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Traffic on Memorial Day: Here’s what 37.6 million road trippers can expect

How, and if, people travel on Memorial Day weekend can provide a fleeting glimpse at the state of the U.S. economy, or at least provide insight into consumer confidence. The upshot this year: a near record-setting travel despite a rising national gas price. Nearly 43 million Americans were expected to travel in cars, trains and planes over the long weekend — 1.5 million more than the previous year, according to AAA and Inrix, a global transportation company that aggregates and analyzes traffic d...
Tags: Automotive, Transportation, Disneyland, Inrix, Las Vegas, Memorial Day, Orlando, Traffic, Washington D.C


Fiat Chrysler-Renault tie up: What the maker of Jeep could gain

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Renault are reportedly in talks that could result in merging vast swaths of their businesses, a move that illustrates the growing desire among automakers to consolidate in an environment of increased regulatory pressure, sales declines and rising costs aimed at bringing next-generation technologies like self-driving cars to market. Bloomberg, Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal have reported on talks of a tie up that could result in Fiat Chrysler even...
Tags: Automotive, TC, Transportation, Chrysler, FCA, Ford, Italy, Jeep, Maserati, Nissan, Renault, Waymo


Nigeria’s Gokada raises $5.3M round for its motorcycle ride-hail biz

In many large cities across Africa, motorcycle taxies are as common as yellow-cabs in New York. That includes Lagos, Nigeria, where ride-hail startup Gokada has raised a $5.3 million Series A round to grow its two-wheel transit business. Gokada has trained and on-boarded over 1000 motorcycles and their pilots on its app that connects commuters to moto-taxis and the company’s signature green, DOT approved helmets. The startup has completed nearly 1 million rides since it was co-founded in 2018 by...
Tags: Apps, TC, Adventure Capital, Africa, Allianz, Carsharing, Ceo, co CEO, Countries, Driver, East Africa, Entrepreneur, Fahim Saleh, Germany, Go-jek, Gojek


Automakers have a choice: Become data companies or become irrelevant

Jeff Peters Contributor Share on Twitter Jeff Peters, PhD is a principal at Autotech Ventures, investing in transportation startups. He has published academic and media articles on transportation, optimization, autonomous driving and AI. More posts by this contributor Will self-driving cars kill parking? The AI in your non-autonomous car While Bezos amassed billions, Apple took over our culture,...
Tags: Automotive, Column, Aurora, Automation, Big Data, Car Dealership, Commuting, Ford, General-Motors, Intel, Lyft, Mobileye, Samsung, Self-driving Cars, Technology, Toyota


Fresh off a $530M round, Aurora acquires lidar startup Blackmore

Aurora, the self-driving car startup backed by Sequoia Capital and Amazon, is in an acquiring mood. The company, founded in early 2017 by Chris Urmson, Sterling Anderson and Drew Bagnell, announced Thursday that it acquired lidar company Blackmore. The Blackmore purchase follows another smaller, and previously unknown acquisition of 7D Labs that occurred earlier this year, TechCrunch has learned. 7D, founded by former software engineer from Pixar animation Magnus Wrenninge, is a simulat...
Tags: Amazon, Transportation, Elon Musk, Tech, Tesla, Ceo, Automotive, Silicon Valley, Bmw, Pixar, Sequoia Capital, Lidar, Self-driving Car, Cto, Emerging-technologies, Chris Urmson


Elon Musk’s Boring Company lands $48.7M contract for underground “people mover” in Las Vegas

The Boring Company, Elon Musk’s tunneling and transportation startup, has landed a $48.7 million project to shuttle people in an underground Loop system around the Las Vegas Convention Center. This is the company’s first commercial contract. The initial design for the project, dubbed Campus Wide People Mover or CWPM, will focus on the Las Vegas Convention Center, which is currently in the midst of an expansion that is expected to be complete in time for CES 2021. The newly expanded Las Vegas ...
Tags: Elon Musk, Washington, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, The Guardian, Las Vegas, Nevada, Driver, Baltimore, Hyperloop, Downtown, TBC, Las Vegas Convention Center, McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority


Consumer Reports knocks Tesla’s Navigate on Autopilot feature

Consumer Reports is calling the automatic lane-change feature on Tesla’s Navigate on Autopilot “far less competent” than a human driver and cautioned it could pose safety risks. The consumer advocacy organization posted its review Wednesday on the newest version of Tesla’s advanced driver assistance system. Navigate on Autopilot is an active guidance system that is supposed to navigate a car from a highway on-ramp to off-ramp, including interchanges and making lane changes. Once drivers enter...
Tags: Transportation, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Automation, Gm, Bmw, Nissan, Volvo, CR, Consumer Reports, Tesla Model S, Tesla Model 3, Autopilot, Cadillac, National Transportation Safety Board


Consumer Reports knocks Tesla’s Navigate on Autopilot, calls new feature ‘far less competent’ than a human driver

Consumer Reports is calling the automatic lane-change feature on Tesla’s Navigate on Autopilot “far less competent” than a human driver and cautioned it could pose safety risks. The consumer advocacy organization posted its review Wednesday on the newest version of Tesla’s advanced driver assistance system. Navigate on Autopilot is an active guidance system that is supposed to navigate a car from a highway on-ramp to off-ramp, including interchanges and making lane changes. Once drivers enter...
Tags: Transportation, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Automation, Gm, Bmw, Nissan, Volvo, CR, Consumer Reports, Tesla Model S, Tesla Model 3, Autopilot, Cadillac, National Transportation Safety Board


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: Transportation, Washington, Tech, Walmart, Automotive, Ford, Ford Motors, Robotics, Lidar, Digit, Postmates, Self-driving Car, Domino, Pittsburgh, Ford Transit, Shelton


The Ultra-Safe, Semi-Autonomous Concept: Mercedes-Benz 2019 ESF

Insight into what designers and engineers are doing to make driving safer While the entire automotive industry shifts its attention toward autonomy and electrification, it’s important to remember that the keystone to a successful automotive brand is the safety of its vehicles—whether they be higher-capability autonomous rides or fully-electric hypercars. To remind consumers and industry members that the safety of the passengers precedes all else, Mercedes-Benz …
Tags: Auto, Design, Safety, Interviews, Cars, Tech, Driving, Autonomous Vehicles, Mercedes Benz, ESV, ESF, Experimental Safety Vehicle, Mercedes-Benz 2019 ESF


The Exit: Getaround’s $300M roadtrip

In August of last year, Getaround scored $300 million from Softbank. Eight months later they handed that same amount to Drivy, a Parisian peer-to-peer car rental service that was Getaround’s ticket to tapping into European markets. Both companies shared similar visions for the future of car ownership, they were about the same size, both were flirting with expanding beyond their home market, but only one had the power of the Vision Fund behind it. The Exit is a new series at TechCrunch. It’s a...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Transportation, Uber, Europe, Youtube, Softbank, Tech, Automotive, Paris, Venture Capital, Sharing Economy, Airbnb, Getaround, Talent


Lyft adds more safety features including in-app emergency assistance, reminders to check the plate

Earlier this spring, both Uber and Lyft introduced new safety features and policies following the death of a university student who was kidnapped and murdered after getting into a vehicle she believed to be her Uber ride. Today, Lyft is announcing an expanded set of safety features and programs, including those that help riders find and identify their ride, alert emergency services if they believe they are in danger, and communicate ride issues back to Lyft support and drivers. It’s also introdu...
Tags: Lyft, Safety, Tech, Automotive, Ride Hailing, Ride-sharing, Today Lyft, Uber Lyft, Safety Center


2019 Chrysler 300 Review: An Affordable Executive-Level Car

91 Solid 2019 Chrysler 300 Overall Impression Smooth Riding.Affordable Luxury.Lots of Safety Features. Pros Quiet Cabin Available Hemi V8 Touchscreen Display Cons Poor Visibility Handing At Times In a world dominated by SUVs, there is the rare 2019 Chrysler 300 rear-wheel drive sedan. Although all-wheel drive is available, it’s still a rare breed, especially here in Colorado, where 90 percent of the vehicles on the road are crossovers and SUVs. For the driving enthu...
Tags: Apple, Review, Colorado, Tech, Autos, Chrysler, Epa, Denis, Times, Denver, Android Auto, Ward, FCA US LLC, Uconnect, Loveland Pass, Denis Flierl


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


GM’s car-sharing service Maven to exit eight cities

GM is scaling back its Maven car-sharing company and will stop service in nearly half of the 17 North American cities in which it operates. A spokesperson who confirmed Maven was shutting down in some cities, without identifying the locations or number that will remain, said the company plans to focus on markets that have the strongest demand and growth potential. The WSJ, which was the first to report the impending shutdown, said Maven will continue to operate in Detroit, Los Angeles, Washingto...
Tags: Transportation, New York, Washington, Toronto, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, General Motors, Chicago, Automotive, Mary Barra, Gm, WSJ, Zipcar, Ann Arbor, Maven


Quadric.io raises $15M to build a plug-and-play supercomputer for autonomous systems

Quadric.io, a startup founded by some of the folks behind the once- secretive bitcoin mining operation “21E6,”  has raised $15 million in a Series A round that will fund the development of a supercomputer designed for autonomous systems.   The round was led by automotive Tier 1 supplier DENSO and its semiconductor products arm NSITEXE, which will also be one of Quadric.io’s customers for future electronic systems in all levels of autonomous driving solutions. Leawood VC also participated ...
Tags: Startups, Transportation, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Computing, Supercomputer, Cota Capital, DENSO, Autonomous Systems, Uncork Capital, Recent Funding, AI chips, NSITEXE, Quadric.io


In-car commerce startup Cargo extends Uber partnership to Brazil

Cargo, the startup that brings the convenience store into ride-hailing vehicles, is making its first international expansion through an exclusive partnership with Uber in Brazil. Uber drivers in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro will now be able to sign up for Cargo and potentially earn additional income by products to passengers during their ride. Cargo, which launched in 2017, provides qualified ridesharing drivers with free boxes filled with the kinds of goods you might find in a convenience...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Tech, Automotive, Zynga, Twitch, Mark Pincus, Founders Fund, Cargo, David Stern, Coatue Management, Colin Carrier


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


Ford will slash 7,000 salaried jobs by August

Ford Motor is laying off 7,000 salaried employees as part of CEO Jim Hackett’s restructuring plan to reduce bureaucracy, cut costs and turn the automaker into a more agile company prepared for a future that extends beyond its traditional business of producing and selling cars and trucks. The cuts represent about 10 percent of the automaker’s salaried employees. Some buyouts and layoffs have already occurred, according to an email sent to employees by Hackett. The contents of the email were in...
Tags: Transportation, Technology, Tech, Ceo, Automotive, Vehicles, Transport, Driving, Detroit, Qualcomm, Wireless Networking, Emerging-technologies, Ann Arbor, Jim Hackett, Layoff


Hyperdimensional computing theory could lead to AI with memories and reflexes

A team of scientists from the University of Maryland recently came up with a take on the hyperdimensional computing theory that could give robots memories and reflexes. This could break the stalemate we seem to be at with autonomous vehicles and other real-world robots, and lead to more human-like AI models. The solution The Maryland team came up with a theoretical method by which hyperdimensional computing – a hypervector-based alternative to computations based on Booleans and numbers – could r...
Tags: Startups, Maryland, Cars, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, University Of Maryland, Anton Mitrokhin


Driverless cars are years away, but self-driving forklifts have arrived

For several years, executives of tech and automobile companies have been promising that fully autonomous vehicles will soon become a common sights in streets and roads. But we’re well into 2019, and self-driving cars are still making stupid mistakes. In many ways, the short history of self-driving cars is reminiscent of the early decades of artificial intelligence research. Scientists constantly promised that human-level AI (or artificial general intelligence) was just around the corner. But as ...
Tags: Startups, Business, Cars, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Syndication


China’s Tesla wannabe Xpeng starts ride-hailing service

There’re a lot of synergies between electric vehicles and ride-hailing. Drivers are able to save more steering an EV compared to a gas vehicle. Environmentally conscious consumers will choose to hire an electric car. And EVs are designed with better compatibility with autonomous driving, which is expected to hit the public road in the coming decades. Indeed, Tesla is eyeing to launch its first robotaxis in 2020 as part of a broader ride-sharing scheme. Over in China where Tesla has a few disc...
Tags: Transportation, Asia, Hong Kong, Elon Musk, New York, China, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Beijing, Automotive, Alibaba, Transport, Electric Car, Carsharing, Foxconn


Tesla’s communications chief is leaving the automaker

Dave Arnold, Tesla’s senior director of communications, is leaving the company after two-and-half years, according to sources familiar with the move. Tesla confirmed to TechCrunch that Arnold was leaving in June. “We’d like to thank Dave for his work in support of Tesla’s mission, and we wish him well,” a Tesla spokesperson said in a company-issued statement. “Dave will remain with the company for the next month to help transition his responsibilities to Keely Sulprizio, Tesla’s director of Glob...
Tags: Apple, Transportation, Facebook, Elon Musk, Tech, Tesla, Dave, Automotive, Arnold, Tesla Model S, Musk, Global Communications, Personnel, The Boring Company, Dave Arnold Tesla, Keely Sulprizio Tesla


Tesla issues battery software update after Hong Kong vehicle fire

Tesla has started pushing out a software update that will change battery charge and thermal management settings in Model S sedans and Model X SUVs following a fire in a parked vehicle in Hong Kong earlier this week. The software update, which Tesla says is being done out of “an abundance of caution,” is supposed to “protect the battery and improve its longevity.” The over-the-air software update will not be made to Model 3 vehicles. Tesla has not yet identified the cause of the fire or found any...
Tags: Transportation, Hong Kong, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Cctv, Tesla Model S, Reuters, Apple Daily, Lithium-ion battery


Volvo inks multi-billion dollar battery deals with LG Chem and CATL for EVs

Volvo Car Group has inked a massive multi-billion dollar supply deal with the Chinese battery manufacturer, CATL, and Korea’s LG Chem to supply its planned fleet of electric vehicles. The lithium ion batteries from both suppliers will power the development of Volvo Cars’ electrification strategy for its own brand and the company’s Polestar joint venture with Chinese auto manufacturer Geely. Deals with the two companies cover the global supply of battery modules for all models on the upcoming ...
Tags: TC, Electric Vehicle, China, Cars, Chief executive officer, Tech, Tesla, United States, Korea, Transport, Lg, Cma, Volvo, Los Angeles Times, Electric Car, Executive


How Nissan’s ‘invisible-to-visible’ tech could pave the way for autonomous cars

Nissan is experimenting with what it calls “invisible-to-visible” (I2V) tech. It’s meant to connect cars to a virtual world, but will it work in the real world? That’s what we asked Nissan’s Roel de Vries. The post How Nissan’s ‘invisible-to-visible’ tech could pave the way for autonomous cars appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Cars, Trends, Tech, Nissan, Connectivity, 5g, Roel de Vries


Musk’s new lawyer fights ‘pedo guy’ defamation lawsuit claims, questions motive

SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s lawyer argued Tuesday in a court filing that the British cave diver who became embroiled in a public spat with his client and later sued for defamation can’t recover damages because his reputation was not harmed. In court documents filed Tuesday, Musk’s new lawyer Alex Spiro of Quinn Emmanuel questioned the motive of Vernon Unsworth, the British cave diver, who filed a defamation lawsuit in September 2018 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District ...
Tags: Transportation, Spacex, Elon Musk, Buzzfeed, Tech, Tesla, Thailand, Automotive, Musk, Wilson, Spiro, Alex Spiro, Stephen V Wilson, Unsworth, Quinn Emmanuel, Ryan Mac


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


EV startup Rimac scores $90M investment from Hyundai and Kia

Rimac Automobili, the European EV startup that landed an investment from Porsche last year, has again gained the backing of traditional automakers after Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors jointly invested €80 million, or around $90 million. Beyond the significant cash infusion, the three parties said the deal includes “a strategic partnership to collaborate on the development of high-performance electric vehicles.” In other words, Hyundai and Kia — both of which fall under the ownership of ...
Tags: Amazon, Fundings & Exits, Uber, Russia, Southeast Asia, India, Funding, Tech, Automotive, Porsche, Electric Vehicles, Transport, Croatia, Fuel Cell, Hyundai, Kia


Uber launches PIN feature to cut wait times at U.S. airports, starting in Portland

Uber is piloting a new PIN feature at the Portland International Airport that will give riders a one-time 6-digit numeric code in an effort to speed up pickup times and reduce traffic congestion. The PIN, or personal identification number, feature kicks off Monday at the Portland Airport, which can average around 400 Uber rides an hour at peak time. Uber initially developed the PIN-matching solution in 2016 to serve high-volume, high-density event venues — situations that require moving poten...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Australia, India, Tech, Automotive, Portland, Seattle, Bangalore, Kentucky Derby, Portland International Airport, Portland Airport, India Portland, Sondra Batbold, Batbold



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