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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

The Life Knight brings the hospital to the injured

Think about it. When you deploy an ambulance, you’re essentially making two trips. One, to the patient, and the second, to the hospital after collecting the patient. This 2x journey is often the difference between life and death, and a problem that the Life Knight wants to solve.Designed to be deployed in areas with no access to medical care, i.e., disaster-struck zones or medically underdeveloped areas, the Life Knight is a moving hospital that reaches its destination and opens up into a full-f...
Tags: Transportation, Design, Medical, Hospital, Automotive, Ambulance, Red Dot Awards: Design Concept, Red Dot Concept 2018, Baojun Li, Life Knight, Mingliang Song, Zhifei Tian

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

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

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

Self-driving Cars, Traffic and Parking Problems

Self-driving cars should be able to solve traffic and parking problems. However, this requires that most self-driving cars are used with ride-sharing to maximize the useful rides per car and to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Energy, Transportation, Science, Technology, Future, Cars, World, Innovation, Self Driving Cars

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

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

Waze expands its Bluetooth beacons to New York City to end GPS signal blackouts

Drivers in New York City will soon be able to use Waze — and other navigation apps — in places like tunnels or bridges where it’s common to lose a GPS signal. The new capability is courtesy of small open source puck-like devices called Waze Beacons that were invented in-house by Gil Disatnik, an engineer who now heads up the beacons program. These battery-powered beacons broadcast an open standard signal via Bluetooth, which takes over for GPS to provide location data when a car passes through a...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Crowdsourcing, New York, Boston, New York City, Israel, Tech, Engineer, Chicago, Czech Republic, Automotive, Brooklyn, New Jersey, Paris, Mta

McLaren’s vision for the 2050 Formula 1 is sheer adrenaline!

Looking like something either out of a videogame or a movie about videogames, this is MCLExtreme, an amped-up vision of what a fully-electric F1 will look like in 2050, courtesy McLaren.Sparing literally no detail, and quite literally painting an incredible picture in the process, McLaren’s vision for 2050 has quite a few interesting predictions. A completely electric drivetrain is a given, considering Formula One’s gradual drift towards it. The cars won’t just be electric, they’ll charge wire...
Tags: Transportation, Design, Future, Automotive, Mclaren, Formula 1, Grand Prix, 2050, MCLExtreme

Tesla’s interchangeable travel-pod system shows modularity in transportation

If any company had to build something as outlandish as a pod system with a fixed electric powertrain platform and an interchangeable upper pod based on use, it would probably be Tesla (or maybe we could count this Mercedes Benz concept too). Designed as a part of his thesis project, Fábio Martins’ conceptual Tesla Pod system is pretty intriguing, and especially makes sense, given that Musk is launching the Boring Tunnel project that will only work with a handful of cars that are compatible with ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Design, Tesla, Platform, Automotive, Public, Pod, Commercial, Private, Popular, Musk, Random, Mercedes Benz, Fábio Martins

Sony venture arm invests in geocoding startup what3words

Sony’s venture capital arm has invested in what3words, the startup that has divided the entire world into 57 trillion 3-by-3 meter squares and assigned a three-word address to each one. Financial details were not disclosed. The startup’s novel addressing system isn’t the whole story. The ability to integrate what3words into voice assistants is what has piqued the interest and investment from Sony and others. “what3words have solved the considerable problem of entering a precise location into...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Tech, Automotive, Transport, Sony, Automotive Industry, Mercedes Benz, Daimler, TomTom, Cabify, Sony Corporation, What3words, Toshimoto Mitomo

Ford’s iconic F-Series trucks are going electric

Ford’s legendary and popular F-Series pickup line will soon have electric options, the company announced today. The move is intended to “future-proof” the enormous truck business against rising gas prices and regulations favoring electric vehicles over internal combustion. Jim Farley, Ford’s president of global markets, announced the news at a press conference in Detroit. As reported in the Detroit Free Press, he specified that there will be both pure/battery electric and hybrid options — they a...
Tags: Transportation, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Detroit, Mustang, Detroit Free Press, Jim Hackett, Jim Farley Ford, Rivian

Riding the RV revolution, Outdoorsy fuels up with $50 million in fresh funding

Outdoorsy is building for the road ahead. The three-year-old company, which connects customers with underused RVs and other trucks big enough to camp in overnight, just raised $50 million in Series C funding led by Greenspring Associates, with participation from earlier backers Aviva Ventures, Altos Ventures, AutoTech Ventures and Tandem Capital. That puts its total funding, in less than year’s time, at $75 million. (We’d separately reported on its $25 million Series B round last February. It...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Ecommerce, Europe, Yosemite, Australia, Tech, Austin, Automotive, New Zealand, Venture Capital, Aviva, Bay Area, Greenspring Associates, Cavin, Altos Ventures

This car-sized two-seater VTOL can take off and land directly in parking slots

The Onyx is the result of a pretty basic demand. The future of flying cars is clearly the VTOL, or the vertical take-off and landing vehicle, and when they do become a norm, they’ll need to follow a set framework to fit into a world that was dominated for a century by four-wheeler cars. For instance, taking a VTOL to the nearest supermarket would mean having to park it in the same car-park as any regular car. That’s why the Onyx is designed the way it is… to provide that seamless transition from...
Tags: Transportation, Design, Automotive, Vtol, Onyx, Charles Bombardier, Imaginactive, Charles Champagne, Jorge Ciprian

Ford is shutting down its Chariot shuttle service

Ford is shutting down Chariot, the shuttle startup that it purchased just two years ago that was supposed to be a part of the automaker’s fresh effort to move beyond the traditional business of buying and selling cars. Chariot will end service on commuter routes in the UK on January 25, according to a company update Thursday. Other commuter routes in New York and San Francisco by February 1. The dynamic shuttle service also had an enterprise business, which were routes with corporate and tran...
Tags: Transportation, UK, New York, San Francisco, Tech, Spokesperson, Chicago, Austin, Transit, Automotive, Ford, United Kingdom, Transport, Seattle, Detroit, Denver

GM is smartening up its Bolt EV smartphone app

GM is sprucing up its smartphone app for owners of the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt through a collaboration with charging network companies EVgo, ChargePoint and Greenlots. The idea is to take aggregate dynamic data from each of the EV charging networks so owners can have a “more seamless charging experience.” In short: GM wants to make it easier and more intuitive for Bolt EV owners to find and access charging. Removing hurdles from the charging experience can go a long way in convincing m...
Tags: Apple, Android, Energy, Transportation, Electric Vehicle, Cars, Tech, Smartphone, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Transport, Gm, Michigan, Android Auto, Apple Carplay, Charging Stations

Bell has begun building Uber’s Air Taxis

The Nexus is a 6-propeller, 4-seater eVTOL from Bell. Showcased in part last year at CES, the company has now built the entire vehicle to scale, much to the delight of its viewers. Bell hopes to have the Nexus ready for flight by the mid-2020s, which means we aren’t far from Uber’s air-taxi takeover.The Nexus comes with a hybrid-electric propulsion system that allows it to travel further than a full-electric eVTOL. It seats 4 passengers and a driver, and coming from a company that practically ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Uber, Design, Ces, Automotive, Nexus, Bell, Air Taxi, Air Taxis, Ces2019, Bell Showcased

Report: Self-driving car startup Aurora is raising capital at a $2B valuation

Early last year, LinkedIn co-founder and prolific venture capital investor Reid Hoffman called Chris Urmson “ the Henry Ford of autonomous vehicles (AV).” The vote of confidence and big check from Hoffman, coupled with a team of deeply knowledgable AV entrepreneurs, has catapulted his company, Aurora Innovation, squarely into “unicorn” territory. Aurora, the developer of a full-stack self-driving software system for automobile manufacturers, is raising at least $500 million in equity f...
Tags: Google, Startups, Transportation, Uber, Linkedin, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Sydney, Venture Capital, Reid Hoffman, Sequoia Capital, Greylock Partners, Kleiner Perkins, Greylock, Intel Capital

The Elextra is Switzerland’s answer to Tesla

4 seats. 4 doors. 4 wheel drive. That’s the first sentence that greets you when you visit Elextra’s website. The car models itself on a sporty yet spacious supercar that’s capable of seating 4 people… an unusual categorization, but remarkable nevertheless. Touted as Switzerland’s contribution to the electric automobile industry, and a rival to Tesla, the Elextra is a fully-electric sedan that combines a carbon fiber body with brutish Italian styling and a powertrain capable of going from 0-62 mp...
Tags: Transportation, Design, Germany, Tesla, Automotive, Switzerland, Electric, Supercar, Elextra

Walmart taps startup Udelv to test autonomous grocery deliveries in Arizona

More autonomous vehicles are poised to descend on Arizona. This time, Walmart has signed a deal with startup Udelv to test the use of autonomous vans to deliver online grocery orders to customers. Under the agreement, Udelv will provide its second-generation autonomous delivery van, called the Newton, to Walmart to deliver groceries in Surprise, Arizona. The trial is set to begin in February, Udelv announced Tuesday at CES 2019. The Newton, which is being shown at CES, is based on  Baidu’s la...
Tags: Transportation, Texas, Technology, Cars, San Francisco, Tech, Walmart, Automotive, Arizona, Las Vegas, Self-driving Cars, Baidu, Robotics, Newton, Emerging-technologies, Chandler

Toyota is developing fighter jet-inspired safety features for cars and wants to share it

Toyota Research Institute had a breakthrough last year in its pursuit to make driving safer. It was so profound that Toyota wants to open up to other automakers. The inspiration was modern-day fighter jets, which use a low-level flight control system to translate the intent of the pilot and keep the aircraft stable and tucked neatly inside a specific safety envelope. TRI calls it blended envelope control, an approach that lets its “Guardian” driver assist system combine and coordinate the skills...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Tech, Automotive, Guardian, Toyota, Gill Pratt, Pratt, Toyota Research Institute, TRI, Toyota Guardian

Nvidia dives into a new business segment with Drive AutoPilot

Nvidia’s automotive ambitions seemed targeted solely on creating a platform to enable fully autonomous vehicles, notably the robotaxis that so many companies hope to deploy in the coming decade. It turns out that Nvidia has also been working a more near-term product that opens it up to a different segment in the automotive industry. The company announced Monday at CES 2019 that it has launched Nvidia Drive AutoPilot, a reference platform that automakers can use to bring more sophisticated automa...
Tags: Startups, Transportation, Technology, Tesla, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Automation, Transport, Nvidia, Drive, Autonomous Machines, Driver, Continental, Self-driving Car, Emerging-technologies, Autopilot

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