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AutoX becomes China’s first to remove safety drivers from robotaxis

AutoX becomes China’s first to remove safety drivers from robotaxis Residents of Shenzhen will see truly driverless cars on the road starting Thursday. AutoX, a four-year-old startup backed by Alibaba, MediaTek and Shanghai Motors, is deploying a fleet of 25 unmanned vehicles in downtown Shenzhen, marking the first time any autonomous driving […]

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Self-driving trucks startup TuSimple raises $350M from U.S. rail, retail and freight giants

Self-driving trucks startup TuSimple raises 0M from U.S. rail, retail and freight giants Self-driving trucks startup TuSimple has closed a $350 million funding round from a diverse consortium of strategic investors that include major U.S. corporations in rail, retail and freight, according to sources familiar with the deal.  The round, which was oversubscribed, […]

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Robotaxi companies get the green light to charge for rides in California

Robotaxi companies get the green light to charge for rides in California Companies that launch robotaxi services in California will be able to charge for and offer shared driverless rides as long as they can navigate a new government approval process that some in the industry argues adds unnecessary bureaucracy that could […]

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Provizio closes $6.2M seed round for its car safety platform using sensors and AI

Provizio closes .2M seed round for its car safety platform using sensors and AI Provizio, a combination hardware and software startup with technology to improve car safety, has closed a seed investment round of $6.2million. Investors include Bobby Hambrick (the founder of Autonomous Stuff); the founders of Movidius; the European Innovation Council […]

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Waymo pauses operations in San Francisco, stays the course in Phoenix on Election Day

Waymo pauses operations in San Francisco, stays the course in Phoenix on Election Day Waymo has taken a dual approach to operations on Election Day. In San Francisco, where Waymo has been testing its autonomous vehicles, driving operations have been temporarily suspended Tuesday and Wednesday “out of an abundance of caution.” Its […]

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Daily Crunch: Waymo opens up driverless ride-hailing

Daily Crunch: Waymo opens up driverless ride-hailing Alphabet’s self-driving technology company hits a major milestone, Apple TV+ extends its free subscription period and Affirm files to go public. This is your Daily Crunch for October 8, 2020. The big story: Waymo opens up driverless ride-hailing Waymo hit a major milestone today: It’s […]

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Waymo and TuSimple autonomous trucking leaders on the difficulty of building a highway-safe AI

Waymo and TuSimple autonomous trucking leaders on the difficulty of building a highway-safe AI TuSimple and Waymo are in the lead in the emerging sector of autonomous trucking; TuSimple founder Xiaodi Hou and Waymo trucking head Boris Sofman had an in-depth discussion of their industry and the tech they’re building at TC […]

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Silverlake adds a $2 billion “longterm” hedge fund backed by Abu Dhabi to its tech finance toolkit

Silverlake adds a billion “longterm” hedge fund backed by Abu Dhabi to its tech finance toolkit Silver Lake Partners, the multi-billion dollar tech-focused investment firm, is adding a longterm hedge fund backed by Abu Dhabi’s sovereign wealth fund, Mubadala, to its array of investment vehicles to finance technology companies. The move into […]

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Hailing a self-driving taxi when blind. Learn how Waymo answers that challenge at Sight Tech Global

Hailing a self-driving taxi when blind. Learn how Waymo answers that challenge at Sight Tech Global Imagine yourself unable to see well enough to drive, and how that would change your life. I witness that scenario every day at home with my wife, who is legally blind, and a very busy person. […]

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Zoox becomes fourth company to land driverless testing permit in California

Zoox becomes fourth company to land driverless testing permit in California Zoox, the automated vehicle technology startup that was acquired by Amazon this year, has been issued a permit from California regulators that will allow it to test driverless vehicles on public roads. The permit is not for all public roads in […]

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