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Scale AI CEO Alex Wang weighs in on software bugs and what will make AV tech good enough

Scale co-founder and CEO Alex Wang joined us at TechCrunch Sessions: Mobility 2021 this week to discuss his company’s role in the autonomous driving industry and how it’s changed in the five years since its founding. Scale helps large and small AV players establish reliable “ground truth” through data annotation and management, and along the way, the standards for what that means have shifted as the industry matures. Good data is the “good bones” of autonomous driving systems Even if two algor...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Tech, General Motors, AV, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Toyota, Autonomous Vehicles, Cybernetics, Robotics, Self-driving Car, Aurora, Wang, ADAS


Waabi’s Raquel Urtasun explains why it was the right time to launch an AV technology startup

Raquel Urtasun, the former chief scientist at Uber ATG, is the founder and CEO of Waabi, an autonomous vehicle startup that came out of stealth mode last week. The Toronto-based company, which will focus on trucking, raised an impressive $83.5 million in a Series A round led by Khosla Ventures.  Urtasun joined Mobility 2021 to talk about her new venture, the challenges facing the self-driving vehicle industry and how her approach to AI can be used to advance the commercialization of AVs. A...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Uber, Toronto, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Driving, Aurora, ADAS, Self Driving Vehicles, Aurora Innovation, Raquel Urtasun, Urtasun, Uber ATG, Khosla Uber, Waabi


The Station: Robotaxi apps on the rise, an AI pioneer’s new startup and mobility event highlights

Hello and welcome back to 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. Welp, the mobility event is over and we had loads of interesting interviews and anyone with an Extra Crunch subscription can access the videos. For instance, Rita Liao moderated a panel with executives from three Chinese robotaxi companies — WeRide, AutoX and Momenta — that also test and develop in Europe and the United States. One inter...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Asia, Twitter, Europe, Indonesia, California, Senate, White House, China, Russia, Softbank, America, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg


Sydney Grace x Temptalia Radiant Reflection | The Arrangement + Combinations

The Radiant Reflection palette features three matte shades and nine shimmers. One shimmer–Forget-Her-Not–has a lower level of pearl and sheen, could be used as a “matte” for depth for those who don’t mind a lil’ bit of sheen in the crease (couldn’t achieve a matte purple in this depth, vividness, and tone without using non-FDA color additives!). All three palettes are arranged similarly so that they can be visualized the same way, but hopefully, these images help breakdown the color combinations...
Tags: Beauty, Sydney, Fda, Christine, Aurora, Sydney Grace, Makeup Look Ideas, Sydney Grace X Temptalia, Temptalia Radiant Reflection View Post View Post


Korean 'Comfort Women' Memorial a No-Go in Aurora

The Aurora City Council recently defeated a proposal to install a Korean comfort women memorial on the grounds of the city's municipal center.
Tags: Aurora, Aurora City Council


Self-driving startup Waabi just managed to net $83.5M — how?

It is not the best of times for self-driving car startups. The past year has seen large tech companies acquire startups that were running out of cash and ride-hailing companies shutter costly self-driving car projects with no prospect of becoming production-ready anytime soon. Yet, in the midst of this downturn, Waabi, a Toronto-based self-driving car startup, has just come out of stealth with an insane amount of $83.5 million in a Series A funding round led by Khosla Ventures, with additional p...
Tags: Startups, Toronto, Khosla Ventures, Shift, Aurora, BDC, Next Featured, Waabi, Geoffrey Hinton Fei Fei Li


Sydney Grace x Temptalia: Light vs. Deep Versions + Visualizing & Comparing All the Shades

One of the questions I’ve been asked the most is whether someone should get the Light or Deep version of a palette, so I thought I’d discuss the differences and hopefully provide some insight/ask the right questions to help you dial in whether the light or deep version is more suitable for you, assuming you’re looking to purchase one. As always, if none of the palettes would be something you wear, please do not buy to “support” me. Engaging with the content I post, re...
Tags: Beauty, Sydney, Christine, Aurora, Orion Nebula, Vanity, Sydney Grace, Sydney Grace X Temptalia, Zenith Light, Parallax Deep, Operose Reds, Operose, Sirius Starlight, Galactic Muse, Sakura Glow, Celestial Bloom


Sydney Grace x Temptalia Quintessence | The Arrangement + Combinations

The Quintessence palette features four matte shades and eight shimmers. One shimmer–Orion Nebula–has a lower level of pearl and sheen, so it is more like a satin-to-pearl finish and could be used as a matte for those who don’t mind a lil’ bit of sheen in the crease. All three palettes are arranged similarly so that they can be visualized the same way, but hopefully, these images help breakdown the color combinations possible. Note: Reaching Zenith and Parallax are the matte eyeshadows that hav...
Tags: Beauty, Sydney, Zenith, Christine, Aurora, Orion Nebula, Sydney Grace, Makeup Look Ideas, Sydney Grace X Temptalia


Motional CEO hints at an autonomous future in logistics

Motional, the $4 billion joint venture between Aptiv and Hyundai, is exploring the company’s potential involvement in autonomous trucking or logistics, its CEO said today during a live session at TechCrunch’s 2021 Mobility Event. “The beauty of what’s on the other side of the coin is that the same core technology can of course apply to multiple use cases,” said Karl Iagnemma on the panel led by TechCrunch transportation editor Kirsten Korosec, who asked about Motional’s intention to expand its b...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Tech, Autonomous Vehicles, Logistics, Hyundai, Chris Urmson, Autonomous Driving, Aurora, Urmson, Motional, Karl Iagnemma, Iagnemma, Uber ATG, Aptiv, Kirsten Korosec


ISEE brings autonomy to shipping yards with self-driving container trucks

Robotaxis may still be a few years out, but there are other industries that can be transformed by autonomous vehicles as they are today. MIT spin-off ISEE has identified one in the common shipping yard, where containers are sorted and stored — today by a dwindling supply of human drivers, but tomorrow perhaps by the company’s purpose-built robotic yard truck. With new funding and partnerships with major shippers, the company may be about to go big. Shipping yards are the buffer zone of the logis...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Transportation, Hardware, Funding, Tech, Mit, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Shipping, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, North America, Robotics, Logistics


ISEE brings autonomy to shipping hubs with self-driving yard trucks

Robotaxis may still be a few years out, but there are other industries that can be transformed by autonomous vehicles as they are today. MIT spin-off ISEE has identified one in the common shipping yard, where containers are sorted and stored — today by a dwindling supply of human drivers, but tomorrow perhaps by the company’s purpose-built robotic yard truck. With new funding and partnerships with major shippers, the company may be about to go big. Shipping yards are the buffer zone of the logis...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Transportation, Hardware, Funding, Tech, Mit, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Shipping, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, North America, Robotics, Logistics


AI pioneer Raquel Urtasun launches self-driving technology startup with backing from Khosla, Uber and Aurora

One of the lingering mysteries from Uber’s sale of its Uber ATG self-driving unit to Aurora has been solved. Raquel Urtasun, the AI pioneer who was the chief scientist at Uber ATG, has launched a new startup called Waabi that is taking what she describes as an “AI-first approach” to speed up the commercial deployment of autonomous vehicles, starting with long-haul trucks. Urtasun, who is the sole founder and CEO, already has a long list of high-profile backers, including separate investments fro...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Uber, California, Toronto, Tech, Automotive, Venture Capital, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, University of Toronto, Khosla Ventures, Aurora, Department of Computer Science, Ojibwe, Vector Institute


The Station: Aurora gets closer to a SPAC deal, Spin’s new strategy and Waymo One app numbers

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. Hello and welcome back to 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. We are days away from TC Sessions: Mobility 2021, a one-day virtual event scheduled for June 9 that is bringing together some of the best and brightest minds in transportation. I’ll...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Lyft, Apps, Europe, New York, London, Australia, Washington, Russia, Berlin, Milwaukee, Singapore, India, America, San Francisco


Aurora Apartment Fire Displaces 74 People, 1 Hospitalized

A three-alarm fire at an apartment complex in Aurora has displaced 74 people in more than two dozen units and sent one person to the hospital.
Tags: Aurora, Aurora Apartment Fire Displaces


Um, where is the SEC when it comes to SPACs and conflicts of interest?

Today, my colleague Kirsten Korosec reported that the autonomous vehicle startup Aurora is close to finalizing a deal to merge with one of three blank-check companies that have been formed to date by renowned entrepreneurs Reid Hoffman and Mark Pincus and a third partner in these deals, Michael Thompson, who long managed special situation funds. This one is intriguing for a lot of reasons, including because Aurora’s founders are big wheels in their industry (no pun intended) and their moves are ...
Tags: TC, Washington, Tech, Bloomberg, Reid Hoffman, SEC, Greylock, Mark Pincus, Clover, Chamath Palihapitiya, Aurora, SPAC, Hoffman, Social Capital, Gary Gensler, Kirsten


On SPACs and conflicts of interest, where is the SEC?

Earlier today, TechCrunch’s Kirsten Korosec reported that the autonomous vehicle startup Aurora is close to finalizing a deal to merge with one of three blank-check companies that have been formed to date by renowned entrepreneurs Reid Hoffman and Mark Pincus and a third partner in these deals, Michael Thompson, who long managed special situation funds. The development is intriguing for a lot of reasons, including because Aurora’s founders are big wheels in their industry (no pun intended), and ...
Tags: TC, Washington, Tech, Regulations, Bloomberg, Reid Hoffman, SEC, Greylock, Mark Pincus, Clover, Chamath Palihapitiya, Aurora, SPAC, Hoffman, Social Capital, Gary Gensler


Autonomous Vehicle Startup Aurora in Talks to Merge With Reid Hoffman's SPAC - TechCrunch

(Reuters) - Self-driving car startup Aurora is nearing a deal to merge with blank-check firm Reinvent Technology Partners Y, which is backed by...
Tags: Reid Hoffman, Aurora, SPAC, Reuters Self, Reinvent Technology Partners, Autonomous Vehicle Startup Aurora


Cruise can now give passengers rides in driverless cars in California

Cruise, the autonomous vehicle subsidiary of GM that also has backing from SoftBank Vision Fund, Microsoft and Honda, has secured a permit that will allow the company to shuttle passengers in its test vehicles without a human safety operator behind the wheel. The permit, issued by the California Public Utilities Commission as part of its driverless pilot program, is one of several regulatory requirements autonomous vehicle companies must meet before they can deploy commercially. This permit is i...
Tags: TC, Transportation, California, Tech, Cruise, Automotive, DMV, Gm, Autonomous Vehicles, Honda, Cpuc, Aurora, California Public Utilities Commission, PUC, California Department of Motor Vehicles, Government Affairs


Daily Crunch: Facebook extends Trump’s suspension until January 2023

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. Hello and welcome to Daily Crunch for June 4, 2021. What a week, yeah? That was four super-packed days. But don’t think that the pace of news is about to slow down. It’s not. Next week is Apple’s big WWDC developer event, which we previewed here. And TechCrunch’s next event focused on mobility is just around the corner. Here’s to catching up on sleep this weekend. ...
Tags: Apple, TC, Facebook, Softbank, Nigeria, Linkedin, Tech, Eu, Reid Hoffman, Brian, Toyota, Donald Trump, Shopify, Zuckerberg, Eric Eldon, Trump


Autonomous vehicle startup Aurora in final talks to merge with Reid Hoffman’s newest SPAC

Autonomous vehicle startup Aurora is close to finalizing a deal to merge with Reinvent Technology Partners Y, the newest special purpose acquisition company launched by LinkedIn co-founder and investor Reid Hoffman, Zynga founder Mark Pincus and managing partner Michael Thompson, according to several sources familiar with the talks. One of the sticking points is the targeted valuation, which had been as high as $20 billion. It is now closer to $12 billion and the deal is expected to be announced...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Uber, Softbank, Linkedin, Tech, Bloomberg, Automotive, Venture Capital, Reid Hoffman, Autonomous Vehicles, New York Stock Exchange, North America, Sequoia Capital, Volvo, Greylock Partners


Tezlab CEO Ben Schippers to discuss the Tesla effect and the next wave of EV startups at TC Sessions: Mobility 2021

As Tesla sales have risen, interest in the company has exploded, prompting investment and interest in the automotive industry, as well as the startup world. Tezlab, a free app that’s like a Fitbit for a Tesla vehicle, is just one example of the numerous startups that have sprung up in the past few years as electric vehicles have started to make the tiniest of dents in global sales. Now, as Ford, GM, Volvo, Hyundai along with newcomers Rivian, Fisker and others launch electric vehicles into the m...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Facebook, Technology, China, Articles, Linkedin, Tech, Tesla, Ceo, AV, Automation, Gm, Reid Hoffman, Fitbit, Self-driving Cars


Aurora brings in outsiders to boost safety efforts, public trust of driverless vehicles

Aurora, the autonomous vehicle company that acquired Uber ATG last year, has assembled a team of outside experts, shared new details about its operations in a self-assessment safety report and launched a website as part of a broader effort to win over consumers wary of the technology that they may someday share the road with, or even use. Aurora said Thursday it has tapped experts in aviation safety, insurance, medicine and automotive safety — all people from outside of the niche AV industry — t...
Tags: TC, Tech, Automotive, Mobility, Toyota, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Boeing, Self-driving Trucks, Aurora, U S Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Daimler Ford, Driverless Vehicles, Uber ATG


ChargerHelp co-founder, CEO Kameale C. Terry is heading to TC Sessions: Mobility 2021

Thousands of electric vehicle charging stations will be built around the country over the next decade. ChargerHelp!, founded in January 2020 by Kameale C. Terry and Evette Ellis, wants to make sure they stay up and running. The idea for the on-demand repair app for EV charging stations came to Terry when she was working at EV Connect, where she held a number of roles including director of programs and head of customer experience. She noticed long wait times to fix non-electrical issues at chargi...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Electric Vehicle, Technology, China, Events, Linkedin, Tech, Ceo, AV, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Automation, Transport, Reid Hoffman


The Station: Rivian rolls towards an IPO and Quantumscape makes a big battery hire

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. Hello and welcome back to 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. For my American readers, you might be traveling — perhaps for the first time in more than a year — because of the Memorial Day holiday. While Memorial Day is meant to honor members ...
Tags: Transportation, Asia, Twitter, Utah, Elon Musk, New York, Texas, Microsoft, Senate, White House, China, Ipo, Germany, Berlin, Softbank, America


Some Say Colorado Police Volunteer's Passion Went Too Far

An Aurora man who was pulled over in Denver in a white Crown Victoria with emergency lights and a pushbar in April says he wasn't trying to impersonate a police officer.
Tags: Denver, Aurora, Colorado Police Volunteer


So, you want to democratize venture capital

A venture capitalist once told me candidly that whenever you see the phrase “democratization” in tech marketing material, think of it as a red flag. Democracy, generally speaking, often comes with an ironic caveat: It disproportionately benefits white and male participants. Now, you know me well enough to know that I wouldn’t start off your Saturday with this dreary of an introduction normally, but I think that that reality is why a new tool, championed by tech entrepreneurs Lolita and Josh Taub...
Tags: TC, Microsoft, Nigeria, Africa, Linkedin, Tech, Earth, Reid Hoffman, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Black, Brian Chesky, Jordan Crook, Chris Urmson, Aurora, Danny


Comment on chickpea pan bagnat by Aurora

This looks heavenly. I don’t like tuna hence no saladè niciose for me. Ido have a jar of central grocery olive salad in the refrigerator so guess what’s on the menu Monday?
Tags: Food, Aurora


Only 3 startup demo booths left at TC Sessions: Mobility 2021

Listen up mobility mavericks. TC Sessions: Mobility 2021 is right around the corner of your calendar (June 9). If you want to place your ground-breaking, edge-cutting, envelope-pushing (no extra charge for clichés) early-stage startup in front of the world’s leading mobility movers, shakers and makers you gotta hustle. You have just one week left to buy one of our remaining three Startup Exhibitor Packages. Here’s what the $380 package includes, plus a few suggestions on ways to take full advant...
Tags: TC, Technology, Entrepreneurship, Tech, Economy, AV, Artificial Intelligence, Automation, President, Private Equity, Robotics, Hyundai, Science and Technology, TechCrunch, Self-driving Car, Startup Company


Aurora Solar aims to power the growing solar industry with a $250M round C

Aurora Solar had one of those pitches that seemed obvious in retrospect. Instead of going to a house and measuring its roof manually for a solar panel installation, why not use aerial scans and imagery of the whole region? That smart play earned them a $20M A round, a $50M B round, and now only six months later a massive $250M C as they aim to become the software platform on which the coming solar power expansion will be run. The idea is simple enough to explain, but difficult to pull off. There...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Texas, Funding, Tech, Renewable Energy, Tesla, Solar, Solar Power, GreenTech, Hopper, Aurora, Coatue, Adeyemo, Aurora Solar


Electric hypercar phenom and founder Mate Rimac is heading to TC Sessions: Mobility 2021

A decade ago, Rimac Automobili was one-person startup in a garage. Today, the EV and technology company founded by Mate Rimac employs more than 1,000 people, has partnerships with Porsche and Hyundai Motor Group and is on track to launch its 1,914 hp, all-electric C_Two hypercar this year. If that weren’t enough, Rimac also launched a subsidiary company Greyp Bikes to produce electrically assisted bicycles. It’s a notable run for a company that Mate Rimac founded after converting a 1984 BMW into...
Tags: TC, China, Linkedin, Tech, Automotive, Porsche, Electric Vehicles, Gm, Reid Hoffman, Croatia, Silicon Valley, Toyota, Hyundai, Renault, Chris Urmson, Pininfarina