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Tesla calls claims of unintended acceleration in NHTSA petition “completely false” –

Tesla pushed back Monday against claims that its electric vehicles may suddenly accelerate on their own, calling a petition filed with federal safety regulators “completely false.” Tesla also questions the validity of the petition, noting that it was submitted by a Tesla short-seller. Last week, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration said it would […] → Read More

Cruise calls for a new way to determine commercial readiness of self-driving cars –

Cruise co-founder and CTO Kyle Vogt said Friday that disengagement reports released annually by California regulators are not a proxy for the commercial readiness or safety of self-driving cars. Vogt, in a lengthy post on Medium, called for a new metric to determine whether an autonomous vehicle is ready for commercial deployment. The post suggests […] → Read More

Trucks VC general partner Reilly Brennan is coming to TC Sessions: Mobility –

The future of transportation industry is bursting at the seams with startups aiming to bring everything from flying cars and autonomous vehicles to delivery bots and even more efficient freight to roads. One investor who is right at the center of this is Reilly Brennan, founding general partner of Trucks VC, a seed-stage venture capital […] → Read More

Foxconn and Fiat Chrysler partner to develop EVs and an “internet of vehicles” business –

Foxconn Technology Group, the Taiwanese electronics giant best known for its iPhone manufacturing contract, is forming a joint venture with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to build electric vehicles in China. The joint venture was disclosed in a regulatory filing. Nikkei was first to report the joint venture. According to the filing, each party will own 50% […] → Read More

Mobileye takes aim at Waymo –

Mobileye has built a multi-billion-dollar business supplying automakers with computer vision technology that powers advanced driver assistance systems. It’s a business that last year generated nearly $1 billion in sales for the company. Today, 54 million vehicles on the road are using Mobileye’s computer vision technology. In 2018, the company made what many considered a […] → Read More

NextNav raises $120M to deploy its indoor positioning tech to find people in skyscrapers –

NextNav LLC has raised $120 million in equity and debt to commercially deploy an indoor-positioning system that can pinpoint a device’s location — including what floor it’s on — without GPS . The company has developed what it calls a Metropolitan Beacon System, which can find the location of devices like smartphones, drones, IoT products […] → Read More

Waymo’s Anca Dragan and Ike Robotics CTO Jur van den Berg are coming to TC Sessions: Robotics+AI –

The road to “solving” self-driving cars is riddled with challenges, from perception and decision making to figuring out the interaction between humans and robots. Today we’re announcing that joining us at TC Sessions: Robotics+AI on March 3 at UC Berkeley are two experts who play important roles in the development and deployment of autonomous vehicle […] → Read More

TC Sessions: Mobility 2020: Boris Sofman of Waymo and Nancy Sun of Ike –

You have might heard: a mobility revolution is in the making. TechCrunch is here for it — and we’re not just along for the ride. We’re here to uncover new ideas and startups, root out vaporware and dig into the tech and people spurring this change. In short, we’re helping drive the conversation around mobility. […] → Read More

AutoX and Fiat Chrysler are teaming up on a robotaxi for China –

Autonomous vehicle startup AutoX, which is backed by Alibaba, said Tuesday that it is partnering with Fiat Chrysler partnership to roll out a fleet of robotaxis for China and other countries in Asia. A fleet of Chrysler Pacifica is going to be in service to the public in China in early 2020, according to AutoX […] → Read More

Mobileye expands its robotaxi footprint with a new deal in South Korea –

Mobileye announced Tuesday an agreement to test and eventually deploy a robotaxi service in Daegu City, South Korea, the latest example of the company’s strategy to expand beyond its traditional business of supplying automakers with computer vision technology that power advanced driver assistance systems. Under the agreement, which was announced at CES 2020, Mobileye will […] → Read More

Mercedes-Benz and James Cameron built an Avatar-inspired car perfect for Pandora –

Mercedes-Benz channeled the wild and imaginative world of James Cameron’s hit movie “Avatar” for its latest concept car — an electric autonomous vehicle covered in bionic flaps that aims to show how man and machine can merge and live responsibly in nature. The concept car, appropriately named AVTR, for Advanced Vehicle Transformation, was unveiled Monday […] → Read More

Qualcomm unveils its Snapdragon Ride platform for all levels of automated driving –

Qualcomm today unveiled a new automotive platform called Snapdragon Ride that’s designed to power all levels of automated driving from today’s active safety systems in passenger cars to the robotaxis that may someday ply city streets. The scalable platform consists of a Snapdragon Ride system-on-chip, accelerator and autonomous stack. Qualcomm might be best known for […] → Read More

Hyundai to build air taxis for Uber’s future aerial ride share network –

Hyundai Motor is partnering with Uber to develop and potentially mass produce air taxis for a future aerial ride share network. The partnership is the latest addition to Uber Elevate’s growing network that includes Aurora Flight Sciences, which is now a subsidiary of Boeing, Bell, Embraer, Joby Aviation, Pipistrel Aircraft, Karem Aircraft and Jaunt Air […] → Read More

Toyota is building a tiny utopian city filled with people, robots and AI –

Toyota researches and tests robotics, material science, automated driving and alternative fuel technology in labs all around the world. Now the automaker is trying a new and far more ambitious project: build a mini city on a 175-acre site at the foot of Mount Fugi in Japan, where people will live and work amongst all […] → Read More

Amazon drives deeper into cars with new Alexa partners, Echo Auto expansion –

Amazon is no longer content trying to dominate the home. The ecommerce giant made several announcements Monday ahead of CES 2020 that target the car, including partnerships with Lamborghini and Rivian, new auto-specific skills for its Alexa voice assistant, a market expansion for its Echo Auto device and a plan to bring its latest Fire […] → Read More

Amazon-backed Rivian will integrate Alexa into its electric pickup and SUV –

Rivian will integrate Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa into the R1T pickup and R1S SUV, the company’s first electric vehicles that are set to debut at the end of the year. Rivian said Monday it plans to also extend the Alexa integration to 100,000 electric delivery trucks that Amazon has ordered from the automaker. The electric […] → Read More

Agility’s two-legged robot Digit is for sale and Ford is the first customer –

Agility Robotics is putting Digit — a two-legged robot that can lift 40 pound packages — on the market. And Ford Motor is the first customer. Ford, which has been involved in a research project with the robotics startup since last year, said Sunday night ahead of CES 2020 in Las Vegas that it will […] → Read More

Here’s how Bosch engineers transformed the regular ol’ sun visor –

While vehicles have become increasingly more advanced, the sun visor has stayed almost the same for more than nine decades. And yet, it remains a problematic feature that can obscure a driver’s field of view, especially at dusk and dawn. Three Bosch engineers have come up with a novel way to solve that problem by […] → Read More

Byton is launching an app developer program for its M-Byte electric SUV –

China-based electric car startup Byton might be best known for its massive 48-inch wraparound digital dashboard screen in its upcoming M-Byte SUV as well as a host of other screens sprinkled throughout the vehicle. Those screens might get all the attention, but they are merely the delivery mechanism or “stage” for what Byton hopes will […] → Read More

Tesla surpasses 2019 goal and delivers 367,500 electric vehicles –

Tesla said Friday that it delivered 367,500 electric vehicles in 2019 — 50% more than the previous year — a record-breaking figure largely supported by sales of the cheaper Model 3. More than one-third of those deliveries — about 112,000 vehicles — occurred in the fourth quarter. The electric automaker reported production also grew 10% […] → Read More