Ultra Cruise semi-autonomous driving coming to Cadillac Celestiq

General Motors has unveiled its newest semi-autonomous vehicle. The cadillac Celestiq will be deploying its Ultra Cruise advanced driver assistance system.

Elon Musk says Tesla’s next vehicle will operate ‘almost entirely in autonomous mode’ —...

Elon Musk commented on Tesla’s next car, saying that it will operate “almost entirely in autonomous mode,” writes Fred Lambert. Here is the link:

Argo AI, driverless startup backed by Ford and VW, is shutting down — The...

The company, which was founded by veterans of Google and Uber’s self-driving car projects, has lost the financial support of Ford and VW, a source said, writes Andrew J. Hawkins.

Autonomous Vehicle Industry Association appoints Jeff Farrah executive director

The Autonomous Vehicle Industry Association (AVIA) has appointed Jeff Farrah as the organization’s inaugural executive director.

Waymo to start offering autonomous rides to public in central, downtown Phoenix — AZ...

Waymo plans to begin offering rides for a fee to people in central and downtown Phoenix to test its autonomous Jaguar I-Pace vehicles, writes Ryan Randazzo. Here is the link:

Volkswagen to use Qualcomm chips for automated driving

Cariad, a software company from the Volkswagen Group, will be using Qualcomm system-on-chips (SoCs) for its software platform.

Nissan developing new driver-assistance

Nissan says it is developing a new driver-assistance technology, that utilizes highly accurate, real-time information about the vehicle’s surrounding environment for collision avoidance. 

Walmart is using fully driverless trucks to ramp up its online grocery business —...

Walmart said Monday it has started using fully driverless trucking in its online grocery business, writes Frank Holland. Here is the link:

Cruise launches driverless robotaxi service in San Francisco — TC

Employees of Cruise, the self-driving subsidiary of General Motors, will be the first to jump inside one of the company’s autonomous vehicles that operate in San Francisco without a human driver,...

Nodar secures $1.67M 3D vision systems contract with United States Army

Nodar, a provider of multi-camera 3D vision technology, has secured a $1.67 million SBIR Phase II contract with the United States Army to develop 3D vision systems.

Burro raises $10.9M for autonomous produce field transport — TC

Burro utilizes what it calls “pop-up autonomy,” which is able to navigate a space without training, writes Brian Heater. Here is the link: 

Just how connected and autonomous are the cars being sold now — Bloomberg

It’s easy to forget each segment of the transition to connected, autonomous, shared and electric — or C.A.S.E. — vehicle technologies are on their own respective paths, writes Nicholas Albanese. Here is...

FedEx launches autonomous truck routes — The Hill

FedEx on Wednesday launched a new initiative that will test autonomous truck routes between Dallas and Houston, writes Mychael Schnell. Here is the link:

Argo AI, Ford and Walmart collaborating to launch autonomous vehicles for delivery

Argo AI, Ford, and Walmart are working together to launch an autonomous vehicle delivery service in Miami, Austin, Texas, and Washington, D.C.

The third revolution in warfare — The Atlantic

Autonomous weaponry is the third revolution in warfare, following gunpowder and nuclear arms, writes Kai-Fu Lee. Here is the link: 

Monarch Tractor raises $20M

Livermore, Calif.-based Monarch Tractor, a driver-optional, electric smart tractor manufacturer, has raised $20 million.

Morai raises $1.8M

Seoul, South Korea-based autonomous vehicle simulation startup Morai has raised $1.8M in a Series A funding round.

Ford is doubling down on testing self-driving cars in Miami-Dade — Miami Herald

After landing in Miami-Dade in 2018 with a fleet of self-driving cars, Ford announced Monday that it plans to broaden its presence there, writes Rob Wile. Here is the link:

Tesla paid CEO Elon Musk $3 million to provide indemnity for directors and officers...

Tesla CEO Elon Musk personally offered up to $100 million in indemnity coverage for officers and directors of the company, writes Lora Kolodny. Here is the link:

Drone truck startup Einride unveils new driverless vehicles for autonomous freight hauling — The...

Einride, the Swedish autonomous trucking startup, unveiled a new vehicle type that the company hopes to have on the road delivering freight starting in 2021, writes Andrew Hawkins. Here is the link:... raises $4M (Israel)

Israel-based, developers of connectivity platform for autonomous vehicle teleoperation, has raised $4 million.

Amazon to buy autonomous vehicle startup Zoox

Amazon has signed an agreement to acquire Zoox, a California-based company working to design autonomous ride-hailing vehicles from the ground up.

Volkswagen gets more active in software development with new Car.Software division — CNET

The new internal organization will develop most of VW Group's car and cloud-based software, unifying the brands with a VW.OS platform, writes Antuan Goodwin. Here is the link:

Intel acquires Moovit for $900 million

Intel has acquired Moovit, a mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) solutions company, for approximately $900 million.

Hoverfly receives largest government contract for tethered drones to date

Hoverfly, manufacturer of the LiveSky tethered drones, has been awarded a $10 million sole-source contract by a U.S. government agency.

Ford-VW alliance expands to include autonomous and electric vehicles — The Verge

VW will invest $2.6 billion in Argo AI, the Pittsburgh based autonomous vehicle startup backed by Ford, writes Andrew J. Hawkins. Here is the link:

Baidu claims its Apollo Lite vision-based vehicle framework achieves level 4 autonomy — VB

The Beijing-based tech giant today unveiled Apollo Lite, a vision-based framework that leverages multiple cameras to achieve level 4 autonomous driving — that is, operation with limited human oversight under select...

U.S. Postal Service tests self-driving trucks — NPR

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is experimenting with self-driving trucks to move mail across state lines, writes Vanessa Romo. Here is the link:

Uber spent $457 million on self-driving and flying car R&D last year — TechCrunch

Uber spent $457 million last year on research and development of autonomous vehicles, flying cars (known as eVTOLs) and other “technology programs”, writes Kirsten Korosec. Here is the link:

UPS drones are now moving blood samples over North Carolina — Wired

The service ran its first flight Tuesday, at North Carolina–based WakeMed’s hospital in Raleigh, using Matternet’s compact M2 quadcopter, writes Eric Adams. Here is the link:

Elon Musk promises a really truly self-driving car Tesla in 2020 — Wired

Elon Musk says Tesla cars will be so capable, you’ll be able to snooze in the driver seat while it takes you from your parking lot to wherever you’re going, writes...

Driverless delivery startup Nuro raises almost $1 billion — Ars Technica

Nuro was founded in 2016 by Dave Ferguson and Jiajun Zhu, both veterans of Google's self-driving car project, writes Timothy Lee. Here is the link:

FBI catches another man allegedly stealing Apple self-driving car secrets — Ars Technica

According to the FBI, "hundreds of the files on Chen's personally owned computer were photographs of computer screens with Apple information on the screen," writes Timothy Lee. Here is the link:

Delphi powertrains to use TomTom maps

TomTom is collaborating with Delphi Technologies on powertrains, with their powertrain control system using TomTom’s maps.

Ottopia raises $3 million

Tel Aviv, Israel-based Ottopia, a technology company focused on remote assistance for self-driving cars, has closed $3 million in seed funding.

Kroger launches unmanned delivery service in Scottsdale, AZ

Kroger is launching an unmanned delivery service, available to the general public (to the general public in Scottsdale, Arizona, only for now; but nonetheless), in association with Nuro, a robotics and...

DataRobot Raises $100 million

Machine learning startup DataRobot has raised $100 million in Series D funding.

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance cars to embed Android, based on new partnership with Google

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance and Google have inked a technology partnership to embed the Android operating system in vehicles sold by the automotive alliance, starting from 2021.

Ikea is now interested in self-driving cars — Fast Company

As cars go autonomous, their interiors can resemble living spaces. Ikea is poised to capitalize on that, writes Katharine Schwab. Here is the link:

Iridium, Rolls-Royce Marine working together on autonomous vessels

Iridium Communications has signed a Letter of Intent with Rolls-Royce Marine (RRM), in support of their autonomous vessel development program.

Driverless taxi debuts in Tokyo in ‘world first’ trial ahead of Olympics — The...

Minivan equipped with sensors makes four round-trips a day on a busy stretch of road, picking up paying passengers, writes Justin McCurry. Here is the link:

Toyota investing $500M in Uber; to launch autonomous-mobility as a service fleet

Toyota is investing $500 million in Uber. The two companies are also expanding their autonomous ride-sharing collaboration.

An interview with self-driving visionary Larry Burns, co-author of ‘Autonomy’– Forbes

Greg Gardner interviews Lawrence Burns, a former vice president of research, development and planning at General Motors, who has been an advisor to Waymo (formerly Google’s self-driving car project) since 2011. Here is...

Tesla Dumps Nvidia, Goes It Alone on AI Hardware — ExtremeTech

Tesla has developed its own silicon for running the neural networks it uses to do vision processing in its AutoPilot software, writes David Cardinal. Here is the link:

RideOS raises $9 million

RideOS has raised $9 million in Series A funding. Sequoia Capital led the round with participation from Graph Ventures and SV Angel.

Waymo hits 7 million self-driving miles, eyes Europe expansion — Mashable

Waymo is still chugging along with plans to offer a truly driverless car service in the Phoenix, Arizona, area by the end of this year — but it's also moving its...

Altavian awarded $250 million UAS contract by the U.S. Army

Altavian, a U.S. based Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) engineering and manufacturing firm, was awarded  a $250 million Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity contract with the US Army.

Automation technology company Festo investing $900 million to expand operations in Ohio

Festo will invest $90 million in an expansion of its Regional Service and Manufacturing Center in Mason, Ohio.

Waymo, Jaguar to add 20,000 electric self-driving vehicles

Waymo and Jaguar Land Rover are joining forces to design and engineer an electric fully self-driving vehicle, built for Waymo’s transportation service.

Waymo early riders can hail actual driverless minivans now — Fortune

Self-driving taxis are (finally) here! Fortune's Kirsten Korosec writes about Waymo  shuttling a group of early riders in self-driving vehicles without a human test driver behind the wheel. Here is the link: