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Autonomous ridesharing isn’t dead: How Waymo is adapting to the post-COVID era

Despite the challenges, the company fully expects continued growth in 2020
Tags: Cars, Trends, Features, Autonomous Cars, Ridesharing, Waymo, Waymo One, COVID-19


Velodyne becomes latest tech company to go public using a SPAC, eschewing the traditional IPO path

Velodyne Lidar, the leading supplier of a sensor widely considered critical to the commercial deployment of autonomous vehicles, said Thursday it has struck a deal to merge with special-purpose acquisition company Graf Industrial Corp., with a market value of $1.8 billion. The company said it was able to raise $150 million in private investment in public equity, or PIPE, from new institutional investors as well as existing shareholders of Graf Industrial. Through the transaction, Velodyne will h...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Tech, Automotive, Ford, Autonomous Vehicles, Baidu, Nasdaq, Lidar, Hall, Kfc, Nyse, David Hall, SPAC, Nikon Corp, Vella


Senior Zoox engineers rush to work for Waymo a week after Amazon acquisition

Last week, Amazon bought self-driving startup Zoox for over $1billion. Now, two of Zoox’s longest serving engineers have left to work for Alphabet subsidiary and rival, Waymo. Last week, e-commerce giant Amazon bought self-driving startup Zoox with the intention of helping it “realize its dream.” But Amazon doesn’t really have any business in robotaxis, so it’s not immediately clear what the online retailer is wanting to get out of the deal. Some, including TNW, suggest that Amazon might eventua...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Cars, TNW, Self-driving, Shift, Waymo, Zoox


Daimler-backed Momenta says its robotaxis will be fully driverless and profitable in 2024

In China and the U.S., there’s much debate about when and how humans will achieve fully autonomous robotaxis at scale — cars that chauffeur passengers under complex road conditions without safety drivers behind the wheel. Many pieces are needed to make this happen: mammoth amounts of test data, advanced algorithms, strong operational teams, big checks from investors, local policy support, to name a handful. Until that day arrives, the bold claims from players in the field seem mostly out of reac...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Asia, Elon Musk, Microsoft, China, Softbank, Tech, Tesla, Artificial Intelligence, Beijing, Automotive, Shanghai, Toyota, Autonomous Vehicles, Baidu


Lyft’s self-driving test vehicles are back on public roads in California

Lyft’s self-driving vehicle division has restarted testing on public roads in California, several months after pausing operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Lyft’s Level 5 program said Tuesday some of its autonomous vehicles are back on the road in Palo Alto and at its closed test track. The company has not resumed a pilot program that provided rides to Lyft employees in Palo Alto. The company said it is following CDC guidelines for personal protective equipment and surface cleaning. It has ...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Lyft, California, Cdc, Tech, Palo Alto, Automotive, United States, Autonomous Vehicles, California Department of Motor Vehicles, Robert Morgan, Waymo, Self Driving Vehicles, London Munich, Sameer Qureshi


The Station: Amazoox, TuSimple seeks $250M and the next e-scooter battleground

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 first-time 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’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. Remember please reach out and email me at [email protected] to share thoughts, ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Elon Musk, UK, California, Oregon, Saudi Arabia, China, New York City, Tech, Information, Tesla, Ars Technica


TuSimple seeking $250 million in new funding to scale self-driving trucks

TuSimple, the self-driving truck startup backed by Sina, Nvidia, UPS and Tier 1 supplier Mando Corporation, is headed back into the marketplace in search of new capital from investors. The company has hired investment bank Morgan Stanley to help it raise $250 million, according to multiple sources familiar with the effort. Morgan Stanley has sent potential investors an informational packet, viewed by TechCrunch, that provides a snapshot of the company and an overview of its business model,...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Startups, Hong Kong, Texas, China, Tech, UPS, Beijing, Automotive, United States, Arizona, Shanghai, San Diego, Morgan Stanley, Embark


Waymo and Volvo ink deal to build an all-new electric robo-taxi

It's the latest effort by Waymo to propel its self-driving ambitions
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Self-driving Cars, Volvo, Electric Cars, Waymo


Waymo, Volvo partner to develop electric robotaxis

Waymo’s self-driving software footprint is expanding — this time in a partnership with Volvo Car Group. The two companies announced Thursday an “exclusive” partnership to integrate Waymo’s self-driving software into a new electric vehicle designed for ride-hailing. Volvo and Waymo provided few details on the partnership and what this might actually look like except that the companies “will first work together to integrate the Waymo Driver into an all-new mobility-focused electric vehicle plat...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Uber, Japan, France, Tech, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Fca, Jaguar, Jaguar Land Rover, Autonomous Vehicles, Nissan, Volvo, Renault, Fiat Chrysler


Audi sets up Silicon Valley office to develop automated driving systems for US market

Audi has opened an office in Silicon Valley that aims to adapt and develop advanced driver assistance systems for the U.S. market.  The Audi Automated Driving Development (A2D2) R&D office will be located in San Jose and initially staffed with about 60 employees. The company said A2D2 will have the “flexibility to quickly develop new software and to collaborate with nearby startups for production-intent applications.” This new R&D office is focused on advancing so-called Level 2 systems, a...
Tags: Europe, California, Cars, US, America, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, United States, Silicon Valley, San Jose, Volkswagen, North America, Audi, Driver, Malibu


Tesla Model S can finally drive 400 miles between charges — but only in North America

Speculation on when Tesla would break the 400-mile range mark has been mounting for some time, and — according to figures from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) — the EV company has just done it. Late yesterday, Tesla announced all its North American Model S Long Range Plus EVs will come with an EPA mileage rating of 402 miles (around 650 km) per full charge. That’s nearly 20% more when compared against a 2019 Model S 100D with the same battery pack, the company says. [Read: Uber and Way...
Tags: Startups, Cars, Tesla, Epa, North America, Shift, Environmental Protection Agency EPA, Waymo


Uber and Waymo expected to share autonomous vehicle test data with public in new tool

In an attempt to quell public skepticism of self-driving vehicles, the government body that oversees national highway safety in the US is asking manufacturers to share their autonomous driving test data. The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) is today unveiling the Automated Vehicle Transparency and Engagement for Safe Testing (or AV TEST), Reuters reports. (The AV TEST website is currently live, but a cached version can be accessed.) [Read: Demand for scooters trebles as Bri...
Tags: Startups, Cars, US, World, Working From Home, Shift, Reuters, Waymo


The Station: Amazon eyes Zoox, Aurora goes back to school and Cabana hits the road

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 and 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’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. The mobility world got busy this week. Really. busy. This is gonna be a long one, buckle up. Take a look at the most r...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Transportation, Electric Vehicle, Facebook, Europe, Elon Musk, Youtube, China, Germany, Boston, India, Africa, Tech, Tesla


Waymo to bring self-driving minivans back to Bay Area, but not for passengers

The self-driving vehicles will focus on delivering packages
Tags: Google, News, Cars, Trends, Self-driving Cars, Bay Area, San Francisco Bay Area, Waymo


Scale AI releases free lidar dataset to power self-driving car development

High quality data is the fuel that powers AI algorithms. Without a continual flow of labeled data, bottlenecks can occur and the algorithm will slowly get worse and add risk to the system. It’s why labeled data is so critical for companies like Zoox, Cruise and Waymo, which use it to train machine learning models to develop and deploy autonomous vehicles. That need is what led to the creation of Scale AI, a startup that uses software and people to process and label image, lidar and map dat...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Technology, California, San Francisco, Tech, AV, Artificial Intelligence, Cruise, Automotive, Machine Learning, Silicon Valley, Self-driving Cars, Lidar, Emerging-technologies, Wang


Scale AI releases free lidar data set to power self-driving car development

High-quality data is the fuel that powers AI algorithms. Without a continual flow of labeled data, bottlenecks can occur and the algorithm will slowly get worse and add risk to the system. It’s why labeled data is so critical for companies like Zoox, Cruise and Waymo, which use it to train machine learning models to develop and deploy autonomous vehicles. That need is what led to the creation of Scale AI, a startup that uses software and people to process and label image, lidar and map dat...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Technology, California, San Francisco, Tech, AV, Artificial Intelligence, Cruise, Automotive, Machine Learning, Silicon Valley, Self-driving Cars, Lidar, Emerging-technologies, Wang


The Station: Cruise cuts, Waymo snags more cash, and a VC Mobility survey

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 and welcome back to The Station, I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. If you’re interested in all the future and present ways people and packages move from Point A to Point B, you’re in the right place. It felt like Tesla dominated the news cycle once again this week. (Checks list of published art...
Tags: Amazon, Transportation, Uber, Europe, Elon Musk, Sweden, India, Softbank, New York City, Africa, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg, Intel, Taiwan


Waymo expands first external investment round to $3 billion

Waymo has added an additional $750 million to the $2.25 billion funding round that it first announced in March, bringing the total size of the financing (its first from investors outside of Alphabet) to $3 billion. The extension comes from new investors including those managed by T. Rowe Price, Perry Creek Capital, Fidelity Management and Research Company and others. The extension, like the original round itself, will be used by Waymo to invest in its workforce, product development and ope...
Tags: Google, TC, Transportation, California, Tech, Ceo, Companies, X, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, AutoNation, Mobility, Self-driving Cars, Robotics, Alphabet, Emerging-technologies


Fiat Chrysler and AV startup Voyage partner on self-driving minivans

Self-driving vehicle startup Voyage said Monday that it has inked a deal with Fiat Chrysler to supply purpose-built vehicles, a partnership that will help accelerate its plan to launch a fully driverless ride-hailing service. Voyage, a three-year-old startup that tests and operates a self-driving vehicle service (with human safety operators) in retirement communities in California and Florida, started by modifying Ford Fusion vehicles. The company then began modifying FCA’s Chrysler Pacifi...
Tags: TC, Florida, California, Tech, Automotive, Ford, Automation, Cameron, Fca, Chrysler, Fiat, Jaguar Land Rover, Automotive Industry, Self-driving Cars, Voyage, Robotics


The Station: Uber has a taste for Lime, Tesla drama, Moovit gets acquired

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 and welcome back to The Station, I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. If you’re interested in all the future and present ways people and packages move from Point A to Point B, you’re in the right place. As I mentioned in the last edition, “how” our society opens back up is as important as “when” i...
Tags: Google, TC, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Texas, Israel, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Ukraine, Intel, Atlantic, Automotive, Ford, Port Of Los Angeles


Waymo puts its self-driving cars back on Arizona roads as lockdown is eased

Most of its autonomous vehicles were taken off the streets in March 2020
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Arizona, Self-driving Cars, Autonomous Cars, Waymo


Waymo keeps autonomous driving simulations running as cars stay parked

Waymo is still capable of running simulations 24 hours a day
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Self-driving Cars, Waymo


Uber argues ‘fraud’ absolves it from paying star engineer’s $179M fine to Google

Uber argued in a recent court filing that former employee Anthony Levandowski committed fraud, an action that frees the company from any obligation to pay his legal bills, including a judgment ordering the star engineer to pay Google $179 million. The court filing was first reported by Bloomberg. Uber’s fraud claim was part of its response to Levandowski’s motion to compel the ride-hailing company into arbitration in the hopes that his former employee will have to shoulder the cost of the ...
Tags: Google, TC, Transportation, Uber, California, Tech, Engineer, Automotive, Transport, Self-driving Cars, District Attorney, Anthony, TechCrunch, Otto, Google Uber, Bloomberg Uber


Nuro gets OK to test its driverless delivery vehicles on California public roads

Autonomous delivery startup Nuro has been granted a permit to begin driverless testing on California’s public roads, paving the way for the company to roll out commercial operations throughout the state. Nuro, which raised $940 million from SoftBank Vision Fund last year, is allowed to put two of its low-speed electric R2 delivery vehicles on public roads in parts of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, according to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, the agency that regulates autonomous...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Texas, California, Tech, Automotive, Arizona, DMV, Gm, Mountain View, Michigan, Toyota, Santa Clara, Cpuc, Gavin Newsom, Nhtsa


Self-driving car engineer Anthony Levandowski files motion to force Uber into arbitration

Anthony Levandowski, the star self-driving car engineer who was at the center of a trade secrets lawsuit, has filed a motion to compel Uber into arbitration in the hopes that his former employee will have to shoulder the cost of at least part of the $179 million judgment against him. The motion to compel arbitration filed this week is part of Levandowski’s bankruptcy proceedings. It’s the latest chapter in a long and winding legal saga that has entangled Uber and Waymo, the former Googl...
Tags: Google, TC, Transportation, Uber, California, Tech, Engineer, Automotive, SEC, Self-driving Cars, Judge, District Attorney, Anthony, Alphabet, Emerging-technologies, San Francisco Bay Area


Former Google Engineer Anthony Levandowski Escapes 32 of 33 Charges in Waymo Theft Plea Deal

Anthony Levandowski, the ex-Google autonomous vehicle engineer slapped with 33 charges of theft and attempted theft of trade secrets last year, has struck a deal with Uncle Sam to plead guilty and escape with just one guilty plea, per the Wall Street Journal.Read more...
Tags: Google, Uber, Science, Technology, Crime, Cars, Automotive, Courts, Autonomous Vehicles, Autonomous Cars, Automobiles, Self Driving Cars, Uncle Sam, Waymo, Anthony Levandowski, Waymo Theft Plea Deal


Waymo suspends all self-driving services in light of coronavirus pandemic

Waymo has extended the partial suspension of its autonomous vehicle service pilots to include fully driverless vehicle testing, the company confirmed on Friday. While Alphabet-owned Waymo had already stopped operation of the autonomous driving vehicles in its fleet that have safety drivers on board, in the interest of minimizing the potential spread of coronavirus, it was still going to go ahead with rides in its fully driverless test vehicles. These fully driverless vehicles are used in its ...
Tags: Google, TC, Transportation, Uber, Technology, Tech, X, Automotive, United States, Transport, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Emerging-technologies, Phoenix, Waymo, Argo AI


Waymo suspends robotaxi service except for its truly driverless vehicles

Waymo said Tuesday it is pausing operations of Waymo One, a service in the Phoenix area that allows the public to hail rides in self-driving vehicles with trained human safety operators behind the wheel, in in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Waymo is also halting testing on public roads in California. However, Waymo will keep some operations up and running, notably its truly driverless vehicles, which don’t require a human safety driver, according to an announcement on its website Tuesday....
Tags: Transportation, Technology, California, Cdc, Articles, Tech, Intel, UPS, X, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Arizona, Transport, Self-driving Cars, Federal Government, Emerging-technologies


Applications for TC Pitch Night: Mobility 2020 are now open

Founders: it’s time to get moving. On May 13, the night before TC Sessions: Mobility 2020, TechCrunch is hosting a private Pitch Night for mobility-focused startups. We’re looking to feature 10 early stage mobility startups that are breaking barriers in the industry. TechCrunch is always on the hunt for the most disruptive tech in the industry and this time our spotlight is shining on mobility. The line up for TC Sessions: Mobility 2020 is lit. We’ve got the major players from Boris Sofman ...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Articles, Tech, Automotive, Mobility, TechCrunch, Reilly Brennan, Micromobility, Waymo, Verizon Media, Boris Sofman, TC Sessions: Mobility 2020, Nancy Sun of Ike, Shin-pei Tsay


Inside the next-gen tech on Waymo’s self-driving Jaguar I-Pace

A little more than two and half years ago, Waymo engineers began working on a hardware sensor suite that would improve upon previous generations and have the capability to work on a variety of vehicles, from self-driving passenger cars to autonomous semi-trucks. The autonomous vehicle technology company is now showing off the fruits of its labor, starting with its fleet of all-electric Jaguar I-Pace vehicles. Waymo has integrated the next-gen hardware system into the Jaguar I-Pace vehicles an...
Tags: Google, TC, Tech, Automotive, AutoNation, Jaguar, Self-driving Cars, Detroit, Lidar, Phoenix, Waymo, Anthony Levandowski, Jaguar I Pace, Alphabet Waymo, Simon Verghese, Silver Lake Canada Pension Plan Investment Board



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