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.