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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...

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: https://arstechnica.com/cars/2019/02/driverless-delivery-startup-nuro-raises-almost-1-billion/

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: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/01/second-man-accused-of-stealing-apple-self-driving-secrets-for-chinese-firm/

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...

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: https://www.fastcompany.com/90237224/ikea-is-now-interested-in-self-driving-cars

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: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/aug/28/driverless-taxi-debuts-in-tokyo-in-world-first-trial-ahead-of-olympics

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...