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“Anyone relying on Lidar is doomed,” Elon Musk says

Today at Tesla’s first Autonomy Day event, Elon Musk took questions from the press but didn’t have time for questions about Lidar. Historically, he’s been vocal about the technology, and this time he put it as clear as he could.  “LIDAR is a fool’s errand,” Elon Musk said. “Anyone relying on LIDAR is doomed. Doomed! [They are] expensive sensors that are unnecessary. It’s like having a whole bunch of expensive appendices. Like, one appendix is bad, well now you have a whole bunch of them, i...
Tags: TC, Chief, Elon Musk, Tesla, The Boring Company, Uber, Waymo


The real reason Tesla is showing off its self-driving tech (TSLA)

Tesla bears are insisting that the company is staging an event to showcase its self-driving technology because it wants to distract from weak Q1 earnings coming this week. But the markets have known Tesla earnings are likely to be weak for some time. What CEO Elon Musk really wants to do is pitch Tesla autonomous tech to investors who've thus far created multi-billion-dollar valuations for self-driving businesses from the likes of GM's Cruise and Uber. Visit Business Insider's homepage for mor...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Japan, Elon Musk, Softbank, US, Trends, Tesla, Fca, Gm, Honda, Musk, Fiat Chrysler, Zev, Waymo, Tesla Network


An engineer at Uber's self-driving car unit warns that it's more like 'a science experiment' than a real car capable of driving itself (UBER)

Uber has spun out its self-driving car unit as an LLC with the unit's chief Eric Meyhofer as CEO, as part of its $1 billion investment deal. People inside the company say that the company is taking safety more seriously since their car killed a pedestrian last year. But they say that the car still doesn't drive itself all that well. One person likened it to a "science experiment." Visit BusinessInsider.com for more stories.   On the road to one of the biggest tech IPO's in years, Uber CEO Dar...
Tags: Google, Uber, California, Softbank, Trends, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Toyota, Pittsburgh, LLC, ATG, Dara Khosrowshahi, Khosrowshahi, Waymo, Eric Meyhofer, Uber s Advanced Technologies Group ATG


Reader has an idea on how to fix the 241 toll road’s congestion at the 91

Q. Dear Honk: The northbound 241 Toll Road as it approaches the 91 Freeway is very dangerous during rush-hour traffic. At these times, traffic is often backed up for two or more miles in the right two lanes that go onto the eastbound 91. To avoid waiting in this backup, many cars try to cut into these right lanes from the free-flowing left lanes that go onto the westbound 91. Countless cars literally stop in these left lanes trying to merge into the right ones at the last second. This is obvious...
Tags: News, California, China, Uncategorized, Sport, Beijing, Soccer, DMV, CalTrans, Rob, Laguna, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Honk, Waymo, Transportation Corridor Agencies


Uber has dangled $100 million at Dara Khosrowshahi if he can convince investors, or a buyer, that the company is worth $120 billion

Dara Khosrowshahi has a huge potential payout riding on Uber's IPO valuation hitting $120 billion and staying there for 90 consecutive days. He'd also get that payout for selling the company for $120 billion.  A source tell us his incentive is worth $100 million or more. Dara Khosrowshahi could get a huge payday — totaling more than $100 million according to a source — if Uber's IPO valuation hits $120 billion and stays at that level for 90 consecutive days. The Uber CEO will also get the pay...
Tags: Google, Uber, Southeast Asia, Softbank, US, Trends, Cruise, Gm, Honda, Expedia, PitchBook, Dan Primack, Dara Khosrowshahi, Primack, Khosrowshahi, Waymo


Waymo CEO John Krafcik explains why a parking lot is one of the most difficult environments for a self-driving car (GOOGL)

Since John Krafcik became the CEO of Waymo in 2015, the company has launched the first commercial, autonomous ride-hailing service in the United States. As Waymo's ambitions grow, it still has to reckon with the obsessive attention to detail autonomous vehicles require. Self-driving cars must be able to handle complex environments like parking lots. Parking lots are challenging because they feature cars and pedestrians moving in unpredictable patterns and don't have road markings, Krafcik said...
Tags: Google, California, Trends, United States, Bugatti, John Krafcik, Austin Texas, Albertsons, California Department of Motor Vehicle, Navigant Research, Krafcik, Aicha Evans, Waymo, Arizona Waymo One, Waymo Krafcik


At Tech Day, hundreds of kids dive deep into STEM

On April 13 and 14, Google’s Mountain View campus suddenly had a much younger population. That’s because 875 high school students stopped by for Google’s fourth annual Tech Day. Over 150 Google and Alphabet volunteers joined the kids in 129 interactive STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities to empower them with knowledge and inspire them to get started in disciplines like computer science.But Tech Day isn’t just about fun and games. The event was designed for students who ma...
Tags: Google, Education, Tech, Silicon Valley, Mountain View, Matthew, Bay Area, University Of Illinois, Tech Day, Waymo, Matthew Dierker, Melaena Roberts, Bingying Xia, Melaena, Volker Grabe, Hannah Huynh


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


Metamoto’s Jeff Blackburn on AV Testing and Why Waymo Leads the Pack

In the development of self-driving cars, once a vehicle is ready for the validation stage, it’s not always practical or affordable to test them on open roads. Given the hundreds of different scenarios developers want autonomous vehicles to experience and react to—weather, traffic conditions, pedestrian activity, land markings, and more—simulation offers an alternative to on-road testing.At the M:Bility conference held in Dearborn a few weeks ago, Xconomy had an opportunity to chat with Metamoto...
Tags: Startups, Entrepreneurship, Trends, Tech, Software, Innovation, Automotive Industry, Detroit, Blackburn, Alphabet, University Of Michigan, Virginia Tech, Dearborn, Bility, Jeff Blackburn, National blog main


Zoox CEO Aicha Evans reveals what will set the company's electric, self-driving cars apart from the rest

Aicha Evans became the CEO of Zoox in February. Zoox is developing an autonomous ride-hailing service that it plans to launch in 2020. Unlike nearly all of its most prominent competitors, the company wants to both assemble the electric vehicles it will use for the service and create the software that will allow the cars to drive themselves. Evans said her priorities are preparing Zoox to handle the transition from developing ideas to bringing those ideas to the market, and ensuring the company...
Tags: Google, San Francisco, Trends, Tesla, Senegal, Intel, Arizona, Evans, Aicha Evans, Waymo, Zoox, Koenigsegg Jesko, Intel Evans


Uber spent $457 million on self-driving and flying car R&D last year

Uber spent $457 million last year on research and development of autonomous vehicles, flying cars (known as eVTOLs) and other “technology programs” and will continue to invest heavily in the futuristic tech even though it expects to rely on human drivers for years to come, according to the company’s IPO prospectus filed Thursday. R&D costs at Uber ATG, the company’s autonomous vehicle unit, its eVTOL unit Uber Elevate and other related technology represented one-third of its total R&D spen...
Tags: Apple, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Toronto, San Francisco, Tech, Ceo, AV, Automotive, Ford, Toyota, Travis Kalanick, Self-driving Cars, New York Stock Exchange, Robotics


Uber says its future is riding on the success of self-driving cars, but warns investors that there's a lot that can go wrong (UBER)

The future of Uber's business is riding on self-driving cars. The transportation startup has warned that if its rivals develop the tech at scale before it does, everything from its ride-hailing to its food delivery efforts are at risk. On Thursday, the company finally filed to go public in what is expected to be one of the biggest IPOs of all time. Uber's financial disclosures provide an unprecedented look at the inner workings of the firm, and how it's thinking about its future. Visit Busines...
Tags: Google, Trends, United States, Silicon Valley, Travis Kalanick, Signal, Aurora, ATG, Waymo, Advanced Technologies Group ATG, Nuro, India the United Kingdom, Waymo Cruise Automation Tesla Apple


Uber may owe another $128 million to Google for awards related to Uber vs. Waymo (GOOGL)

Uber may owe Google $128 million related to arbitration demands against Uber's former VP of Engineering Anthony Levandowski. The awards stem from Google v. Levandowski & Ron, and Google v. Levandowski. These two cases are separate from, but related to, the Uber vs. Waymo case that kept both companies in the spotlight last spring. The $227 million awards, issued on March 26, were disclosed Thursday in Uber's S-1 filing to go public.  Uber could be held liable for the awards granted against Leva...
Tags: Google, Uber, Trends, Ron, Otto, Waymo, Waymo Uber, Anthony Levandowski, Levandowski, Lior Ron, Levandowksi, Levandowski Uber, Levandowski Ron


Uber relies on Google Maps for its business and spent $58 million on it over three years (GOOGL, GOOG)

Uber filed to go public on Thursday, and its paperwork shows that Uber spent $58 million on Google Maps between 2016 and 2018. Uber sees Google Maps as "critical" to its business, it says in the filing.  If Google and Uber were to end their agreement, this could harm Uber's business because other mapping services may be expensive, inferior, or just not exist.  Uber filed to go public on Thursday, and its S-1 paperwork revealed that from the beginning of 2016 to the end 2018, Uber spent s...
Tags: Google, Lyft, Uber, Trends, Google Maps, Aston Martin, Amazon Web Services, Alphabet, Alphabet Google, David Drummond, Lagonda, Dara Khosrowshahi, Waymo, IPO Uber


Uber warns that Apple and Google’s stranglehold over the distribution of apps poses a major risk to its business (GOOG, FB)

Uber is warning that Google and Apple's collective dominance over the app economy poses a potential big risk to its business. On Thursday, the ride-hailing company filed its S-1 paperwork to go public, offering an unprecedented public look at its business. Companies have increasingly complained in recent years about the stranglehold that Google and Apple's app stores give them over the rest of the tech industry. Uber is also reliant on Google Maps to function, and paid some $58 million to Goog...
Tags: Apple, Google, Uber, Spotify, Trends, Silicon Valley, App Store, Google Maps, Signal, Fortnite, Waymo


Tesla’s senior director of global security has left the company — here are all the key names who have departed in recent months (TSLA)

Tesla is known for its high rate of executive turnover, and the past year has been no different. During a year in which the automaker faced production and delivery issues, investigations from the federal government, and questions about the decision-making of CEO Elon Musk, departures from senior employees have added yet another challenge. Karl Wagner, Tesla's senior director of global security, announced on Monday that he is leaving the company. Tesla has seen a lot of senior employees lea...
Tags: Facebook, Elon Musk, Wall Street, Trends, Linkedin, Tesla, Intel, Airbnb, Cia, Securities And Exchange Commission, Comcast Ventures, Western Europe, Mercedes Benz, Wagner, Jeff Jones, Deepak Ahuja


Dissecting what Lyft’s IPO means for Uber and the future of mobility

Extra Crunch offers members the opportunity to tune into conference calls led and moderated by the TechCrunch writers you read every day. This week, TechCrunch’s Kirsten Korosec and Kate Clark led a deep-dive discussion into Lyft’s IPO and the outlook for the business going forward. After skyrocketing nearly 10% on its first day hitting the public markets, Lyft stock has faded back down towards its IPO price as some investors grow more concerned over the company’s path to profitability (or lack ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Lyft, Uber, Europe, Wall Street, New York City, US, Toronto, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Getty Images, Chicago, Austin


Reserve your demo table at TC Sessions: Mobility 2019

Viva la revolution! And by that we mean the tech revolution taking place in mobility and transportation. If you’re an early-stage startup founder in either field, don’t miss your chance to demo your company in front of top influencers at TC Sessions: Mobility 2019. It’s a prime opportunity to showcase your tech startup in front of a very large, very targeted audience — the mobility and transportation industry’s movers and shakers. Why wait? Book a demo table right now. TC Sessions: Mobility 2019...
Tags: Google, TC, Technology, California, Articles, Events, Tech, Electric Vehicles, Machine Learning, Ferguson, San Jose, Mobility, Self-driving Cars, Robotics, Subscription Services, Car Sharing


Wayve claims ‘world first’ in driving a car autonomously with only its AI and a SatNav

Projects like Google’s Waymo, Uber, Cruise and Aurora are developing autonomous vehicles by throwing engineers at the problem, basing most of their platforms on rule-based systems that try to pre-empt and deal with every edge case, whilst also peppering the cars with more sensors to capture more data. This can work in relatively controlled environments but has the drawback of not being able to flexibly adapt in real-time to fast-changing situations. Despite all this investment and many years ...
Tags: Google, TC, Europe, UK, Tech, Automotive, Machine Learning, Jaguar, University of Cambridge, Cto, Aurora, Cambridge UK, Kendall, Alex Kendall, Wayve, Zoubin Ghahramani


It's 'inevitable' that a self-driving car will kill someone. Here's why a VC thinks we should be investing in them anyway. (BA, GOOGL, TSLA)

Failures in emerging autonomous transportation systems have already led to people's deaths. We should expect more such tragedies in the future, said Shahin Farshchi, a partner with venture firm Lux Capital, which has backed numerous startups in the self-driving car space. But such incidents haven't dissuaded Farshchi about the industry's potential. Autonomous vehicles could transform the way people get around and save lots of lives in the process, he said. He's concerned, though, that high-pro...
Tags: Lyft, US, Trends, General Motors, United States, Salesforce, Jeff Bezos, Boeing, Lux, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Lux Capital, Waymo, Shahin Farshchi, Zoox, Farshchi


Morgan Stanley warns General Motors investors to lower their expectations for Cruise autonomous cars (GM)

GM's Cruise autonomous driving unit plants to double in size this year.  Morgan Stanley, meanwhile, is warning investors that revenue and profit could still be far off.  The Wall Street bank says the ability to remove safety drivers from the cars is crucial, but could take years. Morgan Stanley is trying to tamper investor excitement for General Motor's Cruise robo-taxi unit. In a note to clients this week, the Wall Street bank told clients that the self-driving department may not ever turn r...
Tags: Google, US, Trends, General Motors, Tesla, Arizona, Gm, Morgan Stanley, Jonas, Adam Jonas, GM Cruise, Waymo, General Motor s Cruise, The Wall Street


Tesla is proof that the next 20 years in the tech industry won't be like the last 20 (TSLA)

The first few decades of technology innovation have been characterized by rapid growth and quick profits based on low headcounts and low capital outlays. The next few decades will require much larger headcounts and massively larger amounts of money. If you have doubts, just look at Tesla and Elon Musk. Tesla is 15 years old, and despite its considerable struggles and internal and external dramas, Elon Musk's electric carmaker remains a Silicon Valley darling and is widely admired in the tradi...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Elon Musk, New York, Ebay, New York City, US, San Francisco, Trends, Tesla, Paypal, Cruise, Ford, Gm


Lyft is IPOing with a 'golden opportunity' in a $1.2 trillion market, but it faces key risks

The ride-hailing app Lyft is set to price its initial public offering after Thursday's closing bell. Lyft is the clear No. 2 in the ride-hailing-app business, trailing Uber. The company has a "golden opportunity" but also faces four keys risks, according to the Wedbush analyst Dan Ives. The ride-hailing app Lyft is set to debut on the Nasdaq on Friday morning at a valuation of more than $20 billion. Ahead of the company's initial public offering, the Wedbush analyst Dan Ives put out a note s...
Tags: Google, Lyft, Uber, US, Trends, Tesla, Travis Kalanick, Las Vegas, Bmw, Morgan Stanley, Wedbush, Ives, Uber Lyft, Waymo, Dan Ives, Regulatory uncertainty Lyft


Lyft is IPOing with a 'golden opportunity' in a $1.2 trillion market, but faces key risks

The ride-hailing app Lyft is set to price its initial public offering after Thursday's closing bell. Lyft is the clear number two in the ride-hailing-app business, trailing Uber. The company has a "golden opportunity" but also faces four keys risks, according to Wedbush analyst Dan Ives. The ride-hailing app Lyft is set make debut on the Nasdaq on Friday morning at a valuation of more than $20 billion. Ahead of its IPO, Wedbush analyst Dan Ives put out a note saying the company faces a...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Ipo, US, Trends, Travis Kalanick, Las Vegas, Bmw, Morgan Stanley, Wedbush, Ives, Uber Lyft, GM Tesla, Waymo, Dan Ives, Regulatory uncertainty Lyft


Nuro CEO Dave Ferguson at TC Sessions: Mobility on July 10 in San Jose

Autonomous delivery startup Nuro, fresh with nearly $1 billion in capital from SoftBank, is bursting with ideas — as some recent patent filings (and our recent deep dive into the company) suggest. And we can’t wait to learn more about what Nuro has planned. It’s only fitting that Nuro co-founder and CEO Dave Ferguson is our first announced guest for TechCrunch’s inaugural TC Sessions: Mobility, a one-day event on July 10, 2019 in San Jose, Calif., that’s centered around the future of mob...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Mississippi, California, China, Softbank, Events, Tech, Intel, Engineer, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Darpa, Machine Learning, Ferguson, San Jose


Lidar startup Ouster raises $60 million in production run-up

Ouster has raised $60 million as the San Francisco-based lidar startup opens a new facility that will have the capacity to assemble and ship several thousand sensors a month by the end of 2019. The new factory, which will have a grand opening ceremony March 28, currently produces hundreds of sensors per month. Ouster says at full capacity, the factory will produce $25 million to $50 million in inventory per month. Lidar measures distance using laser light to generate highly accurate 3D maps o...
Tags: Google, Startups, Transportation, Verizon, San Francisco, Tech, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Robotics, Lidar, Self-driving Car, Silicon Valley Bank, Alphabet, Fontinalis Partners, Cox Enterprises


Transportation weekly: Nuro dreams of autonomous lattes, what is a metamaterial, Volvo takes the wheel

Welcome back to Transportation Weekly; I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. We love the reader feedback. Keep it coming. Never heard of TechCrunch’s Transportation Weekly? Read the first edition here.  As I’ve written before, consider this a soft launch. Follow me on Twitter @kirstenkorosec to ensure you see it each week. An email subscription is coming! This week, we’re shoving as much transportation news, tidbits and insights in here as possible in ho...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Elon Musk, Florida, Wtf, New York, Indonesia, California, Boston, Singapore, Softbank, US, San Francisco, Tech, Earnest


Waymo boosts robo-taxi plans with new service center in Arizona

Waymo has announced plans for a facility in Phoenix, Arizona, that will help to service, maintain, and grow its fleet of autonomous Waymo One cars. The vehicles operate as part of the company's robo-taxi ridesharing service. The post Waymo boosts robo-taxi plans with new service center in Arizona appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Business, News, Cars, Trends, Arizona, Self-driving Cars, Autonomous Cars, PHOENIX Arizona, Waymo


Waymo is gearing up to put a lot more self-driving cars on the road

Waymo is opening another technical service center in the Phoenix area, an expansion that will allow the autonomous vehicle technology startup to double its capacity in the area as it prepares to grow its commercial fleet. The new 85,000-square-foot center will be located in Mesa and is expected to open sometime in the second half of the year. The company’s existing 60,000-square-foot facility in the Phoenix suburb of Chandler will remain. The former Google self-driving project that spun ...
Tags: Google, Technology, California, Tech, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Phoenix, Chandler, Mesa, Chandler Arizona, Waymo, Phoenix Waymo, Chandler Tempe Gilbert


A Waymo engineer reveals how the self-driving car company develops its robot brains (GOOGL)

Shilpa Gulati leads Waymo's Behavior Prediction team. The India-born engineer works on perfecting Waymo's robot brains. Her inspiration was reading Isaac Asimov's legendary robot stories when she was 12 years old. Editor's note: Business Insider has been talking with Waymo employees from different parts of the company to learn more about their work. What we discovered were some of the coolest jobs at Alphabet, Waymo's parent company. This is the latest profile in the series. To read the other...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, India, US, Trends, Nasa, Silicon Valley, Jupiter, Bosch, Phoenix, University of Texas Austin, Isaac Asimov, Asimov, Gulati, GOOGL