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Tesla Autonomy Investor Day is here; here’s how to watch

It’s a big week for Tesla, and it’s kicking off with “Autonomy Investor Day” on April 22. What is Autonomy Investor Day, you ask? The details are vague, but it’s supposed to be a demonstration that explains and showcases Tesla’s autonomous driving technology. CEO Elon Musk put it a bit more dramatically when he tweeted earlier this month: “On April 22, Investor Autonomy Day, Tesla will free investors from the tyranny of having to drive their own car.” On April 22, Investor Autonomy Day, Te...
Tags: Automotive, Transportation, Tesla


Tesla Autonomy day is here. Here’s how to watch

It’s a big week for Tesla and it’s kicking off April 22 with “Autonomy Investor Day.” What is Autonomy Investor Day, you ask? The details are vague, but it’s supposed to be a demonstration that explains and showcases Tesla’s autonomous driving technology. CEO Elon Musk put it a bit more dramatically when he tweeted earlier this month: “On April 22, Investor Autonomy Day, Tesla will free investors from the tyranny of having to drive their own car.” On April 22, Investor Autonomy Day, Tesla wil...
Tags: Automotive, Transportation


This Tesla Pickup Concept is ‘driving’ me crazy!

It’s a shame that this conceptual Tesla pickup is fan-made, because it’s an absolute beauty! Designed with sheer attention to detail, the pickup is envisioned as a part of Tesla’s Model P series, by Istanbul-based designer, Emre Husmen.The conceptual Model P 2019 (let’s just call it that for now) is a brilliant exercise in brand and form semantics… that’s a fancy-design-jargon way of saying that it looks exactly like something Tesla would launch. With the beautiful razor thin headlamps and taill...
Tags: Automotive, Transportation, Emre Husmen, Model P, Pickup, Tesla


Tesla’s board is about to get a lot smaller

Tesla is cutting its board down by more than 36 percent to seven directors by 2020, a move that includes the loss of some CEO Elon Musk’s early advisers and allies, according to regulator filings posted Friday. Longtime board member Brad Buss and Linda Johnson Rice, who joined two years ago as an independent director, will not seek re-election this year. Their terms will expire at the upcoming annual meeting. The board said in the proxy filing that it doesn’t plan to fill their seats. The ...
Tags: Automotive, Transportation, Antonio Gracias, Board Member, Ceo, Chairman, Elon Musk, Hyperloop, Kathleen Wilson-Thompson, Partner, SpaceX, Steve Jurvetson, Tesla, Transport, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission


West Coast utilities to figure out how to charge electric big rigs from Mexico to Canada

Thirty-three utilities from three West Coast states have launched a study to assess what it would take to install electric charging stations along the 5 Freeway for long-haul trucks traveling between the Mexican and Canadian borders, they announced Thursday. Although battery-powered medium- and heavy-duty trucks have barely begun on-road service in a few states, many manufacturers are testing additional prototypes that could expand their reach in one or two years, experts say. The largest utilit...
Tags: Transportation, News, Utilities, Climate Change, California, Washington, Mexico, Oregon, Environment, Los Angeles, Tesla, Edison International, Sport, West, Canada, Soccer


Uber, Lyft implement new safety measures

Uber and Lyft instituted new safety features and policies this week. The move follows the death of Samantha Josephson, a student at the University of South Carolina, who was kidnapped and murdered in late March. She was found dead after getting into a vehicle that she believed to be her Uber ride. The murder, which has garnered nationwide media attention, seems to have spurred action by the ride sharing behemoths. In response, Uber is launching the Campus Safety Initiative, which includes new...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Ipo, Tech, Cnn, South Carolina, University of South Carolina, Samantha Josephson, Five Points district of Columbia


What to Do in Boston: 27 Ideas by a Local Travel Blogger

... Do click the title to see the full, beautiful article!
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Arts, Boston, History, Architecture, Trip Planning And Packing, Budget Travel Secrets, USA: Boston, Home After Travel


People for Bikes introduces Ride Spot, a social network for sharing routes

This is not for the lycra crowd, but to encourage safe and enjoyable biking for everyone.
Tags: Transportation, News


Driving the Pacific Coast Highway Without a Plan

In an effort to bring you some new voices on Ottsworld, here is a guest post from writer and traveler, Staci Schwarz. I met Staci a few years ago when she and her family left for a family sabbatical.   I loved following her travels and subsequent learnings from that experience.  However now her kids are off to school, so she’s now an empty nester!  I asked her to write about her recent California road trip  – her first empty nest travel experience. All opinions and experiences expressed here ar...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Asia, California, San Francisco, Chicago, Iowa, Napa, Kate, Monterey, Pacific, Golden Gate Bridge, Pacific Coast Highway, Road Trip, Santa Cruz, Mississippi River


Phantom Auto raises $13.5M to expand remote driving business to delivery bots and forklifts

Remote driving startup Phantom Auto has raised $13.5 million of financing in a Series A round led by Bessemer Venture Partners — capital used to expand a logistics business targeting sidewalks, warehouses and cargo yards, all the places where autonomy and teleoperation are being deployed today. The startup, founded in 2017, has raised about $19 million to date. Byron Deeter and Tess Hatch from Bessemer have joined Phantom’s board. The so-called “race” to deploy self-driving trucks, robotaxi ...
Tags: Transportation, Tech, Automotive, Bessemer Venture Partners, Phantom, Byron Deeter, Bessemer, Katz, Elliot Katz, Phantom Auto, Tess Hatch, Phantom Auto co, Shai Magzimof, Terberg Katz


100 Car2go Mercedes hijacked in Chicago crime spree

Car2go, free-floating car-sharing service owned by Daimler, temporarily shut down its service in Chicago on Wednesday after dozens of Mercedes-Benz vehicles were stolen using the app. The Chicago Police Department was alerted by Car2Go that some of their vehicles may have been rented by deceptive or fraudulent means through a mobile  app, a spokesperson wrote in an emailed statement to TechCrunch. The news was first reported via tweet by Brad Edwards, a reporter with CBS Chicago. Edwards re...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Law Enforcement, Chicago, Automotive, Reporter, Carsharing, Daimler, Mercedes Benz, Mercedes Benz CLA, Chicago Police Department, Daimler AG, BMW Group, CPD, Car2go


Audi self-driving unit taps newcomer Aeva for its unique lidar

Audi’s self-driving unit has tapped a startup with a unique approach to lidar as it ramps up testing in Munich using a fleet of autonomous electric e-tron crossover vehicles. Audi subsidiary Autonomous Intelligent Driving, or AID, said Wednesday it’s using lidar sensors developed by Aeva, a startup founded just two years ago by veterans of Apple and Nikon. Aeva, a Mountain View, Calif.-based company started by Soroush Salehian and Mina Rezk, has developed what it describes as “4D lidar” th...
Tags: Apple, Transportation, Tech, Tesla, Munich, Automotive, Automotive Industry, Volkswagen, Self-driving Cars, Nikon, Audi, Lidar, Emerging-technologies, Velodyne, Mountain View Calif, Canaan Partners


Shared electric scooter rides accounted for 45.8% of all micromobility trips in 2018

Shared electric scooters are close to overtaking bike-sharing, according to the National Association of City Transportation Officials. In 2018, of the 84 million micromobility trips taken, 38.5 million of those were on scooters. The other 45.5 million trips were on bikes — either ones from station-based bike-shares or dockless shared bikes. Rides on station-based bikes accounted for 36.5 million trips, an increase of nine percent from 2017. Compared to the year prior, more than twice as many tri...
Tags: Transportation, Tech, Ford, Electric Scooters, Citibike, National Association of City Transportation, Micromobility, NACTO, Kate Fillin Yeh, Seattle Nacto


Shared electric scooter rides accounted for 45.8 percent of all micromobility trips in 2018

Shared electric scooters are close to overtaking bike-sharing, according to the National Association of City Transportation Officials. In 2018, of the 84 million micromobility trips taken, 38.5 million of those were on scooters. The other 45.5 million trips were on bikes — either ones from station-based bike-shares or dockless shared bikes. Rides on station-based bikes accounted for 36.5 million trips, an increase of nine percent from 2017. Compared to the year prior, more than twice as many tri...
Tags: Startups, Transportation, Ford, Electric Scooters, Citibike, National Association of City Transportation, Micromobility, NACTO, Kate Fillin Yeh, Seattle Nacto


Dutch chipmaker NXP makes China push by backing radar company Hawkeye

Dutch chipmaker NXP Semiconductors has come a long way since Qualcomm’s outsize $44 billion to acquire it fell through last year. In an announcement released on Tuesday, NXP said it’s agreed to back and partner with Hawkeye Technology, a Chinese company specializing in automotive radars, as part of an ambition to capture the rapid growth of sensor-powered vehicles in China. Financial terms of the investment were undisclosed, but the tie-up will see Hawkeye providing a suite of technical know-...
Tags: Transportation, Asia, China, Tech, Automotive, Alibaba, Radar, Qualcomm, Semiconductor, Hawkeye, Autonomous Driving, Nanjing, Shi, NXP, Southeast University, NXP Semiconductors


Aptiv takes its self-driving car ambitions (and tech) to China

Aptiv, the U.S. auto supplier and self-driving software company, is opening an autonomous mobility center in Shanghai to focus on the development and eventual deployment of its technology on public roads. The expansion marks the fifth market where Aptiv has set up R&D, testing or operational facilities. Aptiv has autonomous driving operations in Boston, Las Vegas, Pittsburgh and Singapore. But China is perhaps its most ambitious endeavor yet. Aptiv has never had any AV operations in China,...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, China, Boston, Singapore, Tech, Automotive, United States, Automation, President, Shanghai, Transport, Automotive Industry, Manufacturing, Las Vegas, Self-driving Cars


Waymo launches robotaxi app on Google Play

Waymo is making its ride-hailing app more widely available by putting it on the Google Play store as the self-driving car company prepares to open up its service to more Phoenix residents. The company, which spun out to become a business under Alphabet, launched a limited commercial robotaxi service called Waymo One in the Phoenix area in December. The Waymo One self-driving car service, and accompanying app, was only available to Phoenix residents who were part of its early rider program,...
Tags: Google, Android, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Tech, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Transport, Self-driving Cars, Self-driving Car, Alphabet, Phoenix, Chrysler Pacifica, Chandler, Waymo


Painted bike lanes are car magnets

Study finds that drivers apparently pass 1.25 feet closer to bikes when there is a line of paint on the pavement.
Tags: Transportation, News


Alibaba will let you find restaurants and order food with voice in a car

Competition in the Chinese internet has for years been about who controls your mobile apps. These days, giants are increasingly turning to offline scenarios, including what’s going on behind the dashboard in your car. On Tuesday, Alibaba announced at the annual Shanghai Auto Show that it’s developing apps for connected cars that will let drivers find restaurants, queue up and make reservations at restaurants, order food and eventually complete a plethora of other tasks using voice, motion or tou...
Tags: Apple, Android, Startups, Transportation, Asia, China, Beijing, Automotive, Shanghai, Alibaba, Tencent, Alipay, Alibaba Group, Baidu, Operating System, Operating Systems


Stretch of Topanga Canyon Boulevard to close for slope work

MALIBU >> A stretch of Topanga Canyon Boulevard between Malibu and Topanga will be closed overnight this week, beginning Monday, April 15, so crews can perform repair work on storm-eroded embankments. The street will be closed between Pacific Coast Highway and Grand View Drive from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night, continuing for four nights. Caltrans officials said multiple rock and debris slides occurred in the canyon during this year’s storms, necessitating work to stabilize the hillside. Caltran...
Tags: Transportation, Sport, Soccer, CalTrans, Breaking News, Local News, Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, Topanga, Malibu Canyon Road, Top Stories LADN, Topanga Canyon Boulevard, 101 Freeway Las Virgenes Road


Former Obama transpo secretary will headline Oregon Active Transportation Summit

Charles Brown (L) and Anthony Foxx will deliver keynote speeches on April 25th.(Photos: Brown, Rutgers University; Foxx, Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) The Oregon Active Transportation Summit will take place April 24th through the 26th at the Oregon Zoo. The annual conference is organized by The Street Trust and features a full slate of mobile workshops, plenary sessions, professional training, and networking opportunities. Headlining the summit’s main day — Thursday, April 25th — will be a noted ...
Tags: Transportation, Smart City, Obama, Oregon, Barack Obama, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Cabinet, Brown, Rutgers University, Foxx, Anthony Foxx, US Department of Transportation, Charlotte North Carolina


Volvo cars in Europe will be able to warn each other about hazardous road conditions

Volvo is taking technology that allowed some of its vehicles to communicate with each other about hazardous road conditions and expanding it across Europe in an effort to increase safety, the automaker announced Monday. Volvo first introduced its Hazard Light Alert and Slippery Road Alert system in 2016 on Volvo’s 90 Series cars. But it was limited to drivers in Sweden and Norway. Next week, Volvo will make the system available to drivers across Europe. The system will be a standard feature on...
Tags: Transportation, Europe, Sweden, Tech, Automotive, Norway, Volvo, Volvo Cars, Malin Ekholm, Volvo Cars Safety Centre


Skip is way more popular than Scoot in San Francisco

San Francisco has hit the mid-point for its one-year electric scooter pilot program. In a to be presented at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s board of directors meeting tomorrow, the SFMTA reports that there were 242,398 electric scooter trips between October 2018 and February 2019. What especially jumps out is the fact that Skip accounted for 90 percent of all rides. It seems that’s a result of consistently having more scooter availability than its rival, Scoot . On the ...
Tags: TC, Transportation, San Francisco, Tech, Scoot, Electric Scooters, U S Census Bureau, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, Micromobility, SFMTA, Skip


Lyft adds Citi Bikes to its app for NYC riders

Lyft is going to integrate Citi Bike into its app for some riders in New York City. Lyft acquired bike-share startup Motivate back in July and proceeded to become a one-stop transportation app in three cities in December. Now, it’s ready to do the same in New York. Beginning early next month, Lyft customers in NYC will be able to unlock CitiBikes through the Lyft app. Lyft says it picked New York as its fourth location after Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and Santa Monica, Calif. because Citi ...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Lyft, New York, Washington, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Bikes, Manhattan, Citi, Santa Monica Calif, Citi Bikes, Julie Wood, New York City Lyft, Motivate Lyft


Uber’s JUMP Bikes founder and Scoot’s SVP of Product are talking bikes and scooters at TC Sessions: Mobility

Micromobility — electric personal vehicles — has gone from being non-existent to ubiquitous across cities all over the world. Currently, we’re seeing micromobility take on the form of electric scooters and pedal-assist bikes. JUMP and Scoot operate in both of those categories. JUMP got its start as a pedal-assist bike-share startup, but has since evolved to handle electric scooters. And while Scoot’s first product from 2012 was an electric moped, it got its feet wet with bikes back in May 201...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Events, Tech, Transport, Bird, Scooter, Scoot, SAN JOSE Calif, SVP, Asset Management, Moped, Oliver Cameron, Jump Bikes, Ryan Rzepecki, TC Sessions: Mobility 2019


Tesla is raising the price of its full self-driving option

In a few weeks, Tesla buyers will have to pay more for an option that isn’t yet completely functional, but that CEO Elon Musk promises will one day deliver full autonomous driving capabilities. Musk tweeted Saturday that the price of its full self-driving option will “increase substantially over time” beginning May 1. Tesla vehicles are not self-driving. Musk has promised that the advanced driver assistance capabilities on Tesla vehicles will continue to improve until eventually reaching that...
Tags: Transportation, Elon Musk, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Automation, Nvidia, Self-driving Car, Tesla Model S, Tesla Roadster


Lyft, Uber, and the Changing Disclosure Rules For Unicorn IPOs

When a much-watched tech company such as Lyft, Uber, or Pinterest files for an initial public stock offering, people eagerly scour the sudden trove of information that such a private business must finally disclose when it begins to offer shares to the general public, rather than only to sophisticated inside investors such as venture capital firms.For newly public company Lyft, (NASDAQ: LYFT) though, the IPO disclosure requirements were significantly lower than they would usually be for business...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Transportation, Mobile, Lyft, Uber, Hardware, Pinterest, Internet, Entrepreneurship, Ipo, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Financial Crisis


Bird will launch electric scooters in 50+ European cities

Bird is gearing up to launch in more than 50 additional cities throughout Europe this spring. Bird began its expansion into Europe less than one year ago. Today, Bird operates its scooters in Paris, Brussels, Vienna, Zurich and other European cities. This launch will increase its European fleet size more than ten-fold. “World class brands and companies have the perfect formula of economics and the ability to grow and scale,” Bird CEO Travis VanderZanden said in a statement. “As we expand Bird...
Tags: Transportation, Travis Vanderzanden, Europe, Tech, Bird, Electric Scooters, Today Bird, Paris Brussels Vienna Zurich, European fleet


E-Cargo bike from EAV could replace vans for deliveries

The electric quadracycle is clad in a composite made from hemp and cashews.
Tags: Transportation, News


Equity Shot: A deep dive into the Uber S-1

 Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. It’s time for another Equity Shot, a quick-take episode centered around a breaking news event. This time, as you already guessed, Kate Clark and I sat down to dig into the Uber S-1. It’s a huge, complex document, but we did our best to summarize what’s inside. First, we talked through yearly results, looking back a half-decade into Uber’s revenue growth. In t...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TC, Transportation, Uber, Finance, Ipo, Softbank, Chief executive officer, Tech, Economy, Transport, Venture Capital, Commuting, Travis Kalanick, Carsharing