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Ford takes aim at Tesla, GM with its new hands-free driving system

Ford will debut its new hands-free driving feature on the 2021 F-150 pickup truck and certain 2021 Mustang Mach-E models through a software update later this year, technology that the automaker developed to rival similar systems from Tesla and GM. That hands-free capability — which uses camera, radar sensors and software to provide a combination of adaptive cruise control, lane centering and speed sign recognition — has undergone some 500,000 miles of development testing, Ford emphasized in its ...
Tags: Automotive, TC, Transportation, Ford, GM, Hands-free Driving, Tesla, Tesla Autopilot


Toyota taps Apex.AI for its autonomous vehicle operating system

Automakers shifting to all-electric and tech-laden vehicles have discovered that software — and more aptly software that is free of bugs and can be updated wirelessly — has become a consistent speed bump on the road to attracting customers. It is an issue that plagued Volkswagen’s launch of its all-electric VW ID.3, the 2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge and the Ford Mustang Mach-E.  Apex.AI, a startup founded by Bosch veterans and automated systems engineers Jan Becker and Dejan Pangercic, has spent fo...
Tags: Automotive, Transportation, Apex.ai, Autonomous Vehicles, Tier IV, Toyota


China’s Xpeng in the race to automate EVs with lidar

Elon Musk famously said any company relying on lidar is “doomed.” Tesla instead believes automated driving functions are built on visual recognition and is even working to remove the radar. China’s Xpeng begs to differ. Founded in 2014, Xpeng is one of China’s most celebrated electric vehicle startups and went public when it was just six years old. Like Tesla, Xpeng sees automation as an integral part of its strategy; unlike the American giant, Xpeng uses a combination of radar, cameras, high-pr...
Tags: Asia, Automotive, TC, Transportation, Alibaba, Artificial Intelligence, Automation, BAIC, Bosch, Cars, China, Cloud Computing, Driver, Electric Car, Elon Musk, Emerging-Technologies


Daily Crunch: Spotify unveils an in-car entertainment system

Spotify wants to have a bigger presence in your car, Apple hints at iPad-centric announcements and Microsoft’s new Surface Laptop goes on sale. This is your Daily Crunch for April 13, 2021. The big story: Spotify unveils an in-car entertainment system Spotify’s new device is the oddly (but memorably!) named Car Thing. While there are plenty of other ways to listen to Spotify while driving, the company said this will provide a “more seamless” and personalized experience. Car Thing includes a touc...
Tags: Automotive, Hardware, Media, Daily Crunch, Spotify


What’s fueling hydrogen tech?

Hydrogen — the magical gas that Jules Verne predicted in 1874 would one day be used as fuel — has long struggled to get the attention it deserves. Discovered 400 years ago, its trajectory has seen it mostly mired in obscurity, punctuated by a few explosive moments, but never really fulfilling its potential. Now in 2021, the world may be ready for hydrogen. This gas is capturing the attention of governments and private sector players, fueled by new tech, global green energy legislation, post-pand...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Europe, California, France, Tech, Eu, Automotive, Bill Gates, Sergey Brin, UC Davis, Hydrogen, Shell, Grey, Hydrogen Fuel Cell, Europe Asia


Grab a group discount and take your team to TC Sessions: Mobility 2021

Mobility mavens, June 9 will be here before you know it, and that means it’s time to get your strategy ducks in a row for TC Sessions: Mobility 2021. You want to make the most of your time at this one-day virtual intensive featuring interactive presentations with the mobility industry’s top movers, shakers and startup dream makers, amirite? Take your team to increase your ROI. Right now, you can grab a group discount — at the early bird price — when you buy a block of four or more tickets to TC ...
Tags: Startups, Transportation, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Sharing Economy, Starship Technologies, Volvo Cars, Ahti Heinla, Rachel Holt, Micromobility, Bicycle Sharing, AutoTech Ventures, CrunchMatch, Quin Garcia, Tc Sessions


Battery Resourcers raises $20M to commercialize its recycling-plus-manufacturing operations

As a greater share of the transportation market becomes electrified, companies have started to grapple with how to dispose of the thousands of tons of used electric vehicle batteries that are expected come off the roads by the end of the decade. Battery Resourcers proposes a seemingly simple solution: recycle them. But the company doesn’t stop there. It’s engineered a “closed loop” process to turn that recycled material into nickel-manganese-cobalt cathodes to sell back to battery manufacturers....
Tags: Transportation, Massachusetts, Tech, Automotive, Jaguar Land Rover, Series B, Fiat Chrysler, Chevy Volt, National Science Foundation, Worcester Massachusetts, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Novi Michigan, InMotion Ventures, Sebastian Peck, Battery Resourcers, Orbia Ventures


Chinese autonomous vehicle startup WeRide scores permit to test driverless cars in San Jose

WeRide, the Chinese autonomous vehicle startup that recently raised $310 million, has received a permit to test driverless vehicles on public roads in San Jose, California. WeRide is the seventh company, following AutoX, Baidu, Cruise, Nuro Waymo and Zoox, to receive a driverless testing permit. In the early days of autonomous vehicle development, testing permits required human safety drivers behind the wheel. Some 56 companies have an active permit to test autonomous vehicles with a safety driv...
Tags: TC, Transportation, California, China, Tech, Automotive, United States, DMV, Silicon Valley, San Jose, Autonomous Vehicles, Guangzhou, San Jose California, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Momenta, Guangzhou China


Intel’s Mobileye teams with Udelv to launch 35,000 driverless delivery vehicles by 2028

Intel subsidiary Mobileye is ratcheting up its autonomous vehicle ambitions and getting into delivery. The company said Monday it struck a deal with Udelv to supply its self-driving system to thousands of purpose-built autonomous delivery vehicles. The companies said they plan to put more than 35,000 autonomous vehicles dubbed Transporters on city streets by 2028. Commercial operations are slated to begin in 2023. Donlen, a U.S. commercial fleet leasing and management company, has made the first...
Tags: Transportation, Israel, Tech, Intel, Automotive, Autonomous Vehicles, Mobileye, Laury, ADAS, Jack Weast, Udelv, Responsibility Sensitive Safety RSS, Daniel Laury, Mobileye Udelv, Transdev ATS, Lohr Group


The Station: The biggest SPAC ever and reading the micromobility permit tea leaves

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 there, new and returning readers. This is The Station, a weekly newsletter dedicated to all the ways people and packages move (today and in the future) from Point A to Point B. Before jump into micromobbin’ and the rest, I wanted to point you to another Extra Crunch piece, this time a deep dive into second-life batteries. As Aria Alamalh...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, TC, Transportation, Verizon, London, Washington, Mexico, China, Germany, Berlin, India, New York City, Tech, Bloomberg, Vienna


NGK Spark Plugs launches $100M corporate venture fund, will seek M&A opportunities

NGK Spark Plug, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of automative spark plugs, announced a new $100 million fund to invest in startups and find potential merger and acquisition deals. The fund was launched with Pegasus Tech Ventures, the “venture capital as a service” firm that has also worked with corporations like Sega Sammy Holdings, Asus and Aisin Seiki to launch venture funds. While best known for its automotive components, NGK Spark Plug also manufacturers many other hardware componen...
Tags: Health, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Asia, Japan, US, Tech, Automotive, Mobility, Nagoya Japan, NGK, Anis Uzzaman, Uzzaman, Aisin Seiki, DNX Ventures


Cruise strikes deal to launch robotaxi service in Dubai

Cruise has expanded its robotaxi ambitions beyond San Francisco. The autonomous vehicle subsidiary of GM that also has backing from SoftBank Vision Fund, Microsoft and Honda, has struck a deal to launch a robotaxi service in Dubai in 2023. The robotaxi service in Dubai will use the Cruise Origin, the all-electric shuttle-like vehicle that has no steering wheel or pedals and is designed to travel at highway speeds. The Origin, which was unveiled in January 2020 will be manufactured by GM. Cruise ...
Tags: Transportation, San Francisco, Tech, Cruise, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Dubai, Gm, Autonomous Vehicles, Honda, RTA, Al Tayer, Cruise Automation, GM Cruise, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, SoftBank Vision Fund Microsoft


The 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS stakes its claim on a luxury, electric future

A day spent driving a pre-production 2022 Mercedes Benz EQS provided an up-close look at what the German automaker has been doing with the billions of dollars it has dedicated to electrification. The EQS is a meticulously designed flagship sedan that brings together the automaker’s MBUX infotainment system, a new electric platform and advancements in performance. It is an unapologetic pursuit to set a new benchmark for a full-size luxury sedan that happens to be electric. The luxury electric sed...
Tags: Apple, Transportation, China, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, United States, Electric Vehicles, Manhattan, Epa, Barbie, North America, Biden, Mercedes Benz, Mercedes, Beacon


Job postings hint at winners of NYC and London e-scooter pilots

A batch of job listings along with some suggests that scooter companies such as Lime and Superpedestrian are gearing up to operate in London and New York City — two of the last remaining frontiers of shared scooter services. A review of job listings, company websites and LinkedIn shows that Lime and Dott are preparing to launch in London, while Lime, Superpedestrian and maybe even Spin are getting ready for New York. While the job posts don’t provide definitive proof that these companies have ...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Europe, UK, New York, London, New York City, Linkedin, Tech, Automotive, United States, Ford, United Kingdom, New Jersey, Bird, Olympic Park


The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV lowers the cost of entry for some of GM’s most advanced tech

The 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV may look like a larger, slightly longer Chevrolet Bolt, but under that boxy exterior lies a whole lot of tech that’s both affordable and very advanced. With the launch of the Chevy Bolt EUV, and its available suite of advanced driver assistance systems, GM is putting both advanced driver assistance technology and electric drivetrains within reach of the masses. As part of GMs much-touted goal to introduce 30 new electric vehicles in the next four years, the company recent...
Tags: Transportation, California, Los Angeles, Tech, General Motors, Tesla, Automotive, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Gm, Chevy, Volkswagen, Chevrolet, Short, Volvo, Infotainment


GM idles more North American plants as chip shortage drags on

General Motors is idling more plants and extending shutdowns at other facilities in North America due to a continued shortage of semiconductor chips that are used to control myriad operations in vehicles, including the infotainment, power steering and brake systems. In an update Thursday, GM indicated that eight assembly plants are affected by the temporary closures. CNBC was the first to report on the temporary plant closures. GM confirmed the shutdowns to TechCrunch and added that it plans to ...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Mexico, Tech, General Motors, Canada, Automotive, Ford, Tennessee, Korea, Gm, Brazil, Kansas, North America, Semiconductor, Cnbc


Verizon and Honda want to use 5G and edge computing to make driving safer

Honda and Verizon are researching how 5G and mobile edge computing might improve safety for today’s connected vehicles and the future’s autonomous ones.  The two companies, which announced the partnership Thursday, are piloting different safety scenarios at the University of Michigan’s Mcity , a test bed for connected and autonomous vehicles. The aim of the venture is to study how 5G connectivity coupled with edge computing could allow for faster communication between cars, pedestrians an...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Verizon, Fcc, China, Tech, Automotive, United States, Self-driving Cars, Honda, 5g, University Of Michigan, Mcity, Autonomous Driving, Mec, Peebles


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


Mexican unicorn Kavak raises a $485M Series D at a $4B valuation.

Kavak, the Mexican startup that’s disrupted the used car market in Mexico and Argentina, today announced its Series D of $485 million, which now values the company at $4 billion. This round more than triples their previous valuation of $1.15 billion, which established them as a unicorn just a couple of months ago in October of 2020. Kavak is now one of the top five highest-valued startups in Latin America. The round was led by D1 Capital Partners, Founders Fund, Ribbit, and BOND, and brings K...
Tags: Startups, Transportation, Ecommerce, Apps, Mexico, Finance, Funding, Articles, Tech, Colombia, Automotive, Used Cars, Brazil, Argentina, Online Marketplace, Logistics


Highlights from Berkeley SkyDeck’s virtual demo day

With 17 startups participating, Berkeley SkyDeck’s Demo Day isn’t the largest cohort we’ve seen by any stretch. The collection of companies is, however, defined by a wide range of focuses, from pioneering diabetes treatments to retrofitting autonomous trucking, curated by the SkyDeck’s small team and a number of advisors. Founded in 2012, the accelerator is focused on developing early-stage companies tied to the University of California system. Applicants must be affiliated with either one of th...
Tags: Startups, Hardware, Funding, Tech, Automotive, Venture Capital, Biotech, Robotics, Berkeley, University Of California, Los Alamos, Uc-berkeley, Skydeck, Kiwi, Ontario, UCSF


Polestar “will have to question everything” in order to build the first climate-neutral EV

Polestar, the Swedish electric vehicle brand spun out of Volvo Car Group, set on Wednesday a “moonshot goal” of creating the first climate neutral car by 2030. But instead of getting there through more widely-practiced offsetting measures, such as planting trees, the company said it’s going to fundamentally change the way the new EV is made. That means rethinking every piece of the supply chain, from materials sourcing through to manufacturing, and even by making the vehicle more energy efficien...
Tags: Transportation, China, Climate, Tech, Automotive, EVs, Volvo, Electric Cars, Volvo Cars, Volvo Car Group, Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar, Geely Auto Group, Carbon Offset, Electric Vehilces, Fredrika Klarén Polestar


Giving EV batteries a second life for sustainability and profit

Electric cars and trucks seem to have everything going for them: They don’t produce tailpipe emissions, they’re quieter than their fossil fuel-powered counterparts and the underlying architecture allows for roomier and often sleeker designs. But the humble lithium-ion battery powering these cars and trucks leads a difficult life. Irregular charging and discharge rates, intense temperatures and many partial charge cycles cause these batteries to degrade in the first five to eight years of use, an...
Tags: Transportation, UK, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Bmw, Volkswagen, Nissan, Lithium Ion Batteries, Lucid, VW Group, Audi AG, Groupe Renault, Proterra, Lucid Motors


GM to build an electric Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck with more than 400 miles of range

GM is adding an electric Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck to its lineup, as the automaker pushes to deliver more than 1 million electric vehicles globally by 2025. GM President Mark Reuss said Tuesday that the Chevrolet Silverado electric full-size pickup will be based on the automaker’s Ultium battery platform and will have an estimated range of more than 400 miles on a full charge. It should be noted this is GM’s forecast not an official EPA figure. GM is positioning the full-sized pickup for ...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Tech, Automotive, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Gm, Epa, North America, Detroit, Chevrolet Silverado, Mark Reuss, Silverado, Hamtramck Michigan, Hamtramck, Reuss


Tim Cook drops hints about autonomous tech and the Apple car

Apple CEO Tim Cook dropped a few hints in an interview released Monday about the direction of the much-anticipated Apple car, including that autonomous vehicle technology will likely be a key feature. “The autonomy itself is a core technology, in my view,” Cook told Kara Swisher in an interview on the “Sway” podcast. “If you sort of step back, the car, in a lot of ways, is a robot. An autonomous car is a robot. And so there’s lots of things you can do with autonomy. And we’ll see what Apple does...
Tags: Apple, Transportation, Elon Musk, Cook, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Tim Cook, Autonomous Vehicles, Nissan, Hyundai, Kia, Cnbc, Elon, Apple Car


The Station: Argo AI plots its fundraising course and Waymo changes leadership

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 there, new and returning readers. This is The Station, a weekly newsletter dedicated to all the ways people and packages move (today and in the future) from Point A to Point B. There is a lot to get to, so let’s dive right in. My email inbox is always open. Email me at [email protected] to share thoughts, criticisms, offer...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Transportation, Europe, Japan, Florida, UK, Congress, China, Massachusetts, America, Tech, Tesla, Spain


Starship Technologies CEO/CTO Ahti Heinla joins TC Sessions: Mobility 2021

For obvious reasons, food delivery was among the categories that soared during a year of Covid-19 related lockdowns. The question remains how these changes will impact both grocery and restaurant delivery long-term, but at the very least, it seems certain that the categories have hit an inflection point. This could also be the moment that delivery robotics finally come into their own, as more services look beyond human messengers to plan for future pandemics and other potential issues. It’s a mo...
Tags: Food, Transportation, Hardware, Tech, Automotive, Mobility, Food Delivery, Robotics, Robot, TechCrunch, Starship Technologies, Ahti Heinla, Starship, Ahti, Tc Sessions, TC Sessions: Mobility 2021


Biden infrastructure plan proposes spending $174B to boost America’s EV market

President Joe Biden has earmarked $174 billion from his ambitious infrastructure plan to build out domestic supply chains for electric vehicles, noting the imperative for United States automakers to “compete globally” to win a larger share of the EV market. The funds are just one part of Biden’s plan, which calls for an ambitious $2 trillion infrastructure investment across multiple sectors. The Fact Sheet for the plan includes six references to China – one of these in reference to the size of t...
Tags: Transportation, Electric Vehicle, Congress, China, America, Tech, Joe Biden, Automotive, United States, Electric Vehicles, President, Transport, Wisconsin, Biden, Green Vehicles, Environmental Protection Agency


Remote-controlled forklifts have arrived in France, courtesy of Phantom Auto

Global logistics company Geodis has tapped startup Phantom Auto to help it deploy forklifts that can be controlled remotely by human operators located hundreds, and even thousands, of miles away. The aim is to use the technology to reduce operator fatigue — and the injuries that can occur as a result — as well as reduce the number of people physically inside warehouses, according to the Geodis. The use of remotely operated forklifts won’t replace employees — just where they work. It’s that detai...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Transportation, France, Africa, Tech, Automotive, Geodis, Le Mans France, Herve, Levallois, Elliot Katz, Phantom Auto, KION Group, Geodis Western Europe Middle East, Geodis Phantom Auto


Optimus Ride partners with Polaris to commercialize electric autonomous vehicles

Autonomous, electric mobility service provider Optimus Ride announced a partnership with powersports vehicle manufacturer Polaris to bring fully autonomous GEM electric vehicles to market. The two will introduce a new line of Polaris GEM low-speed vehicles that will be engineered to fully integrate Optimus Ride’s autonomous software and hardware suite. The microtransit vehicles are expected to come to market during the second half of 2023, when they’ll be deployed in geofenced, localized environ...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Electric Vehicle, Washington, Tech, Automotive, Gm, Brookfield, Ride Hailing, Polaris, Autonomous Vehicle, Northern Virginia, Boston Seaport, Optimus, Harrington, Brooklyn Navy Yard


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



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