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Scale AI releases free lidar data set to power self-driving car development

High-quality data is the fuel that powers AI algorithms. Without a continual flow of labeled data, bottlenecks can occur and the algorithm will slowly get worse and add risk to the system. It’s why labeled data is so critical for companies like Zoox, Cruise and Waymo, which use it to train machine learning models to develop and deploy autonomous vehicles. That need is what led to the creation of Scale AI, a startup that uses software and people to process and label image, lidar and map dat...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Technology, California, San Francisco, Tech, AV, Artificial Intelligence, Cruise, Automotive, Machine Learning, Silicon Valley, Self-driving Cars, Lidar, Emerging-technologies, Wang


Scale AI releases free lidar dataset to power self-driving car development

High quality data is the fuel that powers AI algorithms. Without a continual flow of labeled data, bottlenecks can occur and the algorithm will slowly get worse and add risk to the system. It’s why labeled data is so critical for companies like Zoox, Cruise and Waymo, which use it to train machine learning models to develop and deploy autonomous vehicles. That need is what led to the creation of Scale AI, a startup that uses software and people to process and label image, lidar and map dat...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Technology, California, San Francisco, Tech, AV, Artificial Intelligence, Cruise, Automotive, Machine Learning, Silicon Valley, Self-driving Cars, Lidar, Emerging-technologies, Wang


Top safety official at Waymo self-driving unit stepping down

Alphabet Inc’s Waymo self-driving unit said on Thursday that its chief safety officer, Debbie Hersman, was stepping down but would remain as a consultant to the company. Hersman, the former chair of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), joined the company in 2019 to oversee its product safety program. "We can confirm that Debbie has decided to return to her family home on the east coast and will continue on as a consultant to Waymo," the company said in a statement.
Tags: Business, News, Debbie, Alphabet Inc, Hersman, Waymo, U S National Transportation Safety Board NTSB, Debbie Hersman


The Station: Cruise cuts, Waymo snags more cash, and a VC Mobility survey

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. Hi and welcome back to The Station, I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. If you’re interested in all the future and present ways people and packages move from Point A to Point B, you’re in the right place. It felt like Tesla dominated the news cycle once again this week. (Checks list of published art...
Tags: Amazon, Transportation, Uber, Europe, Elon Musk, Sweden, India, Softbank, New York City, Africa, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg, Intel, Taiwan


Astro Teller, Alphabet's 'captain' of moon-shot ideas, reflected on a decade of ambitious projects in a virtual commencement speech: 'What bothers me is that X shouldn't be the only moon-shot division' (GOOG, GOOGL)

Astro Teller, the head of Alphabet's X division, has called on the class of 2020 to build more moon-shot factories to nurture ambitious ideas. "For as long as I can remember, I've wanted to create an invention machine," Teller said, describing his moon-shot dream as the "love child" of 1960s NASA and Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. "At X, we have puppeteers who become roboticists, and we mix machine learning with marine biology," he said. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A...
Tags: Google, Trends, Nasa, Silicon Valley, Alphabet, Teller, Willy Wonka, Waymo


Astro Teller, Alphabet's 'captain' of moonshot ideas, reflected on a decade of ambitious projects in a virtual commencement speech: 'What bothers me is that X shouldn't be the only moonshot division' (GOOG, GOOGL)

Astro Teller, the head of Alphabet's X division, has called on the class of 2020 to build more moonshot factories to nurture ambitious ideas. "For as long as I can remember, I've wanted to create an invention machine," said Teller, describing his moonshot dream as the "love child" of 1960's NASA and Willy Wonka's chocolate factory.  "At X, we have puppeteers who become roboticists, and we mix machine learning with marine biology." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Astro Tell...
Tags: Google, Trends, Nasa, Silicon Valley, Alphabet, Teller, Willy Wonka, Waymo


Shifting Gears: Uber eyes a big buy, airline bankruptcies accelerate, and CEOs reveal the new normal

Good morning and Happy Friday. Welcome to another week of Shifting Gears — Business Insider's roundup of all the transportation news you might have missed. This week, we published a massive feature based on conversations with more than 200 CEOs on how their business will be transformed by the coronavirus pandemic. Twenty-three of those executives are in transportation — doing everything from ride-hailing to cargo shipping, trucking, self-driving cars, traditional autos, and more. You can read a...
Tags: Elon Musk, Americas, Trends, Tesla, Chicago, Virgin Australia, Don, Fremont California, GrubHub, Alameda County, Mark Matousek, Waymo, Boring Company, David Slotnick, Rachel Premack, COVID


Coronavirus: Brand Moves for Wednesday May 13

According to Allianz research, coronavirus could prove fatal to as many as 9 percent of SMEs in Germany and 11 percent in the six largest economies in Europe this year. The researchers forecast a hit of as much as 1.34 trillion euros to the Eurozone economy from the pathogen. To protect hitherto healthy German companies, including SMEs, from ruin and prevent a domino effect on supply chains, Allianz’s trade credit insurer Euler Hermes has joined up with Germany’s federal government and the Germ...
Tags: Google, Europe, UK, London, Congress, China, Germany, Singapore, Advertising, US, Sacramento, San Francisco, Facebook Messenger, Amsterdam, Belgium, Department Of Transportation


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. Tesla CEO Elon Musk reportedly made the case directly to President Trump in a phone call last month that restarting Tesla production would pose little risk to workers. Musk told Trump he wanted to open by May 1 and that doing so wouldn't pose a "significant risk" to workers, The Washington Post reported. Uber has reportedly offered to buy GrubHub as it leans on food delivery to make up for coronavirus losses. Shares of GrubHu...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Elon Musk, Instagram, Washington Post, Disney, Trends, Tesla, Bloomberg, Hamilton, Alexa, Musk, John Krafcik, Trump


Waymo extends external funding round to $3 billion

Waymo, the self-driving unit of Alphabet Inc, said on Tuesday it raised an additional $750 million in its first external investment round, bringing the total funding to $3 billion.
Tags: Money, businessNews, Alphabet Inc, Waymo


Waymo expands first external investment round to $3 billion

Waymo has added an additional $750 million to the $2.25 billion funding round that it first announced in March, bringing the total size of the financing (its first from investors outside of Alphabet) to $3 billion. The extension comes from new investors including those managed by T. Rowe Price, Perry Creek Capital, Fidelity Management and Research Company and others. The extension, like the original round itself, will be used by Waymo to invest in its workforce, product development and ope...
Tags: Google, TC, Transportation, California, Tech, Ceo, Companies, X, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, AutoNation, Mobility, Self-driving Cars, Robotics, Alphabet, Emerging-technologies


This Was Supposed to Be the Year Driverless Cars Went Mainstream

Perfecting the technology has taken longer than expected. The coronavirus pandemic has made it even more difficult.
Tags: News, Robots and Robotics, Waymo, Argo AI, Driverless and Semiautonomous Vehicles, Traffic Accidents and Safety, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV, Cruise LLC


Fiat Chrysler and AV startup Voyage partner on self-driving minivans

Self-driving vehicle startup Voyage said Monday that it has inked a deal with Fiat Chrysler to supply purpose-built vehicles, a partnership that will help accelerate its plan to launch a fully driverless ride-hailing service. Voyage, a three-year-old startup that tests and operates a self-driving vehicle service (with human safety operators) in retirement communities in California and Florida, started by modifying Ford Fusion vehicles. The company then began modifying FCA’s Chrysler Pacifi...
Tags: TC, Florida, California, Tech, Automotive, Ford, Automation, Cameron, Fca, Chrysler, Fiat, Jaguar Land Rover, Automotive Industry, Self-driving Cars, Voyage, Robotics


The Station: Uber has a taste for Lime, Tesla drama, Moovit gets acquired

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. Hi and welcome back to The Station, I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. If you’re interested in all the future and present ways people and packages move from Point A to Point B, you’re in the right place. As I mentioned in the last edition, “how” our society opens back up is as important as “when” i...
Tags: Google, TC, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Texas, Israel, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Ukraine, Intel, Atlantic, Automotive, Ford, Port Of Los Angeles


Sidewalk Labs' abandoned smart city is a huge blow for Alphabet – Here are some of its 'other bets' that have failed or are currently in flux (GOOG, GOOGL)

Sidewalk Labs has announced it will abandon its plans to build a $900 million smart city in Toronto, marking a major blow to the Alphabet company. But it's not the first Alphabet division to stumble. For every Alphabet success, there's been another company that didn't make it. Here are the companies currently in the Alphabet graveyard, and those which are in a state of flux. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. In 2015, Google blew up up its corporate structure and became a sub...
Tags: Apple, Google, Toronto, Trends, Nest Labs, Fitbit, Tony Fadell, Nest, Shell, Sundar Pichai, Sidewalk Labs, Alphabet, Pichai, Stephen Gillett, Ruth Porat, Amgen


VCs spent $11.8B on mobility startups in Q1 2020, report says

VCs spent $11.8 billion on mobility companies across the globe during Q1 2020, representing an increase of 62% year-on-year (YoY). This is according to PitchBook’s Mobility Tech Q1 2020 report which says that much of this uptick was driven by three key deals. These included: Go-Jek’s $3 billion Series F round in March, Waymo’s $2.3 billion VC round in March, and Grab’s $886 million later-stage VC round in February. If these three deals were excluded, the data shows that VC investing during Q1 re...
Tags: Startups, Waymo, Jek, Growth Quarters, PitchBook 's Mobility Tech


Waymo puts its self-driving cars back on Arizona roads as lockdown is eased

Most of its autonomous vehicles were taken off the streets in March 2020
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Arizona, Self-driving Cars, Autonomous Cars, Waymo


Waymo says it will resume driving operations, starting in Phoenix next week

After suspending them at the end of March because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Waymo has announced it will resume driving operations on May 11 in Arizona. Waymo will start its driving operations in the Phoenix area again, a decision the company says it made after discussions with “our teams, partners and local and state authorities,” before restoring them in other cities, including San Francisco, Detroit and Los Angeles. Arizona’s stay at home order expires on May 15, but academic experts have e...
Tags: Startups, TC, Washington Post, Tech, Arizona, AutoNation, Mobility, Autonomous Vehicles, Phoenix, Los Angeles Arizona, SAN FRANCISCO DETROIT, Waymo, Arizona Waymo, COVID-19, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Safety


Confirmed: Intel is buying urban mobility platform Moovit in a $900M deal

On the heels of a spate of reports over the weekend, today Intel confirmed its latest move to grow its automotive division. The chip giant is acquiring Moovit, an Israeli startup previously backed by Intel that analyses urban traffic patterns and provides transportation recommendations with a specific focus on public transit. The deal values Moovit at $900 million, although Intel says that the growth of its existing stake in the startup effectively means that Intel paying $840 million in this tr...
Tags: TC, Tech, Intel, Ford, Moovit, Lvmh, Mobileye, Waymo, Amnon Shashua, Bob Swan, Shashua, Israel Sequoia Israel, Nir Erez Moovit


A wave of consolidation is coming for the autonomous-vehicle business as industry insiders say it's getting harder for startups to raise money in the wake of COVID-19

The economic disruptions caused by the spread of the novel coronavirus may speed up consolidation in the autonomous-vehicle industry, Aurora Innovation CEO Chris Urmson said in an interview Business Insider. "There's still capital out there, but it's going to be more selective," he said. In recent months, autonomous-vehicle startups like Zoox, Ike, and Kodiak Robotics have laid off workers, while Starsky Robotics shut down. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. In recent years, ...
Tags: Amazon, Elon Musk, Trends, Tesla, Bloomberg, Ford, Gm, Volkswagen, Sequoia Capital, Hyundai, Fiat Chrysler, Chris Urmson, Aurora, Chin, Optimus, Urmson


Alphabet’s Q1 2020 earnings call

Note: These are Sundar Pichai's full remarks from today's Alphabet Q1 2020 earnings call. See below for an email to employees Sundar sent following the call. When I last spoke with you in early February, no one could have imagined how much the world would change, and how suddenly.Our thoughts are with everyone who has been impacted by COVID-19, especially those who’ve lost loved ones or their livelihoods. It’s a challenging moment for the world. Through it all, we’re incredibly grateful for all ...
Tags: Apple, Google, New York, Australia, California, Youtube, Virginia, Netflix, Canada, Vodafone, Chromebooks, Sundar Pichai, Youtube Kids, Alphabet, Andrea Bocelli, Ruth


Waymo keeps autonomous driving simulations running as cars stay parked

Waymo is still capable of running simulations 24 hours a day
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Self-driving Cars, Waymo


We Can Now Watch Google's Secret Self-Driving Cars From 2009

Google announced in late 2010 that for the past year, Californian drivers had been sharing the road with a secret self-driving car project. Many years and one death at the hands of rival Uber later, we can finally see 2009's testing footage.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Autonomous Cars, Self Driving Cars, Waymo


Uber Argues 'Fraud' Absolves It From Paying Star Engineer's $179 Million Fine

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Uber argued in a recent court filing that former employee Anthony Levandowski committed fraud, an action that frees the company from any obligation to pay his legal bills, including a judgment ordering the star engineer to pay Google $179 million. Uber's fraud claim was part of its response to Levandowski's motion to compel the ride-hailing company into arbitration in the hopes that his former employee will have to shoulder the cost of the $17...
Tags: Google, Uber, Tech, Google Uber, Waymo, Anthony Levandowski, Levandowski


Uber argues ‘fraud’ absolves it from paying star engineer’s $179M fine to Google

Uber argued in a recent court filing that former employee Anthony Levandowski committed fraud, an action that frees the company from any obligation to pay his legal bills, including a judgment ordering the star engineer to pay Google $179 million. The court filing was first reported by Bloomberg. Uber’s fraud claim was part of its response to Levandowski’s motion to compel the ride-hailing company into arbitration in the hopes that his former employee will have to shoulder the cost of the ...
Tags: Google, TC, Transportation, Uber, California, Tech, Engineer, Automotive, Transport, Self-driving Cars, District Attorney, Anthony, TechCrunch, Otto, Google Uber, Bloomberg Uber


Nuro gets OK to test its driverless delivery vehicles on California public roads

Autonomous delivery startup Nuro has been granted a permit to begin driverless testing on California’s public roads, paving the way for the company to roll out commercial operations throughout the state. Nuro, which raised $940 million from SoftBank Vision Fund last year, is allowed to put two of its low-speed electric R2 delivery vehicles on public roads in parts of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, according to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, the agency that regulates autonomous...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Texas, California, Tech, Automotive, Arizona, DMV, Gm, Mountain View, Michigan, Toyota, Santa Clara, Cpuc, Gavin Newsom, Nhtsa


A Florida lab is using self-driving vans to ferry coronavirus tests

The Mayo Clinic in Florida is using four driverless shuttles to ferry coronavirus test samples from a drive-in testing site to its processing lab. The shuttle program was set up by a partnership between the Jacksonville Transport Authority and two autonomous driving companies: Beep and Navya. The CEO of the Mayo Clinic said the use of driverless vehicles both helps reduce overall potential exposure to the virus and free up healthcare workers. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Florida, Trends, Jacksonville, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville Florida, Northeast Florida, JTA, Waymo, Navya, Beep, Jacksonville Transport Authority, Jacksonville Transport Authority JTA, Beep Joe Moye, JTA Beep


Self-driving car engineer Anthony Levandowski files motion to force Uber into arbitration

Anthony Levandowski, the star self-driving car engineer who was at the center of a trade secrets lawsuit, has filed a motion to compel Uber into arbitration in the hopes that his former employee will have to shoulder the cost of at least part of the $179 million judgment against him. The motion to compel arbitration filed this week is part of Levandowski’s bankruptcy proceedings. It’s the latest chapter in a long and winding legal saga that has entangled Uber and Waymo, the former Googl...
Tags: Google, TC, Transportation, Uber, California, Tech, Engineer, Automotive, SEC, Self-driving Cars, Judge, District Attorney, Anthony, Alphabet, Emerging-technologies, San Francisco Bay Area


'The Human Brain Is Just Not Meant to Process This Much Extreme Change'

Welcome to Sick Days, a series documenting how jobs are changing during the coronavirus pandemic, as told by workers themselves. This week, we hear from an Amazon worker in one of the company’s many delivery stations, an out-of-work Waymo operator, a psychotherapist who has moved to telemedicine, and more. Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Labor, Sick Days, Waymo


Ex-Uber Engineer Pleads Guilty To Stealing Trade Secrets From Google

Anthony Levandowski, former Google engineer and a pioneer of self-driving car tech, agreed to plead guilty Thursday to stealing trade secrets from the internet giant. CNET reports: Levandowski left Google in 2016 to start his own self-driving truck company, which was quickly acquired by Uber for $680 million. These actions set off a chain of events that led to Google's autonomous vehicle unit, Waymo, suing Uber over alleged theft of self-driving car trade secrets. That lawsuit settled in Februar...
Tags: Google, Tech, Cnet, Waymo, Anthony Levandowski, Levandowski