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This Tesla Pickup Concept is ‘driving’ me crazy!

It’s a shame that this conceptual Tesla pickup is fan-made, because it’s an absolute beauty! Designed with sheer attention to detail, the pickup is envisioned as a part of Tesla’s Model P series, by Istanbul-based designer, Emre Husmen.The conceptual Model P 2019 (let’s just call it that for now) is a brilliant exercise in brand and form semantics… that’s a fancy-design-jargon way of saying that it looks exactly like something Tesla would launch. With the beautiful razor thin headlamps and taill...
Tags: Automotive, Transportation, Emre Husmen, Model P, Pickup, Tesla


Tesla’s board is about to get a lot smaller

Tesla is cutting its board down by more than 36 percent to seven directors by 2020, a move that includes the loss of some CEO Elon Musk’s early advisers and allies, according to regulator filings posted Friday. Longtime board member Brad Buss and Linda Johnson Rice, who joined two years ago as an independent director, will not seek re-election this year. Their terms will expire at the upcoming annual meeting. The board said in the proxy filing that it doesn’t plan to fill their seats. The ...
Tags: Automotive, Transportation, Antonio Gracias, Board Member, Ceo, Chairman, Elon Musk, Hyperloop, Kathleen Wilson-Thompson, Partner, SpaceX, Steve Jurvetson, Tesla, Transport, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission


Phantom Auto raises $13.5M to expand remote driving business to delivery bots and forklifts

Remote driving startup Phantom Auto has raised $13.5 million of financing in a Series A round led by Bessemer Venture Partners — capital used to expand a logistics business targeting sidewalks, warehouses and cargo yards, all the places where autonomy and teleoperation are being deployed today. The startup, founded in 2017, has raised about $19 million to date. Byron Deeter and Tess Hatch from Bessemer have joined Phantom’s board. The so-called “race” to deploy self-driving trucks, robotaxi ...
Tags: Transportation, Tech, Automotive, Bessemer Venture Partners, Phantom, Byron Deeter, Bessemer, Katz, Elliot Katz, Phantom Auto, Tess Hatch, Phantom Auto co, Shai Magzimof, Terberg Katz


100 Car2go Mercedes hijacked in Chicago crime spree

Car2go, free-floating car-sharing service owned by Daimler, temporarily shut down its service in Chicago on Wednesday after dozens of Mercedes-Benz vehicles were stolen using the app. The Chicago Police Department was alerted by Car2Go that some of their vehicles may have been rented by deceptive or fraudulent means through a mobile  app, a spokesperson wrote in an emailed statement to TechCrunch. The news was first reported via tweet by Brad Edwards, a reporter with CBS Chicago. Edwards re...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Law Enforcement, Chicago, Automotive, Reporter, Carsharing, Daimler, Mercedes Benz, Mercedes Benz CLA, Chicago Police Department, Daimler AG, BMW Group, CPD, Car2go


Audi self-driving unit taps newcomer Aeva for its unique lidar

Audi’s self-driving unit has tapped a startup with a unique approach to lidar as it ramps up testing in Munich using a fleet of autonomous electric e-tron crossover vehicles. Audi subsidiary Autonomous Intelligent Driving, or AID, said Wednesday it’s using lidar sensors developed by Aeva, a startup founded just two years ago by veterans of Apple and Nikon. Aeva, a Mountain View, Calif.-based company started by Soroush Salehian and Mina Rezk, has developed what it describes as “4D lidar” th...
Tags: Apple, Transportation, Tech, Tesla, Munich, Automotive, Automotive Industry, Volkswagen, Self-driving Cars, Nikon, Audi, Lidar, Emerging-technologies, Velodyne, Mountain View Calif, Canaan Partners


Dutch chipmaker NXP makes China push by backing radar company Hawkeye

Dutch chipmaker NXP Semiconductors has come a long way since Qualcomm’s outsize $44 billion to acquire it fell through last year. In an announcement released on Tuesday, NXP said it’s agreed to back and partner with Hawkeye Technology, a Chinese company specializing in automotive radars, as part of an ambition to capture the rapid growth of sensor-powered vehicles in China. Financial terms of the investment were undisclosed, but the tie-up will see Hawkeye providing a suite of technical know-...
Tags: Transportation, Asia, China, Tech, Automotive, Alibaba, Radar, Qualcomm, Semiconductor, Hawkeye, Autonomous Driving, Nanjing, Shi, NXP, Southeast University, NXP Semiconductors


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


Waymo launches robotaxi app on Google Play

Waymo is making its ride-hailing app more widely available by putting it on the Google Play store as the self-driving car company prepares to open up its service to more Phoenix residents. The company, which spun out to become a business under Alphabet, launched a limited commercial robotaxi service called Waymo One in the Phoenix area in December. The Waymo One self-driving car service, and accompanying app, was only available to Phoenix residents who were part of its early rider program,...
Tags: Google, Android, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Tech, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Transport, Self-driving Cars, Self-driving Car, Alphabet, Phoenix, Chrysler Pacifica, Chandler, Waymo


Alibaba will let you find restaurants and order food with voice in a car

Competition in the Chinese internet has for years been about who controls your mobile apps. These days, giants are increasingly turning to offline scenarios, including what’s going on behind the dashboard in your car. On Tuesday, Alibaba announced at the annual Shanghai Auto Show that it’s developing apps for connected cars that will let drivers find restaurants, queue up and make reservations at restaurants, order food and eventually complete a plethora of other tasks using voice, motion or tou...
Tags: Apple, Android, Startups, Transportation, Asia, China, Beijing, Automotive, Shanghai, Alibaba, Tencent, Alipay, Alibaba Group, Baidu, Operating System, Operating Systems


Volvo cars in Europe will be able to warn each other about hazardous road conditions

Volvo is taking technology that allowed some of its vehicles to communicate with each other about hazardous road conditions and expanding it across Europe in an effort to increase safety, the automaker announced Monday. Volvo first introduced its Hazard Light Alert and Slippery Road Alert system in 2016 on Volvo’s 90 Series cars. But it was limited to drivers in Sweden and Norway. Next week, Volvo will make the system available to drivers across Europe. The system will be a standard feature on...
Tags: Transportation, Europe, Sweden, Tech, Automotive, Norway, Volvo, Volvo Cars, Malin Ekholm, Volvo Cars Safety Centre


Tesla is raising the price of its full self-driving option

In a few weeks, Tesla buyers will have to pay more for an option that isn’t yet completely functional, but that CEO Elon Musk promises will one day deliver full autonomous driving capabilities. Musk tweeted Saturday that the price of its full self-driving option will “increase substantially over time” beginning May 1. Tesla vehicles are not self-driving. Musk has promised that the advanced driver assistance capabilities on Tesla vehicles will continue to improve until eventually reaching that...
Tags: Transportation, Elon Musk, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Automation, Nvidia, Self-driving Car, Tesla Model S, Tesla Roadster


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


Tesla, Panasonic modify expansion plans for gigafactory

Tesla and Panasonic have paused plans to add more battery production lines at Gigafactory 1, its massive factory outside of Reno, Nevada that is a cornerstone to the automaker’s business. The Nikkei Asian Review initially reported Thursday that Tesla and Panasonic were freezing plans to expand capacity. The partners had planned to increase capacity by 50 percent next year, but financial problems have forced a rethink, Nikkei reported without citing sources. Nikkei also reported that Panaso...
Tags: Transportation, Europe, Elon Musk, China, Nikkei, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Shanghai, Panasonic, Nevada, Tesla Model S, Musk, Gigafactory


Online used car startup Shift adds another $40M, snags COO in road to IPO

Online used car startup Shift Technologies has tacked on another $40 million in equity funding, hired a new COO with Amazon and Enjoy roots and scaled up its engineering staff — all in the past several months — as the company aims to double its revenue this year. The recent activity, along with what executives have told TechCrunch is a diligent focus on unit economics, is all directed toward a larger objective to take the company public sometime in 2021. Shift, which is based in San Francisco...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, TC, Transportation, Kindle, San Francisco, Tech, Walmart, Automotive, Jeff Bezos, Target, Shift, Russell, Foy, Carvana, Amazon Devices


Virginia is for Lovers…and Amazon HQ2: How DC Metro Communities and Commuters are Preparing

In September 2017, major metropolitan areas began their battle to win Amazon’s bid as the next headquarters (HQ2) location. The Seattle-based online retailer that shaped the way people shop presented an opportunity for cities to rebrand themselves, and 238 US and Canadian cities , from Boston to Anchorage, responded with bids of all shapes and sizes. Applicants got creative, pulling stunts like sending a 21-foot cactus gift to the Seattle Amazon headquarters (Tucson, Arizona) and renaming th...
Tags: Amazon, Transportation, Smart City, Budget, Housing, Washington, Boston, Virginia, New York City, US, Traffic, Infrastructure, Washington Dc, Autos, Prince William, Commuting


A transport designer imagines what F1 cars in 2021 will look like

For transportation designer and car enthusast Olcay Tuncay, 2021 is all set to be a very intriguing year because that’s the year Formula 1 will see radical changes, because the Concorde Agreement, which governs the sport and sets out the commercial terms on which teams compete, expires at the end of 2020.Tuncay used this opportunity to design a car that he feels suit the immediate future of F1. Envisioned in the branding of Scuderia Ferrari and Mercedes AMG (the two biggest names in F1), the car...
Tags: Transportation, Design, Automotive, F1, Ferrari, Formula 1, Mercedes AMG, Scuderia Ferrari, Olcay Tuncay KARABULUT, F1 Concept Car, Formula 1 2021, Olcay Tuncay KarabulutThis


Flying taxis could be more efficient than gas and electric cars on long-distance trips

Flying cars definitely sound cool, but whether they’re actually a good idea is up for debate. Fortunately they do seem to have some surefire benefits, among which you can now count improved efficiency — in theory, and on long trips. But it’s something! Air travel takes an enormous amount of energy, since you have to lift something heavy into the air and keep it there for a good while. This is often faster but rarely more efficient than ground transportation, which lets gravity do the hard work. ...
Tags: Gadgets, Transportation, Science, Tech, Automotive, Flying Cars, University Of Michigan, Vtol, Hexa, Flying Taxis, Noah Furbush, So University of Michigan


Scientists Dream of a Future Where Flying Cars Fight Climate Change

The flying car has been just a few years away for, well, years. The predictions aren’t getting more optimistic under President Donald Trump, but now science is offering a surprising new reason for us to make flying cars a reality: We might need them to fight climate change. Read more...
Tags: Transportation, Science, Cars, Sustainability, Flying Cars, Donald Trump, Not Riding Dirty


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


Tesla’s Enhanced Summon set for a wider release to U.S. owners next week

Tesla is preparing for a wider roll out a more capable and robust version of its “eventual” automated parking feature known as Enhanced Summon next week, CEO Elon Musk tweeted Saturday. The tweet comes just days after the company released a new version of Navigate on Autopilot, an advanced driving feature that is viewed as a step towards full automated driving on highways. In the tweet, Musk writes “Tesla Enhanced Summon coming out in U.S. next week for anyone with Enhanced Autopilot or Full Sel...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Tech, Automotive


Tesla’s automated parking feature will be rolled out to U.S. owners next week

Tesla is preparing to roll out a more capable and robust version of its automated parking feature known as Enhanced Summon next week, CEO Elon Musk tweeted Saturday. The tweet comes just days after the company released a new version of Navigate on Autopilot, an advanced driving feature that is viewed as a step towards full automated driving on highways. In the tweet, Musk writes “Tesla Enhanced Summon coming out in U.S. next week for anyone with Enhanced Autopilot or Full Self-Driving option.” E...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Tech, Automotive


Help reinvent mobility! Lyft is looking for an Industrial Designer

The ride-sharing app that just went public with its valuation is definitely a disrupter in the mobility world. The San Francisco-based start-up locked horns with Uber early in the game, and steadily grew as its competitor, becoming the second-largest trans-national corporation with a 30% market share in the United States. Lyft’s next big move is to expand in the e-scooter business, with their hardware partnership with Xiaomi. Lyft is looking for an Industrial Designer to join its team in San Fra...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, Design, Technology, San Francisco, Automotive, Electric Scooter, Job Board, Product Design, San Francisco California, San Francisco California USA, E-scooter, United States Lyft, Xiaomi Lyft, Industrial Designer, YD Job Alert


Judge to SEC and Elon Musk: Put your ‘reasonableness pants on and work this out’

Tesla, Elon Musk and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission have two weeks to work out their differences and come to a new resolution, a U.S. judge said Thursday at the conclusion of a hearing held to determine whether the automaker’s CEO should be held in contempt for his Twitter use. The SEC had asked the court to hold Musk in contempt for violating a settlement agreement reached last October over Musk’s now infamous “funding secured” tweet. Under that agreement, Musk is supposed to...
Tags: Transportation, Elon Musk, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg, Automotive, United States, SEC, Chairman, Hyperloop, Tesla Model S, Musk, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Nathan, Tesla Elon Musk, Alison Nathan


Toyota is giving automakers free access to nearly 24,000 hybrid car-related patents

Toyota said Wednesday it will give royalty-free access to its nearly 24,000 patents related to electrification technology and systems through 2030 in a move that aims to encourage rival automakers to adopt the low-emissions and fuel-saving technology. Collectively the patents represent core technologies that can be applied to the development of various types of electrified vehicles, including hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and fuel cell electric vehicles, Toyota said. This fol...
Tags: Transportation, Tech, Automotive, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Jaguar Land Rover, Automotive Industry, Toyota, Fuel Cell, Plug-in Hybrid, Prius, Toyota Motor Corporation, Hybrid Vehicle, Shigeki Terashi, Jaguar Land Rover GM Ford


Talk Lyft’s stock market debut with TechCrunch writers

After much anticipation, Lyft stock hit the public markets last week, with a nearly 10% pop on its first day of trading. However, concerns over the company’s lofty valuation, deep losses and uncertain path to profitability have caused the . TechCrunch’s resident transportation expert Kirsten Korosec and venture capital ax Kate Clark have been on the case, closely following the market’s reaction and the evolving theses around Lyft’s business… Today at 11:00 am PT, Kirsten and Kate will ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Transportation, Lyft, Finance, Ipo, Funding, Events, Automotive, Venture Capital, Rideshare, Kate, Exit, Ride-sharing, Kirsten


Ford’s electrified vision for Europe includes its Mustang-inspired SUV and a lot of hybrids

Ford of Europe’s vision for electrification includes 16 vehicle models — eight of which will be on the road by the end of this year — the company announced at its Go Further event in Amsterdam. Those plans include a plug-in hybrid variant of its Kuga SUV, its Mustang-inspired crossover, and a commercial transit van. Ford’s European electrification strategy is in line with its plans for North America to focus largely on hybrids. For instance, in a separate event on Tuesday Ford took the wraps off...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Europe, London, Tech, Automotive, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Transport, Epa, North America, Environmental Protection Agency, Mustang, Plug-in Hybrid, Valencia Spain, Cologne Germany


Family escapes when Kia suddenly stalls, erupts in fire on 110 Freeway in LA

Jessica Hernandez’s Kia erupted in flames on Saturday, March 30 – the day after the feds decided to investigate such fires. (Courtesy Jessica Hernandez) Jessica Hernandez’s Kia Sound The gallery will resume in seconds The nonprofit Center for Auto Safety beseeched the federal government to probe non-crash fires in Hyundai and Kia vehicles. It agreed – but too late to help Jessica Hernandez. (FILE PHOTO: SAM GANGWER, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER) (Courtesy of Riverside Police Depart...
Tags: Transportation, News, La, Government, Cars, Sport, Automotive, Soccer, Hyundai, Kia, Public Safety, Nhtsa, Levine, South Los Angeles, Hernandez, Manhattan Beach


Ford is bringing an electric Transit van to Europe by 2021

Ford plans to bring an electric Transit commercial van to the European market by 2021, as part of the automaker’s broader plan to electrify its global portfolio. The automaker announced the Transit EV, along with more than a dozen other electrified consumer-facing models that will be part of its European portfolio, at its Go Further event in Amsterdam on Tuesday. Ford didn’t provide many other details on the Transit van. And for now, the EV commercial van is only slated for Europe. Ford’s foc...
Tags: Transportation, Europe, Germany, Cars, Tech, Transit, Automotive, United States, Ford Mustang, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Amsterdam, Transport, North America, Environmental Protection Agency, Mustang


Mobileye CEO Amnon Shashua at TC Sessions: Mobility on July 10

Mobileye, the Israeli-based automotive sensor company acquired by Intel in 2017for $15.3 billion, is one of the companies at the center of the emerging world of autonomous vehicle technology. We’re excited to announce co-founder, president and CEO of Mobileye Amnon Shashua — who also is a senior vice president at Intel — will participate in TechCrunch’s inaugural TC Sessions: Mobility, a one-day event on July 10, 2019 in San Jose, Calif., that is centered around the future of mobility and tra...
Tags: Transportation, Smart City, Technology, California, Articles, Tech, Intel, Companies, Automotive, Britain, United Kingdom, Machine Learning, San Jose, Bmw, Self-driving Cars, Audi


Lyft pops 21% on its first day of trading on Nasdaq, after raising $2.2B in its IPO at a $24B valuation

Ride-hailing startup Lyft may bear the distinction of having highest net loss of any maiden public company ever going public, but despite that, it made its debut in a high gear this morning. Trading as LYFT on Nasdaq, the company’s shares opened at nearly noon today at $87.24, a pop of 21 percent on the $72/share figure the company set last night, when it raised $2.34 billion from investors, valuing the company at $24 billion. Expectations for how Lyft would do had already been high, after the c...
Tags: Google, TC, Transportation, Facebook, Lyft, Finance, Ipo, Collaborative Consumption, Los Angeles, Tech, Automotive, Andreessen Horowitz, Nasdaq, Ride-sharing, Didi, Ride-hailing Apps



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