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Cruise strikes deal to launch robotaxi service in Dubai – TechCrunch

Cruise strikes deal to launch robotaxi service in Dubai – TechCrunch

Cruise has expanded its robotaxi ambitions beyond San Francisco. The autonomous vehicle subsidiary of GM that also has backing from SoftBank Vision Fund, Microsoft and Honda, has struck a deal to in 2023.The robotaxi service in Dubai will use the Cruise Origin, the all-electric shuttle-like vehicle that has no steering wheel or pedals and is designed to travel at highway speeds. The Origin, which was , will be manufactured by GM.Cruise will establish a new local Dubai-based company, which will be responsible for the deployment, operation and maintenance of the fleet.The service will start...

Apr 12
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Self-driving truck startup TuSimple files to go public – TechCrunch

Self-driving truck startup TuSimple files to go public – TechCrunch

TuSimple, the self-driving truck company that is backed by a diverse consortium of strategic investors, including Volkswagen AG’s heavy-truck business The Traton Group, Navistar, Goodyear, and freight company U.S. Xpress, filed Tuesday for an .TuSimple is taking the traditional path to going public, a departure from the recent trend — particularly among electric and autonomous vehicle startups — to merge with a special purpose acquisition companies.The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the proposed offering have not yet been determined, according to the regulatory...

Mar 23
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Uber says it will treat UK drivers as workers in wake of Supreme Court ruling – TechCrunch

Uber says it will treat UK drivers as workers in wake of Supreme Court ruling – TechCrunch

Uber said Tuesday that drivers in the U.K. who use its ride-hailing app will be treated as workers, a designation that will give them some benefits such as holiday pay. However, even as Uber seemingly concedes to a Supreme Court ruling last month, a new fight could already be brewing over the company’s decision to calculate working time from the point a trip commences — rather than when drivers log on to the app.Uber said that beginning Wednesday all drivers in the U.K. will be paid holiday time based on 12.07% of their earnings, which will be paid out every two weeks. Drivers will also be...

Mar 16
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Uber spins out delivery robot startup as Serve Robotics – TechCrunch

Uber spins out delivery robot startup as Serve Robotics – TechCrunch

Postmates X, the robotics division of the on-demand delivery startup that , has officially spun out as an independent company called Serve Robotics.TechCrunch that a deal was being shopped to investors.Serve Robotics, a name taken from the autonomous sidewalk delivery bot that was developed and piloted by Postmates X, has raised seed funding in a round led by venture capital firm Neo. Other investors included Uber as well as Lee Jacobs and Cyan Banister’s Long Journey Ventures, Western Technology Investment, Scott Banister, Farhad Mohit and Postmates co-founders Bastian Lehmann and Sean...

Mar 2
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Aurora acquires a second lidar company in push to bring self-driving trucks to the road – TechCrunch

Aurora acquires a second lidar company in push to bring self-driving trucks to the road – TechCrunch

“We are always on the lookout for how we can make progress as quickly as possible and ’s expertise in developing chips adds to the expertise we already have and accelerates our work,” an Aurora spokesperson said.Aurora unveiled last summer its so-called , a sensor based on Blackmore’s technology that was developed for its fleet of self-driving vehicles, namely long-haul trucks. Aurora is clearly interested in OURS’s speed of development, that the startup been able to produce four generations of in just three years and developed a solid-state scanning mechanism compatible with its...

Feb 26
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Kargo raises $6M to smarten up loading docks for the coming wave of autonomy – TechCrunch

Kargo raises $6M to smarten up loading docks for the coming wave of autonomy – TechCrunch

Image Credits: KargoDemand for Kargo’s platform and sensors could rise as e-commerce giants like Amazon as well as hundreds of other distributors add more automation inside their warehouses and factories.

Feb 11
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President Joe Biden commits to replacing entire federal fleet with electric vehicles – TechCrunch

President Joe Biden commits to replacing entire federal fleet with electric vehicles – TechCrunch

President Joe Biden said Monday the U.S. government would replace the entire federal fleet of cars, trucks and SUVs with electric vehicles manufactured in the United States, a commitment tied to a broader campaign promise to create 1 million new jobs in the American auto industry and supply chains.The commitment, if it bears out, could give a boost to U.S. automakers, particularly those that have diverse portfolios that include passenger cars, commercial vans and light trucks.Biden said this order closes loopholes and aims to increase purchases of products made in the United States. The...

Jan 26
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Blackberry and Baidu deepen autonomous, connected car partnership – TechCrunch

Blackberry and Baidu deepen autonomous, connected car partnership – TechCrunch

Blackberry and Chinese search engine giant Baidu have agreed to expand a partnership that aims to give automakers the tools they need to launch next-generation connected and autonomous vehicles in China.Under the deal, Baidu’s high-definition maps will be integrated into Blackberry’s QNX Neutrino Real-Time Operating System. The embedded system will be mass produced in the upcoming GAC New Energy Aion models from the electric vehicle arm of GAC Group, one of the country’s top three automakers that produces more 2 million vehicles a year.The aim of this new, expanded partnership is to...

Jan 26
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Lidar startup Aeva raises another $200M ahead of its debut as a public company – TechCrunch

Lidar startup Aeva raises another $200M ahead of its debut as a public company – TechCrunch

the lidar company started by two former Apple engineers, has raised an additional $200 million in private investment from Hong Kong hedge fund Sylebra Capital ahead of its debut as a publicly traded company.The Mountain View, California-based startup announced in fall 2020 that it was merging with special purpose acquisition company InterPrivate Acquisition Corp., with a post-deal market valuation of $2.1 billion. The new investment from Sylebra, which is a current holder of InterPrivate common stock, brings the total gross proceeds it will have once it begins trading to more thanAeva had...

Jan 4
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Chinese autonomous vehicle startup WeRide scores permit to test driverless cars in San Jose – TechCrunch

Chinese autonomous vehicle startup WeRide scores permit to test driverless cars in San Jose – TechCrunch

WeRide, the Chinese autonomous vehicle startup that recently raised $310 million, has received a permit to test driverless vehicles on public roads in San Jose, California. WeRide is the seventh company, following AutoX, Baidu, Cruise, Nuro Waymo and Zoox, to receive a driverless testing permit.In the early days of autonomous vehicle development, testing permits required human safety drivers behind the wheel. Some 56 companies have an active permit to test autonomous vehicles with a safety driver. Driverless testing permits, in which a human operator is not behind the wheel, have become the...

Apr 12
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