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TRI-AD’s James Kuffner and Max Bajracharya are coming to TC Sessions: Robotics+AI 2020

TRI-AD’s James Kuffner and Max Bajracharya are coming to TC Sessions: Robotics+AI 2020 With the Tokyo Summer Olympics rapidly approaching, 2020 is shaping up to be a big year for TRI-AD (Toyota Research Institute – Advanced Development). Opened in 2018, the research wing is devoted to bringing some of TRI’s work into […]

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Joby Aviation raises $590 million led by Toyota to launch an electric air taxi service

Joby Aviation raises 0 million led by Toyota to launch an electric air taxi service Joby Aviation has raised a $590 million Series C round of funding, including $394 million from lead investor Toyota Motor Corporation, the company announced today. Joby is in the process of developing an electric air taxi service, […]

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Toyota’s first plug-in hybrid RAV4 piles on the power and fuel efficiency

Toyota’s first plug-in hybrid RAV4 piles on the power and fuel efficiency Toyota gave its first plug-in hybrid RAV4 more than just a plug. It piled on the power as well. The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime, which was unveiled this week at the LA Auto Show, will achieve two seemingly conflicting goals. […]

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The Mustang Mach-E is the exciting shape of the electric future

The Mustang Mach-E is the exciting shape of the electric future Ford just unveiled its first EV and it’s stunning. Called the Mustang Mach-E it appears to get a lot of things right. From the branding to little surprises, the Mustang Mach-E looks to be a hit. “We knew we had to […]

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Waymo expands self-driving services to include B2B car parts delivery trial

Waymo expands self-driving services to include B2B car parts delivery trial Self-driving vehicle technology company Waymo has expanding its business relationship with automotive retail company AutoNation, the companies announced today. The new extension builds on the existing partnership between Waymo and AutoNation, which began as a way for Waymo to service its […]

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Hyundai is launching BotRide, a robotaxi service in California with Pony.ai and Via

Hyundai is launching BotRide, a robotaxi service in California with Pony.ai and Via A fleet of electric, autonomous Hyundai Kona crossovers — equipped with a self-driving system from Chinese autonomous startup Pony .ai and Via’s ride-hailing platform, will start shuttling customers on public roads next week. The robotaxi service called BotRide will […]

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NASCAR could debut hybrids as early as 2022

NASCAR could debut hybrids as early as 2022 NASCAR could introduce hybrid powered cars as early as 2022, NASCAR’s SVP for Racing Development John Probst told TechCrunch. The auto-racing series — which is America’s most popular motorsport — opened up on the development of competition vehicles powered by gas and electricity. “We […]

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Toyota, GM, Nvidia, Bosch and others form new autonomous driving tech consortium

Toyota, GM, Nvidia, Bosch and others form new autonomous driving tech consortium We’re still very much in the collaboration phase of autonomous driving, since it’s looking still quite a ways off from being anything consumers can use on the regular. That means there’s plenty of opportunity for things like the new “Autonomous […]

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Didi Chuxing to launch self-driving rides in Shanghai and expand them beyond China by 2021

Didi Chuxing to launch self-driving rides in Shanghai and expand them beyond China by 2021 Didi Chuxing will begin picking up ride-hailing passengers with self-driving cars in Shanghai in just a few months, according to company CTO Zhang Bo (via Reuters). The plan is to roll out autonomous pick-ups in Shanghai first, […]

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Toyota partners with AI startup Preferred Networks on building helper robots for humans

Toyota partners with AI startup Preferred Networks on building helper robots for humans Toyota is enlisting the help of startup Preferred Networks, a Japanese company founded in 2014 with a focus on artificial intelligence and deep learning, to help move forward its goal of developing useful service robots that can assist people […]

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