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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...

Tesla Dumps Nvidia, Goes It Alone on AI Hardware — ExtremeTech

Tesla has developed its own silicon for running the neural networks it uses to do vision processing in its AutoPilot software, writes David Cardinal. Here is the link: https://www.extremetech.com/computing/274795-tesla-dumps-nvidia-goes-it-alone-on-ai-hardware

RideOS raises $9 million

RideOS has raised $9 million in Series A funding. Sequoia Capital led the round with participation from Graph Ventures and SV Angel.

Waymo hits 7 million self-driving miles, eyes Europe expansion — Mashable

Waymo is still chugging along with plans to offer a truly driverless car service in the Phoenix, Arizona, area by the end of this year — but it's also moving its...

Altavian awarded $250 million UAS contract by the U.S. Army

Altavian, a U.S. based Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) engineering and manufacturing firm, was awarded  a $250 million Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity contract with the US Army.

Automation technology company Festo investing $900 million to expand operations in Ohio

Festo will invest $90 million in an expansion of its Regional Service and Manufacturing Center in Mason, Ohio.

Waymo, Jaguar to add 20,000 electric self-driving vehicles

Waymo and Jaguar Land Rover are joining forces to design and engineer an electric fully self-driving vehicle, built for Waymo’s transportation service.

Waymo early riders can hail actual driverless minivans now — Fortune

Self-driving taxis are (finally) here! Fortune's Kirsten Korosec writes about Waymo  shuttling a group of early riders in self-driving vehicles without a human test driver behind the wheel. Here is the link: http://fortune.com/2018/03/13/waymo-driverless-minivans-phoenix/ 

Apple Inc. has expanded its California self-driving test fleet to 27 vehicles — Bloomberg...

Apple Inc. has expanded its California self-driving test fleet to 27 vehicles as it accelerates efforts to catch up with competitors such as Alphabet Inc’s Waymo; writes Alex Webb of Bloomberg Technology.  Here is the link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-25/apple-expands-california-self-driving-test-fleet-to-27-cars

Pony.ai raises $112 million

Autonomous driving solutions company Pony.ai has closed a Series A funding round of $112 million.