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Volvo to supply cars for Didi’s global autonomous driving fleets

As the autonomous driving race in China heats up, Didi is rushing to expand its car fleets by picking Swedish automaker Volvo, an old partner of Uber, as its ally. Didi said on Monday it will be using the XC90 SUVs of Volvo, which has been owned by Chinese auto company Geely since 2010, for its global network of robotaxis in the long term. Didi created a subsidiary dedicated to autonomous driving last year and the unit has since raised about $800 million from investors including SoftBank Vision ...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Asia, California, China, Softbank, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, United States, Automation, Self-driving Cars, Honda, Robotics, Huawei, Volvo


Volvo to supply Chinese ride hailing giant Didi with autonomous driving cars

As the autonomous driving race in China heats up, Didi is rushing to expand its car fleets by picking Swedish automaker Volvo, an old partner of Uber, as its ally. Didi said on Monday it will be using the XC90 SUVs of Volvo, which has been owned by Chinese auto company Geely since 2010, for its network of robotaxis in the long term. Didi created a subsidiary dedicated to autonomous driving last year and the unit has since raised about $800 million from investors including SoftBank Vision Fund an...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Asia, California, China, Softbank, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, United States, Automation, Self-driving Cars, Honda, Robotics, Huawei, Volvo


Uber entices drivers back post-pandemic with $250 million stimulus

Despite the classification of ride-hail drivers as “essential workers” during the early days of the pandemic, last April  Uber’s business dropped by 80%. Drivers decided they’d rather not risk contracting or spreading COVID-19 for the measly revenue provided by the few rides per day they were getting, so when the federal CARES Act extended the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance to gig workers, many Uber drivers decided to hang up their keys.  With more than a quarter of the U.S. population a...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Tech, Austin, Automotive, Rideshare, On-demand, Gig Economy, Ride Hailing, Phoenix, Uber Drivers, Gig workers, Philadelphia Austin Chicago Miami


Aurora and Volvo partner to bring autonomous long-haul trucks to North America

The autonomous vehicle startup Aurora Innovation said Tuesday it has reached an agreement with Volvo to jointly develop autonomous semi trucks for North America. The partnership, which the two companies say will span several years and is through Volvo’s Autonomous Solutions unit, will focus on trucks built to operate autonomously on highways between hubs for Volvo customers. The Aurora Driver technology stack – Aurora’s self-driving software, computer and sensor suite – will be integrated into V...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Tech, Automotive, Toyota, North America, Volvo, Greylock, Aurora, PACCAR, Blackmore, Autonomous Trucks, Aurora Innovation, Volvo Autonomous Solutions, OURS Technology, Autonomous Solutions


Berlin’s Blacklane raises $26M to expand its high-end chauffeur-driven sustainable car service

As the Ubers of the world continue to scale, a smaller on-demand transportation startup has raised some funding in Germany, underscoring the opportunities that remain for startups in the space targeting specific service niches. Blacklane — the Berlin startup that provides on-demand black-car chauffeur services in Berlin, London, Dubai, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Singapore and 16 other cities — has closed a round of €22 million ($26 million at current rates). After taking a majority stake in H...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Uber, Europe, London, Germany, Berlin, Funding, Tech, Automotive, Jaguar, GreenTech, Uae, Daimler, Recruit Holdings, Teslas


The Station: Uber’s new battles in the UK, Lucid Motors’ second life plans and Cruise acquires Voyage

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every Saturday in your inbox. Hi friends and new readers, welcome to The Station, a newsletter dedicated to all the present and future ways people and packages move from Point A to Point B. Before I forget, scroll all the way down to the bottom of the newsletter, if you’re interested in attending our upcoming early-stage conference. I have a gift for you. Um, there is ...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Transportation, Uber, Europe, Florida, UK, New York, Supreme Court, Microsoft, California, La, Ipo, Germany, Los Angeles, San Francisco


Daimler is converting its engine plant in Berlin into a digital campus and hundreds of jobs may be in danger

Costing around $2.4 million, the conversion project could offer employees long-term prospects. Getty Images/Silas Stein/picture alliance Daimler plans to close its oldest plant in Germany and make it digital, Handelsblatt reported. The $2.4 million conversion is part of a cost-cutting scheme that will cut 20,000 jobs by 2025. The future factory will focus on electromobility and will assemble smaller parts for electric cars. See more stories on Insider's business page. Daimler is plan...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Germany, Berlin, Cars, International, Trends, Getty Images, Mercedes, Daimler, Nordic, Reuters, Mercedes Benz, Handelsblatt, IG Metall, Ola Kallenius


MaaS transit: The business of mobility as a service

In 2019, St. Louis Metro Transit was struggling to keep customers. Uber and Lyft, along with dockless shared bikes and scooters, had flooded streets, causing ridership to fall more than 7% in a single year. The agency didn’t try to fight for attention. Instead, it embraced its competitors. Metro Transit dropped its internal trip-planning app, which had been developed with the Trapeze Group and directed riders to Transit, a private third-party app that offers mapping and real-time transit data in...
Tags: Startups, Transportation, Uber, San Francisco, Tech, Transit, Automotive, SaaS, Venture Capital, San Diego, Bmw, Moovit, Public Transportation, Expedia, Metro Transit, Chicago New York


Investors Clara Brenner, Quin Garcia and Rachel Holt are coming to TC Sessions: Mobility 2021

The transportation industry is abuzz with upstarts, legacy automakers, suppliers and tech companies working on automated vehicle technology, digital platforms, electrification and robotics. Then there are shared mobility companies from cars to scooters and mopeds to ebikes. And who can forget the emerging air taxi companies? At the center of this evolving industry are the investors. Simply put: TechCrunch can’t hold an event on mobility without hearing from the people who are hunting for the bes...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Business, Japan, Entrepreneurship, China, Israel, Articles, Events, Supply Chain, Tech, Economy, Canada, Automotive


TC Sessions: Mobility 2021 is coming, save the date!

Buckle up, startup and tech fans. Save the date and get ready to rub virtual elbows with mobility’s best and brightest minds — the movers, shakers and policy makers that are shaping the future of transportation. TC Sessions: Mobility returns for its third year on June 9, 2021. Can you say mobility three-peat? Yes, you can! We’re excited to host another day dedicated to the people — and the technology they’re developing — that’s changing transportation. TC Sessions: Mobility 2021 goes beyond hunt...
Tags: Startups, Uber, Technology, Tech, Companies, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Mobility, Autonomous Vehicles, Panasonic, Self-driving Cars, Director, TechCrunch, Coo, General-motors, Battery Technology


The Station: Another Uber spinout is born and EVs dominate SPACs

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.  Hi friends and new readers, welcome back to The Station, a newsletter dedicated to all the present and future ways people and packages move from Point A to Point B. Our transportation desk is taking shape. Two new reporters, Aria Alamalhodaei and Rebecca Bellan started Monday and have already provided some new and interesting coverage. Tam...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Uber, Japan, California, Germany, Softbank, Tech, Tesla, Cnn, Automotive, Porsche, Paris, Union of Concerned Scientists, Ikea, Volkswagen


From the ashes of nearly a billion dollars, Ample resurrects Better Place’s battery swapping business model

A little over thirteen years ago, Shai Agassi, a promising software executive who was in line to succeed the chief executive at SAP, then one of the world’s mightiest software companies, left the company he’d devoted the bulk of his professional career to and started a business called Better Place. That startup promised to revolutionize the nascent electric vehicle market and make range anxiety a thing of the past. The company’s pitch? A network of automated battery swapping stations that would ...
Tags: Energy, TC, Electric Vehicle, Uber, Japan, Time, Cars, Tech, Electric Vehicles, Transport, Venture Capital, Nissan, Charging Station, Sap, Renault, Bay Area


Uber spins out delivery robot startup as Serve Robotics

Postmates X, the robotics division of the on-demand delivery startup that Uber acquired last year for $2.65 billion, has officially spun out as an independent company called Serve Robotics. TechCrunch reported in January that a deal was being shopped to investors. Serve Robotics, a name taken from the autonomous sidewalk delivery bot that was developed and piloted by Postmates X, has raised seed funding in a round led by venture capital firm Neo. Other investors included Uber as well as Lee Jaco...
Tags: TC, Uber, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Automotive, San Francisco Bay, Postmates, Anki, Bastian Lehmann, Lime, Aurora, Vancouver Canada, ATG, Dara Khosrowshahi, Kashani


Aurora acquires a second lidar company in push to bring self-driving trucks to the road

Aurora, the autonomous vehicle company that recently closed its acquisition of Uber’s self-driving subsidiary, has snapped up another startup.  This time, Aurora is buying OURS Technology, the second lidar startup it has acquired in less than two years. Aurora acquired Blackmore, a Montana-based lidar startup in May 2019.  Aurora declined to disclose the acquisition price or other financial terms of the deal. OURS Technology, which was founded in 2017 by a team of University of California-Ber...
Tags: TC, Uber, Montana, Tech, Automotive, University Of California Berkeley, Lidar, Aurora, Blackmore, OURS Technology


The Station: Archer Aviation’s two big scores, a boost for e-bikes and how Uber defines adjusted EBITDA

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.  Hi friends and new readers, welcome back to The Station, a newsletter dedicated to all the present and future ways people and packages move from Point A to Point B. There is quite a bit to get to this week, so let’s charge forward. Email me at [email protected] to share thoughts, criticisms, opinions or tips. You also can se...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Asia, Europe, Sweden, Congress, China, Softbank, US, Tech, Tesla, Nasa, Palo Alto, Automotive, United States


The Station: Archer Aviation’s two big scores, a boost for ebikes and how Uber defines adjusted EBITDA

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.  Hi friends and new readers, welcome back to The Station, a newsletter dedicated to all the present and future ways people and packages move from Point A to Point B. There is quite a bit to get to this week, so let’s charge forward. Email me at [email protected] to share thoughts, criticisms, offer up opinions or tips. You ca...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Asia, Europe, Sweden, Congress, China, Softbank, Tech, Tesla, Nasa, Palo Alto, Automotive, United States, Ford


Aurora strikes deal with Toyota, Denso to develop, test self-driving Sienna minivans

Aurora has reached a deal with Toyota and auto-parts supplier Denso to develop and test vehicles equipped with the self-driving startup’s technology, beginning with a fleet of Toyota Sienna minivans. Engineering teams from Aurora and Toyota will work together to design and build the self-driving Sienna minivans with an aim to start testing a fleet by the end of 2021, the companies said Tuesday. The announcement follows Aurora’s acquisition of Uber Advanced Technologies Group, which spun out from...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Uber, Softbank, Tech, Automotive, Toyota, Anderson, Chris Urmson, Aurora, Sienna, PACCAR, ATG, Toyota Sienna, DENSO, Urmson


Bolt's CEO says his key to acing 12-hour workdays is a 5-kilometer walk and pristine sleep hygiene

The 27-year-old Estonian entrepreneur has been running the company for eight years. Bolt 27-year-old CEO of Uber rival Bolt Markus Villig walks a five-kilometer commute every day. The CEOs of Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, and Apple also back walking meetings and commutes. Research has shown that walking meetings bring people together and that walking supports creativity. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Running a startup is stressful - it can interfere with your health...
Tags: Apple, Google, Transportation, Uber, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Stanford, International, Trends, Strategy, Linkedin, Car, Creativity, Walking, Transport, Jeff Weiner


The Station: Uber slurps up Drizly, Ford doubles its EV budget and Rad Power Bikes plots an expansion

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.  Hi friends and new readers, welcome back to The Station, a newsletter dedicated to all the present and future ways people and packages move from Point A to Point B. Let’s dive in …  Email me at [email protected] to share thoughts, criticisms, offer up opinions or tips. You can also send a direct message to me at Twitter — @k...
Tags: Google, TC, Transportation, Uber, Florida, New York City, Tech, Automotive, Brooklyn, Ford, Gm, Silicon Valley, Pfizer, Seattle, Nasdaq, Revel


MetroMile says a website bug let a hacker obtain driver’s license numbers

Car insurance startup MetroMile said it has fixed a security flaw on its website that allowed a hacker to obtain driver’s license numbers. The San Francisco-based insurance startup disclosed the security breach in its latest 8-K filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. MetroMile said a bug in the quote form and application process on the company’s website allowed the hacker to “obtain personal information of certain individuals, including individuals’ driver’s license numbers.” I...
Tags: Security, MetroMile, Uber, Articles, San Francisco, Insurance, Tech, Law Enforcement, Automotive, Security Breaches, Computing, Driver, Executive, Data Security, Startup Company, Computer Security


Former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski among list of last-minute Trump pardons

Anthony Levandowski, the former Google engineer and serial entrepreneur who had been sentenced to 18 months in prison on one count of stealing trade secrets, has received a pardon from President Donald Trump. The full pardon, which was one of 73 issued late Tuesday evening, means Levandowski will avoid a prison cell. The president also commuted 70 sentences. Levandowski received his sentence in August 2020. However, Judge Alsup, who presided over the case, said he didn’t need to report to prison...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Uber, White House, Tech, Automotive, Peter Thiel, Donald Trump, Palmer Luckey, Trump, Thiel Capital, Blake, Lewandowski, Otto, Thiel, Alsup


The Station: CES trends and Uber plots another spinoff

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. Hi friends and new readers, welcome back to The Station, a newsletter dedicated to all the present and future ways people and packages move from Point A to Point B. Before I launch into the news of the week, let’s take care of some housekeeping. First, you might have noticed that The Station landed in your email inbox on Sunday, not Saturda...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, UK, Tech, Tesla, Intel, Ces, Automotive, Fca, Gm, Sony, Archer, Panasonic, Bmw, Mercedes, West Hollywood


Uber planning to spin out Postmates’ delivery robot arm

Another Uber spinout is in the works. Postmates X, the robotics division of the on-demand delivery startup that Uber acquired last year for $2.65 billion, is seeking investors in its bid to become a separate company, according to several people familiar with the plans. The startup is being referred to as Serve Robotics, a nod to the yellow and black-emblazoned autonomous sidewalk delivery bot that was developed and piloted by Postmates X. The Serve robot, which recently partnered with Pink Dot S...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Automotive, Postmates, Lime, West Hollywood, Aurora, ATG, GrubHub, Dara Khosrowshahi, Kashani, Aurora Innovation, Pink Dot


Uber expands green rides option to 1,400 cities

Uber has expanded a program that incentivizes drivers to use all-electric and hybrid vehicles to more than 1,400 cities in North America including Austin, Houston, Miami and New York City as part of the ride-hailing company’s broader plan to become a zero-emission platform by 2040. The program, known as Uber Green, gives customers the option to request an EV or hybrid electric vehicle. Drivers receive an extra $0.50 from a $1 rider surcharge for every Uber Green trip completed. Uber said Tues...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, London, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Automotive, Mexico City, Avis, Sydney, North America, Mumbai Uber, Austin Houston Miami


The Station: the 2021 predictions issue, part two

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every Sunday in your inbox.  Hi friends and new readers, welcome back to The Station, a newsletter dedicated to all the present and future ways people and packages move from Point A to Point B. Last week, I provided some of my predictions for 2021 focused on autonomous vehicle technology and electric vehicles. I’ll weigh in today with a few predictions about the rest o...
Tags: Amazon, Uber, Obama Administration, Politico, Tech, Walmart, Joe Biden, Automotive, United States, Vw, Electric Vehicles, Michigan, Autonomous Vehicles, Biden, Mercedes-benz, Connected Car


Nuro acquires autonomous trucking startup Ike

Autonomous delivery company Nuro has acquired Ike, a startup founded by veterans of Apple, Google and Uber Advanced Technologies Group that aimed to commercialize self-driving trucks. The deal, the latest in a busy season of acquisitions and consolidation in the autonomous vehicle industry, brings together two companies that have deep ties and shared technology. And while the two pursued different applications of autonomous vehicle technology — Nuro with local delivery and Ike on long-haul fr...
Tags: Apple, Google, Transportation, Uber, California, Tech, Walmart, Automotive, Vw, Arizona, Sun, Ferguson, Silicon Valley, Toyota, Delaware, Bain Capital Ventures


The Station: Zoox’s six-year ride, Aurora makes its Uber ATG employee picks and NHTSA takes a new position on AVs

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every Saturday in your inbox.  Hi friends and new readers, welcome back to The Station, a newsletter dedicated to all the present and future ways people and packages move from Point A to Point B. I asked you last week to share your picks for the biggest stories of the year. While there was a mix, two startup-focused themes emerged: COVID-19 and the pressure it put on ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Transportation, Uber, Toronto, Tech, General Motors, Tesla, Bloomberg, Austin, Automotive, United States, Electric Vehicles, Autonomous Vehicles, Zomato, EC


Aurora sends offers to majority of Uber ATG employees, but not the R&D lab

Autonomous vehicle company Aurora Innovation sent offers Thursday to more than 75% of employees at Uber Advanced Technologies Group, just a week after announcing plans to acquire the self-driving subsidiary, according to a source familiar with the post-merger integration plans. Uber ATG Toronto, which employs about 50 people where the subsidiary conducted its research and development work, did not not made the cut, according to a source. Nor has Uber ATG’s chief scientist Raquel Urtasun, w...
Tags: TC, Uber, Softbank, Toronto, Tech, Automotive, University of Toronto, Chris Urmson, Aurora, ATG, Urmson, Pittsburgh San Francisco, Vector Institute, Aurora Innovation, Eric Meyhofer, An Uber


The Station: Uber’s 2020 evolution and QuantumScape’s big breakthrough

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every Saturday in your inbox. Hi friends and new readers, welcome back to The Station, a newsletter dedicated to all the present and future ways people and packages move from Point A to Point B. This year has delivered turmoil, volatility and pain along with some unexpected bright spots, a flood of M&A deals, venture raises and of course, SPACs. In the next few edition...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Uber, Spacex, Elon Musk, Texas, California, Stanford, China, Softbank, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, United States, Ford


Uber sells its flying-taxi business to another flying-taxi business

Uber is abandoning its plan to build a so-called "flying car" as it puts renewed effort into making its ridesharing and meal delivery businesses profitable.
Tags: Uber, News, Cars, Trends, Flying Car, Ridesharing, Flying Taxi, Tech For Change, Breaking Twitter



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