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Hailing a self-driving taxi when blind. Learn how Waymo answers that challenge at Sight Tech Global

Imagine yourself unable to see well enough to drive, and how that would change your life. I witness that scenario every day at home with my wife, who is legally blind, and a very busy person. She reveres Uber and Lyft because they provided her with the still remarkable option to get up and go whenever she wants, wherever she wants.  So imagine her excitement a year ago when she was treated to a brief ride in a self-driving Waymo taxi. The safety driver asked my wife to buckle up and hit the “st...
Tags: TC, California, San Francisco, Tech, Accessibility, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Robotics, Phoenix, Ashton, Wright, FBC, Waymo, Phoenix Waymo, LightHouse for the Blind, Waymo Driver


Zoox becomes fourth company to land driverless testing permit in California

Zoox, the automated vehicle technology startup that was acquired by Amazon this year, has been issued a permit from California regulators that will allow it to test driverless vehicles on public roads. The permit is not for all public roads in the state, but it’s still notable considering the company will be able to test its vehicles without a human safety operator behind the wheel. The California Department of Motor Vehicles, the agency that regulates automated vehicle testing in the state, ...
Tags: Amazon, Transportation, California, Tech, Automotive, Autonomous Vehicles, Las Vegas, Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles, San Mateo County, Foster City, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Mark Rosekind, California Public Utilities Commission, California Department of Motor Vehicles, Waymo, Zoox


Waymo's head of lidar explains how the advanced laser tech went from science fiction to being a vital tool for self-driving cars

Simon Verghese is Waymo's head of lidar. The dog is a co-worker's at the Googleplex in California. Waymo Simon Verghese is head of lidar at Waymo, Alphabet's self-driving vehicle startup.Verghese has a doctorate from Berkeley and a background in physics, and he was working at an MIT national lab when Waymo convinced him to return to the Bay Area after more than 20 years on the East coast.Verghese spends his time developing new laser radars to compliment the evolving Waymo suite of h...
Tags: Google, Transportation, California, Boston, Trends, Department Of Defense, Tesla, Nasa, Mit, Arizona, Darpa, North Carolina, Berkeley, UC Berkeley, East Coast, US Navy


Lockdown couldn’t keep Waymo from testing self-driving cars … in a fake city

Waymo uses a 113-acre closed-course testing facility to develop its self-driving cars. Called Castle, the facility became even more valuable during lockdown.
Tags: Cars, Trends, Self-driving Cars, Waymo


Hear from the CEO of Porsche Cars North America on electrifying the sports car

Few electric cars made a bigger splash than the new Porsche Taycan. As president and CEO of Porsche Cars North America, Klaus Zellmer has the tall order of bringing the electric sedan to America and selling it against Tesla on Tesla’s home turf. He also oversees Porsche’s digital assets in the U.S. market, namely the customer portal My Porsche and a digital sales platform — a critical test in the era of COVID-19. We invited Zellmer to speak at TechCrunch Sessions: Mobility due to his uniqu...
Tags: TC, Cars, America, Events, Tech, Atlanta, Tesla, Automotive, United States, Porsche, Electric Vehicles, Silicon Valley, Porsche Cars North America, Darrell Etherington, Klaus Zellmer, Zellmer


Hear from the CEO Porsche Cars North America on electrifying the sports car

Few electric cars made a bigger splash than the new Porsche Taycan. As President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America Klaus Zellmer has the tall order of bringing the electric sedan to America and selling it against Tesla on Tesla’s home turf. He also oversees Porsche’s digital assets in the U.S. market namely the customer portal My Porsche and a digital sales platform — a critical test in the era of Covid-19. We invited Zellmer to speak at TechCrunch Sessions: Mobility due to his unique ...
Tags: TC, Cars, US, America, Tech, Atlanta, Tesla, Ceo, United States, Porsche, Silicon Valley, Online Sales, Player, Writer, Porsche Cars North America, Darrell Etherington


Silver Lake invests in edtech company Byju’s

Online learning platform Byju’s has raised funds from US-based private equity firm Silver Lake, along with existing investors including Tiger Global, General Atlantic and Owl Ventures, the company said in a statement on Tuesday. While the company didn’t specify the amount, it is believed to be $500 million, according to multiple reports. Before this, Silver Lake had invested $1.35 billion in Jio Platforms. It has also invested in Airbnb, Alibaba, Ant Financial, Alphabet’s Verily and Waymo unit...
Tags: Travel, News, Education, India, Funding, US, Atlantic, Tencent, Mumbai, Bond, General Atlantic, DST Global, Silver Lake, Owl Ventures, Byju, Dell Technologies


5 Reasons you need to attend TC Sessions: Mobility 2020

Get ready to spend two days rubbing virtual elbows with the global mobility community’s best and brightest minds and makers. TC Sessions: Mobility 2020 takes place October 6-7, and we’ve packed the agenda with experts, interviews, demos, panel discussions, breakout sessions and a metric ton of opportunity. Speaking of opportunity, savvy startuppers know to take advantage of every one that comes along, especially when faced with unprecedented challenges and a tanked economy. Jump on board and buy...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Ike, Goodyear, Jeff Johnson, Danielle Harris, Waymo, Tekedra Mawakana, Dor Levi, TC Sessions: Mobility 2020, Nancy Sun, Karin Maake, Bryan Salesky Trucks, Xiaodi Hou Micromobility, FlashParking Global


Every aspect of supply chain and transportation is undergoing transformation, and the pandemic has only accelerated it

Amazon.com trucks are seen at an Amazon warehouse in Staten Island in New York City. Reuters Every aspect of transportation and supply chain has been rapidly transforming over the past five years — including trucking, delivery, and automotive — a scale and pace of change that has never been seen before. The pandemic upended the global supply chain, and the consequences of the disruption are still reverberating around the world.  The next frontier is space, as affirmed by the ...
Tags: Amazon, Europe, Elon Musk, China, New York City, US, Trends, General Motors, Tesla, International Space Station, Virgin Galactic, Mary Barra, Gm, North America, Morgan Stanley, Staten Island


Virtual Mobility startup pitch night applications open

TechCrunch is on the hunt to feature 10 early-stage mobility startups at our virtual TC Sessions: Mobility 2020 pitch night. The pitch-off event, originally set for May, will now be held October 5th – the evening before Mobility 2020.  The top five companies from pitch night will take the stage at the main event with industry heavy hitters like  Boris Sofman of Waymo and Nancy Sun of Ike to Trucks VC’s Reilly Brennan. Now we are shining a light on game changing startups – hardware and software b...
Tags: TC, Hardware, Cars, Tech, Mobility, Reilly Brennan, Waymo, Boris Sofman, TC Sessions: Mobility 2020, Nancy Sun of Ike


5 days left to save on early bird passes to TC Sessions: Mobility 2020

TC Sessions: Mobility 2020 kicks off in 37 days, but the countdown clock on early-bird pricing runs out in just five. Engage with the mobility community’s brightest minds, makers, visionaries and investors from around the globe on October 6-7. Buy your early-bird pass before the bird expires September 4 at 11:59 p.m. (PDT), and you’ll save $100 over full price. Why attend TC Sessions: Mobility 2020? It offers beaucoup benefits, but let’s start here. Whether you’re launching a mobility startup or...
Tags: Startups, Transportation, Lyft, Los Angeles, Events, Tech, Vw, Porsche, Ford, Audi, MDS, Waymo, Bryan Salesky, Xiaodi Hou, Boris Sofman, Anki Robotics


Ford, Bosch, and Bedrock announce an automated valet parking garage in Detroit

Ford, Bosch, and Bedrock Technologies today announced an automated valet parking demonstration in downtown Detroit. This system is designed to allow drivers to exit a vehicle and the vehicle would park itself in the parking structure. Systems in a Ford Escape test vehicle communicate with Bosch sensors to locate an empty parking location and move the vehicle into the spot. This system includes safe gaurds that allows the vehicle to react and respond to objects and pedestrians in the drive pat...
Tags: TC, Technology, Germany, America, Tech, Ford, Automation, Transport, Michigan, Toyota, Bmw, Parking, Self-driving Cars, Honda, Robotics, Mayor


Waymo’s Boris Sofman and TuSimple’s Xiaodi Hou to join us at TC Sessions: Mobility 2020

One of the areas of autonomous driving technology with the most potential to have a near-term and dramatic impact remains trucking: There’s a growing lack of drivers for long-haul routes, and highway trucking remains a relatively uncomplicated (though still very challenging) type of driving for AV systems to tackle. Many companies are pursuing the challenge of autonomous trucking, but TuSimple and Waymo are leading the pack. TuSimple CTO Dr. Xiaodi You, who co-founded the company in 2015, and...
Tags: Google, TC, Transportation, Lyft, Europe, Texas, Technology, Australia, Africa, Articles, Tech, AV, UPS, X, United States, Porsche


Elon Musk promises an Autopilot 'quantum leap' in the next few weeks. Here's how Tesla's one-of-a-kind bet on self-driving tech works. (TSLA, GM, GOOGL)

Tesla has taken a radically different path to developing fully autonomous vehicles, when compared with competitors, such as Waymo and Cruise. Tesla CEO Elon Musk is confident; he has said Tesla could achieve "level five" autonomy this year — meaning no human intervention required. Waymo and Cruise have concentrated in relatively narrow use-cases, while Tesla's technology could be be broadly applied.  But Waymo and Cruise are also dedicated self-driving companies, while Tesla is also producing ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Elon Musk, China, US, San Francisco, Trends, General Motors, Tesla, Bloomberg, Cruise, Arizona, Gm, Honda, Lidar, Cto


Announcing the all new, virtual agenda for TC Sessions: Mobility

TC Sessions: Mobility is back and we’re excited to give the first peek of what and who is coming to the main stage. We’re not revealing everything just yet, but already this agenda highlights some of the best and brightest minds in autonomous vehicles, electrification and shared mobility. Before we get into who is coming, let’s tackle one important change from our 2019 inaugural event: TC Sessions: Mobility will be virtual. Never fear, the virtual version of TC Sessions: Mobility will bring all ...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TC, Transportation, Tech, Cruise, Vw, Porsche, Ford, Sun, Silicon Valley, North America, Tortoise, Lucas, Don, Otto


The Station: Polestar 2 drive, Tesla splits and a chat with Motional’s Karl Iagnemma

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every Saturday in your inbox. Hello and welcome back to The Station, a newsletter dedicated to all the present and future ways people and packages move from Point A to Point B. Let’s get right to it today. Friendly reminder that you can reach out and email me anytime at [email protected] to share thoughts, criticisms, offer up opinions or tips. You can a...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, Asia, Hong Kong, Elon Musk, UK, California, Berlin, Singapore, America, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg, Best, Munich, Canada


AutoX launches its RoboTaxi service in Shanghai, competing with Didi’s pilot program

Autonomous vehicle startup AutoX announced the public launch of of its self-driving taxi service in Shanghai today. Called simply RoboTaxi, AutoX’s offering already faces competition from Didi, China’s largest ride-hailing platform, which launched its own robo-taxi pilot program in Shanghai at the end of June. AutoX’s RoboTaxis will first be available in Jiading District, starting with a fleet of 100 vehicles. Rides can be booked through AutoNavi, the mapping and transportation-booking app owned...
Tags: Startups, TC, California, China, Softbank, Tech, Shanghai, Alibaba, Shenzhen, Li, Didi, Momenta, Waymo, Dongfeng Motor, Didi China, Jewel Li


Michigan is devoting a 40-mile stretch of highway to testing self-driving cars and improving public transportation

Michigan announced this week plans to turn a busy stretch of interstate into a self-driving car corridor.  An Alphabet-backed startup has been tasked with turning a stretch between Detroit and Ann Arbor into a connected highway.  The goal is to aid in developing infrastructure for self-driving cars as well as autonomous buses and shuttles.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The state of Michigan is planning to work with a Google-funded startup to transform a section of inte...
Tags: Google, California, Trends, Chicago, Arizona, Michigan, Detroit, Ann Arbor, BRT, Michigan Ave, Waymo, Cavnue, Alphabet s Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners, LRT Cavnue


Self-driving cars could boost margins for Uber and Lyft — and open the door to competition from Amazon and Tesla (UBER, LYFT)

Autonomous vehicles, once fully developed and ready to carry customers, could boost Uber and Lyft's profit margins. But they'll also open the door to competitors like Amazon and Tesla, said Loup Ventures managing partner Gene Munster. Uber and Lyft likely have at least 5 to 10 years before they face serious competition from robotaxi services, Munster said. Are you a current or former employee of Uber or Lyft? Do you have an opinion about what it's like to work there? Contact this reporter at m...
Tags: Amazon, Lyft, Uber, California, US, Trends, Tesla, Munster, Gene Munster, Dara Khosrowshahi, Waymo, Loup Ventures, Zoox, Tesla Uber Lyft, Alphabet Amazon, Aptiv


Starting with Michigan, Sidewalk Infrastructure is looking to build roads specifically for autonomous cars

Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners, which spun out of Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs to fund and develop the next generation of infrastructure, has taken the covers off its first big project — the launch of a subsidiary called Cavnue to develop roadways for connected and autonomous vehicles. Starting in Michigan, Cavnue will be working with partners including Ford, GM, Argo AI, Arrival, BMW, Honda, Toyota, TuSimple and Waymo on standards to develop the physical and digital infrastructure needed to move ...
Tags: Google, TC, Transportation, America, Tech, Ford, Bill Ford, Michigan, Autonomous Vehicles, Detroit, University Of Michigan, Ann Arbor, American Center, Corktown, Gary Peters, Washtenaw County


REVEALED: How much Waymo, Cruise, and Zoox employees make, from engineers to managers

Many employees at the top self-driving companies make six-figure salaries, according to data the companies have disclosed to the US government. Business Insider analyzed 2020 data from Argo AI, Aurora Innovation, Cruise, Waymo, and Zoox. The positions included in this story have salaries ranging from $115,040 to $234,000. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Building a self-driving car is an enormously difficult task that requires gifted engineers who are willing to spend years...
Tags: Amazon, Uber, India, US, San Francisco, Trends, General Motors, Cruise, Ford, Arizona, Volkswagen, Argo, Aurora, Waymo, Zoox, Tesla Waymo


Waymo COO Tekedra Mawakana is coming to TC Sessions: Mobility 2020

In the past two years, Waymo has scaled up a robotaxi service in the Phoenix area, locked in or expanded partnerships with Volvo and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, acquired at least one company, launched a lidar business and ramped up testing of its automated trucks. Standing at the frontline of this change — and Waymo’s future — is Tekedra Mawakana, the company’s chief operating officer. In October, Mawakana will join our virtual stage at TC Sessions: Mobility. The virtual event, which will high...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Events, Tech, Automotive, Volvo, Fiat Chrysler, Phoenix, Executive Committee, Waymo, Tekedra Mawakana, Mawakana, Tc Sessions Mobility, COO Mawakana, eBay Yahoo AOL


Meet the 11 top executives who lead Alphabet's 'Other Bets,' helping the company go beyond just Google (GOOG, GOOGL)

In 2015, Google's corporate structure was completely reimagined, as the search giant moved under the new parent company of Alphabet.  The company's core business — search, YouTube, and Android — would remain apart of Google, but much of its other efforts, including Nest and Waymo, would be broken out into separate companies, each with their own CEOs. Because the top executives of these companies are not named Larry or Sergey or Sundar, they often fly under the radar — but don't overlook these ...
Tags: Apple, Google, London, Australia, Steve Jobs, Kentucky, Stanford, New York City, US, Toronto, Trends, Chicago, Sergey Brin, Kenya, Silicon Valley, World Trade Center


The Station: Uber eats rides, the next micromobility trend, Levandowksi’s day in court

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every Saturday in your inbox. Hello and welcome back to The Station, a newsletter dedicated to all the present and future ways people and packages move from Point A to Point B. A series of recent and upcoming vehicle reveals have provided yet another reminder of how automakers are doubling down on tech. This isn’t just about the shift away from knobs and buttons and to...
Tags: Google, Lyft, Uber, Europe, California, Washington, China, New York City, Los Angeles, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg, Automotive, United States, Ford, Electric Vehicles


Self-driving power-player salaries revealed: How much Waymo, Cruise, and Zoox employees make, from engineers to managers

Many employees at the top self-driving companies make six-figure salaries, according to data the companies have disclosed to the US government. Business Insider analyzed 2020 data from Argo AI, Aurora Innovation, Cruise, Waymo, and Zoox. The positions included in this story have salaries ranging from $115,040 to $234,000. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Building a self-driving car is an enormously difficult task that requires gifted engineers who are willing to spend years...
Tags: Amazon, Uber, India, US, San Francisco, Trends, General Motors, Cruise, Ford, Arizona, Volkswagen, Argo, Aurora, Waymo, Zoox, Tesla Waymo


Anthony Levandowski Sentenced To 18 Months In Prison, As New $4 Billion Lawsuit Against Uber Is Filed

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Anthony Levandowski, the former Google engineer and serial entrepreneur who was at the center of a lawsuit between Uber and Waymo, has been sentenced to 18 months on one count of stealing trade secrets. Judge Alsup said that home confinement would "[give] a green light to every future brilliant engineer to steal trade secrets. Prison time is the answer to that." During court proceedings today, Levandowski also agreed to pay $756,499.22 in rest...
Tags: Google, Uber, Tech, Alsup, Waymo, Anthony Levandowski, Levandowski, Uber TechCrunch


Self-driving car supremo Anthony Levandowski sentenced to 18 months in the clink for stealing trade secrets from Google's Waymo

Yes, you read that right, an American exec is actually going to serve time... eventually. When he chooses Anthony Levandowski, the top engineer who pleaded guilty to stealing self-driving car trade secrets from Google, was sent down for 18 months in the US on Tuesday.…
Tags: Google, US, Software, Waymo, Anthony Levandowski


Star Technologist Who Crossed Google Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison

Anthony Levandowski, a onetime star Silicon Valley engineer of self-driving cars, had pleaded guilty to stealing trade secrets.
Tags: News, Silicon Valley, Intellectual Property, Automobiles, Anthony, Google Inc, Uber Technologies Inc, Ethics and Official Misconduct, Computers and the Internet, Waymo, Driverless and Semiautonomous Vehicles, Anthony Levandowski, Levandowski, Industrial Espionage


Anthony Levandowski, Engineer at Center of Uber v. Waymo, Sentenced to 18 Months for Trade Theft

Anthony Levandowski, the former Google autonomous vehicle engineer whose switch to Uber was the subject of massive lawsuit, has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for trade theft.Read more...
Tags: Google, Uber, Science, Technology, Crime, Automotive, Courts, Autonomous Vehicles, Alphabet, Self Driving Cars, Waymo, Anthony Levandowski, Center of Uber


Anthony Levandowski, the self-driving car engineer who sparked the massive Waymo v. Uber lawsuit, sentenced to 18 months in prison for trade secret theft (UBER, GOOG, GOOGL)

Self-driving-car engineer Anthony Levandowski was sentenced to 18 months in prison by a federal judge in San Francisco Tuesday afternoon, after pleading guilty to one count of trade secret theft in May. The once-celebrated engineer was at the center of Waymo's legal fight with Uber. Levandowski was a founding member of Google's "Project Chauffeur," which eventually became Waymo. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. After pleading guilty to trade secret theft, Anthony Levandowsk...
Tags: Google, Uber, San Francisco, Trends, Travis Kalanick, Department Of Justice, Kalanick, Doj, Otto, William Alsup, Marin County California, Alsup, Waymo, Anthony Levandowski, Levandowski, Uber Levandowski