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How ‘ghost work’ in Silicon Valley pressures the workforce, with Mary Gray

How ‘ghost work’ in Silicon Valley pressures the workforce, with Mary Gray The phrase “pull yourself up by your own bootstraps” was originally meant sarcastically. It’s not actually physically possible to do — especially while wearing Allbirds and having just fallen off a Bird scooter in downtown San Francisco, but I should […]

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Inside Voyage’s plan to deliver a driverless future

Inside Voyage’s plan to deliver a driverless future In two years, Voyage has gone from a tiny self-driving car upstart spun out of Udacity to a company able to operate on 200 miles of roads in retirement communities. Now, Voyage is on the verge of introducing a new vehicle that is critical […]

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Ford acquires mobile robotics company Quantum Signal to help with self-driving

Ford acquires mobile robotics company Quantum Signal to help with self-driving Ford has acquired a small robotics company based in Michigan called Quantum Signal, which has produced mobile robots for a number of clients, including the U.S. military. The company’s speciality has been building remote control software for robotic vehicles, specifically, and […]

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The road ahead for Waymo, AV engineering and mobility, with Waymo CTO Dmitri Dolgov

The road ahead for Waymo, AV engineering and mobility, with Waymo CTO Dmitri Dolgov Earlier this month, TechCrunch held its annual Mobility Sessions event down in San Jose, where leading mobility-focused auto companies, startups, executives and thought leaders joined us to discuss all things autonomous vehicle technology, micromobility and electric vehicles. Extra […]

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Lyft opens to the public autonomous driving data set from its Level 5 self-driving fleet

Lyft opens to the public autonomous driving data set from its Level 5 self-driving fleet Lyft is offering to the public a set of autonomous driving data that it calls the “largest public data set of its kind,” containing over 55,000 3D frames of captured footage hand-labeled by human reviewers, data collected […]

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Freedom Robotics raises $6.6M to take the hassle out of founding a robotics startup

Freedom Robotics raises .6M to take the hassle out of founding a robotics startup After years — decades even — of promises, the robotics industry is finally beginning to realize its potential. Nowhere is this phenomenon clearer than in the world of warehouse automation. Freedom Robotics, a new Bay Area-based startup, came […]

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Daimler and Bosch’s driverless parking gets OK to operate without human supervision

Daimler and Bosch’s driverless parking gets OK to operate without human supervision We’ve reached a new milestone in the long road to getting AI-based self-driving systems to be truly autonomous. Daimler and Bosch have now received approval from German regulators to run their automated driverless parking function without a human safety driver […]

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Peloton’s new automated vehicle system gives one driver control of two trucks

Peloton’s new automated vehicle system gives one driver control of two trucks The trucking world has been inundated in recent years by startups and large companies alike pitching an array of automated driving technology and business strategies, all aiming to solve the big three problems with freight: safety, fuel costs and driver […]

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May Mobility reveals prototype of a wheelchair-accessible autonomous vehicle

May Mobility reveals prototype of a wheelchair-accessible autonomous vehicle Autonomous transportation startup May Mobility is doing more than just talking about accessibility when it comes to self-driving transportation tech development. The company recently began developing a wheelchair-accessible prototype version of its autonomous shuttle vehicle, and just concluded an initial round of gathering […]

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Udelv partners with HEB on Texas autonomous grocery delivery pilot

Udelv partners with HEB on Texas autonomous grocery delivery pilot Autonomous delivery company Udelv has signed yet another partner to launch a new pilot of its self-driving goods delivery service: Texas-based supermarket chain HEB Group. The pilot will provide service to customers in Olmos Park, just outside of downtown San Antonio where […]

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