Posts filtered by tags: Automotive[x]


 

Traffic on Memorial Day: Here’s what 37.6 million road trippers can expect

How, and if, people travel on Memorial Day weekend can provide a fleeting glimpse at the state of the U.S. economy, or at least provide insight into consumer confidence. The upshot this year: a near record-setting travel despite a rising national gas price. Nearly 43 million Americans were expected to travel in cars, trains and planes over the long weekend — 1.5 million more than the previous year, according to AAA and Inrix, a global transportation company that aggregates and analyzes traffic d...
Tags: Automotive, Transportation, Disneyland, Inrix, Las Vegas, Memorial Day, Orlando, Traffic, Washington D.C


Fiat Chrysler-Renault tie up: What the maker of Jeep could gain

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Renault are reportedly in talks that could result in merging vast swaths of their businesses, a move that illustrates the growing desire among automakers to consolidate in an environment of increased regulatory pressure, sales declines and rising costs aimed at bringing next-generation technologies like self-driving cars to market. Bloomberg, Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal have reported on talks of a tie up that could result in Fiat Chrysler even...
Tags: Automotive, TC, Transportation, Chrysler, FCA, Ford, Italy, Jeep, Maserati, Nissan, Renault, Waymo


The savage genius of SoftBank funding competitors

Venture capitalists aren’t supposed to make their portfolio companies battle to the death. There’s a long-standing but unofficial rule that investors shouldn’t fund multiple competitors in the same space. Conflicts of interest could arise, information about one startup’s strategy could be improperly shared with the other, and the companies could become suspicious of advice provided by their investors. That leads to problems down the line for VCs, as founders may avoid them if they fear the firm ...
Tags: Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Collaborative Consumption, eCommerce, Food, Funding, Fundings & Exits, Logistics, M&A, Opinion, Startups, TC, Venture Capital, Didi Chuxing, Grab, Ola


Ready For An Autonomous Robot Army?

A group of young Americans are visiting China and walking down the street together and are approaching a large plaza with a gathering of people.  Behind them, they hear a low rumble and turn around to see an armored truck that is deploying swarms of armed drones. They fly over their he...
Tags: Technology, Sem, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Military, Drones, Warfare, Radio Show, WGIR


Fiat 500 Celebrates Individuality In ‘Lose The Labels’ Outdoor Campaign By Krow

Fiat is promoting two limited editions of its iconic 500 model in an outdoor campaign ‘Lose the Labels’, celebrating nonconformity and expressing your own individuality. krow Communications created the campaign to support the 500 Rockstar and 500 Star models.The idea behind ‘Lose the Labels’ is to challenge conformity over individuality. Taking perceived wisdom of what you have to look like, or how you behave head on. As the 500 breaks away from the homogeneous looks of cars in the A segment and...
Tags: Advertising, Automotive, Fiat, Fiat 500, Krow


Automakers have a choice: Become data companies or become irrelevant

Jeff Peters Contributor Share on Twitter Jeff Peters, PhD is a principal at Autotech Ventures, investing in transportation startups. He has published academic and media articles on transportation, optimization, autonomous driving and AI. More posts by this contributor Will self-driving cars kill parking? The AI in your non-autonomous car While Bezos amassed billions, Apple took over our culture,...
Tags: Automotive, Column, Aurora, Automation, Big Data, Car Dealership, Commuting, Ford, General-Motors, Intel, Lyft, Mobileye, Samsung, Self-driving Cars, Technology, Toyota


Fresh off a $530M round, Aurora acquires lidar startup Blackmore

Aurora, the self-driving car startup backed by Sequoia Capital and Amazon, is in an acquiring mood. The company, founded in early 2017 by Chris Urmson, Sterling Anderson and Drew Bagnell, announced Thursday that it acquired lidar company Blackmore. The Blackmore purchase follows another smaller, and previously unknown acquisition of 7D Labs that occurred earlier this year, TechCrunch has learned. 7D, founded by former software engineer from Pixar animation Magnus Wrenninge, is a simulat...
Tags: Amazon, Transportation, Elon Musk, Tech, Tesla, Ceo, Automotive, Silicon Valley, Bmw, Pixar, Sequoia Capital, Lidar, Self-driving Car, Cto, Emerging-technologies, Chris Urmson


The AEROCARRIER gives your cycle cargo-carrying-capabilities

City bicycles are diverse. Some of them are designed to carry heavy loads, others for speed. What if bicyclists want to use their bicycles for more than solely speed performance – but also for logistics. What if they don’t want to be forced, to always wear backpacks, even if they only want to carry a raincoat, EDC, or basic shopping supplies. The AEROCARRIER gives bicycles the additional storage they deserve. Just like most scooters which come with storage below the seat, the AEROCARRIER strap...
Tags: Deals, Design, Berlin, Automotive, Bicycle, Popular, Product Design, Random, Romain, Inga, Aerocarrier, Bike Carrier, Inga Rüdiger, OTEK, Romain Duez, Romain Duez Inga RüdigerClick


Elon Musk’s Boring Company lands $48.7M contract for underground “people mover” in Las Vegas

The Boring Company, Elon Musk’s tunneling and transportation startup, has landed a $48.7 million project to shuttle people in an underground Loop system around the Las Vegas Convention Center. This is the company’s first commercial contract. The initial design for the project, dubbed Campus Wide People Mover or CWPM, will focus on the Las Vegas Convention Center, which is currently in the midst of an expansion that is expected to be complete in time for CES 2021. The newly expanded Las Vegas ...
Tags: Elon Musk, Washington, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, The Guardian, Las Vegas, Nevada, Driver, Baltimore, Hyperloop, Downtown, TBC, Las Vegas Convention Center, McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority


Consumer Reports knocks Tesla’s Navigate on Autopilot feature

Consumer Reports is calling the automatic lane-change feature on Tesla’s Navigate on Autopilot “far less competent” than a human driver and cautioned it could pose safety risks. The consumer advocacy organization posted its review Wednesday on the newest version of Tesla’s advanced driver assistance system. Navigate on Autopilot is an active guidance system that is supposed to navigate a car from a highway on-ramp to off-ramp, including interchanges and making lane changes. Once drivers enter...
Tags: Transportation, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Automation, Gm, Bmw, Nissan, Volvo, CR, Consumer Reports, Tesla Model S, Tesla Model 3, Autopilot, Cadillac, National Transportation Safety Board


Consumer Reports knocks Tesla’s Navigate on Autopilot, calls new feature ‘far less competent’ than a human driver

Consumer Reports is calling the automatic lane-change feature on Tesla’s Navigate on Autopilot “far less competent” than a human driver and cautioned it could pose safety risks. The consumer advocacy organization posted its review Wednesday on the newest version of Tesla’s advanced driver assistance system. Navigate on Autopilot is an active guidance system that is supposed to navigate a car from a highway on-ramp to off-ramp, including interchanges and making lane changes. Once drivers enter...
Tags: Transportation, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Automation, Gm, Bmw, Nissan, Volvo, CR, Consumer Reports, Tesla Model S, Tesla Model 3, Autopilot, Cadillac, National Transportation Safety Board


Americans believe that they should own the mountains of data produced by their cars, but they don't

Your car is basically a smartphone with wheels, and it gathers up to 25gb/hour worth of data on you and your driving habits -- everything from where you're going to how much you weigh. Cars gather your financial data, data on the number of kids in the back seat, and, once they're connected to your phone, data on who you call and text. To the extent that Americans know this is going on, they believe that the data their cars generate rightly belongs to them, and if someone else is accessing i...
Tags: Post, News, Privacy, Elizabeth Warren, Surveillance, Automotive, New York Times, Farmers, Monsanto, Dmca, Autonomous Vehicles, 1201, John Deere, Deere, CFAA, Right To Repair


In Ford’s future, two-legged robots and self-driving cars could team up on deliveries

Autonomous vehicles might someday be able to navigate bustling city streets to deliver groceries, pizzas, and other packages without a human behind the wheel. But that doesn’t solve what Ford Motor CTO Ken Washington describes as the last 50-foot problem. Ford and startup Agility Robotics are partnering in a research project that will test how two-legged robots and self-driving vehicles can work together to solve that curb-to-door problem. Agility’s Digit, a two-legged robot that has a lidar whe...
Tags: Transportation, Washington, Tech, Walmart, Automotive, Ford, Ford Motors, Robotics, Lidar, Digit, Postmates, Self-driving Car, Domino, Pittsburgh, Ford Transit, Shelton


Udacity, Mercedes-Benz create sensor fusion nanodegree as demand for self-driving car engineers rises

Udacity and Mercedes-Benz’s North American R&D lab have developed curriculum for a sensor fusion nanodegree, the latest effort by the online education startup to meet high demand for skills related to autonomous vehicles and to duplicate the success it has had with its self-driving car engineer program. Enrollment for the sensor fusion degree opened up Tuesday. Udacity specializes in “nanodegrees” on a range of technical subjects that include AI, deep learning, digital marketing, VR and computer...
Tags: Travel, Google, Transportation, Tesla, Automotive, Gm, Udacity, Sebastian Thrun, Mercedes Benz, Sunnyvale Calif, Thrun, Mercedes Benz Mercedes, Zoox, Vishal Makhijani, Udacity Mercedes Benz, MBRDNA


The Exit: Getaround’s $300M roadtrip

In August of last year, Getaround scored $300 million from Softbank. Eight months later they handed that same amount to Drivy, a Parisian peer-to-peer car rental service that was Getaround’s ticket to tapping into European markets. Both companies shared similar visions for the future of car ownership, they were about the same size, both were flirting with expanding beyond their home market, but only one had the power of the Vision Fund behind it. The Exit is a new series at TechCrunch. It’s a...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Transportation, Uber, Europe, Youtube, Softbank, Tech, Automotive, Paris, Venture Capital, Sharing Economy, Airbnb, Getaround, Talent


Meet 'Blade', the world's first 3D-printed hypercar

At first glance, any motorhead would be head over heels for Blade — a sleek sportscar with shimmery deep magenta facade. The aerodynamicity of the car is obvious from its low, curved volume. Yet, this isn’t just any supercar that has just hit the market. Created by San Francisco-based startup Divergent Microfactories, Blade’s chassis was entirely 3-D printed. 3D printing is already revolutionizing the manufacturing process around the world. Printing in 3D makes products such as furniture, jewe...
Tags: Design, San Francisco, Architecture, Automotive, Gallery, 3d Printing, Innovation, Electric Cars, Sustainable Design, 3d Printed Car, Car Design, Kevin Czinger, Blade, Divergent 3D, Cars Of The Future, 3d Printed Designs


Lyft adds more safety features including in-app emergency assistance, reminders to check the plate

Earlier this spring, both Uber and Lyft introduced new safety features and policies following the death of a university student who was kidnapped and murdered after getting into a vehicle she believed to be her Uber ride. Today, Lyft is announcing an expanded set of safety features and programs, including those that help riders find and identify their ride, alert emergency services if they believe they are in danger, and communicate ride issues back to Lyft support and drivers. It’s also introdu...
Tags: Lyft, Safety, Tech, Automotive, Ride Hailing, Ride-sharing, Today Lyft, Uber Lyft, Safety Center


The empirical impact of Lyft and Uber on cities: congestion (especially downtown, especially during "surges"), overworked drivers

Mike Moffitt sums up the empirical work on the impact of rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft for cities: an increase in congestion, especially downtown, especially during "surges" (Uber and Lyft insist that they reduce congestion, especially in downtowns, and especially during surges!); lower wages, longer hours and more precarious work for drivers (accompanied by the slow death of the taxi/limo businesses); huge losses for car-rental companies; and less walking, cycling and use of public tr...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Post, Business, New York, News, San Francisco, Cities, Transit, Automotive, Manhattan, Rideshare, Surge Pricing, Urban Theory, Financial District, University of Chicago Booth School of Business


Self-driving truck startup TuSimple will haul mail for USPS in two-week pilot

TuSimple, the self-driving truck startup that reached unicorn status earlier this year with a $1 billion valuation, is getting two weeks to prove its tech to the United States Postal Service. The company announced Tuesday that it was awarded a contract to complete five round trips, for a two-week pilot, hauling USPS trailers more than 1,000 miles between the postal service’s Phoenix and Dallas distribution centers. A safety engineer and driver will be on board throughout the pilot. TuSimple w...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Transportation, Texas, China, Tech, Automotive, Usps, Arizona, San Diego, Nvidia, Dallas, Robotics, Weibo, U.s. Government, United States Postal Service


GM’s car-sharing service Maven to exit eight cities

GM is scaling back its Maven car-sharing company and will stop service in nearly half of the 17 North American cities in which it operates. A spokesperson who confirmed Maven was shutting down in some cities, without identifying the locations or number that will remain, said the company plans to focus on markets that have the strongest demand and growth potential. The WSJ, which was the first to report the impending shutdown, said Maven will continue to operate in Detroit, Los Angeles, Washingto...
Tags: Transportation, New York, Washington, Toronto, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, General Motors, Chicago, Automotive, Mary Barra, Gm, WSJ, Zipcar, Ann Arbor, Maven


Quadric.io raises $15M to build a plug-and-play supercomputer for autonomous systems

Quadric.io, a startup founded by some of the folks behind the once- secretive bitcoin mining operation “21E6,”  has raised $15 million in a Series A round that will fund the development of a supercomputer designed for autonomous systems.   The round was led by automotive Tier 1 supplier DENSO and its semiconductor products arm NSITEXE, which will also be one of Quadric.io’s customers for future electronic systems in all levels of autonomous driving solutions. Leawood VC also participated ...
Tags: Startups, Transportation, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Computing, Supercomputer, Cota Capital, DENSO, Autonomous Systems, Uncork Capital, Recent Funding, AI chips, NSITEXE, Quadric.io


In-car commerce startup Cargo extends Uber partnership to Brazil

Cargo, the startup that brings the convenience store into ride-hailing vehicles, is making its first international expansion through an exclusive partnership with Uber in Brazil. Uber drivers in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro will now be able to sign up for Cargo and potentially earn additional income by products to passengers during their ride. Cargo, which launched in 2017, provides qualified ridesharing drivers with free boxes filled with the kinds of goods you might find in a convenience...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Tech, Automotive, Zynga, Twitch, Mark Pincus, Founders Fund, Cargo, David Stern, Coatue Management, Colin Carrier


Ford CTO Ken Washington at TC Sessions: Mobility on July 10

A conference dedicated to transportation and mobility wouldn’t be complete without hearing from Ford, the U.S. automaker with a storied 116-year history. We’re excited to announce that Ford CTO Ken Washington will participate in TechCrunch’s inaugural TC Sessions: Mobility, a one-day event on July 10, 2019 in San Jose, Calif., that’s bringing the best and brightest minds — founders, investors and technologists — who are determined to invent a future Henry Ford might never have imagined. Or maybe...
Tags: Transportation, Technology, California, Los Angeles, Events, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, United States, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Transport, Bird, San Jose, Automotive Industry, Self-driving Cars


Ford will slash 7,000 salaried jobs by August

Ford Motor is laying off 7,000 salaried employees as part of CEO Jim Hackett’s restructuring plan to reduce bureaucracy, cut costs and turn the automaker into a more agile company prepared for a future that extends beyond its traditional business of producing and selling cars and trucks. The cuts represent about 10 percent of the automaker’s salaried employees. Some buyouts and layoffs have already occurred, according to an email sent to employees by Hackett. The contents of the email were in...
Tags: Transportation, Technology, Tech, Ceo, Automotive, Vehicles, Transport, Driving, Detroit, Qualcomm, Wireless Networking, Emerging-technologies, Ann Arbor, Jim Hackett, Layoff


China’s Tesla wannabe Xpeng starts ride-hailing service

There’re a lot of synergies between electric vehicles and ride-hailing. Drivers are able to save more steering an EV compared to a gas vehicle. Environmentally conscious consumers will choose to hire an electric car. And EVs are designed with better compatibility with autonomous driving, which is expected to hit the public road in the coming decades. Indeed, Tesla is eyeing to launch its first robotaxis in 2020 as part of a broader ride-sharing scheme. Over in China where Tesla has a few disc...
Tags: Transportation, Asia, Hong Kong, Elon Musk, New York, China, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Beijing, Automotive, Alibaba, Transport, Electric Car, Carsharing, Foxconn


Tesla’s communications chief is leaving the automaker

Dave Arnold, Tesla’s senior director of communications, is leaving the company after two-and-half years, according to sources familiar with the move. Tesla confirmed to TechCrunch that Arnold was leaving in June. “We’d like to thank Dave for his work in support of Tesla’s mission, and we wish him well,” a Tesla spokesperson said in a company-issued statement. “Dave will remain with the company for the next month to help transition his responsibilities to Keely Sulprizio, Tesla’s director of Glob...
Tags: Apple, Transportation, Facebook, Elon Musk, Tech, Tesla, Dave, Automotive, Arnold, Tesla Model S, Musk, Global Communications, Personnel, The Boring Company, Dave Arnold Tesla, Keely Sulprizio Tesla


Tesla issues battery software update after Hong Kong vehicle fire

Tesla has started pushing out a software update that will change battery charge and thermal management settings in Model S sedans and Model X SUVs following a fire in a parked vehicle in Hong Kong earlier this week. The software update, which Tesla says is being done out of “an abundance of caution,” is supposed to “protect the battery and improve its longevity.” The over-the-air software update will not be made to Model 3 vehicles. Tesla has not yet identified the cause of the fire or found any...
Tags: Transportation, Hong Kong, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Cctv, Tesla Model S, Reuters, Apple Daily, Lithium-ion battery


The Design Intelligence Award accelerates good project into world-class product designs

Design awards are often a mechanism to discover good design. A panel of judges help identify designs with potential, and reward them for being a good concept, or having a good execution. China’s premiere awards program, the Design Intelligence Award (DIA) operates on a slightly different path. It doesn’t just discover good design. It develops it. Working in part like an award program and in part like a product accelerator, the DIA Awards have a long, arduous, meticulous process. They identify go...
Tags: Design, Technology, China, Awards, Automotive, Popular, Sdk, Mono, Product Design, Random, Yamaha, Hexa, Zanwen Li, Marion Pinaffo, Raphaël Pluvinage, Heng Balance Lamp


Citroën’s 100th year anniversary car concept makes you feel like you’re flying!

Founded way back in March 1919, Citroën has come a long way… and to celebrate 100 years of boldness and creativity at the service of freedom of movement, Citroën revealed a thing of sheer beauty, the concept 19_19, a car that embodies the company’s vision on the future of travel. Disclaimer: It’s electric, self-driving, feels like a “living room on wheels”, and takes cues from aviation design.The car’s exterior combines the appearance of an aircraft’s fuselage, along with the transparent bubbl...
Tags: Transportation, Design, Automotive, Paris, Electric, Citroën, Self Driving Car, Goodyear, Self Driving, 19_19, Citroën s Progressive Hydraulic Cushion Suspension


Musk’s new lawyer fights ‘pedo guy’ defamation lawsuit claims, questions motive

SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s lawyer argued Tuesday in a court filing that the British cave diver who became embroiled in a public spat with his client and later sued for defamation can’t recover damages because his reputation was not harmed. In court documents filed Tuesday, Musk’s new lawyer Alex Spiro of Quinn Emmanuel questioned the motive of Vernon Unsworth, the British cave diver, who filed a defamation lawsuit in September 2018 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District ...
Tags: Transportation, Spacex, Elon Musk, Buzzfeed, Tech, Tesla, Thailand, Automotive, Musk, Wilson, Spiro, Alex Spiro, Stephen V Wilson, Unsworth, Quinn Emmanuel, Ryan Mac