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Zipline begins US medical delivery with UAV program honed in Africa

Drones are being deployed in the fight to curb COVID-19 in the U.S. Novant Health and California based UAV delivery startup Zipline have launched distribution of personal protective gear and medical equipment in North Carolina. Novant is a non-profit healthcare provider with a network in the Southeastern United States. Through the partnership, Zipline’s drones will make 32 mile flights on two routes between Novant Health’s emergency drone fulfillment center in Kannapolis to the company’s me...
Tags: TC, Florida, Technology, California, Virginia, Africa, US, Articles, San Francisco, Tech, Spokesperson, Ceo, UPS, United States, South Africa, President


Scale AI releases free lidar data set to power self-driving car development

High-quality data is the fuel that powers AI algorithms. Without a continual flow of labeled data, bottlenecks can occur and the algorithm will slowly get worse and add risk to the system. It’s why labeled data is so critical for companies like Zoox, Cruise and Waymo, which use it to train machine learning models to develop and deploy autonomous vehicles. That need is what led to the creation of Scale AI, a startup that uses software and people to process and label image, lidar and map dat...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Technology, California, San Francisco, Tech, AV, Artificial Intelligence, Cruise, Automotive, Machine Learning, Silicon Valley, Self-driving Cars, Lidar, Emerging-technologies, Wang


Scale AI releases free lidar dataset to power self-driving car development

High quality data is the fuel that powers AI algorithms. Without a continual flow of labeled data, bottlenecks can occur and the algorithm will slowly get worse and add risk to the system. It’s why labeled data is so critical for companies like Zoox, Cruise and Waymo, which use it to train machine learning models to develop and deploy autonomous vehicles. That need is what led to the creation of Scale AI, a startup that uses software and people to process and label image, lidar and map dat...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Technology, California, San Francisco, Tech, AV, Artificial Intelligence, Cruise, Automotive, Machine Learning, Silicon Valley, Self-driving Cars, Lidar, Emerging-technologies, Wang


Emerging from stealth, Octant is bringing the tools of synthetic biology to large scale drug discovery

Octant, a company backed by Andreessen Horowitz just now unveiling itself publicly to the world, is using the tools of synthetic biology to buck the latest trends in drug discovery. As the pharmaceuticals industry turns its attention to precision medicine — the search for ever more tailored treatments for specific diseases using genetic engineering — Octant is using the same technologies to engage in drug discovery and diagnostics on a mass scale. The company’s technology genetically engineer...
Tags: Google, TC, Biology, Dna, Articles, Tech, Genetics, Harvard, Dropbox, Andreessen Horowitz, Chemicals, Genetic Engineering, Synthetic Biology, Executive, Biotechnology, Ginkgo Bioworks


Microsoft’s quantum computing platform is now in limited preview

Microsoft today announced that Azure Quantum, its partner-centric quantum computing platform for developers who want to get started with quantum computing, is now in limited preview. First announced at Microsoft Ignite 2019, Azure Quantum brings together the hardware from  IonQ, Honeywell, QEI and Microsoft, services from the likes of 1QBit, and the classical computing capabilities of the Azure cloud. With this move to being in limited preview, Microsoft is now opening the service up to a sma...
Tags: TC, Cloud, Microsoft, Cloud Computing, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Computing, Ibm, Emerging-technologies, Quantum Computing, Honeywell, Ionq, Microsoft Build 2020, Azure Quantum, IonQ Honeywell QEI, Ignite Microsoft


Waymo expands first external investment round to $3 billion

Waymo has added an additional $750 million to the $2.25 billion funding round that it first announced in March, bringing the total size of the financing (its first from investors outside of Alphabet) to $3 billion. The extension comes from new investors including those managed by T. Rowe Price, Perry Creek Capital, Fidelity Management and Research Company and others. The extension, like the original round itself, will be used by Waymo to invest in its workforce, product development and ope...
Tags: Google, TC, Transportation, California, Tech, Ceo, Companies, X, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, AutoNation, Mobility, Self-driving Cars, Robotics, Alphabet, Emerging-technologies


Fiat Chrysler and AV startup Voyage partner on self-driving minivans

Self-driving vehicle startup Voyage said Monday that it has inked a deal with Fiat Chrysler to supply purpose-built vehicles, a partnership that will help accelerate its plan to launch a fully driverless ride-hailing service. Voyage, a three-year-old startup that tests and operates a self-driving vehicle service (with human safety operators) in retirement communities in California and Florida, started by modifying Ford Fusion vehicles. The company then began modifying FCA’s Chrysler Pacifi...
Tags: TC, Florida, California, Tech, Automotive, Ford, Automation, Cameron, Fca, Chrysler, Fiat, Jaguar Land Rover, Automotive Industry, Self-driving Cars, Voyage, Robotics


NASA will test a new spacecraft solar sail using a NanoAvionics satellite

NASA is going to test a new solar sail system to determine if it’s a viable alternative to propellant-based thrusters for maneuvering small satellites, and potentially for low-cost transportation of spacecraft set on deep-space missions. The agency has selected Illinois-based NanoAvionics to provide the spacecraft that will be used to test the solar sail system, the company announced today. The mission, called NASA’s Advanced Composite Solar Sail System or ACS3, is headed by NASA’s Ames Research...
Tags: Energy, TC, Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, Illinois, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Solar Sail, Spacecraft, Emerging-technologies, Outer Space, LightSail, Planetary Society, Cubesats


Velo3D, a supplier of 3D printers to SpaceX, raises $28 million

Despite fundraising in the middle of a worldwide pandemic that has managed to shut down a significant chunk of global manufacturing, the developer of a metal composite 3D printing technology, Velo3D, has managed to raise $28 million in funding. Over the past fifteen months, the company had bookings of $29 million and revenue of $50 million, Buller said. And it’s managed to land one of the most technically demanding contracts in the manufacturing industry — supplying 3D printers to none other tha...
Tags: Startups, TC, Spacex, Technology, Industrial Design, 3d Printing, Printer, Manufacturing, Printing, GE Ventures, Khosla Ventures, 3d Systems, Emerging-technologies, SpaceX SpaceX, Playground, Buller


Manufacturing startup Divergent 3D reduces staff by one-third

Divergent, the Los Angeles-based startup aiming to revolutionize vehicle manufacturing, has cut about one-third of its staff amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has upended startups and major corporations alike. The company, which employed about 160 people, laid off 57 workers, according to documents filed with the California Employment Development Department. Founder and CEO Kevin Czinger didn’t provide specific numbers. However, he did confirm to TechCrunch that he had to reduce staff due to th...
Tags: Startups, TC, Hong Kong, Business, Layoffs, Los Angeles, Tech, Industrial Design, Automotive, 3d Printing, Shanghai, Emerging-technologies, Horizons Ventures, Kevin Czinger, Li Ka-shing, Personnel


The Station: Pony.ai turns to delivery, Kodiak cuts, Lime snaps up Boosted’s IP

Hi and welcome back to The Station, a weekly newsletter dedicated to the future (and present) of transportation. I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. What you’re reading here is an abbreviated version of The Station. To get the complete newsletter, which comes out every weekend, go here and click The Station. Here’s a friendly reminder to reach out and email me at [email protected] to share thoughts, opinions or tips or send a direct messag...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Uber, Technology, California, China, Tech, Ceo, AV, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, DMV, Portland, Sharing Economy, Bird, Mountain View


Mammoth Biosciences receives first peer-reviewed validation of CRISPR-based COVID-19 test

SF-based CRISPR diagnostics startup Mammoth Biosciences has published the first peer-reviewed study that shows validation of using its testing method to detect the presence of COVID-19 in patients. The study, published in Nature, shows performance on par with existing PCR-based molecular tests, the one ones currently authorized for use by the FDA to test for the novel coronavirus. Mammoth’s DETECTR platform is designed to have advantages over traditional testing methods in a few different way...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Science, Biology, Tech, Virus, Fda, Biotech, Crispr, Biotechnology, Emerging-technologies, Life Sciences, Mammoth Biosciences, DETECTR, Coronavirus


Chinese startup Rokid pitches COVID-19 detection glasses in U.S.

Thermal imaging wearables used in China to detect COVID-19 symptoms could soon be deployed in the U.S. Hangzhou based AI startup Rokid is in talks with several companies to sell its T1 glasses in America, according to Rokid’s U.S. Director Liang Guan. Rokid is among a wave of Chinese companies creating technology to address the coronavirus pandemic, which has dealt a blow to the country’s economy.  Per info Guan provided, Rokid’s T1 thermal glasses use an infrared sensor to detect the...
Tags: TC, Internet Of Things, Technology, California, White House, China, Articles, America, San Francisco, Tech, E-commerce, Surveillance, Law Enforcement, Artificial Intelligence, United States, President


WorldGaze uses smartphone cameras to help voice AIs cut to the chase

If you find voice assistants frustratingly dumb, you’re hardly alone. The much-hyped promise of AI-driven vocal convenience very quickly falls through the cracks of robotic pedantry. A smart AI that has to come back again (and sometimes again) to ask for extra input to execute your request can seem especially dumb — when, for example, it doesn’t get that the most likely repair shop you’re asking about is not any one of them but the one you’re parked outside of right now. Researchers at the Huma...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Mobile, Wearables, Siri, Tech, Smartphone, Smartphones, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Starbucks, Augmented Reality, Magic Leap, Voice, Computer Vision, Carnegie Mellon University


FTC Issues New Guidance on Artificial Intelligence Technology

Colin Kass, David Munkittrick and Nicollette R. Moser In the largest piece to come out of the FTC’s new focus on emerging technologies, the FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection issued new guidance on the use of artificial intelligence (“AI”) and algorithms. The guidance follows up on a 2018 hearing where the FTC explored AI, algorithms, and predicative analysis. As the FTC recognizes, these technologies already pervade the modern economy. They influence consumer decision making – from what video to...
Tags: Law, Telecommunications, Algorithms, Data Security, Ftc, Department of Health Human Services, AI Technology, Data Privacy Laws, State Attorneys General, Emerging Technologies, Artificial intelligence (AI, Fair Credit Reporting Act, FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection, FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION (FTC, Colin Kass David Munkittrick, Nicollette R Moser


The Station: Starship expands, AutoX opens up shop and a big moment for e-bikes

Hi and welcome back to The Station, a weekly newsletter dedicated to the future (and present) of transportation. I’m your host, Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. What you’re reading now is a shorter version of the newsletter, which is emailed every weekend. If you want to subscribe, go here and click The Station. The transportation industry has seen an influx of “disruptors” in the past 15 years, including car sharing and ride-hailing apps and later shared e-bikes an...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Asia, New York, California, Washington, China, Tech, Tesla, AV, Bicycles, Healthcare, Arizona, Shanghai, Portland, Sharing Economy


The Station: Starship expands, AutoX opens up shop, and a big moment for ebikes

Hi and welcome back to The Station, a weekly newsletter dedicated to the future (and present) of transportation. I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch . What you’re reading now is a shorter version of the newsletter, which is emailed every weekend. If you want to subscribe, go here and click The Station. The transportation industry has seen an influx of “disruptors” in the past 15 years, including car sharing and ride-hailing apps and later shared ebike...
Tags: TC, Asia, New York, California, Washington, China, Tech, Tesla, AV, Bicycles, Healthcare, Arizona, Shanghai, Portland, Sharing Economy, Oakland


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


Seeqc raises $5M to help make quantum computing commercially viable

Seeqc, a startup that is part of a relatively new class of quantum computing companies that is looking at how to best use classical computing to manage quantum processors, today announced that it has raised $5 million from M Ventures, the strategic corporate venture capital arm of Merck, the German pharmaceutical giant. Merck will be a strategic partner for Seeqc and will help it to develop its R&D efforts to develop useful application-specific quantum computers. With this, New York state-bas...
Tags: Energy, Startups, TC, New York, New York City, Tech, Merck, Venture Capital, Emerging-technologies, Qubit, Quantum Mechanics, BlueYard Capital, M Ventures, HYPRES, John Levy, D-Wave Systems


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


R&D Roundup: Ultrasound/AI medical imaging, assistive exoskeletons and neural weather modeling

In the time of COVID-19, much of what transpires from the science world to the general public relates to the virus, and understandably so. But other domains, even within medical research, are still active — and as usual, there are tons of interesting (and heartening) stories out there that shouldn’t be lost in the furious activity of coronavirus coverage. This last week brought good news for several medical conditions as well as some innovations that could improve weather reporting and maybe sav...
Tags: Startups, TC, Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Stanford, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Cambodia, Columbia University, Satellite Imagery, Ultrasound, Deep Learning, Retina, Emerging-technologies, Ozone


The space in between: The stratosphere

Tess Hatch Contributor Share on Twitter Tess Hatch hopes to travel to space, in the meantime she is a venture investor at Bessemer Venture Partners, investing in frontier tech. More posts by this contributor The evolving airspace ecosystem Space is open for business We have airplanes and drones in our airspace and satellites in space, but what about the space in between: the stratosphere? There ...
Tags: Column, Space, Science, US, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Aircraft, Satellite, Atmosphere, Balloon, Aerospace, Bessemer Venture Partners, Internet Connectivity, Emerging-technologies, Zenith


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


D-Wave gives anyone working on responses to the COVID-19 free cloud access to its quantum computers

D-Wave, the Canadian quantum computing company, today announced that it is giving anyone who is working on responses to the COVID-19 free access to its Leap 2 quantum computing cloud service. The offer isn’t only valid to those focusing on new drugs but open to any research or team working on any aspect of how to solve the current crisis, be that logistics, modeling the spread of the virus or working on novel diagnostics. One thing that makes the D-Wave program unique is that the company also ma...
Tags: TC, Europe, Japan, Knowledge, Cloud Computing, Tech, Ceo, Canada, United States, Volkswagen, Sigma, Emerging-technologies, Quantum Computing, Tohoku University, Baratz, Canada Japan


‘It’s part of my job as a VC to remain calm,’ says Anorak’s Greg Castle

As the venture landscape adjusts to the COVID-19 pandemic and seismic shifts in public markets, early-stage VCs are reassessing which bets they’re making, along with questions they’re asking of founders who are exploring bleeding-edge technology. Anorak Ventures is a small seed-investment firm that bets on emerging tech like AR/VR, machine learning and robotics. I recently hopped on a Zoom call with founder Greg Castle to talk about what he’s seen recently in seed investing and how the sector is...
Tags: Travel, Startups, TC, Artificial Intelligence, Fundraising, Venture Capital, Machine Learning, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Robotics, Emerging-technologies, Greg Castle, Anorak Ventures, Anorak, Extra Crunch, Coronavirus


Anorak’s Greg Castle on early-stage investing during a crisis

As the venture landscape adjusts to the COVID-19 pandemic and seismic shifts in public markets, early-stage VCs are reassessing which bets they’re making, along with questions they’re asking of founders who are exploring bleeding-edge technology. Anorak’s Greg Castle Anorak Ventures is a small seed-investment firm that bets on emerging tech like AR/VR, machine learning and robotics. I recently hopped on a Zoom call with founder Greg Castle to talk about what he’s seen recently in seed investin...
Tags: Startups, TC, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Fundraising, Venture Capital, Machine Learning, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Robotics, Emerging-technologies, Greg Castle, Greg Castle Anorak Ventures, Extra Crunch, Coronavirus, COVID-19


NYU makes face shield design for healthcare workers that can be built in under a minute available to all

New York University is among the many academic, private and public institutions doing what it can to address the need for personal protective equipment (PPE) among healthcare workers across the world. The school worked quickly to develop an open-source face-shield design, and is now offering that design freely to any and all in order to help scale manufacturing to meet needs. Face shields are a key piece of equipment for front-line healthcare workers operating in close contact with COVID-19 p...
Tags: Health, TC, Gadgets, Tech, Industrial Design, 3d Printing, Mask, Laser, Emerging-technologies, New York University, Nyu, Contents, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID


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


Prisma Health develops FDA-authorized 3D-printed device that lets a single ventilator treat four patients

The impending shortage of ventilators for U.S. hospitals is likely already a crisis, but will become even more dire as the number of patients with COVID-19 that are suffering from severe symptoms and require hospitalization grows. That’s why a simple piece of hardware newly approved by the FDA for emergency use – and available free via source code and 3D-printing for hospitals – might be a key ingredient in helping minimize the strain on frontline response efforts. The Prisma Health VESper is a ...
Tags: Health, TC, Gadgets, Articles, Tech, Industrial Design, United States, 3d Printing, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, South Carolina, Emerging-technologies, Software Engineer, Sarah Farris, Coronavirus, COVID-19


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