Tag: autonomous car

Chinese game publisher Kunlun invests $50 million in Pony.ai for 3% stake

Guangzhou, China-based self-driving startup Pony.ai is in line for a capital infusion from Chinese game publisher Kunlun. As spotted by TechCrunch this morning, Beijing Kunlun Wanwei, which has also backed Musical.ly, live-streaming company Inke, Grindr, and microlender Qudian, revealed this week in a filing with the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) that it plans to […]

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Apple cuts autonomous car team by 200, shifting some to machine learning projects

Apple’s autonomous car skunkworks Project Titan has spent years as one of the company’s most volatile divisions, going through almost as many leadership and employee changes as its Siri team. Now Titan is dealing with another staffing shakeup: Apple confirmed today that 200 employees were dismissed from the project, with some moving to “other initiatives” […]

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Yandex let us ride in its autonomous Prius

Dmitry Polischuk had an almost unnerving nonchalance about him as our sleek ride — a Toyota Prius V — bobbed in and out of traffic on its own. The steering wheel, as if guided by unseen forces, navigated the hatchback smoothly around the perimeter of the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas, where we’d met […]

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Dan Ammann, Cruising Man; GM Prez Sent to Autonomous Group

Even though GM is no longer serious about the Cruze, it appears to be very serious about Cruise. For those with short memories, Cruise Automation is The General’s unit that focuses on autonomous cars. News has broken that current GM president Dan Ammann will take over as CEO of Cruise, pushing aside current CEO and […]

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How automotive supplier Valeo wants to accelerate autonomous vehicle development

A few weeks ago on the streets of Paris, auto parts giant Valeo unveiled its very own autonomous car. The Valeo Drive4U roamed the streets without the aid of a driver to demonstrate just how far such technology has come. While Valeo has no intention of getting into the car-building business, it is intent on […]

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Daimler and Bosch lay out plans for autonomous taxi service in San Jose

Bustling San Jose — the third-largest metropolis in California, according to the 2010 census — is about to become a testbed for autonomous cars developed by Bosch and Mercedes parent company Daimler. Today, the two jointly reaffirmed with a memorandum of understanding that in the second half of 2019, they’ll pilot “highly” and “fully” autonomous […]

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Waymo obtains California’s first fully driverless car permit

Waymo has obtained a driverless testing permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), it announced in a Medium post on Tuesday. It’s the first company to do so, and it gives the Google spinoff the green light to test its self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans on the Sunshine State’s public roads. Waymo said a […]

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Autonomous vehicle startup Udelv inks grocery delivery deal in Oklahoma City

A select few grocery shoppers in Oklahoma City will soon have their perishables delivered via self-driving car. Autonomous delivery vehicle startup Udelv today unveiled a partnership with Narnia Road and Esperanza Real Estate Investments to supply supermarkets with fleets of autonomous vans. The first vehicle will be delivered in Q1 2019, with a 10-van deployment to […]

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Apple says one of its self-driving cars was rear-ended

(Reuters) — An Apple self-driving car was rear-ended while merging onto an expressway near the company’s Silicon Valley headquarters this month, the company said in an accident report posted on Friday that confirmed the iPhone maker is still in the race to build autonomous vehicles. Apple executives have never publicly spoken about the company’s self-driving […]

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Michael Dunne: What Will Happen to Compassion and Love?

I’m not sure businesses can shape such an outcome. But by investing in people businesses make a direct contribution to creating a more enlightened society, or at least the investment increases the potential for more enlightened behavior. Individuals still need to make it happen. Q: What emerging technology can have the greatest positive impact on […]

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