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Starship Technologies is sending its autonomous robots to more cities as demand for contactless delivery rises

Starship Technologies has launched a robot food delivery service in Tempe, Arizona, as part of the autonomous delivery startup’s expansion plans following a $40 million funding round announced last August. Starship Technologies, which launched in 2014 by Skype co-founders, Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis, has been ramping up commercial services in the past year, including a plan to expand to 100 universities by late summer 2021. Now, with the COVID-19 pandemic forcing traditional restaur...
Tags: Food, Transportation, Technology, California, Washington, Articles, Tech, United States, United Kingdom, Arizona, Food Delivery, Robotics, Robot, Skype, Emerging-technologies, Starship Technologies


NASA selects Masten Space Systems to deliver cargo to the Moon in 2022

NASA has chosen a new lunar surface delivery partner from its list of Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) vendors to actually transport stuff on its behalf – Mojave’s Masten Space Systems, which is being tapped by the agency to take eight payloads, including non science and tech instruments, to the Moon’s South Pole in 2022. Masten is the fourth company awarded a lunar delivery contract under CLPS, after NASA announced that three other companies would be tasked with taking payloads back ...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Space, Tech, Nasa, Moon, Mars, Radiation, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Artemis, Northrop Grumman, Outer Space, Mojave, Masten Space Systems, Masten


Uber for Business expands its corporate Eats delivery feature to 20 more countries

Uber for Business, a platform designed for corporate customers, is expanding its food delivery Eats product to more than 20 countries this year, in response to a surge in demand as more employees work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. The expansion kicks off Wednesday, starting with Brazil, Canada, France and the UK. The ride-hailing company launched Business for Uber in 2014 to give companies a tool that would streamline payments for rides taken by their employees and clients. In 2018,...
Tags: Food, TC, Transportation, Uber, UK, France, Tech, Brazil, Food Delivery, Uber Eats, Uber for Business, Brazil Canada France, Business for Uber, Eats 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


Einride demonstrates a single operator controlling multiple of its driverless cargo vehicles

Autonomous electric transportation startup Einride has taken a key step in its mission to deploy autonomous cargo pods on roads for commercial operations. The Swedish startup demonstrated its technology in use with one person remotely operating two pods at once, which is a fundamental part of their vision of multiple pods ultimately being overseen by one person essentially operating as a traffic controller. The demonstration saw an operator oversee and remotely control the two driverless p...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Technology, Coca Cola, Articles, Tech, Controller, Automotive, United States, Automation, Transport, Truck, Self-driving Cars, Robotics, Emerging-technologies, Ultra


Boeing to re-fly uncrewed demo mission of their human spacecraft after first try met with errors

Boeing has confirmed what many suspected following the partial failure of their original Starliner capsule Orbital Flight Test (OFT) – the company will re-fly the mission, once again seeking to test and demonstrate the Starliner’s launch, flight, Space Station docking and landing capabilities prior to flying a version of the mission with actual astronauts on board. In a statement, Boeing said that it “has chosen” to re-fly the mission, in order to “demonstrate the quality of the Starliner sys...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Space, Spacex, Tech, Nasa, United States, International Space Station, Dragon, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Boeing, OFT, South Carolina, Spacecraft, Outer Space


Boeing suspends 787 airplane production

Boeing said Monday it will suspend all 787 operations at its South Carolina factory following a stay-at-home order issued by the governor, effectively putting the company’s entire commercial airplane production on hiatus. The closure will start at the end of the second shift April 8. “It is our commitment to focus on the health and safety of our teammates while assessing the spread of the virus across the state, its impact on the reliability of our global supply chain and that ripple effect o...
Tags: Transportation, Washington, Supply Chain, Tech, United States, Aviation, Seattle, Boeing, South Carolina, Puget Sound, Governor, Moses Lake, COVID, Brad Zaback, U S Employees, Boeing South Carolina BSC


The Station: Via hits $2.25B valuation, letters from readers, layoffs in a time of COVID-19

Hi, and welcome back to The Station, a weekly newsletter dedicated to all the ways people and packages travel from Point A to Point B. I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. If this is your first time, hello; I’m glad you’re with us. I have started to publish a version of the newsletter on TechCrunch. That’s what you’re reading now. For the whole newsletter, which comes out every weekend, you can subscribe by heading over here, and clicking “The Station.” It...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Lyft, Crowdsourcing, Washington, Germany, Boston, Berlin, India, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Spain, Economy, Engineer, Service


Uber partners with Flipkart and BigBasket in India to deliver essential items

Uber is resuming some services in India as it looks to help other firms deliver grocery and other essential items in select parts of the country, nearly two weeks after New Delhi ordered a three-week lockdown for its 1.3 billion people. The American firm said on Monday that it has partnered with Flipkart to deliver everyday essentials in Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore. The announcement comes days after Uber inked a similar deal with online grocer BigBasket and Kolkata-headquartered chain Spe...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Asia, India, Tech, New Delhi, Uber India, Flipkart, South Asia, Bangalore, BigBasket, Kolkata, Spencer, Noida, Delhi Mumbai, India Ola


Pandemic puts the brakes on micromobility

As of this writing, nearly a million people globally have been infected with the novel coronavirus and 50,322 have died. Healthcare systems are overwhelmed, consumers and profiteers are hoarding supplies and some service workers have launched strikes while many others have been let go. In the world of micromobility, we’ve seen Bird lay off hundreds of employees and Lime is reportedly gearing up for layoffs of its own. Ride Report creates software that enables cities to better work with micromobi...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Tech, Bird, Spin, Lime, Henderson, William Henderson, Micromobility, Extra Crunch, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Tesla delivers 88,400 electric vehicles, beating expectations

Tesla delivered 88,400 vehicles in the first quarter, beating most analysts expectations despite a 21% decrease from the previous quarter as the COVID-19 pandemic put downward pressure on demand and created logistical challenges. Tesla said Thursday it produced 103,000 electric vehicles in the first quarter, about 2% lower than the previous period. The deliveries and production figures beat most analysts expectations, causing Tesla shares to jump more than 10.4% in after hours trading. Analysts,...
Tags: Transportation, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Shanghai, Reuters, Tesla Tesla, IBES, FactSeat


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


On-demand shuttle startup Via hits $2.25 billion valuation on latest funding round led by Exor

On-demand shuttle startup Via has hit a $2.25 billion valuation following a Series E funding round led by Exor, the Agnelli family holding company that owns stakes in PartnerRe, Ferrari and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The Series E funding round, which included other investors, totaled $400 million, according to a source familiar with the deal. Exor invested $200 million into Via as part of the round, both companies said in an announcement. Noam Ohana, who heads up Exor Seeds, the holding compa...
Tags: Transportation, UK, New York, Berlin, Tech, Chicago, Austin, Automotive, Ferrari, Ohio, Malta, Fiat Chrysler, Arriva, Macquarie Capital, VIA, Ohana


Uber co-founder Garrett Camp steps back from board director role

Uber co-founder Garrett Camp is relinquishing his role as a board director and switching to board observer — where he says he’ll focus on product strategy for the ride hailing giant. Camp made the announcement in a short Medium post in which he writes of his decade at Uber: “I’ve learned a lot, and realized that I’m most helpful when focused on product strategy & design, and this is where I’d like to focus going forward.” “I will continue to work with Dara [Khosrowshahi, Uber CEO] and the ...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Apps, Collaborative Consumption, Tech, StumbleUpon, Travis Kalanick, Kalanick, Camp, Garrett Camp, Dara, Ryan Graves, Dara Khosrowshahi, Personnel, Khosrowshahi, Expa Labs


Indian travel and hotel booking firm Ixigo cuts salary of every employee over coronavirus

Ixigo, a 13-year-old travel and hotel booking service in India, said on Monday it is cutting the salary of its entire staff as the firm grapples with severe disruption in its business due to the coronavirus outbreak that has pushed New Delhi to issue a nationwide lockdown. Aloke Bajpai, co-founder and chief executive of Ixigo, said the leadership at the firm has agreed to take a 60% pay cut while the rest of the staff, about 200 people, have agreed to have their salaries reduced between 20% t...
Tags: Transportation, Ecommerce, Asia, India, Tech, New Delhi, Makemytrip, Bajpai, Goibibo, Ixigo, Ibibo, Aloke Bajpai, EBIDTA, Rajnish Kumar, Entrackr, Coronavirus


Bird lays off about 30% of workforce amid COVID-19 pandemic

Bird is the latest startup hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, Bird laid off about 30% of its employees amid the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus, TechCrunch has learned. “The unprecedented COVID-19 crisis has forced our leadership team and the board of directors to make many extremely difficult and painful decisions relating to some of your teammates,” Bird CEO Travis VanderZanden wrote to staffers in a memo, obtained by TechCrunch, today. “As you know, we’ve had to pause many markets ...
Tags: Startups, Transportation, Travis Vanderzanden, Layoffs, China, Tech, Bird, Lime, San Francisco Bay Area, VanderZanden, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Silicon Valley Meanwhile Lime


TuSimple partners with supplier ZF to mass produce self-driving truck tech

Self-driving truck startup TuSimple is partnering with automotive supplier ZF to develop and produce autonomous vehicle technology, such as sensors, on a commercial scale. The partnership, slated to begin in April, will cover China, Europe and North America. The two companies will co-develop sensors needed in autonomous vehicle technology such as cameras, lidar, radar and a central compute. As part of the partnership, ZF will contribute engineering support to validate and integrate TuSimple’s...
Tags: Transportation, Europe, Texas, China, Tech, UPS, Automotive, United States, Electric Vehicles, Arizona, Automotive Industry, Self-driving Cars, North America, Trucking, Emerging-technologies, TUCSON Ariz


Tesla CEO Elon Musk: New York gigafactory will reopen for ventilator production

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Wednesday that the company’s factory in Buffalo, New York will open “as soon as humanly possible” to produce ventilators that are in short supply due to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. His comments, which were made Wednesday via Twitter, follows previous statements by the CEO outlining plans to either donate ventilators or work to increase production of the critical piece of medical equipment needed for patients who are hospitalized with COVID-19, a respirator...
Tags: Health, Transportation, Elon Musk, New York, California, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, United States, Ford, United Kingdom, Fca, Gm, Nyt, Buffalo


Helm.ai raises $13M on its unsupervised learning approach to driverless car AI

Four years ago, mathematician Vlad Voroninski saw an opportunity to remove some of the bottlenecks in the development of autonomous vehicle technology thanks to breakthroughs in deep learning. Now, Helm.ai, the startup he co-founded in 2016 with Tudor Achim, is coming out of stealth with an announcement that it has raised $13 million in a seed round that includes investment from A.Capital Ventures, Amplo, Binnacle Partners, Sound Ventures, Fontinalis Partners and SV Angel. More than a doze...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Technology, Entrepreneurship, Tech, Mit, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Automation, Quora, Nba, Private Equity, Simulation, Uc-berkeley, Robinhood


United Airlines will now cut its domestic flights by 52%

United Airlines, which had already announced drastic cuts to its domestic and international schedule, today announced even deeper cuts. While the carrier was originally planning to cut 42 percent of its domestic schedule, that number is now up to 52 percent as demand for flights continues to dwindle in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. In total, across domestic and international flights, United will reduce capacity by 68 percent in April. The revised schedule will be available on United’s website ...
Tags: Transportation, Tech, United States, Aviation, Airlines, US Airways, United, Airline, United Airlines, Lufthansa, Coronavirus, COVID-19, It s Star Alliance


Qatar Airways adds 10K seats while other airlines draw down their schedules

While most domestic and international airlines are cutting thousands of flights from their schedules due to the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, Qatar Airways is taking another route. The airline is actually stepping up some of its flying again, after also announcing some cuts in the last few days, by adding 10,000 extra seats back to its network. It’s doing so by adding extra flights to Paris, Perth and Dublin from its hub in Doha, and by using its A380 fleet for flights to Frankfurt, Lo...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Asia, Hong Kong, Europe, France, Germany, Singapore, Tech, Qatar, Frankfurt, United States, United Kingdom, Paris, Emirates, Aviation


TripActions reportedly lays off hundreds amid COVID-19 travel freeze

The coronavirus demand crunch has taken another bite: Palo Alto-based corporate travel-focused unicorn, TripActions, reportedly laid off hundreds of staff yesterday. Per this post on Blind — written by someone with a verified TripActions email address — the company fired 350 people. Business Insider reported the same figure yesterday. While the Wall Street Journal said the layoffs amount to between one-quarter to one-fifth of the startup’s total staff, citing a person familiar with the situat...
Tags: Startups, Transportation, Layoffs, Enterprise, China, Tech, Palo Alto, Business Travel, Wall Street Journal, Lightspeed, Crunchbase, Business Insider, Zeev Ventures, Layoff, Travel Startups, Tripactions


SF supervisors push for more gig worker protections during the coronavirus pandemic

San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors is pushing a number of legislative bodies to offer more protections and benefits for gig workers during COVID-19 pandemic. As gig workers are still out delivering food to people and providing rides, supervisors are asking the SF Office of Labor Standards Enforcement to establish enforcement procedures in compliance with Assembly Bill 5, which outlines what types of workers can be legally classified as independent contractors. In that same vein, they’re asking...
Tags: Health, Transportation, California, San Francisco, Tech, Instacart, Gavin Newsom, Department of Public Health, AB, Board of Supervisors, California Labor, Dennis Herrera, Xavier Becerra, Personnel, Julie Su, Gig Workers Rising


Ford won’t restart North American plants on March 30

Ford said Tuesday it won’t restart its factories in the U.S., Canada and Mexico on Monday, March 30 as the automaker had originally planned. The company, which suspended production at its North American factories due to the continued spread of COVID-19, has decided not to restart operations in light of various governments’ orders to stay and work from home, Kumar Galhotra, Ford’s president of North America said in a statement. “We are assessing various options and working with union leaders –...
Tags: Transportation, Mexico, Germany, Tech, Cologne, Canada, Automotive, United States, Ford, Fca, Transport, Gm, Automotive Industry, North America, Fiat Chrysler, Craiova


Ford won’t restart North American plants March 30

Ford said Tuesday won’t restart its factories in the U.S., Canada and Mexico on Monday, March 30 as the automaker had originally planned. The company, which suspended production at its North American factories due to the continued spread of COVID-19, has decided not to restart operations in light of various governments’ orders to stay and work from home, Kumar Galhotra, Ford’s president of North America said in a statement. “We are assessing various options and working with union leaders – in...
Tags: Transportation, Mexico, Germany, Tech, Companies, Cologne, Canada, Automotive, United States, Ford, President, Fca, Transport, Gm, Automotive Industry, North America


UPS partners with Wingcopter to develop new multipurpose drone delivery fleet

UPS is working with German startup Wingcopter to develop a new type of delivery drone, to be used for the logistics company’s growing commercial drone deliver efforts both in the U.S. and globally. Wingcopter has already designed an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft that have ranges of up to 75 miles, and can achieve speeds as high as 150 miles per hour, in conditions include windspeeds of up to 45 miles per hour. The two originally entered into a partnership last Decembe...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Technology, Germany, Articles, Merck, UPS, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Quadcopter, United States, Healthcare, Aviation, Robotics, Aerospace, Unicef


NYC is offering gig workers delivery jobs during COVID-19 pandemic

To help gig workers make ends meet during these times of job insecurity amid COVID-19, New York City is offering gig workers who are licensed with the TLC to help with delivery work. While the demand for drivers is currently small, NYC says it expects demand to increase for meal delivery to senior citizens and other residents who need to stay home. The jobs pay $15 per hour, and offer reimbursement for gas mileage and tolls — something gig economy companies don’t currently do. “The World is chan...
Tags: Health, Food, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, New York, California, White House, New York City, Tech, Tlc, Andrew Cuomo, AB, Dara Khosrowshahi, Khosrowshahi, Independent Drivers Guild


Amazon Care to provide delivery and pick-up of at-home COVID-19 test sample kits in Seattle trial

Amazon is going to be working with a new research initiative backed in part by the Gates Foundation that will distribute at-home coronavirus assessment kits, and then deliver the collected samples to FDA-approved test facilities. Amazon Care, the health arm formed by Amazon initially for internal employee care, will be handling the delivery of the kits, as well as transportation of collected samples to the test labs, as first reported by CNBC. While the FDA updated its guidance just a few day...
Tags: Health, Amazon, TC, Transportation, Tech, United States, Food And Drug Administration, Flu, Fda, Viruses, Seattle, Cnbc, Gates Foundation, Greater Seattle, Amazon Care, Coronavirus


Uber, Ola suspend all rides in India’s capital

Uber and Ola have suspended all ride options in Delhi till March 31 and the Indian ride-hailing firm is restricting ride options across the country in a bid to slow the coronavirus pandemic. The firms said the suspension of their services in India’s capital was in compliance with the local state government’s lockdown order that went into effect earlier Monday. “In compliance with the government guidelines, we are temporarily suspending all Uber services in your city. This means that Uber ride...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Asia, India, Narendra Modi, Tech, Delhi, New Delhi, Ola, Gurgaon, Inter, Uber in India, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Covid19, Noida New Delhi


Ola suspends shared ride option in India

Ride-hailing giant Ola said on Friday evening that it is temporarily suspending its pool ride option, called Ola Share, in India in a bid to slow the coronavirus pandemic by encouraging social distancing. The Indian firm, which operates in several countries, including Australia, New Zealand and the U.K., offers Ola Share only in India. “In our efforts to curb the spread of COVID- 19, we are temporarily suspending the ‘Ola Share’ category until further notice,” a spokesperson said in a stateme...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Apps, Asia, India, Narendra Modi, Tech, New Delhi, Ola, Lyft Uber, Ola Share, Australia New Zealand, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID



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