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/
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 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...
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: https://arstechnica.com/cars/2019/02/driverless-delivery-startup-nuro-raises-almost-1-billion/
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: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/01/second-man-accused-of-stealing-apple-self-driving-secrets-for-chinese-firm/
TomTom is collaborating with Delphi Technologies on powertrains, with their powertrain control system using TomTom’s maps.
Tel Aviv, Israel-based Ottopia, a technology company focused on remote assistance for self-driving cars, has closed $3 million in seed funding.
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...
Machine learning startup DataRobot has raised $100 million in Series D funding.
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.
As cars go autonomous, their interiors can resemble living spaces. Ikea is poised to capitalize on that, writes Katharine Schwab. Here is the link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90237224/ikea-is-now-interested-in-self-driving-cars
Iridium Communications has signed a Letter of Intent with Rolls-Royce Marine (RRM), in support of their autonomous vessel development program.
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: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/aug/28/driverless-taxi-debuts-in-tokyo-in-world-first-trial-ahead-of-olympics
Toyota is investing $500 million in Uber. The two companies are also expanding their autonomous ride-sharing collaboration.
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...