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The Station: The script for Elon Musk’s Loop drivers, Redwood snags $700M and a chat with Kodiak Robotics’ co-founder

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every weekend in your inbox. Hello readers: Welcome to The Station, your central hub for all past, present and future means of moving people and packages from Point A to Point B. In case you missed it, our scoop machine Mark Harris was at it again. This time, he found some interesting and entertaining documents related to Elon Musk’s underground Loop system in Las Vega...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Transportation, Lyft, Twitter, Elon Musk, Minnesota, Microsoft, Indonesia, California, Washington Post, Senate, White House, Milwaukee, Singapore


Argo AI can now offer the public rides in its autonomous vehicles in California

Argo AI, the autonomous vehicle technology startup backed by Ford and VW, has landed a permit in California that will allow the company to give people free rides in its self-driving vehicles on the state’s public roads. The California Public Utilities Commission issued the so-called Drivered AV pilot permit earlier this month, according to the approved application. It was posted on its website Friday, a little more than a week after Argo and Ford announced plans to launch at least 1,000 self-dri...
Tags: TC, California, Tech, Palo Alto, Austin, Cruise, Automotive, Vw, Ford, DMV, Miami, Autonomous Vehicles, Argo, Cpuc, Aurora, California Public Utilities Commission


Kodiak Robotics’ founder says tight focus on autonomous trucks is working

Kodiak Robotics is one of the last private autonomous vehicles companies focused on trucking that is still standing. Nearly all the rest have been wooed by the public marketplace and the capital it can provide. But co-founder and CEO Don Burnette says the three-year-old company’s strategy of staying focused and small(er) is paying off. It will be able to deploy a commercial-scale operation for about $500 million in funding, he says in the interview below. To put those go-to-market costs in persp...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Uber, Tech, AV, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Dallas, Self-driving Cars, Houston, Logistics, Kodiak, SPAC, Burnette, ADAS


The Station: Rivian adds to its EV war chest, Sec. Buttigieg is coming to Disrupt and Argo preps to launch with Lyft

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every Sunday in your inbox. Hello frens and readers. Welcome to The Station, your central hub for all past, present and future means of moving people and packages from Point A to Point B. Hey so maybe y’all missed it, but we shared some exciting news this week. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg will join us for a fireside chat at Disrupt 2021, where we plan to ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Transportation, Lyft, Europe, Congress, California, Washington, Mexico, Senate, New York City, Jerusalem, America, Tech, Tesla, Austin


Google's self-driving startup Waymo argues the UK shouldn't cap autonomous cars on the road

Close-up of self driving minivan, with LIDAR and other sensor units and logo visible, part of Google parent company Alphabet Inc, driving past historic railroad station with sign reading Mountain View, in the Silicon Valley town of Mountain View, California, with safety driver visible, October 28, 2018 Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images)= Google's self-driving division Waymo argued the UK shouldn't restrict autonomous cars on the road. Its comments come as the UK consults on the r...
Tags: Google, UK, Technology, Trends, Commission, Silicon Valley, Parliament, Renault, Autonomous Car, Law Commission, Alphabet Inc, Mountain View California, Self Driving, Big Tech, Tesla Uber, Tech Insider


The Station: Rivian adds to its EV war chest, Sec. Buttigieg is coming to Disrupt, Argo preps to launch with Lyft

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every Sunday in your inbox. Hello friends and readers. Welcome to The Station, your central hub for all past, present and future means of moving people and packages from Point A to Point B. Hey so maybe y’all missed it, but we shared some exciting news this week. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg will join us for a fireside chat at Disrupt 2021, where we plan t...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Transportation, Lyft, Europe, Congress, California, Washington, Mexico, Senate, New York City, Jerusalem, America, Tech, Tesla, Joe Biden


Daily Crunch: Today’s widespread internet outage ‘not a result of a cyberattack,’ says Akamai

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. Hello and welcome to Daily Crunch for July 22, 2021. Today we have a lot of news for you, but with a notable twist. Normally we have lots of startup news and a few notes from Big Tech companies. Today we have a lot from both, so strap in. Also, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg is coming to Disrupt. Because TechCrunch covers the worlds of micromobilit...
Tags: TC, Uber, Spotify, Microsoft, Softbank, US, Tech, Tesla, Canada, Cctv, Alex, Latin America, Greylock, Giphy, Pittsburgh, Ma


Waymo to open offices in Pittsburgh, an AV tech hub

Waymo, Google’s former self-driving car project that’s now an independent business unit under Alphabet, is expanding its presence in the eastern U.S. The company said Thursday it would be opening offices in Pittsburgh, joining a growing suite of companies developing and testing autonomous vehicle technology in the Steel City. The company will start by hiring around a dozen engineers, a source familiar with the move told TechCrunch, and they’ll co-locate in Google’s existing offices in the Bakery...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Texas, Tech, Automotive, Autonomous Vehicles, TechCrunch, Pittsburgh, Autonomous Driving, PHOENIX Arizona, Steel City, J B Hunt Transport Services, Maxim Likhachev, Bakery Square, Alex Wang, Waymo


5 trends in self-driving cars anyone trying to get ahead in the industry needs to know about

Autonomous-truck companies like TuSimple are starting to go public. Courtesy of TuSimple Self-driving cars may not be a reality yet, but the young industry is evolving fast. For those hoping to get a leg up in this space, staying on top of trends is key. From the rise of robo-trucks to a potential SPAC bubble, here's what to know about AVs right now. See more stories on Insider's business page. 1. Self-driving tech will deliver your packages and food before it replaces your Ub...
Tags: Apple, Transportation, Elon Musk, Cars, US, Trends, Tesla, Walmart, Features, Arizona, Autonomous Vehicles, Volvo, Daimler, Musk, Aurora, SPAC


Halo will launch a remotely operated car service powered by 5G in Las Vegas

5G technology has generated a lot of hype for its potential to power driverless cars using a remote operator, but for the past few years that’s all it’s been — hype. Las Vegas-based startup Halo and telecom giant T-Mobile are teaming up to change that, with a driverless electric car service in Las Vegas powered on 5G to launch later this year. The service, which will start with five vehicles, will work by connecting users to Halo’s pilot fleet of vehicles via an app. After a user has ordered a v...
Tags: Transportation, Halo, Tech, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, T Mobile, Las Vegas, 5g, Society of Automotive Engineers, Waymo, Nandakumar, Ultra Capacity, Anand Nandakumar


Auto giant Stellantis to invest €30B in electrification through 2025

Stellantis, the global automaker born out of a merger between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and French automaker Groupe PSA, will invest €30 billion ($35.5 billion) in electric vehicles and new software over the next four years as part of a major push to transition away from internal combustion engines. The world’s fourth-largest automaker joins rivals such as General Motors and Volkswagen in earmarking billions toward EV investments through the first part of the decade. Among the company’s plans ar...
Tags: Transportation, Europe, Tech, General Motors, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Batteries, Fiat, Volkswagen, Dodge, North America, Jeep, Fiat Chrysler, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Richard Palmer, Carlos Tavares


Daily Crunch: Nothing sets July 27 rollout for noise-canceling Ear (1) earbuds

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. Hello and welcome to Daily Crunch for July 6, 2021. We’re back after a holiday here in the United States. Not that that stopped global technology news, mind, so there’s a lot to get into. Before we do, one more reminder about TechCrunch Early Stage later this week — your humble servant is running a session with venture capitalist Sarah Kunst about fundraising. It’s...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, TC, Verizon, Microsoft, China, India, US, America, San Francisco, Tech, Austin, United States, Mexico City, Brian, Pei


Yandex Self-Driving Group partners with GrubHub to bring robotic delivery to college campuses

Yandex Self-Driving Group, a unit of Yandex, the publicly-traded Russian tech giant, has announced a partnership with food delivery service GrubHub to be its multi-year robotic delivery provider across American college campuses. Yandex will begin operating this fall with dozens of vehicles, according to Dmitry Polishchuk, CEO of Yandex Self-Driving Group, and hopes to reach over 250 campuses. Last September, Yandex’s self-driving unit spun out from a joint venture with Uber. In May this year, th...
Tags: TC, Transportation, New York, Russia, Tech, Moscow, Autonomous Vehicles, Yandex, Ann Arbor Michigan, Tel Aviv Israel, GrubHub, Waymo, Dmitry Polishchuk, Innopolis Russia, Yandex Self Driving Group, Self Driving Robots


Uber, Tesla, and Rivian are locked in a war for talent. Here's how much they pay their employees.

Tesla has a new crop of rivals, including Rivian, with which it's competing for talent. Maja Hitij/Getty Images Insider has analyzed salary data from some of the top transportation-tech companies. The list includes Tesla, Uber, Rivian, and Amazon-owned Zoox. The data comes from filings shared with the US government. See more stories on Insider's business page. The war for talent between transportation technology companies is heating up, as the incumbents and upstarts poach employee...
Tags: Amazon, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Cars, US, Trends, Tesla, Mark Matousek, Tech Insider, Waymo, Zoox, Tesla Waymo, Uber Tesla, Waymo Cruise, Rivian


June 2021 Venture Growth Funding Recap

Growthink Capital Research tracked $12.1 billion in new venture funding in June 2021, up from the $10.9 billion in funding tracked in May. The month’s biggest funding event belonged to Waymo which raised $2.5 billion. Waymo is a developer of self-driving automotive technologies designed for on-demand riding services like Uber and Lyft. Thirty-six companies raised […] The post June 2021 Venture Growth Funding Recap appeared first on Growthink.
Tags: Startups, Financing, Waymo, Growthink Capital Research, Lyft Thirty


BMW i Ventures invests in autonomous truck technology company Kodiak Robotics

BMW’s Silicon Valley-based venture capital arm is investing in Kodiak Robotics, a company that develops autonomous trucking technology.  Kodiak will use the funds to build out a safety case for its self-driving tech stack so it can more quickly commercialize. It will also work on hiring fresh talent and expanding its truck fleet, with a stated goal of at least doubling the number of vehicles it operates each year. The startup currently has 10 trucks in rotation between its commercial route in...
Tags: Google, TC, Transportation, Texas, Tech, Tesla, Dallas, Silicon Valley, Bmw, Houston, Self-driving Trucks, Autonomous Driving, Kodiak, BRIDGESTONE, Mountain View California, Uber Lyft


Daily Crunch: AWS and Salesforce expand partnership to make cross-platform integrations easier

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. Hello and welcome to Daily Crunch for June 23, 2021. The value of leading cryptocurrencies has rebounded some in the last day or so. Congrats to the hodlrs out there. If you are a nocoiner, don’t worry; stocks are also up. If you want more on the topic, the TechCrunch crew held a Twitter Space recently on the current state of crypto. Now, the news. — Alex The Tech...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Microsoft, China, India, Tech, Ford, Aws, Salesforce, SPAC, Guangzhou, Natasha, Shein, Newsletters


The Station: Waymo nabs more capital, Cruise taps a $5B credit line and hints about Argo’s future

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every weekend in your inbox. Hello and welcome back to The Station, a weekly newsletter dedicated to all the ways people and packages move (today and in the future) from Point A to Point B. A few Extra Crunch items highlight before we jump into things. This week, we published an interview with Refraction AI co-founder and CTO Matthew Johnson-Roberson as part of an ongo...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Transportation, Electric Vehicle, Europe, UK, Microsoft, Australia, California, Washington, China, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Austin, Cruise


Dollars, deals and the importance of nondilutive capital

Today, on Juneteenth, we recognize the efforts this nation still needs to put toward addressing structural racism and disparities, including in the world of tech. This week, HBCUvc, a nonprofit that aims to diversify the world of venture capital, launched a million-dollar fund. Founder Hadiyah Mujhid told me that the capital would provide nondilutive financing to overlooked founders, which they define as Black, Indigenous and LatinX entrepreneurs, replacing the traditional angel round. But she a...
Tags: Startups, TC, California, Disney, US, Ford, Bmw, EC, Mccarthy, Carnegie Mellon University, Black, Nubank, John Krafcik, Pittsburgh, SPAC, Newsletters


Daily Crunch: iOS 15 is latest milestone on Apple Health’s evolutionary path

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. Thanks to a twist of fate, two large cups of coffee and help from editor Annie Saunders, the Extra Crunch team is taking over today’s edition of Daily Crunch. Don’t worry, we’ll hand it back as soon as Henry Pickavet returns or Alex Wilhelm is back from vacation, whichever occurs first. Since I’ve been handed the mic: We’re trying to identify the most effective gro...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Facebook, Spotify, Tech, Browserstack, Denmark, Cupertino, Edtech, Sarah, Accel, Eric Eldon, Alex Wilhelm, PHOENIX Arizona, Lynch


Waymo raises $2.5 billion in latest fundraising round despite challenges

Waymo, the self-driving company of Google's parent company Alphabet, has raised $2.5 billion as its investors appear undeterred by a CEO change and progress that has lagged expectations.
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Waymo raises $2.5 billion in second external funding round

The news comes after a string of departures, including the CEO.
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Waymo, Alphabet’s self-driving arm, raises $2.5B in second external investment round

Waymo, Google’s former self-driving project that is now a business unit under Alphabet, said Wednesday it raised $2.5 billion in its second outside funding round. The company said in a blog post it will use the funds to continue growing Waymo Driver, its autonomous driving platform, and growing its team. The round saw participation from existing investors Alphabet, Andreessen Horowitz, AutoNation, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Fidelity Management & Research Company, Magna International, ...
Tags: Google, Tech, Houston, Coo, Alphabet, John Krafcik, Krafcik, Waymo, Waymo Google, Waymo Alphabet, Tekedra Mawakana, Dmitri Dolgov, Kirsten Korosec, CTO Krafcik, T Rowe Price Associates Inc Temasek, Metro Phoenix Arizona


Alphabet's Waymo Raises $2.5 Billion in Funding Round

(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's self-driving unit Waymo said on Wednesday it raised $2.5 billion in a funding round with participation from Alphabet,...
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Nvidia gobbles up mapping startup to help automakers install its self-driving platform

Plus: Biden sets up AI task force, and Waymo expands autonomous trucking operation with new partnership In brief Nvidia has snapped up computer vision startup DeepMap to help build the company's self-driving platform.…
Tags: Software, Nvidia, Biden, Waymo


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


Self-Driving Waymo Trucks To Haul Loads Between Houston and Fort Worth

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: On Thursday morning, Waymo announced that it is working with trucking company JB Hunt to autonomously haul cargo loads in Texas. Class 8 JB Hunt trucks equipped with the autonomous driving software and hardware system called Waymo Driver will operate on I-45 in Texas, taking cargo between Houston and Fort Worth. However, the trucks will still carry humans -- a trained truck driver and Waymo technicians -- to supervise and take over if necess...
Tags: Texas, Tech, Houston, Fort Worth, Craig Harper, JB Hunt, Waymo, Waymo Driver, Charlie Jatt


Waymo and J.B. Hunt partner to bring autonomous trucks to Texas in new pilot

Waymo will be moving freight for a major customer of transportation logistics company J.B. Hunt Transport Services under what the two companies are calling a “test run” that will take place in one of the country’s busiest trade corridors. Waymo Via, the company’s trucking and cargo transportation service, will transport goods along Interstate 45 between Houston and Fort Worth, Texas. The trucks will be powered by the Waymo Driver autonomous platform, though a Waymo “autonomous specialist,” a com...
Tags: Transportation, Texas, Tech, Automotive, Houston, Volvo, Daimler, Fiat Chrysler, Hunt, Autonomous Driving, Fort Worth Texas, Daimler Trucks, J B Hunt Transport Services, Autonomous Trucks, Waymo, Autonomous Trucking


Waymo and JB Hunt partner to bring autonomous trucks to Texas in new pilot

Waymo will be moving freight for a major customer of transportation logistics company J.B. Hunt Transport Services under what the two companies are calling a “test run” that will take place in one of the country’s busiest trade corridors. Waymo Via, the company’s trucking and cargo transportation service, will transport goods along Interstate 45 between Houston and Fort Worth, Texas. The trucks will be powered by the Waymo Driver autonomous platform, though a Waymo “autonomous specialists,” a co...
Tags: Transportation, Texas, Tech, Automotive, Houston, Volvo, Daimler, Fiat Chrysler, Hunt, Autonomous Driving, Fort Worth Texas, Daimler Trucks, J B Hunt Transport Services, Autonomous Trucks, Waymo, Autonomous Trucking


Waymo, J.B. Hunt Test Robo-Trucks in Texas

DETROIT (Reuters) - U.S. truck fleet operator J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc and autonomous vehicle technology company Waymo will test...
Tags: Texas, Detroit, Reuters, J B Hunt Transport Services Inc, Waymo