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Uber reportedly raising $1B in deal that values self-driving car unit at up to $10B

Uber is in negotiations with investors, including the SoftBank Vision Fund, to secure an investment as large as $1 billion for its autonomous vehicles unit. The deal would value the business at between $5 billion and $10 billion, according to a Tuesday report from The Wall Street Journal.
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Uber is in negotiations with investors, including the SoftBank Vision Fund, to secure an investment as large as $1 billion for its autonomous vehicles unit. The deal would value the business at between $5 billion and $10 billion, according to a Tuesday report from The Wall Street Journal.
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SoftBank, Other Investors in Talks to Invest $1 Billion in Uber’s Self-Driving Unit

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Waymo reportedly seeking outside investors to reduce cost, boost valuation

Late last year, Waymo One launched as a self-driving car service in Phoenix after nine years of development. The Alphabet division still has a long rollout ahead of it, but it can begin recouping R&D costs. A new report today details how Waymo is looking for outside investors.

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Late last year, Waymo One launched as a self-driving car service in Phoenix after nine years of development. The Alphabet division still has a long rollout ahead of it, but it can begin recouping R&D costs. A new report today details how Waymo is looking for outside investors.

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Waymo to start selling standalone LiDAR sensors

In January 2017, Krafcik said Waymo engineers were able to bring the cost of LiDAR down 90 percent from the industry norm of $75,000 for a single top-of-the-range LiDAR. In other words, Krafcik was telling the world that Waymo’s top-of-range LiDAR cost about $7,500.

“This is critical as we look to commercialize self-driving technology,” Krafcik said at the time, during a keynote at th More

In January 2017, Krafcik said Waymo engineers were able to bring the cost of LiDAR down 90 percent from the industry norm of $75,000 for a single top-of-the-range LiDAR. In other words, Krafcik was telling the world that Waymo’s top-of-range LiDAR cost about $7,500.

“This is critical as we look to commercialize self-driving technology,” Krafcik said at the time, during a keynote at th More

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Alphabet’s Waymo just explained how it can make money: selling its self-driving car sensors to partners

“Our custom LIDARs have been instrumental in making Waymo the first company in the world to put fully self-driving cars on public roads,” head of Waymo’s LIDAR team Simon Verghese wrote in a company blog post on Wednesday. “Now, we are making these sensors available to companies outside of self-driving — beginning with robotics, security, agricultural technology, and more More

“Our custom LIDARs have been instrumental in making Waymo the first company in the world to put fully self-driving cars on public roads,” head of Waymo’s LIDAR team Simon Verghese wrote in a company blog post on Wednesday. “Now, we are making these sensors available to companies outside of self-driving — beginning with robotics, security, agricultural technology, and more More

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Axios Autonomous Vehicles – March 1, 2019 – Axios

Rivals BMW and Daimler are the latest automakers to start pooling resources in order to stay competitive while they push toward full autonomy.

The big picture: Once there was a race among auto and tech companies to develop self-driving cars, but now there’s a shared belief that it’s frustratingly hard and incredibly expensive to do so at scale.

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Rivals BMW and Daimler are the latest automakers to start pooling resources in order to stay competitive while they push toward full autonomy.

The big picture: Once there was a race among auto and tech companies to develop self-driving cars, but now there’s a shared belief that it’s frustratingly hard and incredibly expensive to do so at scale.

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Driverless buses will soon begin operating in Orlando

Officials Tuesday revealed a glimpse of what could one day be the future of transit in Orlando by unveiling a small driverless bus that soon will maneuver around Lake Nona.

The battery-powered vehicle, run by Beep software, is one of two that are expected to begin operating in southeast Orlando this spring. The shuttles are said to be quiet and smooth riding and can carry a maximum of 15 pa More

Officials Tuesday revealed a glimpse of what could one day be the future of transit in Orlando by unveiling a small driverless bus that soon will maneuver around Lake Nona.

The battery-powered vehicle, run by Beep software, is one of two that are expected to begin operating in southeast Orlando this spring. The shuttles are said to be quiet and smooth riding and can carry a maximum of 15 pa More

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Tesla’s Elon Musk: Full self-driving technology nearly complete – Fox Business

“I think we will be feature complete – full self-driving – this year, meaning the car will be able to find you in a parking lot, pick you up and take you all the way to your destination without an intervention, this year,” Musk said during an appearance on the ARK Invest podcast, hosted by the eponymous firm, which invests in Tesla. “I would say I am certain of that, More

“I think we will be feature complete – full self-driving – this year, meaning the car will be able to find you in a parking lot, pick you up and take you all the way to your destination without an intervention, this year,” Musk said during an appearance on the ARK Invest podcast, hosted by the eponymous firm, which invests in Tesla. “I would say I am certain of that, More

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Elon Musk: Tesla will have all its self-driving car features by the end of the year – CNBC

Tesla CEO Elon Musk expects that the electric car maker will have the technology needed to essentially operate vehicles without drivers by the end of the year.

The entrepreneur made the comment on a podcast with Cathie Wood and Tasha Keeney of ARK Invest, a firm that owns shares in the company. Tesla’s automated driver assistance system Autopilot has garnered both positive attention f More

Tesla CEO Elon Musk expects that the electric car maker will have the technology needed to essentially operate vehicles without drivers by the end of the year.

The entrepreneur made the comment on a podcast with Cathie Wood and Tasha Keeney of ARK Invest, a firm that owns shares in the company. Tesla’s automated driver assistance system Autopilot has garnered both positive attention f More

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China self-driving players narrow the gap in US road tests

Although China has strong hopes for autonomous driving and has beaten Apple in some areas, its leading company still lags Google’s self-driving unit Waymo in US engagement tests.

According to data disclosed in an annual report by the California Department of Motor Vehicles on Wednesday, drivers disengaged the autonomous driving mode on Apple’s test cars once almost every mile on average More

Although China has strong hopes for autonomous driving and has beaten Apple in some areas, its leading company still lags Google’s self-driving unit Waymo in US engagement tests.

According to data disclosed in an annual report by the California Department of Motor Vehicles on Wednesday, drivers disengaged the autonomous driving mode on Apple’s test cars once almost every mile on average More

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Waymo One passengers reveal what it’s really like to ride in Alphabet’s self-driving taxis

The world’s most exclusive club might be in Chandler, Arizona.

For months, dozens of self-driving vans owned by the Alphabet subsidiary Waymo have been crisscrossing the Phoenix suburb on the first rollout of the company’s autonomous driving program.

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The world’s most exclusive club might be in Chandler, Arizona.

For months, dozens of self-driving vans owned by the Alphabet subsidiary Waymo have been crisscrossing the Phoenix suburb on the first rollout of the company’s autonomous driving program.

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Self-driving truck startup Ike raises $52 million

Ike, the autonomous trucking startup founded by veterans of Apple, Google and Uber Advanced Technologies Group’s self-driving truck program, has raised $52 million in a Series A funding round led by Bain Capital Ventures.

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Ike, the autonomous trucking startup founded by veterans of Apple, Google and Uber Advanced Technologies Group’s self-driving truck program, has raised $52 million in a Series A funding round led by Bain Capital Ventures.

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Tesla owner says Autopilot ‘saved his life’ by swerving out of the way at highway speed

Sunday afternoon, Amit was driving his Model 3 on I-95 in Connecticut using Tesla’s latest Navigate on Autopilot when a vehicle quickly impeded in his lane setting him on a collision course with his car.

He claims that the vehicle managed to get out of the way before he could do anything.

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Sunday afternoon, Amit was driving his Model 3 on I-95 in Connecticut using Tesla’s latest Navigate on Autopilot when a vehicle quickly impeded in his lane setting him on a collision course with his car.

He claims that the vehicle managed to get out of the way before he could do anything.

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We Set A Cross-Country Record In A Tesla That Drove Itself – wozezoom.com

Records, as they say, are meant to be broken. I once blitzed across the country in 31 hours and 4 minutes. Ed Bolian beat that run. Earlier this year Carl Reese, Deena Mastracci and a team of their friends set an EV Cannonball record in a Tesla Model S. I have to say then when Team Polizei raced across the U.S. in 2006, I never imagined I’d be doing it again one day in an electric car that would More

Records, as they say, are meant to be broken. I once blitzed across the country in 31 hours and 4 minutes. Ed Bolian beat that run. Earlier this year Carl Reese, Deena Mastracci and a team of their friends set an EV Cannonball record in a Tesla Model S. I have to say then when Team Polizei raced across the U.S. in 2006, I never imagined I’d be doing it again one day in an electric car that would More

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Amazon is hauling cargo in self-driving trucks developed by Embark

Embark and other firms working on autonomous systems — including fellow start-ups such as Ike, Thor Trucks and Pronto.ai, and major players such as Alphabet’s Waymo and Tesla — aim to alleviate industry pains by making existing truck drivers safer and more efficient.
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Embark and other firms working on autonomous systems — including fellow start-ups such as Ike, Thor Trucks and Pronto.ai, and major players such as Alphabet’s Waymo and Tesla — aim to alleviate industry pains by making existing truck drivers safer and more efficient.
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Waymo Met With More Than 12 Carmakers in 2016 on Driverless Tech

The comments are a rare, unfiltered glimpse at Waymo’s pursuit of auto manufacturing partners before it spun out of Google as a standalone unit in December 2016. So far, Waymo has announced deals with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, Jaguar Land Rover Automotive Plc and Honda Motor Co. Volvo reiterated in an email on Tuesday that its deal with Uber wasn’t exclusive. Waymo didn’t respond to a re More

The comments are a rare, unfiltered glimpse at Waymo’s pursuit of auto manufacturing partners before it spun out of Google as a standalone unit in December 2016. So far, Waymo has announced deals with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, Jaguar Land Rover Automotive Plc and Honda Motor Co. Volvo reiterated in an email on Tuesday that its deal with Uber wasn’t exclusive. Waymo didn’t respond to a re More

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Autonomous service vehicles gaining ground in China

The move marks another step by Beijing-based Baidu in applying its autonomous driving technologies to solve real-life problems. The company plans to launch a fleet of 100 robo-taxis in Changsha, the capital of Hunan province, on 210 kilometres of city roads.

It will be China’s first autonomous taxi fleet managed by Baidu’s V2X system, which integrates smart vehicles and intelligent road More

The move marks another step by Beijing-based Baidu in applying its autonomous driving technologies to solve real-life problems. The company plans to launch a fleet of 100 robo-taxis in Changsha, the capital of Hunan province, on 210 kilometres of city roads.

It will be China’s first autonomous taxi fleet managed by Baidu’s V2X system, which integrates smart vehicles and intelligent road More

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Waymo’s Building a Factory to Help Mass-Produce Autonomous Vehicles

A little over a month after launching the first-ever commercial autonomous ride-hailing service, Alphabet’s (NASDAQ:GOOG)(NASDAQ:GOOGL) self-driving vehicle company, Waymo, said this week that it’s setting up a new manufacturing facility to build some of its autonomous vehicles
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A little over a month after launching the first-ever commercial autonomous ride-hailing service, Alphabet’s (NASDAQ:GOOG)(NASDAQ:GOOGL) self-driving vehicle company, Waymo, said this week that it’s setting up a new manufacturing facility to build some of its autonomous vehicles
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Car Designers Show Off Futuristic Interiors for Tomorrow’s Self-Driving Vehicles | NBC Bay Area

You step outside to the curb and summon a ride with an app on your phone — but in the self-driving future envisioned by Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, that’s where the familiar part ends.
“Even before it arrives, it’s already cleaning itself,” Yanfeng VP Tim Shih explained as we approached a full-sized vehicle simulator the size of an SUV, with a purple beam of light More

You step outside to the curb and summon a ride with an app on your phone — but in the self-driving future envisioned by Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, that’s where the familiar part ends.
“Even before it arrives, it’s already cleaning itself,” Yanfeng VP Tim Shih explained as we approached a full-sized vehicle simulator the size of an SUV, with a purple beam of light More

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Tesla applies for series of patents for new AI chip in Autopilot Hardware 3.0

Tesla is working on an important new product that it claims will enable them to bring full self-driving capability to its vehicles: a new AI chip, or “neural net accelerator’, to be released in the Autopilot Hardware 3.0 computer upgrade.

We have now uncovered a series of new patent applications from Tesla about this new computer.

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Tesla is working on an important new product that it claims will enable them to bring full self-driving capability to its vehicles: a new AI chip, or “neural net accelerator’, to be released in the Autopilot Hardware 3.0 computer upgrade.

We have now uncovered a series of new patent applications from Tesla about this new computer.

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Boeing enters the autonomous flying taxi race with first successful test flight

There are plenty of startups trying to launch their own flying taxi projects, but now that the concept has been proven, the big boys and girls are getting ready to make their move. One of them, multinational aerospace giant Boeing, has just completed the first test flight for its very own vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) electric air taxi. The test “flight” took place this week at an airpor More

There are plenty of startups trying to launch their own flying taxi projects, but now that the concept has been proven, the big boys and girls are getting ready to make their move. One of them, multinational aerospace giant Boeing, has just completed the first test flight for its very own vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) electric air taxi. The test “flight” took place this week at an airpor More

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What Is Apple Doing in Autonomous Driving?

Apple’s (AAPL) ever-secret autonomous driving program continues to create headlines, this time for cutting about 200 employees from its Project Titan; some employees will be reassigned in different departments within Apple, although it’s unclear how many.

Only thanks to a litigation issue over the summer do we have an idea of how big Project Titan is for Apple. In July, we foun More

Apple’s (AAPL) ever-secret autonomous driving program continues to create headlines, this time for cutting about 200 employees from its Project Titan; some employees will be reassigned in different departments within Apple, although it’s unclear how many.

Only thanks to a litigation issue over the summer do we have an idea of how big Project Titan is for Apple. In July, we foun More

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Uber is working on autonomous electric bicycles and scooters, opens robotics division

Uber has been working on autonomous vehiclesfor years. However, they’ve always been of the four-wheeled variety. Now it appears that the ridesharing giant is focusing on autonomous electric bicycles and scooters as well.

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Uber has been working on autonomous vehiclesfor years. However, they’ve always been of the four-wheeled variety. Now it appears that the ridesharing giant is focusing on autonomous electric bicycles and scooters as well.

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Uber plans to develop self-driving electric scooters and bicycles

Uber is hiring engineers to develop electric scooters and bicycles which can drive themselves around cities in order to reach customers and charging points.
Electric scooter and bicycle-sharing services, including Uber’s Jump business as well as competitors Bird and Lime, allow customers to collect the vehicles and then leave them on the pavement outside their destination.

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Uber is hiring engineers to develop electric scooters and bicycles which can drive themselves around cities in order to reach customers and charging points.
Electric scooter and bicycle-sharing services, including Uber’s Jump business as well as competitors Bird and Lime, allow customers to collect the vehicles and then leave them on the pavement outside their destination.

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Hong Kong self-driving start-up in talks to raise US$100 million

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Baidu announces Apollo Enterprise, its new platform for mass-produced autonomous vehicles

Baidu made several big announcements about Apollo, its open-source autonomous vehicle technology platform, today at CES. The first is the launch of Apollo Enterprise for vehicles that will be put into mass production. The company claims that Apollo is already used by 130 partners around the world. One of its newest partners, Chinese electric vehicle startup WM Motors, plans to deploy level 3 auton More

Baidu made several big announcements about Apollo, its open-source autonomous vehicle technology platform, today at CES. The first is the launch of Apollo Enterprise for vehicles that will be put into mass production. The company claims that Apollo is already used by 130 partners around the world. One of its newest partners, Chinese electric vehicle startup WM Motors, plans to deploy level 3 auton More

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Tesla warns ‘self-driving package’ buyers that activation is ‘very far away’ due to regulations

While Elon Musk has been guiding self-driving capabilities by the end of the year, Tesla has been taking a more cautious approach.

Tesla salespeople have been warning buyers of their ‘Full Self-Driving package’ that it could be “very far away” due to regulations.

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While Elon Musk has been guiding self-driving capabilities by the end of the year, Tesla has been taking a more cautious approach.

Tesla salespeople have been warning buyers of their ‘Full Self-Driving package’ that it could be “very far away” due to regulations.

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Baidu to test driverless delivery vans in US for Walmart

One of China’s tech champions will soon be testing its driverless technology in Arizona for customers including Walmart, underscoring how US companies remain potential buyers of Chinese technology even as the two countries remain locked in a race for tech supremacy.

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One of China’s tech champions will soon be testing its driverless technology in Arizona for customers including Walmart, underscoring how US companies remain potential buyers of Chinese technology even as the two countries remain locked in a race for tech supremacy.

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Tesla Q4 2018 Vehicle Safety Report: 1 accident per 2.91M miles with Autopilot engaged

Tesla has released the results of its Q4 2018 Vehicle Safety Report. Just like the company’s previous report in Q3 2018, Tesla released updated numbers for incidents that occurred both when Autopilot was engaged and when the driver-assist feature was deactivated.

Tesla released its first Vehicle Safety Report after the third quarter of 2018. During that period, the electric car maker reg More

Tesla has released the results of its Q4 2018 Vehicle Safety Report. Just like the company’s previous report in Q3 2018, Tesla released updated numbers for incidents that occurred both when Autopilot was engaged and when the driver-assist feature was deactivated.

Tesla released its first Vehicle Safety Report after the third quarter of 2018. During that period, the electric car maker reg More

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Tesla to start testing new Autopilot Hardware 3 in employee vehicles

Tesla is working to bring to market its new Autopilot Hardware 3, which consists of a new neural net computer that they claimed will be the ‘world’s most advanced computer for autonomous driving’.

The company is now testing the new hardware in employee vehicles as part of its ‘Full Self-Driving Test Program’.

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Tesla is working to bring to market its new Autopilot Hardware 3, which consists of a new neural net computer that they claimed will be the ‘world’s most advanced computer for autonomous driving’.

The company is now testing the new hardware in employee vehicles as part of its ‘Full Self-Driving Test Program’.

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