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: https://techcrunch.com/2021/09/28/burro-raises-10-9m-for-autonomous-produce-field-transport/ 

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: https://thehill.com/policy/transportation/573463-fedex-launches-autonomous-truck-routes

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: https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2021/09/i-weapons-are-third-revolution-warfare/620013/ 

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: 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.