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Lucid Motors’ all-electric Air will have 32 sensors, including lidar, to support hands-free highway driving – TechCrunch

Lucid Motors’ all-electric Air will have 32 sensors, including lidar, to support hands-free highway driving – TechCrunch

Image credits: LucidInside the vehicle will be a driver monitoring system with a dedicated camera. didn’t reveal much about its DMS. However, it’s likely to operate similarly to GM’s hands-free system known as Super Cruise.Underlying all of this will be a high-speed The aim is for all of this hardware to support high-functioning driver assistance features, eventually including hands-free automated highway driving. This ADAS package will not only offer Level 2 features, but is also Level 3 ready, according to Lee. There are five levels of automation under SAE’s definition. Level 2 has two...

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Tesla picks Austin for its next US factory to build Cybertruck, Semi truck, Model Y – TechCrunch

Tesla picks Austin for its next US factory to build Cybertruck, Semi truck, Model Y – TechCrunch

Wednesday CEO Elon Musk described the future factory as an “ecological paradise,” with a boardwalk and bike lanes and where the public will be welcome. While tours have been offered at Tesla’s Fremont, California, factory, the campus is not open for the public to wander its grounds.Musk said the Fremont factory will continue to play a critical role for Tesla, a shift in tone from earlier this year when he threatened to leave California over COVID-19-related government shutdowns. He added that it will make sense to build the Roadster at the Fremont factory.Musk thanked Tulsa and Oklahoma and...

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Navistar teams up with TuSimple to produce self-driving trucks by 2024 – TechCrunch

Navistar teams up with TuSimple to produce self-driving trucks by 2024 – TechCrunch

and deepened their two-year relationship on Wednesday, announcing plans to develop and begin producing autonomous semi trucks by 2024.The strategic partnership includes Navistar taking an undisclosed stake in self-driving trucks startup TuSimple. The plan is to move away from retrofitting the Navistar International commercial trucks that TuSimple currently uses and instead develop semi trucks specifically designed for autonomous operations.“Autonomous technology is entering our industry and will have a profound impact on our customers’ businesses,” Navistar CEO and president Persio Lisboa...

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Waymo’s self-driving trucks and minivans are headed to New Mexico and Texas – TechCrunch

Waymo’s self-driving trucks and minivans are headed to New Mexico and Texas – TechCrunch

said Thursday it will begin mapping and eventually testing its autonomous long-haul trucks in Texas and parts of New Mexico, the latest sign that the Alphabet company is expanding beyond its core focus of launching a robotaxi business.Waymo said in a tweet posted early Thursday it had picked these areas because they are “interesting and promising commercial routes.” Waymo also said it would “explore how the Waymo Driver” — the company’s branded self-driving system — could be used to “create new transportation solutions.”Waymo plans to mostly focus on interstates because Texas has a...

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Tesla blows past Toyota to become most valuable automaker in the world – TechCrunch

Tesla blows past Toyota to become most valuable automaker in the world – TechCrunch

In 10 years, has gone from public market newbie to the most valuable automaker in the world by market value. The electric automaker had long since passed the valuations of Ford and GM, and in January became the most valuable U.S. automaker ever when its market cap hit $81.39 billion.Still, a few automakers remained ahead of Tesla. Until today. Tesla shares popped Wednesday after the market opened, rising nearly 4% to $1,129.18 — hitting a new 52-week high. The company’s market capitalization now stands at nearly $208 billion, surpassing to become the world’s most valuable automaker by...

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TuSimple seeking $250 million in new funding to scale self-driving trucks – TechCrunch

TuSimple seeking $250 million in new funding to scale self-driving trucks – TechCrunch

the self-driving truck startup backed by Sina, Nvidia, UPS and Tier 1 supplier Mando Corporation, is headed back into the marketplace in search of new capital from investors. The company has hired investment bank Morgan Stanley to help it raise $250 million, according to multiple sources familiar with the effort.recently sent potential investors an informational packet, viewed by TechCrunch, that provides a snapshot of the company and an overview of its business model, as well as a pitch on why the company is poised to succeed — all standard fare for companies seeking investors.TuSimple...

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

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

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 Cruise and 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 data for companies building machine learning algorithms. Companies working on autonomous vehicle technology make up a...

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Remote operators in Mexico are driving scooters to riders in this Atlanta suburb – TechCrunch

Remote operators in Mexico are driving scooters to riders in this Atlanta suburb – TechCrunch

In one Atlanta suburb, finding and returning an electric shared scooter will be taken care of by teleoperators some 1,700 miles away in Mexico City.Riders in the enclave of Peachtree Corners will be able to use an app beginning this week to hail a GoX scooter equipped with tech from teleoperations startup Tortoise. Using the Go X Apollo app developed by GoX, riders can have the scooter cruise on its own to their location. After riders complete trips, the scooters will drive themselves back to a safe parking spot. From here, GoX employees charge and sanitize the scooters and then mark them...

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Cruise lays off 8% of workforce amid COVID-19, puts resources toward engineering – TechCrunch

Cruise lays off 8% of workforce amid COVID-19, puts resources toward engineering – TechCrunch

the self-driving car subsidiary of GM that also has backing from automaker Honda and T. Rowe Price & Associates, is laying off nearly 8% of its more than 1,800-member workforce today as it tries to reduce costs during the COVID-19 pandemic.The layoffs will affect employees in Cruise’s product, marketing and rideshare business units, according to a memo sent by Cruise CEO and viewed by TechCrunch. Bloomberg was the first to .Employees who are laid off will be offered severance and their healthcare benefits will be paid for by the company through the end of the year, according to the...

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Elon Musk restarts Tesla factory in defiance of county orders – TechCrunch

Elon Musk restarts Tesla factory in defiance of county orders – TechCrunch

CEO said Monday that the company’s factory in Fremont, Calif. is open and has restarted production despite a stay-at-home order issued by Alameda County.Musk said in a tweet Monday afternoon that he will “be on the line,” a reference to the assembly line at the factory where Tesla makes the Model X, Model S, Model 3 and Model Y. He added “if anyone is arrested, I ask that it only be me.”Tesla is restarting production today against Alameda County rules. I will be on the line with everyone else. If anyone is arrested, I ask that it only be me.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk)Musk’s move follows days of...

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Tesla prepares to bring back 30% of Fremont factory workers in spite of county order – TechCrunch

Tesla prepares to bring back 30% of Fremont factory workers in spite of county order – TechCrunch

is aiming to ramp up “limited operations” at its factory in Fremont, Calif., a decision that puts the company and its CEO in direct conflict with a stay-at-home order in Alameda County.Update: On Friday, Alameda County health officials said the automaker was .Employees received two emails — one from Musk and another from Valerie Workman, the company’s human resources director — indicating that the factory would open as early as Friday. Bloomberg . The decision to open was based on new guidance from Gov. Gavin Newsom, who said Thursday that manufacturers could resume operations.However,...

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Elon Musk threatens to pull Tesla operations out of California and into Texas or Nevada – TechCrunch

Elon Musk threatens to pull Tesla operations out of California and into Texas or Nevada – TechCrunch

CEO said Saturday the company will file a lawsuit against Alameda County and threatened to move its headquarters and future programs to Texas or Nevada immediately, escalating a fight between the company and health officials over whether its factory in Fremont can reopen.Tesla had planned to bring back about 30% of its factory workers Friday as part of its reopening plan, defying Alameda County’s stay-at-home order.Updated: Tesla has since against Alameda County seeking to nullify the county’s orders and allow the automaker to resume operations.Alameda County Health Care Services Agency and...

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Tesla sues Alameda County to force California factory reopening – TechCrunch

Tesla sues Alameda County to force California factory reopening – TechCrunch

filed a lawsuit Saturday against Alameda County in an effort to invalidate orders that have prevented the automaker from reopening its factory in Fremont, California.The lawsuit, which seeks injunctive and declaratory relief against Alameda County, was. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for California’s Northern District.Earlier Saturday, CEO tweeted that he was filing a lawsuit against Alameda County and threatened to move its headquarters and future programs to Texas or Nevada immediately.Tesla had planned to bring back about 30% of its factory workers Friday as part of its...

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