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Alphabet’s Wing begins making first commercial drone deliveries in the US

Alphabet -owned drone delivery spin-out Wing is starting to service U.S. customers, after becoming the first drone delivery company to get the federal go-ahead to do so earlier this year. Wing is working with FedEx Express and Walgreens on this pilot, and their first customers are Michael and Kelly Collver, who will get a “cough and cold pack,” which includes Tylenol, cough drops, facial tissues, Emergen-C and bottled water (do people who have colds need bottled water?). The Collvers are re...
Tags: Aerospace, TC, Transportation, Alphabet, Delivery Drone, Drone, Drone Delivery, Emerging-Technologies, Federal Aviation Administration, Fedex, Technology, United States, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, UPS, Virginia, Walgreens


Harley-Davidson has resumed production of the LiveWire

Harley-Davidson has resumed production and deliveries of its electric LiveWire motorcycle after determining an issue with charging was isolated to a single vehicle. HD halted production and delivery of its first electric motorcycle earlier this week after discovering what it described at the time as a “non-standard condition.” Harley-Davidson didn’t recall any of the LiveWire motorcycles already on the road. But it did stop production and deliveries and began additional testing and analysis. At ...
Tags: Automotive, Transportation


Who will own the future of transportation?

Autonomous vehicles are often painted as a utopian-like technology that will transform parking lots into parks and eliminate traffic fatalities — a number that reached 1.35 million globally in 2018. Even if, as many predict, autonomous vehicles are deployed en masse, the road to that future promises to be long, chaotic and complex. The emergence of ride-hailing, car-sharing and micromobility hints at some of the speed bumps between today’s modes of transportation and more futuristic means, like ...
Tags: Automotive, Transportation, Aicha Evans, Argo AI, Audi, AV, BMW, Bosch, China, Daimler, Detroit, Electric Vehicle, Electrify America, Emerging-Technologies, Ford, May Mobility


Volvo creates a dedicated business for autonomous industrial and commercial transport

Volvo Group has established a new dedicated business group focused on autonomous transportation, with a mandate that covers industry segments like mining, ports and moving goods between logistics hubs of all kinds. The vehicle maker has already been active in putting autonomous technology to work in these industries, with self-driving projects including at a few quarries and mines, and in the busy port located at Gothenburg, Sweden. The company sees demand for this kind of autonomous technology ...
Tags: Automotive, TC, Transportation, Automation, Autonomous Car, Emerging-Technologies, Here, Mining, Mobility, Robotics, Sweden, Technology, Volvo, Volvo Cars


H-1B: Uber snatches up more foreign-worker visas as it lays off hundreds of employees

Uber has doubled the number of government approvals it has received to hire foreign workers through the controversial H-1B visa this year, while laying off hundreds of skilled employees, state and federal data show. The San Francisco ride-hailing giant revealed in a California employment-department filing this month that it is laying off nearly 400 workers at its offices in the city and in Palo Alto. The filing showed software engineers at the firm were the hardest hit, with more than 125 people...
Tags: Business, California News, News, Politics, Jobs, Technology, Transportation, Uber


Tesla gets green light to start producing EVs in China

China’s industry ministry has add Tesla to a government list of approved automotive manufacturers, a designation that allows the electric automaker to begin producing vehicles in the country. Tesla’s inclusion on the list published by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology was reported by Reuters. Tech Sina also reported the news and provided a screenshot of MIIT’s approved automakers. Tesla is the first automaker listed. TechCrunch has reached out to Tesla and will update whe...
Tags: Automotive, Transportation, Cars, China, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Tesla, Tesla Model S


‘Cloud kitchens’ is an oxymoron

The biggest wave in consumer products right now has all the hallmarks of another bubble of misplaced investor expectations and sadly lower margins. Cloud kitchens (the category, and not just CloudKitchens the startup service) is essentially WeWork for restaurant kitchens. Instead of buying an expensive restaurant site on a heavily-walked street, a cloud kitchen is developed in a cheaper locale (an industrial district perhaps), with dozens of kitchen stations that are individually rentable for sh...
Tags: Food, Startups, Transportation, Amazon, Cloud Kitchens, CloudKitchens, Deliveroo, DoorDash, Grubhub, Ola


Are solar-powered airships the future of cargo delivery?

A solar-powered airship built by a U.K.-based company could be a groundbreaking way to freight cargo internationally with lower emissions, and a big step towards a 100 percent renewable world.Varialift's airship will use helium gas to lift off, which is a great deal safer than the hydrogen that airships of the past used. It's been estimated that the cost of the Varialift aircraft would be comparable to a jumbo jet. When it comes to cutting carbon discharges, air travel and shipping have been ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Technology, Climate Change, Pollution, Paris, Aircraft, Innovation, Solar Energy, Lockheed Martin, Alternative Energy, Hunt, David King, Varialift Airships, U K New Scientist, Varialift


Uber, Lime and Spin scooters are now legal in SF

Uber, Lime and Spin have officially deployed their electric scooters on the streets of San Francisco as part of the city’s permitting program. Last month, the city announced Uber’s JUMP, Lime, Ford’s Spin and Scoot were granted permits to operate the shared electric scooter services. Scoot, however, has operated in the city since last year. The new program allows Scoot to operate 1,000 scooters, down from the 1,250 it had previously operated, while JUMP, Spin and Lime will be able to deplo...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Uber, Travis Vanderzanden, San Francisco, Tech, Ford, Jump, Scoot, Lime, San Francisco Board of Supervisors, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, Norman Yee, New Mobility Robotics Alan Wells


A wearable 4K Action Camera that was designed to fit around the contour of your head

The Cambox V4 Pro literally sits where your metaphorical third eye would be, capturing your world through your unique point of view. Its ergonomic and lightweight design, crafted specially for PoV action filming, puts it on a pedestal above most cameras because the Cambox V4 Pro fits right around your forehead, underneath your visor. The Cambox V4 Pro is compatible with all helmets and peaks, and films from a perspective that is much closer to your eye level, allowing you to capture your bike ...
Tags: Deals, Transportation, Design, Technology, Sony, Shop, Helmets, Product Design, Integrated USB, Cambox Vision, Cambox


Ex-Uber exec launches startup to autonomously reposition electric scooters and bikes

Just how Android is the operating system for a number of mobile phones, Tortoise wants to be the operating system for micromobility vehicles, its co-founder Dmitry Shevelenko, who previously served as Uber’s director of business development, told TechCrunch. Given the volume of micromobility operators in the space today, Tortoise aims to make it easier for these companies to more strategically deploy their respective vehicles and reposition them when needed. Using autonomous technology in tandem...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Transportation, Germany, Samsung, San Francisco, Tech, Tortoise, Eta, EMEA, Wells, Peachtree, Peachtree Corners Ga, Ed Schmidt, Horace Dediu


Wheels raises $50 million for pedal-less e-bike share

Wheels, the startup founded by Wag founders Jonathan and Joshua Viner, just announced a $50 million round led by DBL Partners. This round brings Wheels’ total funding to $87 million. Wheels currently operates in six markets, including San Diego, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Scottsdale, Ariz., Salt Lake City and Cleveland. The plan is to use the funding to deploy in additional markets throughout the U.S. and in international markets. “We’re excited to open up to dozens of cities over...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Wheels


Bird’s chief legal & policy officer is leaving the company

Bird, the $2.5 billion electric scooter business, is losing its chief legal and policy officer. David Estrada, who was hired last year from Kitty Hawk, is joining another mobility company, SoftBank-backed Nuro. A spokesperson for Bird tells TechCrunch Estrada is leaving the Santa Monica-based company to be closer to his family. Nuro, for its part, is based in Mountain View, CA. Bird’s former chief legal officer, David Estrada. Estrada, who previously oversaw public policy at the electric ai...
Tags: Google, Startups, Transportation, Lyft, Technology, Softbank, Articles, Spokesperson, Companies, Venture Capital, Bird, Robotics, Greylock, Emerging-technologies, Phoenix, Santa Monica


Harley pulls plug on LiveWire production shortly after EV debut

Harley-Davidson has halted production and delivery of its first electric motorcycle, the LiveWire, after discovering what the Milwaukee-based manufacturer described as a non-standard condition. Harley-Davidson told TechCrunch it is not recalling LiveWire motorcycles already on the road. Reuters was the first to report that Harley-Davidson had stopped production and deliveries. “We recently discovered a non-standard condition during a final quality check; stopped production and deliveries; and be...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Milwaukee, Tech, United States, Motorcycles, Electric Motorcycles, Harley Davidson, Reuters, Harley, Ev, Zero Motorcycles


Uber lays off another ~350 across Eats, self-driving and other departments

Uber has just laid off around 350 employees across a variety of teams within the organization, marking what the company says is its third and final phase of layoffs of the process it began earlier this year, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said to employees today in an email obtained by TechCrunch (full email below). Those affected include employees from Eats, performance marketing, Advanced Technologies Group, recruiting, as well as various teams within the global rides and platform departments. Som...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Uber, Layoffs, California, Senate, Ipo, America, Tech, West, Canada, Gavin Newsom, AB, APAC, ATG, Dara Khosrowshahi


Bathroom Humor and High-End Executive Cars

Bathroom Humor and High-End Executive Cars Enough already with the Fart jokes! Said every father to his sons. I am not sure why boys get so much enjoyment from this topic, but now it is going a little far with the businessman Elon Musk adding a farting noise to the horn repertoire included in the...
Tags: Updates, Transportation, Elon Musk, Technology, Tesla, Sem, Automotive, Vehicles, Automation, Humor, Patents, Liability, Navigation, Operating Systems, Radio_Show, Said


Electric moped startup Revel could expand to Texas next

Revel, the New York-based shared electric moped startup, appears to be preparing to expand into Texas, according to job listings first spotted and reported by Thinknum Alternative Data. The expansion into Texas would be Revel’s fourth market and its first west of the Mississippi River, a move that would be consistent with comments CEO and co-founder Frank Reig made earlier this week to TechCrunch. Revel, which launched in 2018, has more than 1,400 mopeds in Washington, D.C., and Brooklyn and Que...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Florida, New York, Texas, California, Washington, Tech, Automotive, Brooklyn, Electric Vehicles, Arizona, Revel, Scooter, Electric Scooters, Mississippi River


Google Maps Adds Vocal Guidance for Visually Impaired Users

Now available on Google Maps iOS and Android apps (one day after World Sight Day), a more detailed voice feature will now update and guide visually impaired people more effectively. To turn on the feature, access the settings page within the app and toggle through the navigation features and turn on detailed voice guidance under the walking options tab. A milestone in mobility tools for …
Tags: Transportation, Apps, Maps, Design, Technology, Tech, Cities, Mobility, Google Maps, Voice Assistants, Visually Impaired, Linkaboutit, Vocal Guidance


Waymo and Renault to explore autonomous mobility route in Paris region

Waymo and Renault are working with the Paris region to explore the possibility of establishing an autonomous transportation route between Charles De Gaulle airport and La Défense, a neighbourhood just outside of Paris city limits that plays host to a large number of businesses and skyscrapers, including a large shopping center. This is part of the deal that Renault and Nissan signed with Waymo earlier this year, to work together on potential autonomous vehicle services in both Japan and Franc...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Japan, France, Tech, Automotive, Paris, Transport, Mobility, Self-driving Cars, Olympic Games, Nissan, Renault, Ile de France, Charles de Gaulle Airport, La Defense


Autonomous trucking startup Einride eyes US market with $25 million in new funding

Einride, the Swedish autonomous vehicle startup known for its futuristic pods designed to haul freight, has raised $25 million in a Series A round that will be used to fund its expansion into the United States. The round was co-led by EQT Ventures and NordicNinja VC, a fund backed by Panasonic, Honda, Omron and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation. Other investors joining the round include Ericsson Ventures, Norrsken Foundation, Plum Alley Investments and Plug and Play Ventures. The s...
Tags: Startups, Transportation, US, Tech, Automotive, United States, Panasonic, Pod, Honda, Deliv, EQT, EQT Ventures, Omron, Autonomous Trucks, DB Schenker, Plug And Play


Holoride makes its in-car VR available to the public for the first time

Audi spin-out Holoride is launching to the general public for the first time, though a collaboration with Ford and Universal Pictures . The young company is focused on a unique twist on virtual reality: In-car VR, to be experienced by a passenger while a vehicle is in motion. VR in cars might sound like a bit of a conflicted or risky proposition, but it actually makes a lot of sense once you understand more about Holoride’s approach. TechCrunch took it for a spin at CES this year, and fo...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Hollywood, Articles, Tech, Automotive, Digital Media, Ford, Virtual Reality, Audi, New Media, Universal Pictures, Frankenstein, Holoride, Contents


Porsche and Boeing are partnering to develop “premium” electric flying cars

The electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) industry is heating up, with a lot of companies finding dancing partners for what looks like it could be a boom industry – provided the significant technical and regulatory hurdles still standing in the way of viable commercial consumer air travel are overcome. Now, automaker Porsche is throwing its hat in the ring through a new partnership with Boeing, with the two singing a new memorandum of understanding to work together on developing a co...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Uber, Tech, Porsche, Transport, Automotive Industry, Aerospace, Boeing, Volkswagen Group, Air Taxi, Air Mobility


Sources: Lilium is looking to raise up to $500M for its electric flying taxis

“Flying cars” — airborne vehicles designed for urban and other short-distance commutes to replace conventional private automobiles — are (at best) still years away from being a reality, with significant safety, technology and business model hurdles to clear before they ever hit the sky. Now, sources tell us that one of more promising startups in the field, the German startup Lilium, wants to put itself into pole position, by ramping up its financial position. Lilium has been talking to invest...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Uber, Twitter, Europe, London, Germany, San Francisco, Tech, Banking, Intel, Aircraft, Transport, Tencent, Peter Thiel, Aviation


Electric moped startup Revel raises $27.6 million as it eyes new markets

In less than two years, Revel has gone from an idea to a shared electric vehicle startup with more than 1,400 mopeds across Washington D.C., and Brooklyn and Queens, New York. Now, it’s ready to grow up — and beyond these three cities — with a fresh injection of $27.6 million in capital raised in a Series A round led by Ibex Investors. The equity round included newcomer Toyota AI Ventures and further investments from Blue Collective, Launch Capital and Maniv Mobility. The capital will, as ...
Tags: Transportation, Europe, New York, Washington, San Francisco, Tech, Automotive, Brooklyn, Queens, San Diego, Buenos Aires, Revel, Scooter, Buenos Aires Argentina, Department of Motor Vehicles, Queens New York


Uber’s newest feature alerts drivers that pets will be joining the ride

Uber is piloting a new feature that lets U.S. riders alert drivers that a pet will be coming along, the latest effort from the company to appeal to a broader audience and become to the one-stop shop for transportation, meals and other services. The feature called Uber Pet will be available beginning October 16 in Austin, Denver, Nashville, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Tampa Bay. Riders will pay for the privilege of taking their pets with them through what Uber describes...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Minneapolis, Tech, Austin, Automotive, United States, Transport, Commuting, Nashville, Philadelphia, Driver, Denver, Carsharing, Phoenix, Tampa Bay


Via is launching an on-demand public transit network in the city of Cupertino

Shuttle startup Via and the city of Cupertino are launching an on-demand public transportation network, the latest example of municipalities trying out alternatives to traditional buses. The aim is for these on-demand shuttles, which will start with six vans branded with the city of Cupertino logo, to provide more efficient connections to CalTrain and increase access to public transit across the city. The on-demand shuttle service, which begins October 29, will eventually grow to 10 vehicles ...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Transportation, UK, New York, California, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Austin, Automotive, Ford, United Kingdom, Transport, Silicon Valley, Cupertino


Waymo is creating 3D maps of Los Angeles to better understand traffic congestion

Waymo, the autonomous vehicle company under Alphabet, has started creating 3D maps in some heavily trafficked sections of Los Angeles to better understand congestion there and determine if its self-driving vehicles would be a good fit in the city. For now, Waymo is bringing just three of its self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans to Los Angeles to map downtown and a section of Wilshire Boulevard known as Miracle Mile. Waymo employees will initially drive the vehicles to create 3D maps of ...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Florida, California, Washington, La, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, AV, X, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Chrysler, Mountain View, Michigan


We’ll have self-flying cars before self-driving cars, Thrun says

Once you get up high enough, you don’t have to worry about a lot of the obstacles like pedestrians and traffic jams that plague autonomous cars. That’s why Sebastian Thrun, Google’s self-driving team founder turned CEO of flying vehicle startup Kitty Hawk, said onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF today that we should expect true autonomy to succeed in the air before the road. “I believe we’re going to be done with self-flying vehicles before we’re done with self-driving cars,” Thrun told Tech...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Collaborative Consumption, Tech, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Flying Cars, Logistics, Faa, Aerospace, Vtol, Sebastian Thrun, Kitty Hawk, Napa Calif, Thrun


NYC’s contactless subway turnstiles open today with Apple, Google, Samsung and Fitbit Pay support

After weeks of sporting “Coming Soon” screens, the New York City MTA’s OMNY pilot finally launched today. The system augments the city’s MetroCard swipes with new contactless screens that work with contactless prepaid credit and debit cards and a variety of different smart devices. We’ve highlighted the latter already. For starters, the system will work with Apple, Google, Samsung and Fitbit Pay, which means it will be open to a large range of smartphones and wearables. Contactless cards are tho...
Tags: Apple, Google, Transportation, Apps, New York City, Samsung, Tech, Payments, Fitbit


Uber Eats, micromobility services are growing faster than Uber’s core ride-hailing business

Uber’s ride-hailing business is growing more slowly than its newer bets. In Uber’s Q1 2019 earnings, the company reported gross bookings growth of 230 percent for its other bets, while ridesharing grew just 22 percent compared to the same quarter last year. Gross bookings are the revenue earned minus things like taxes, tolls, fees, wages paid to drivers, restaurants and so forth. Other bets, with gross bookings of $132 million for Q1 2019, includes freight and new mobility, which entails bike...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Tech, Bikes, Scooters



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