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The rise of robotaxis in China

AutoX, Momenta and WeRide took the stage at TC Sessions: Mobility 2021 to discuss the state of robotaxi startups in China and their relationships with local governments in the country. They also talked about overseas expansion — a common trajectory for China’s top autonomous vehicle startups — and shed light on the challenges and opportunities for foreign AV companies eyeing the massive Chinese market. Enterprising governments Worldwide, regulations play a great role in the development of aut...
Tags: TC, Transportation, China, Tech, AV, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Shanghai, Self-driving Cars, Shenzhen, Suzhou, Ev, Robotaxi, Momenta, SAIC, ADAS


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


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


GM’s Cruise Asks White House to Dissolve AV Testing Restrictions

General Motors has a long and illustrious history of receiving government favors, with 2021 likely to continue the trend. Having recently seen its request to have federal EV tax credits reset approved by the Senate Finance Committee, GM-owned Cruise is now seeking to double down by asking regulators to scale back restrictions on autonomous vehicle testing. With […] The post GM’s Cruise Asks White House to Dissolve AV Testing Restrictions appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, White House, China, General Motors, Joe Biden, AV, Regulation, Cruise, Gm, Autos, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Avs, News Blog, Cruise AV, Cruise Asks White House


Driving Dystopia: Tesla Activates Driver Monitoring Protocols

There’s a small camera just above the rear-view mirrors installed in newer Tesla models. If you haven’t noticed it before, it wasn’t of any particular relevance. But it certainly is now. Tesla has decided to activate driver monitoring protocols in an effort to avoid liabilities whenever Autopilot fails and motorists unexpectedly find themselves merging off […] The post Driving Dystopia: Tesla Activates Driver Monitoring Protocols appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Elon Musk, Technology, Privacy, Big Data, Government, Trends, Tesla, Data, Editorials, Autos, Automotive Industry, Mobility, Self-driving Cars, Consumer Advocacy, Consumer Protection, Industry News


See what’s new from Wejo, CMC, iMerit, Plus, oVice, & Michigan at TechCrunch’s mobility event

We’re in the final run-up to TC Sessions: Mobility 2021 on June 9, and the great stuff just keeps on coming. We’ve stacked the one-day agenda with plenty of programming to keep you engaged, informed and on track to build a stronger business. You’ll always find amazing speakers — some of the most innovative minds out there — on the main stage and in breakout sessions. Dramatic pause for a pro tip: Don’t have a pass yet? Buy one here now for $125, before prices go up at the door. “I enjoyed the bi...
Tags: TC, Uber, Japan, Technology, California, Tech, Ceo, Automation, Transport, Michigan, Mobility, Las Vegas, Self-driving Cars, Robotics, Driver, Officer


JD.com, Meituan and Neolix to test autonomous deliveries on Beijing public roads

People in a Beijing suburb will begin to see autonomous delivery mini-vans across their neighborhood, moving cautiously alongside human delivery riders belting down the streets. Beijing has greenlighted JD.com, Meituan, and Neolix to trial self-driving delivery vehicles on designated public roads in the Yizhuang Development Area, an economic and technological growth pilot initiated by the municipal government of the capital city, according to an announcement made by local authorities at a mobili...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Asia, China, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Beijing, United States, Electric Vehicles, Automation, JD.com, Self-driving Cars, Robotics, Meituan, Take Out, Nuro


The man arrested after repeatedly misusing Tesla's Autopilot is a notorious Instagram wealth troll

25-year-old Param Sharma. YouTube via KTVU Fox 2 San Francisco The man who was recently arrested for back-seat driving a Tesla is a notorious Instagram wealth troll. Param Sharma has built a following from flaunting luxury items while trash-talking. After getting out of jail on reckless driving charges, he arrived for an interview in the back seat of a new Tesla. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. The 25-year-old man arrested for riding in the back seat of a Tesla Mode...
Tags: Transportation, Instagram, California, San Francisco, Trends, Tesla, Reddit, California Highway Patrol, Self-driving Cars, CHP, Consumer Reports, Tesla Motors, Autonomous Car, Tesla Model, Sharma, KTVU Fox


China’s autonomous vehicle startups AutoX, Momenta and WeRide are coming to TC Sessions: Mobility 2021

As the autonomous vehicle industry in the United States marches toward consolidation, a funding spree continues to exhilarate China’s robotaxi industry. Momenta, Pony.ai, WeRide and Didi’s autonomous vehicle arm have all raised hundreds of millions of dollars over the past year. And 21-year-old search engine giant Baidu competes alongside the startups with a $1.5 billion fund launched in 2017 to help cars go driverless. Their strategies are similar in some regards and diverge elsewhere. The bigg...
Tags: TC, Elon Musk, Technology, China, Events, Linkedin, Tech, Automotive, United States, Automation, Gm, Reid Hoffman, Search Engine, Toyota, Self-driving Cars, Baidu


China’s WeRide secures more funding, pushing valuation to $3.3 billion

Only four months after securing Series B fundraising of $310 million, Chinese autonomous driving company WeRide says it has achieved its Series C funding round that brings its post-money valuation to $3 billion. This is first time the company has disclosed its value. The company did not share how much it has raised this round, only noting that it’s in the “hundreds of millions,” according to a statement released by the company. WeRide intends to use this funding round to invest in R&D and commer...
Tags: TC, Transportation, California, China, Tech, DMV, Self-driving Cars, Autonomous Cars, Nanjing, Guangzhou, Robotaxi, San Jose California, Central Business District, Tony Han, Weride, Rival Momenta


Lidar startup Innovusion closes $64M round led by Temasek

More investors are joining the wave to bet on lidar, the remote sensing method that uses laser light to measure distances and has garnered ample interest from automakers in recent times. But it’s also a technology that has long been scorned by Elon Musk partly due to its once exorbitant costs. Innovusion, a five-year-old lidar company and a supplier to Chinese electric car upstart Nio, just landed a Series B funding round of $64 million. The new proceeds boost its total investment to over $100 m...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Asia, Elon Musk, China, Tech, Tesla, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Toyota, Volkswagen, Self-driving Cars, Baidu, Laser


Autonomous vehicle pioneers Karl Iagnemma and Chris Urmson are coming to TC Sessions: Mobility 2021

Long before the multimillion-dollar acquisitions and funding rounds pushed autonomous vehicles to the top of the hype cycle, Karl Iagnemma and Chris Urmson were researching and, later, developing the foundations of the technology. These pioneers — Iagnemma coming from MIT, Urmson from Carnegie Mellon University — would eventually go on to launch their own autonomous vehicle startups in an aim to finally bring years of R&D to the public. That task isn’t over quite yet. Urmson, who is co-founder a...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Technology, Events, Linkedin, Tech, Mit, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Darpa, Gm, Reid Hoffman, Michigan, Mobility, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars


Oculii looks to supercharge radar for autonomy with $55M round B

Autonomous vehicles rely on many sensors to perceive the world around them, and while cameras and lidar get a lot of the attention, good old radar is an important piece of the puzzle — though it has some fundamental limitations. Oculii, which just raised a $55M round, aims to minimize those limitations and make radar more capable with a smart software layer for existing devices — and sell its own as well. Radar’s advantages lie in its superior range, and in the fact that its radio frequency beam...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Transportation, Hardware, Funding, Tech, Automotive, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Radar, Lidar, Eagle, Falcon, Hong


Electric vehicles on world’s roads expected to increase to 145m by 2030

Under existing climate policies, electric vehicles could wipe out use of 2m barrels a day of diesel and petrolThe number of electric cars, vans, trucks and buses on the world’s roads is on course to increase from 11m vehicles to 145m by the end of the decade, which could wipe out demand for millions of barrels of oil every day.A report by the International Energy Agency has found that there could be 230m electric vehicles worldwide by 2030 if governments agreed to encourage the production of eno...
Tags: Technology, Climate Change, Environment, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Ethical and green living, Travel and transport, Motoring, Self-driving Cars, Electric, Hybrid And Low-emission Cars, International Energy Agency


‘Self-driving’ cars could get green light for use on UK motorways this year

Automated lane-keeping systems likely to be allowed only when traffic is moving slowlyMotorists could legally allow their cars to “self-drive” on British motorways later this year – but only slowly, the government has announced.Drivers could soon be allowed to read a newspaper or watch a film via the car’s built-in screen in periods of slow-moving traffic, using automated lane-keeping system (Alks) technology that makes the car stay in lane and a safe distance from other vehicles. Continue readi...
Tags: UK, Technology, UK News, Automotive Industry, Motoring, Road transport, Self-driving Cars


Announcing the Agenda for TC Sessions: Mobility 2021

TC Sessions: Mobility is back and we’re excited to give you the first look at who is coming to the main stage and what we plan to talk about. The event will be virtual, but never fear, we will bring you the same informative panels and provocative one-on-one interviews and networking you’re used to. The new format has provided one massive benefit: democratizing access. If you’re a startup or investor, you can listen in, network and connect with other participants here in Silicon Valley. Plus, you...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Asia, Europe, Technology, Australia, China, Africa, Articles, Tech, General Motors, Tesla, Ceo, AV, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive


Auto Lobby Now Recommends Driver Monitoring Cameras

On Tuesday, the largest automotive lobbying group released a handful of safety guidelines related to driver monitoring for vehicles equipped with driver-assistance features. It’s pageantry designed to convince you and the rest of the world to embrace technologies that have already led to unsettling privacy violations. The Alliance for Automotive Innovation making recommendations for the industry is farcical because […] The post Auto Lobby Now Recommends Driver Monitoring Cameras appeared first o...
Tags: Technology, Privacy, Safety, Big Data, Government, Data, Industry, Editorials, Autos, Automotive Industry, Mobility, Self-driving Cars, Lobbying, AAI, Self Driving, News Blog


This tech was science fiction 20 years ago. Now it’s reality

Twenty years is an eternity when you're talking about the pace of technological progress. All of these things were considered far-fetched 20 years ago
Tags: Trends, Features, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Ai, Self-driving Cars, Voice Assistants, Video Calling, Machine Translation, Touch Screen, AI Assistants, Personalized Advertising, Robot Exosuits, When Good Design Powers Tech


Hear about building AVs under Amazon from Zoox CTO Jesse Levinson at TC Sessions: Mobility 2021

Last year, autonomous driving startup Zoox was acquired by Amazon in a deal worth $1.3 billion. Since then, Zoox has continued to pursue its existing strategy of developing and deploying autonomous passenger vehicles, revealing the design of its long-anticipated robotaxi late in December. From concept to reveal, Zoox spent six years developing its built-for-purpose passenger AV, and the plan is to launch them initially with commercial deployments in Las Vegas and San Francisco following testing....
Tags: Amazon, TC, Technology, San Francisco, Tech, Ceo, AV, Automation, Las Vegas, Self-driving Cars, Robotics, Science and Technology, Levinson, Robotaxi, Aicha Evans, Zoox


Tesla's top lawyer has left Elon Musk's company for a 26-year-old billionaire's self-driving startup

Ben Margot/Associated Press Tesla's acting general counsel has joined the self-driving startup Luminar Technologies. Alan Prescott, who joined Tesla four years ago, will lead the startup's legal team. Intel executive Trey Campbell also joined the startup, It said. See more stories on Insider's business page. Tesla's top lawyer, Alan Prescott, has left the electric car company to join Luminar Technologies, a startup that develops laser sensors for self-driving cars, the co...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Elon Musk, News, Cars, Trends, Tesla, Intel, Ford, Toyota, Self-driving Cars, Autonomous Cars, Volvo, Billionaire, Prescott, Russell


Tesla car crashes in Texas with 'no one in driver's seat' – video report

Two men died after a Tesla vehicle believed to have been operating without anyone in the driver’s seat crashed into a tree north of Houston. The victims were reportedly found in the front passenger seat and the back seat of the 2019 Tesla Model STwo die in Tesla car crash in Texas with ‘no one’ in driver’s seat, police say Continue reading...
Tags: Texas, Technology, Tesla, World news, US news, Self-driving Cars, Houston


Volvo to supply cars for Didi’s global autonomous driving fleets

As the autonomous driving race in China heats up, Didi is rushing to expand its car fleets by picking Swedish automaker Volvo, an old partner of Uber, as its ally. Didi said on Monday it will be using the XC90 SUVs of Volvo, which has been owned by Chinese auto company Geely since 2010, for its global network of robotaxis in the long term. Didi created a subsidiary dedicated to autonomous driving last year and the unit has since raised about $800 million from investors including SoftBank Vision ...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Asia, California, China, Softbank, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, United States, Automation, Self-driving Cars, Honda, Robotics, Huawei, Volvo


Volvo to supply Chinese ride hailing giant Didi with autonomous driving cars

As the autonomous driving race in China heats up, Didi is rushing to expand its car fleets by picking Swedish automaker Volvo, an old partner of Uber, as its ally. Didi said on Monday it will be using the XC90 SUVs of Volvo, which has been owned by Chinese auto company Geely since 2010, for its network of robotaxis in the long term. Didi created a subsidiary dedicated to autonomous driving last year and the unit has since raised about $800 million from investors including SoftBank Vision Fund an...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Asia, California, China, Softbank, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, United States, Automation, Self-driving Cars, Honda, Robotics, Huawei, Volvo


Cruise's head of artificial intelligence wants the autonomous-car startup to be defined by its AI innovation

A Cruise AV in the Bay Area. Cruise Hussein Mehanna is Cruise's head of AI. He explained how the self-driving startup is using AI and machine learnings to scale its service. Mehanna also said Cruise could be the first "AI native" company. Because of his work, Insider named Kyle Vogt, chief technology officer, cofounder, and president of Cruise, to our annual list of the 10 leaders transforming supply chain. Visit Insider's Transforming Business homepage for more stori...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Facebook, San Francisco, Trends, General Motors, Walmart, Cruise, Gm, Self-driving Cars, Honda, EVs, Bay Area, Dan Ammann, Kyle Vogt, Mehanna


Ford Introduces ‘Hands-Free’ BlueCruise System for F-150, Mach-E

On Wednesday, Ford Motor Co. announced its upcoming hands-free driver-assist system intended to rival Tesla’s Autopilot or General Motors SuperCruise. The service, which the manufacturer has renamed BlueCruise, will be available on top trimmed “Mustang” Mach-E crossovers and F-150 pickup trucks via over-the-air-updates in the third quarter of 2021. It will not be free, however. Even […] The post Ford Introduces ‘Hands-Free’ BlueCruise System for F-150, Mach-E appeared first on The Truth About Ca...
Tags: Technology, Marketing, General Motors, Tesla, Ford, Autos, Mobility, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Autonomous Driving, Ford Motor Co, Self Driving, News Blog, Advanced Driving Aids, Over-the-air, OTA updates


China’s Xpeng in the race to automate EVs with lidar

Elon Musk famously said any company relying on lidar is “doomed.” Tesla instead believes automated driving functions are built on visual recognition and is even working to remove the radar. China’s Xpeng begs to differ. Founded in 2014, Xpeng is one of China’s most celebrated electric vehicle startups and went public when it was just six years old. Like Tesla, Xpeng sees automation as an integral part of its strategy; unlike the American giant, Xpeng uses a combination of radar, cameras, high-pr...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Asia, Elon Musk, White House, China, Cloud Computing, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Engineer, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, United States, Automation, Alibaba


Verizon and Honda want to use 5G and edge computing to make driving safer

Honda and Verizon are researching how 5G and mobile edge computing might improve safety for today’s connected vehicles and the future’s autonomous ones.  The two companies, which announced the partnership Thursday, are piloting different safety scenarios at the University of Michigan’s Mcity , a test bed for connected and autonomous vehicles. The aim of the venture is to study how 5G connectivity coupled with edge computing could allow for faster communication between cars, pedestrians an...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Verizon, Fcc, China, Tech, Automotive, United States, Self-driving Cars, Honda, 5g, University Of Michigan, Mcity, Autonomous Driving, Mec, Peebles