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Mercedes-Benz launches sales of its premium all-electric EQV van

Mercedes-Benz is now selling its EQV 300 all-electric premium van in Europe, the second EV to come out of the automaker’s initiative to produce a line of battery-powered models under its new EQ brand. A concept version of the EQV was first shown in March 2019. But unlike so many concepts destined for nonexistence, this one was marked for series production. The EQV, which can seat up to eight people, is designed to appeal to customers seeking a more luxurious ride. The base price of €71,388 (abou...
Tags: Europe, Tech, Spain, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Automotive Industry, Mercedes Benz, Mercedes, Vitoria, Mercedes Benz Vito, EQC


Daniel Abt fired from Audi’s Formula E team for using pro sim driver in virtual race

Audi fired Daniel Abt from its Formula E racing team after learning he had a professional sim driver race for him during a virtual competition called the “Race at Home Challenge” held over the weekend. The automaker said in a statement via Formula E that Abt had been suspended from Audi Sport “with immediate effect.” However, it appears the consequences are more serious and final. Abt said in a video message published Tuesday on YouTube that Audi had dropped him from the team. “Today I was infor...
Tags: TC, Youtube, Tech, Automotive, Audi, Unicef, Audi Sport, Abt, Daniel Abt, Lorenz Hoerzing


Where these 4 top VCs are investing in manufacturing

Even though it’s a vast sector in the midst of transformation, manufacturing is often overlooked by early-stage investors. We surveyed top VCs in the industry to gather their perspectives on the challenges and opportunities facing manufacturing. Traditionally, manufacturing companies are capital-intensive and can be slow to implement new technology and processes. The investors in the survey below acknowledge the long-standing barriers facing founders in this space, yet they see large opportuniti...
Tags: Startups, TC, Science, Hardware, Tech, Remote Work, Automotive, Venture Capital, Manufacturing, Robotics, Eclipse Ventures, Dayna Grayson, Lior Susan, Extra Crunch, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Elon Musk: the Tesla Cybertruck isn’t getting any smaller

In the days and weeks after Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed the cybertruck — a post-apocalyptic inspired vehicle made of cold-rolled steel — there was a lot of speculation about whether it would be smaller once it actually made it to market. Production of the Cybertruck is still a long ways off. There isn’t even a factory to build the all-electric truck yet. However, Musk did provide some clarification Saturday on its size. In a tweet, Musk wrote “Reviewed design with Franz last night. Even 3% s...
Tags: TC, Twitter, Elon Musk, Jay Leno, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Ceo, Automotive, Hyperloop, Cnbc, TechCrunch, Tesla Model S, Musk, Leno, Franz


‘Fallout Shelter’ joins Tesla arcade in latest software update

Nearly a year ago, Todd Howard, the director of Bethesda Games, said that the company’s “Fallout Shelter” game would be coming to Tesla displays. It arrived, via the 2020.20 software update, this week, which was first noted at driver’s platform Teslascope. Fallout Shelter is the latest — and one of the more modern games — to join Tesla’s Arcade, an in-car feature that lets drivers play video games while the vehicle is parked. It joins 2048, Atari’s Super Breakout, Cuphead, Stardew Valley, Missil...
Tags: TC, Video Games, Tech, Tesla, Netflix, Automotive, Asteroids, Atari, Reporter, Arcade Games, Fallout, Todd Howard, Fallout Shelter, Stardew Valley, Missile Command, Video Gaming


New York Auto Show canceled for 2020, pushed to spring 2021

Organizers of the New York International Auto Show, once hoping to hold the rescheduled event in August, have decided to scrap the entire year. The show has been officially canceled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers announced Friday. The next show will take place April 2 to April 11, 2021. Press days will be March 31 and April 1. The New York Auto Show, which is organized by the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association, was scheduled to begin April 10 at the Jacob K. Javit...
Tags: Transportation, Europe, New York, New York City, Tech, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, North America, American Culture, New York Auto Show, Jacob, Jacob K Javits Convention Center, New York International Auto Show, Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association, Coronavirus, COVID-19


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


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


Tesla drops lawsuit against Alameda County over Fremont factory reopening

Tesla has officially dismissed a lawsuit filed earlier this month against Alameda County that sought to force the reopening of its factory in Fremont, California. The dismissal, which was granted Wednesday, closes the loop on a battle between Tesla CEO Elon Musk and county health and law enforcement officials. The lawsuit filed May 9, hours after Musk threatened to sue and move operations out of state, sought injunctive and declaratory relief against Alameda County. Reuters was the first t...
Tags: Elon Musk, California, Tech, Tesla, Ceo, Automotive, Manufacturing, Hyperloop, Musk, Gavin Newsom, Bay Area, Governor, FREMONT, Fremont California, Alameda County, Newsom


Remote operators in Mexico are driving scooters to riders in this Atlanta suburb

In one Atlanta suburb, finding and returning an electric shared scooter will be taken care of by teleoperators some 1,700 miles away in Mexico City. Riders in the enclave of Peachtree Corners will be able to use an app beginning this week to hail a GoX scooter equipped with tech from teleoperations startup Tortoise. Using the “Hail my Scooter” app developed by GoX, riders can have the scooter cruise on its own to their location. After riders complete trips, the scooters will drive themselves bac...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Mexico, Tech, Atlanta, Economy, Automotive, United States, Bellevue, Transport, Sharing Economy, Seattle, Apollo, Scooter, Brian Johnson, King County


Polestar to open first US stores in the second half of 2020

Polestar’s first U.S. retail stores will open in Los Angeles, New York City and two locations in San Francisco later this year — the latest milestone for the automaker as it gets closer to bringing its all-electric vehicle to market. Polestar, which is jointly owned by Volvo Car Group and Zhejiang Geely Holding of China, was once a high-performance brand under Volvo Cars. The 2021 Polestar 2 is the first EV to come out of Polestar since it was recast as an electric performance brand in 2017. ...
Tags: Transportation, Florida, Texas, China, Boston, New York City, Cars, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Automotive, United States, Electric Vehicles, Volvo, Denver


Porsche’s newest app lets buyers track the progress of their 911

Porsche has been placing more resources into developing digital services as it tries to match the tech demands of its customers. The latest effort borne out of its Porsche Digital subsidiary is an app that lets U.S. buyers who have ordered a 911 sports car to track its progress from production to the dealership. The app, which is integrated with the My Porsche web portal, provides customers updates on 14 events, including production in Germany, the vehicle’s departure and trek across the A...
Tags: TC, Germany, Cars, Tech, Atlantic, Automotive, United States, Porsche, Sports Cars, Volkswagen Group, Porsche Cars North America, Porsche 911, Porsche Digital, Porsche Taycan


GM is working on a hands-off advanced driving system for city streets

GM has a “big team” working on an advanced version of its hands-free driving assistance system, Super Cruise, that will expand its capability beyond highways and apply it to city streets, the automaker’s vice president of global product development Doug Parks said Tuesday. GM is also continuing to improve its existing Super Cruise product, Parks said during a webcasted interview at Citi’s 2020 Car of the Future Symposium. “As we continue to ratchet up Super Cruise, we continue to add capabili...
Tags: TC, Cars, Tech, General Motors, Tesla, Automotive, Gm, Gps, Parks, Self-driving Car, Citi, Cadillac, Ultra, Cadillac Escalade, Doug Parks, Sedans


Popping the hood on Vroom’s IPO filing

Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. Yesterday afternoon, Vroom, an online car buying service, filed to go public. Based on its SEC filing, Vroom is a highly-successful private company in fundraising terms that has attracted over $700 million during its life as a startup. T. Rowe Price, AutoNation, Durable Capital Partners, General Catalyst and other investors fueled the firm during its youth according to Crunchbas...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Transportation, Ecommerce, Tech, E-commerce, Companies, Automotive, United States, Venture Capital, AutoNation, SEC, General Electric, General Catalyst, Unicorn


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


Ford to offer COVID-19 testing for symptomatic workers as part of reopening plan

Ford said Saturday it will test hourly and salaried employees with suspected COVID-19 symptoms in four metro areas where it has major operations as it prepares to reopen facilities this month. The automaker is expected to resume production and some operations at its North America facilities May 18. Aside from factory workers, Ford is also bringing back about 12,000 employees whose jobs cannot be done remotely such as vehicle testing and design. The company’s parts distribution centers reopened i...
Tags: TC, Washington, Tech, Chicago, Automotive, Ford, Transport, Automotive Industry, North America, Kansas City, Cto, Louisville, Henry Ford, Southeast Michigan, Beaumont Health, University of Chicago Medical Center


Tesla scouts head to Tulsa, Austin as hunt for Cybertruck gigafactory location nears end

Tesla officials visited two sites in Tulsa, Oklahoma this week to search for a location for its future and fifth gigafactory that will produce its all-electric Cybertruck and Model Y crossover, a source familiar with the situation told TechCrunch. Company representatives also visited Austin. A final decision has not been made, but Austin and Tulsa are among the finalists, according to the source. The AP also reported Tulsa and Austin as top picks for the gigafactory. Tesla expects to make a d...
Tags: Transportation, Elon Musk, Berlin, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Ap, Austin, Automotive, United States, Transport, Gm, Nashville, Toyota, Panasonic, Oklahoma


Tesla said to be readying new long-lasting, low-cost batteries to put EVs at price parity with gas cars

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been touting forthcoming battery technology improvements, going so far as to dub a forthcoming company talk “battery day” in prior public comments. Now Reuters is reporting that the automaker plans to unveil new advanced in battery technology it has developed that can produce power sources for its EVs which last for “millions of miles” and can be produced at low costs – allowing the automaker to sell cars at or below the market cost of equivalent gas-guzzling intern...
Tags: TC, Electric Vehicle, Elon Musk, Science, China, Tech, Tesla, Ceo, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Transport, Nevada, Chemicals, Driver, Electric Cars, Musk


Cruise lays off 8% of workforce amid COVID-19, puts resources toward engineering

Cruise, the self-driving car subsidiary of GM that also has backing from SoftBank Vision Fund, automaker Honda and T. Rowe Price & Associates, is laying off nearly 8% of its more than 1,800-member workforce today as it tries to reduce costs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The layoffs will affect employees in Cruise’s product, marketing and rideshare business units, according to a memo sent by Cruise CEO Dan Ammann and viewed by TechCrunch. Bloomberg was the first to report the cuts. Emplo...
Tags: Transportation, Layoffs, Labor, California, Softbank, Employment, San Francisco, Tech, Cruise, Automotive, Gm, Bank, Honda, Memo, Lidar, T.rowe Price


7 top mobility VCs discuss COVID-19 strategies and trends

As COVID-19 swept across the globe, no sector lay untouched, but perhaps no industry was more disrupted than transportation. Airlines slashed routes, public transit use plummeted, ridership on Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing platforms dropped and shared scooter companies pulled products from city streets. Meanwhile, e-bike sales bloomed and on-demand delivery, including services using autonomous robots, exploded. Transportation companies have been forced to adapt — quickly — to this new rea...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Tech, Automotive, Scooters, Electric Vehicles, Venture Capital, Mobility, Autonomous Vehicles, Airlines, Lux Capital, Extra Crunch, Trucks VC


Porsche rolls out search platform for its US used-car inventory

Porsche Cars North America has launched a new online platform called Porsche Finder that lets customers search for used vehicles across its dealership network, the latest step by the automaker to create an online marketplace. The new platform, which was developed by the automaker’s Porsche Digital subsidiary and PCNA, enables customers to search by vehicle model and generation and includes additional filters for price, equipment and packages, as well as interior and exterior vehicle colors. F...
Tags: Cars, US, Tech, Automotive, United States, Porsche, Sports Cars, Volkswagen Group, Porsche Cars North America, PCNA, Klaus Zellmer, Zellmer, Porsche Digital, Porsche Finder, Zellmer For Tesla


Porsche rolls out search platform for its U.S. used car inventory

Porsche Cars North America has launched a new online platform called Porsche Finder that lets customers search for used vehicles across its dealership network, the latest step by the automaker to create an online marketplace. The new platform, which was developed by the automaker’s Porsche Digital subsidiary and PCNA, enables customers to search by vehicle model and generation and includes additional filters for price, equipment and packages as well as interior and exterior vehicle colors. Fo...
Tags: Cars, Tech, Automotive, United States, Porsche, Sports Cars, Volkswagen Group, Porsche Cars North America, PCNA, Klaus Zellmer, Zellmer, Porsche Digital, Porsche Finder, Zellmer For Tesla


Tesla employees who don’t return to work could lose unemployment benefits

Furloughed Tesla employees who are called back to work could lose unemployment benefits if they choose to stay at home due to COVID-19 concerns, the company’s head of human resources Valerie Workman wrote in an email sent to workers Wednesday. The internal email, which was viewed by TechCrunch, suggested that the loss of benefits was up to the state and that Tesla wasn’t penalizing employees for choosing to stay at home. CNBC was the first to report the email. “Once you are called back, you w...
Tags: TC, Elon Musk, California, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Cnbc, TechCrunch, Musk, Tesla Model 3, FREMONT, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Fremont Calif, Alameda County, Personnel, Alameda County Public Health Department


Tesla Warned Staff to Return to Work in Violation of County Order or Lose Unemployment: Report

Tesla informed workers that if they did not show up for work at a Fremont, California, production facility CEO Elon Musk has reopened in violation of a county health order that they may be ineligible for unemployment, emails obtained by the Guardian show.Read more...
Tags: Health, Elon Musk, Science, Technology, Cars, Tesla, Automotive, Fremont California, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, Shelter At Work Or Else, Tesla Warned Staff


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


Elon Musk just put a new person in charge of production at Tesla’s Fremont factory

On the same day that Elon Musk defied local regulations and reopened Tesla’s factory in Fremont, California, the CEO put a new person in charge of production. Musk named Richard Miller, who was director of paint operations at Tesla, to head of production at the factory, according to an internal email sent to employees Monday and viewed by TechCrunch. It appears that Miller replaces Jatinder Dhillon, who was the company’s manufacturing director. CNBC reported in March that Dhillon had left ...
Tags: TC, Elon Musk, California, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Ceo, Model, Automotive, Manufacturing, Director, Hyperloop, Cnbc, TechCrunch, Tesla Model S, Musk


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


Elon Musk restarts Tesla factory in defiance of county orders

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Monday that the company’s factory in Fremont, California is open and has restarted production despite a stay-at-home order issued by Alameda County. Musk said in tweet Monday afternoon that he will “be on the line,” a reference to the assembly line at the factory where Tesla makes the Model X, Model S, Model 3 and Model Y. He added “if anyone is arrested, I ask that it only be me.” TechCrunch has reached out to Alameda County officials, Tesla and Elon Musk for comm...
Tags: Elon Musk, California, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Ceo, Model, Automotive, Hyperloop, Tesla Model S, Musk, Gavin Newsom, Bay Area, FREMONT, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Fremont California


Former Tesla president and Lyft COO Jon McNeill on what both companies have gotten right and wrong

We recently interviewed Jon McNeill to learn more about his newest project, a startup studio called DeltaV Ventures. But we also wanted to hear about what it’s like to work inside of Tesla and Lyft. McNeill spent two-and-a-half years as the carmaker’s president, heading up global sales, marketing, delivery and government relations before heading to Lyft in early 2018, where he served as COO for 18 months. (He left four months after the ride-hail company’s IPO last year.) He shared his take on...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Elon Musk, Supply Chain, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Venture Capital, Market Analysis, Jon McNeill, The Boring Company, Lyft COO Jon McNeill, Extra Crunch


SoftBank-backed Fair appoints new CEO: Bradley Stewart, ex-CEO of XOJet

Another chapter is opening up for Fair.com, the car subscription startup backed by hundreds of millions of dollars from SoftBank and others: today the company announced that Bradley Stewart, who had been CEO of aviation startup XOJet from 2013 to 2018 (when it was acquired by Vista Global), is joining as CEO. At the same time, Stewart confirmed in an interview that Fair is working on raising another round of funding — size as yet unknown, but including both equity and debt — to push ahead on its...
Tags: TC, Softbank, Tech, Automotive, WeWork, Subscriptions, Hiring, Fair, Stewart, Brad, Vroom, TPG, Scott Painter, Personnel, Hieber, XOJET



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