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Here integrates what3words’ super simple address system into its in-car API

Geocoding startup what3words — which chunks the world into 3mx3m squares, giving each a unique three-word label to simplify location sharing — has nabbed another in-vehicle integration, via a partnership with Here Technologies. The pair said today that OEMs using Here’s navigation platform can include what3words as an in-car nav feature directly through the Here Search API, instead of needing to integrate itself. Existing users of the platform will be able to be given access to what3word’s ad...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Automotive, Ford, Airbnb, Location Sharing, Daimler, What3words, In-car Navigation, Here Technologies, Chris Sheldrick, Geocoding, Mercedes Benz Tata Motors DB Schenker Hermes, Jørgen Behrens


This former Tesla CIO just raised $150 million more to pull car dealers into the 21st century

“I have to choose my words carefully,” says Joe Castelino of Stevens Creek Volkswagen in San Jose, California, when asked about the software on which most car dealerships rely for inventory information, to manage marketing, to handle customer relationships and to otherwise help sell cars. Castelino, the dealership’s service director, laughs as he says this. But the joke has apparently been on car dealers, most of whom have largely relied on a few frustratingly antiquated vendors for their dealer...
Tags: Startups, TC, Elon Musk, California, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Ferrari, SaaS, Venture Capital, San Jose, Volkswagen, Index Ventures, Fiat Chrysler, Advent, Advent International


Tesla wows on latest numbers

Tesla’s latest quarterly numbers beat analyst expectations on both revenue and earnings per share, bringing in $8.77 billion in revenues for the third quarter. With the report that Tesla had already beaten Wall Street’s expectations for deliveries earlier this month, the question for today’s earnings call was how much efficiency (and by extension profit) the electric car and battery company was able to wring out of its manufacturing processes. Now we have the answer as Tesla reported profits ...
Tags: Energy, TC, Elon Musk, US, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Ford, Earnings, Cnbc, Lucid, Gmc, Powerwall, Mustang Mach, Lucid Motors


Team Record the Journey and Mitsubishi Make History in 2020 Rebelle Rally

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) and Team Record the Journey (RTJ) made history for the second year in a row at the 2020 Rebelle Rally. After powering the event’s first adaptive athlete to second place in 2019, MMNA and RTJ this year combined to claim another podium finish, this time in the Rebelle’s first ever plug-in hybrid electric vehicle entry, a 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. RTJ founder and navigator Sergeant Major Rachael Ridenour (Ret.) was joined by teammate and driver,...
Tags: Featured, California, Advertising, Automotive, United States, Nevada, Mitsubishi, Electra, Emily Miller, U S Army, Mitsubishi Motors, Ridenour, Franklin Tennessee, Rebelle Rally, REBELLE, Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc


Feast your eyes on the all-new, all-electric GMC Hummer EV

GMC has a new all-electric version of its classic Hummer oversized SUV. This thing is a beast, as you might expect, with an advertised 350-mile range and a 3-second zero to 60 mph time. It’s a bit ridiculous to be honest, which is kind of what the Hummer has always been about so that makes sense. Alongside a teaser, GMC released a number of press photos of the 1,000 HP bruiser, so take a look below. It definitely looks like a Hummer – which may or may not be your cup of tea. [gallery ids="206...
Tags: TC, Tech, Hp, Automotive, Transport, GreenTech, Gmc, Hummer, GMC Hummer EV


Tesla’s decision to scrap its PR department could create a PR nightmare

Ayelet Noff Contributor Share on Twitter Ayelet Noff is the founder and CEO of SlicedBrand, a top global PR agency headquartered in Berlin. A solid public relations team solves many issues within a company. It helps spread important news announcements and topics integral to a company’s success. It communicates with the media in a timely manner to ensure accurate coverage and control the conversation. It builds a state of trust...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Column, Elon Musk, Berlin, Marketing, Tech, Public Relations, Tesla, Pr, Automotive, Hyperloop, Musk, Model Y, Ayelet Noff, SlicedBrand


“A terrible idea”: Car Crash Survivors React to Quotes Once Said About the Invention That Saved Their Lives.

After Volvo Cars invented the three-point safety belt in 1959, its introduction sparked debate among media and the public. But to date it’s been credited with saving more than a million lives worldwide. The premium carmaker now highlights this in a new brand campaign, by letting car crash survivors read what people said about the safety belt in the past. And it sounds eerily familiar even today. “The seatbelt is a violation of human rights”. “It's better to be thrown out than to be tra...
Tags: New York, Sweden, Germany, Advertising, Automotive, Volvo, Carnegie Hall, Gothenburg Sweden, Volvo Cars, House Mafia, Forsman & Bodenfors, Mike Johnstone, Gloria J, Leo Dal, Jacob Mühlrad Mühlrad, Bamberg Hall


Tesla to begin production on 7-seat Model Y in November, with deliveries in early December

Elon Musk has shared some updated info about the timeline for the seven-seat version of the Model Y, Tesla’s more affordable electric SUV. The Model Y began deliveries to customers in March of this year in the U.S., but Musk said in June that he anticipated the company would start shipping seven row variants of the vehicle by sometime in the fourth quarter of this year. A seven-seater Model Y would up the total passenger capacity of the vehicle by two, and we’ve known that it supports such a ...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Elon Musk, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, United States, Hyperloop, Musk, The Boring Company, Tesla Model Y


Toronto will trial automated shuttles from Local Motors in new pilot program

The city of Toronto is going to start operating autonomous shuttles on a trial basis, through an agreement with Local Motors that will see that company’s Olli 2.0 all-electric self-driving shuttle ferry passengers beginning in Spring 2021. The trial is being conducted with Pacific Western Transportation, a transportation operations company, and each ride over the course of the trial will include two full-time staffers, an operator on board from that partner, as well as a customer service rep fro...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Toronto, Tech, Automotive, Public Transport, Local Motors, Metrolinx, Olli, Toronto Area, Autonomous Transportation, Pacific Western Transportation, The Olli, West Rouge, Rouge Hill GO


Porsche is researching synthetic fuels to make gas-powered cars sustainable

The road to sustainable vehicles likely ends at electric cars, yet the route to this goal isn’t clear. There are multiple ways to get there, and Porsche is looking at synthetic fuels as a potential path. These so-called eFuels are produced from CO2 and hydrogen. If produced using renewable energy, they can help vehicles powered by internal combustion engines (ICE) become more sustainable before the end of their life. Earlier this week, Porsche AG’s Detlev von Platen spoke to this alternati...
Tags: TC, Europe, California, China, Events, Tech, Automotive, Porsche, Electric, GreenTech, Steiner, Porsche AG, Detlev von Platen, von Platen, Michael Steiner, Detlev


Daily Crunch: Waymo opens up driverless ride-hailing

Alphabet’s self-driving technology company hits a major milestone, Apple TV+ extends its free subscription period and Affirm files to go public. This is your Daily Crunch for October 8, 2020. The big story: Waymo opens up driverless ride-hailing Waymo hit a major milestone today: It’s offering fully driverless rides to (some) members of the public. While the Alphabet-owned company has offered plenty of self-driving rides before, they usually came with a human in the driver’s seat for ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Technology, California, America, Tech, General Motors, Apple TV, Companies, X, Automotive, Automation, Gm, Ibm, Self-driving Cars


Waymo starts to open driverless ride-hailing service to the public

Waymo, the Google self-driving-project-turned-Alphabet unit, is beginning to open up its driverless ride-hailing service to the public. The company said that starting today members of its Waymo One service will be able to take family and friends along on their fully driverless rides in the Phoenix area. Existing Waymo One members will have the first access to the driverless rides — terminology that means no human behind the wheel. However, the company said that in the next several weeks more peo...
Tags: Google, TC, California, Tech, Austin, Automotive, Arizona, Jaguar, Castle, Alphabet, John Krafcik, Phoenix, Chrysler Pacifica, NDA, Steve Mahan, Krafcik


Amazon debuts its first fully electric delivery vehicle, created in partnership with Rivian

Amazon has received delivery of its very first, custom-built EV delivery van – a vehicle built through its partnership with electric transportation startup Rivian. The van doesn’t look too different from existing, traditional fuel and hybrid commercial delivery vans (though there are a lot more rounded edges) but most of the innovation is happening in less obvious places. In a blog post detailing the vehicle, Amazon outlined some of the unique features of its custom vehicle, including sensor-...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Transportation, Electric Vehicle, Cars, Tech, SUV, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Transport, Illinois, Driver, GreenTech, Alexa, Van, Rivian


Transportation VCs suggest frayed US-China ties will impact mobility markets

On Tuesday, during TechCrunch’s annual Mobility event, we had the opportunity to interview three investors who spend much of their time focused narrowly on shifts in the transportation industry and we talked with the three — Amy Gu of Hemi Ventures, Reilly Brennan of Trucks VC, and Olaf Sakkers of Maniv Mobility — about a wide range of related issues to get their take. You can check out that interview below; in the meantime, we’re pulling out parts of the conversation that we found particu...
Tags: TC, Transportation, China, Events, Tech, Automotive, US China, Reilly Brennan, Micromobility, Trade War, Olaf Sakkers, Maniv Mobility, Hemi Ventures, Trucks VC, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Envisics nabs $50M for its in-car holographic display tech at a $250M+ valuation

The jury is still out on what might become the most viable business models for augmented reality technology, but in the meantime a startup out of the UK is betting one big area will be in vehicles, in the form of holographic displays. And today it is announcing a significant round of funding from strategic investors to fill out its vision (so to speak). Envisics, which brings together technologies like computer vision, machine learning, big data analytics and navigation to build hardware that in...
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, UK, England, Microsoft, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Gm, Hud, Jaguar Land Rover, DAQRI, Milton Keynes, Michael Cohen, Jamieson


Faraday Future plans to go public through a SPAC deal

Faraday Future, the electric vehicle startup with a messy and complicated past, is planning to go public through a special-purchase acquisition company (SPAC) deal. The company’s chief executive Carsten Breitfeld told Reuters that the company is working on a reverse merger with a SPAC and “will be able to announce something hopefully quite soon.” Breitfeld, formerly the co-founder of Chinese EV startup Byton, declined to give more information about who Faraday is talking to or when the deal will...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Asia, Tech, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Mobility, Faraday, Faraday Future, Reuters, Leeco, SPAC, Automotive News, Jia Yueting, Jia


Appy, the First 100% Electric Vehicles Town by Renault and Publicis Conseil

Last July 21st, Renault inaugurated in the city Appy, the first “100% electric vehicle” town in France by providing each household with a New Renault ZOE. Imagined by Renault in collaboration with its agency Publicis Conseil, this unprecedented initiative aims to demonstrate that if the move to electric is possible in Appy, it is possible everywhere. A few weeks after its launch, the residents, convinced by the performance of New Renault ZOE, have already covered nearly...
Tags: Featured, France, Advertising, Automotive, Renault, Emmanuel, Appy, Renault-Nissan, Publicis Conseil, Pierre Rambaldi, Nicolas Avram, Gloria J, Marco Venturelli, OMD Media Agency, Electric Vehicles Town, Appy This village


Einride raises $10 million to fast track its autonomous electric cargo pods

For the past four years, Swedish startup Einride has captured interest, investment and even a few customer contracts for its unusual-looking pods — electric and autonomous vehicles that are designed to carry freight. But progress in developing, testing and validating autonomous vehicles — particularly ones that don’t even have space for a driver and rely on teleoperations — is an expensive and time-consuming task. The company has made some progress with its T-Pod vehicles; four of them are on...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Tech, Automotive, Lidl, Autonomous Vehicles, EQT Ventures, Freight, Einride, Robert Falck, Norrsken VC, Ericsson Ventures Norrsken VC


Uber sells $500M stake in its freight business as the ride-hailing giant works to conserve cash

One year ago, Uber’s business model could be categorized as an “all of the above approach,” a strategy to generate revenue from all forms of transportation, including ride-hailing, micromobility, logistics, and package and food delivery. The COVID-19 pandemic upended that business strategy prompting Uber to , double down on delivery with its acquisition of Postmates, and now, to sell a stake in its growing, but still unprofitable logistics arm Uber Freight. Uber said Friday that an invest...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Uber, Europe, New York, Berlin, Tech, Chicago, Canada, Automotive, Postmates, Ron, TMS, Michael Weiss, Greenbriar, Lior Ron


Announcing the TC Pitch-Off: Mobility startups

For the past two years, TechCrunch has brought together the best and brightest minds in mobility at for our TechCrunch Sessions: Mobility event. This year, we are adding a little extra twist. On October 5, the day before Mobility 2020, TC is hosting a pitch-off — which only ticket holders can access — highlighting disruptive startups in the mobility space. Startups from all over the world applied and only 10 made the cut. Founders will pitch on the virtual TC Stage for one-minute followed by an ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Tech, Automotive, Kenya, Early Stage, Chargepoint, TC Sessions: Mobility 2020, HyPoint Le Car Movel AI Pte Ltd ONO ONOMOTION GmbH


Tesla delivers 139,300 vehicles in Q3, beating expectations

Tesla delivered 139,300 vehicles in the third quarter, slightly above Wall Street’s expectations and a notable improvement from last quarter as well as the same period a year ago. Tesla’s numbers in the third quarter marked a 43% improvement from the same period last year when the company reported it had delivered 97,000 electric vehicles. The third quarter figures were 53% higher than last quarter when Tesla was still feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic that included suspending product...
Tags: Travel, Tesla, Automotive, Donald Trump, FactSet, Tesla Tesla


Cazoo, the UK used car sales portal, raises another $311M, now valued at over $2.5B

A lot of people are opting to use cars instead of taking public transportation in the UK at the moment, as a way of ensuring more social distancing, and today one of the startups that’s built a more efficient way of selling and buying cars is announcing a big round of funding. Cazoo, which provides an app-based way to browse and buy used cars (it’s modeled on the likes of Vroom in the US), has picked up £240 million ($311 million). The funding comes only six months after the company raised $116 ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Startups, TC, Europe, UK, London, US, Netflix, Automotive, Used Cars, Alex, Blackrock, Amazon Prime Video, Lovefilm, Vroom


Cazoo, the UK used car sales platform, raises another $311M, now valued at over $2.5B

A lot of people are opting to use cars instead of taking public transportation in the UK at the moment, as a way of ensuring more social distancing, and today one of the startups that’s built a more efficient way of selling and buying cars is announcing a big round of funding. Cazoo, which provides an app-based way to browse and buy used cars (it’s modeled on the likes of Vroom in the US), has picked up £240 million ($311 million). The funding comes only six months after the company raised $116 ...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, TC, Europe, UK, London, US, Tech, Netflix, Automotive, Used Cars, Alex, Blackrock, Amazon Prime Video, Lovefilm, Vroom


Cazoo, the UK used car sales portal, raises another $311M, now valued at over $2B

A lot of people are opting to use cars instead of taking public transportation in the UK at the moment, as a way of ensuring more social distancing, and today one of the startups that’s built a more efficient way of selling and buying cars is announcing a big round of funding. Cazoo, which provides an app-based way to browse and buy used cars (it’s modeled on the likes of Vroom in the US), has picked up £240 million ($311 million). The funding comes only six months after the company raised $116 ...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, TC, Europe, UK, London, US, Tech, Netflix, Automotive, Used Cars, Alex, Blackrock, Amazon Prime Video, Lovefilm, Vroom


Aurora Labs ramps ‘self-healing’ software with $23M from LG Technology Ventures, Porsche SE, Toyota Tsusho

The automotive market is grappling with increasingly complex software systems, and in turn greater risks of glitches that can cause costly and unsafe disruptions and damage an automaker’s credibility. Just look at today’s new cars, trucks and SUVs compared to their counterparts a decade ago. New vehicles coming off assembly lines today contain tens of millions of lines of code, a statistic that continues to rise as automakers invest more in software. This upward trend has created risks for autom...
Tags: TC, Tel Aviv, Tech, Tesla, Software, Automotive, Vw, Porsche, LG Group, Toyota Tsusho, Aurora Labs, Toyota Group, Marius Nacht, LG Technology Ventures, LG Technology Ventures Porsche SE Toyota Tsusho, Porsche SE Toyota Tsusho LG Tech Ventures


Polaris and Zero Motorcycles reach deal to bring electric off-roaders to market

Polaris is a name synonymous with powersports — just head to any of the hundreds of snowmobile trails in Wisconsin, Minnesota or other sufficiently wintry place for evidence. Now, it’s teaming up with Zero Motorcycles, Santa Cruz-based maker of electric motorcycles and powertrains, to electrify its lineup. The two companies announced Tuesday a 10-year agreement to work together to produce electrified off-road vehicles and snowmobiles using Zero’s powertrain technology, hardware and softwar...
Tags: TC, Tech, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Polaris, Wisconsin Minnesota, Zero Motorcycles, Scott Wine, Sam Paschel, Paschel, Zero Motorcycles Santa Cruz, Goupil, Brammo Electric Motorcycles


Arm launches new chip designs for autonomous systems

Chip designer Arm today announced the launch of a new set of solutions for autonomous systems for both automotive and industrial use cases. These include the Arm Cortex-A78AE high-performance CPU, the Mali-G78AE GPU and Arm Mali-C71AE image signal processor. What makes all three of these chips stand out is that they have built-in safety features. ‘Safety,’ in this context, means that the chips feature additional capabilities that ensure that every calculation is essentially double-checked. Tradi...
Tags: TC, Tech, Designer, Automotive, Computing, Nvidia, Mali, ARM Holdings, Driver, Gpu, Tegra, Autonomous Systems, Nvidia Nvidia, System On A Chip, Arm Cortex A78AE, Chet Babla


Hear from Postmates, Refraction AI and FedEx about autonomous delivery at TC Sessions: Mobility 2020

Small startups and logistics giants alike are working on how to use automated vehicle technology and robotics for delivery. Some have even accelerated their efforts, with mixed results, as the COVID-19 pandemic drove up demand for delivery. But is the world — or the tech — ready for the mainstream? TechCrunch has tapped three experts from FedEx, Refraction AI and Postmates to join our virtual stage at TC Sessions: Mobility 2020 to talk about the challenges and opportunities of using robots fo...
Tags: Transportation, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Events, Tech, Automotive, Darpa, Michigan, Postmates, Fedex, Yeung, Kashani, Ali Kashani, TC Sessions: Mobility 2020, Matthew Johnson Roberson, FedEx Refraction AI


Nikola’s Steve Girsky eyes his next transportation investment

Steve Girksy, the former GM vice chairman, consultant and investor whose special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) merged with hydrogen electric startup Nikola this summer, is in talks to back self-driving trucks startup TuSimple, according to four people familiar with the deal. The capital would come from Girsky’s VectoIQ LLC, a consulting and investment company he runs with managing partner Mary Chan, and would be part of a consortium of investors, according to one unnamed source who reque...
Tags: Apple, TC, Transportation, Tech, Automotive, Mary Barra, Arizona, Gm, Morgan Stanley, SPAC, Tucson Arizona, Volkswagen AG, Nikola, Navistar, Mary Chan, Trevor Milton


Nikola chairman, VectoIQ CEO Steve Girsky eyes his next transportation investment

Steve Girsky, the former GM vice chairman, consultant and investor whose special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) merged with hydrogen electric startup Nikola this summer, is in talks to back self-driving trucks startup TuSimple, according to four people familiar with the deal. The capital would come from Girsky’s VectoIQ LLC, a consulting and investment company he runs with managing partner Mary Chan, and would be part of a consortium of investors, according to one unnamed source who re...
Tags: Apple, TC, Transportation, Tech, Automotive, Mary Barra, Arizona, Gm, Morgan Stanley, SPAC, Tucson Arizona, Volkswagen AG, Nikola, Navistar, Mary Chan, Trevor Milton