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: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/article246728241.html

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: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/10/26/tesla-paid-elon-musk-millions-for-90-days-indemnification-insurance.html

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:...

DriveU.auto raises $4M (Israel)

Israel-based DriveU.auto, 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: https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/volkswagen-car-software-division-begins-operation/

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: https://www.theverge.com/2019/7/12/20690722/ford-vw-alliance-self-driving-argo-investment-valuation

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: https://www.npr.org/2019/05/21/725524334/u-s-postal-service-is-testing-self-driving-trucks

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: https://techcrunch.com/2019/04/11/uber-spent-457-million-on-self-driving-and-flying-car-rd-last-year/

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: https://www.wired.com/story/ups-matternet-drone-delivery-north-carolina/

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...