Baillie purchasing nearly 109,000 Tesla shares in the fourth quarter. That pencils out to a ballpark of $32 mi...
Tags: Elon Musk, UK, China, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Cnbc, Tesla Model S, Baillie Gifford, NIO, Baillie Gifford Co, CEO Elon Musk Tesla, Baillie


Autonomous cars are driving the reinvention of IP protection

Lucas Dahlin Contributor Lucas Dahlin is an associate in Goodwin’s Intellectual Property group. He focuses his practice on complex intellectual property matters, with a particular experience in patent and trade-secret litigation. Julius Jefferson Contributor Julius Jefferson is an associate in Goodwin’s IP Litigation group. Prior to joining Goodwin, he clerked for judges of the District of Delaware and of the Eastern Di...
Tags: TC, Column, Congress, Tech, Automotive, Autonomous Vehicles, Pfizer, Intellectual Property, Delaware, Goodwin, Julius, Darryl, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Quo Vadis, Lucas Dahlin, Julius Jefferson


Amazon, Sequoia invest in self-driving car startup Aurora

Aurora, the buzzy startup founded by early pioneers of self-driving car technology who led programs at Google, Tesla, and Uber, has raised more than $530 million in a Series B round led by Sequoia and includes “significant investment” from Amazon and T. Rowe Price Associates. The monster round pushes Aurora’s valuation near $2.5 billion. Aurora announced a $90 million Series A round last February from Greylock Partners  and Index Ventures, bringing its total raised to date to more than $620 mill...
Tags: Amazon, Transportation, Uber, Spacex, Tech, Automotive, Reid Hoffman, Greylock Partners, Greylock, Sequoia, Index Ventures, Pittsburgh, Chris Urmson, Aurora, Ian Smith, Urmson


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


How Good Is This Portable USB Humidifier?

 People who travel frequently often look for the portable versions of most things. (Myself included.) So, although you might not need a portable humidifier, you might want one for your home, and look for a travel-sized version. The USB-powered MZTDYTL is just such a device and I picked one up to review. You can see my full review terribly named MZTDYTL, which is designed for home, hotel, or car, in the video above. ...
Tags: Travel, Tech, Car, Air, Health And Fitness, Pictures And Video, Lodging


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


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


Toyota’s new car subscription company Kinto is gamifying driving behavior

Toyota has officially launched Kinto, a company first revealed late last year that will manage a car subscription program and other mobility services in Japan, including the sale and purchase of used vehicles as well as automotive repair and inspection. Kinto is jointly funded by Toyota Financial Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Toyota, and Sumitomo Mitsui Auto Service Company, a member of the Sumitomo Corporation Group. Initial funding for Kinto is 1.8 billion yen, or about $16 million, a...
Tags: Transportation, Europe, Japan, Tech, Automotive, Lexus, Tokyo, Automotive Industry, Toyota, Volvo, Subscription Services, Cadillac, Toyota Financial Services, Mobility Services, Kinto, Sumitomo Mitsui Auto Service Company


Maxwell, Struggling Battery-Technology Maker, to Sell to Tesla

Battery-technology business Maxwell Technologies has agreed to be acquired by Silicon Valley electric car company Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) in an all-stock deal valued at about $218 million, the San Diego-based company announced Monday.Maxwell (NASDAQ: MXWL) said Palo Alto, CA-based Tesla would buy its shares at $4.75 apiece, a 55 percent premium over its stock price as of market close Feb. 1.Maxwell, which makes energy-storage electronics called ultracapacitors that some automakers use alongside ba...
Tags: Deals, Trends, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, San Diego, M&a, Maxwell, TSLA, Silicon Valley, Energy Storage, Merger, Electric Cars, Acquisition, Hybrid Cars


VW’s Electrify America will use Tesla battery packs to lower charging costs

Electrify America, the entity set up by Volkswagen as part of its settlement with U.S. regulators over its diesel emissions cheating scandal, plans to install Tesla Powerpack battery systems at more than 100 of its electric vehicle charging stations this year. Electrify America aims to use the Tesla Powerpacks to offset the cost of charging for customers. Owners of electric vehicles face high costs if they charge their vehicles during peak demand hours. The Tesla Powerpack battery systems sto...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Vw, Electric Vehicles, Volkswagen, Energy Storage, GreenTech, Charging Stations, Electrify America, Tesla Powerpack, Tesla Powerpacks, Giovanni Palazzo, Owners of electric vehicles


Tesla’s $218M Maxwell acquisition aims to give its batteries a boost

Tesla has acquired energy storage company Maxwell Technologies in an all-stock deal valued at $218 million, a deal aimed at helping the electric automaker improve its batteries and lower costs as more competitors enter the market. The offer will value each of Maxwell’s 45.9 million shares at $4.75. The merger is expected to close in the second quarter of 2019. “We believe this transaction is in the best interests of Maxwell stockholders and offers investors the opportunity to participate in Tesl...
Tags: Energy, Transportation, Elon Musk, Stanford, Tech, Renewable Energy, Tesla, Automotive, Maxwell, Jaguar, Nova Scotia, Manufacturing, Audi, Dalhousie University, Dahn, Maxwell Technologies


Tesla’s Maxwell acquisition aims to gives its batteries a boost

Tesla has acquired energy storage company Maxwell Technologies in an all-stock deal valued at $218 million, a deal aimed at helping the electric automaker improve its batteries and lower costs as more competitors enter the market. The offer will value each of Maxwell’s 45.9 million shares at $4.75. The merger is expected to close in the second quarter of 2019. “We believe this transaction is in the best interests of Maxwell stockholders and offers investors the opportunity to participate in Tesl...
Tags: Energy, Transportation, Elon Musk, Stanford, Tech, Renewable Energy, Tesla, Automotive, Maxwell, Jaguar, Nova Scotia, Manufacturing, Audi, Dalhousie University, Dahn, Maxwell Technologies


Interview: Rivian Founder, RJ Scaringe at Aspen’s X Games

Positioning the trucks as adventure vehicles, moving production to Michigan and more We’re nestled indoors in Aspen Village and, while it’s frigid outside, this home—which is serving as a basecamp for the Rivian team—is inviting. The brand recently debuted its R1T electric pickup truck and R1S electric SUV at the LA Auto Show in November, but their presence here in Aspen, Colorado, coinciding with the X …
Tags: Auto, Design, Interviews, Cars, Tech, Electric Vehicles, Michigan, La Auto Show, Trucks, Pickup Trucks, Aspen, X Games, Aspen Colorado, Electric trucks, Rivian, RJ Scaringe


Tesla says the Model Y is coming in 2020

The Tesla Model Y — the SUV electric vehicle that CEO Elon Musk has been teasing and talking about since 2015 — will begin volume production by the end of 2020, the company said Wednesday in a letter to shareholders. The automaker, which has yet to show a prototype of the vehicle, said it will begin tooling for the Model Y this year. And unlike Tesla’s other electric vehicles, the Model Y will most likely be produced at the company’s massive “gigafactory” in Nevada, Musk said during an earnin...
Tags: TC, Elon Musk, California, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Ceo, Model, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Shanghai, Nevada, Tesla Model S, Musk, Tesla Model 3, Gigafactory



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