Tag: Transportation

Uber begins mapping public roads in Dallas for its self-driving systems

Uber’s self-driving cars are heading south for the winter, in a manner of speaking. The ride-hailing giant today revealed that its Advanced Technologies Group will kick off manual driving in Dallas, Texas this November, with the goal of developing high-definition maps and capturing scenerios that can be recreated in simulation and on test tracks. It’s […]

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Pico and ZeroLight demo Boundless XR, untethered VR streaming from PCs

In the very near future, virtual reality headsets will increasingly ditch their cables in favor of next-generation wireless alternatives that stream low-latency, high-bandwidth visuals to their screens. Today, Pico Interactive and ZeroLight are publicly demonstrating Qualcomm’s wireless enabling technology Boundless XR, which will soon “untether” PCs using either Wi-Fi or 5G. Similar to Intel’s WiGig […]

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TuSimple raises $120 million to expand its fleet of driverless delivery trucks

Riding high on a newly formed partnership with the United States Postal Service (USPS), self-driving truck startup TuSimple today announced that it’s secured an extension to its $95 million series D round led by Weibo creator Sina, which reached a total of $215 million and valued the company at $1 billion. CDH Investments, Lavender Hill […]

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Uber restricts drivers’ app access in NYC to comply with regulation

(Reuters) — Uber on Tuesday will begin limiting drivers’ access to its app in New York City to comply with regulation aimed at boosting drivers’ pay and easing congestion in Manhattan, laws that Uber says will have unintended consequences. Uber’s move to lock out drivers at times and in areas of low demand comes just […]

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Think car ownership will soon be a thing of the past? Think again.

It’s received wisdom these days that car ownership is about to go the way of horse ownership. As people ditch their Fords and Toyotas in favor of shared mobility services like Uber, Lyft, Getaround, and Turbo, two-car garages will become as rare as stables. Self-driving cars will only accelerate the trend by erasing the boundaries […]

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At Qualcomm, 5G is headed everywhere and into virtually everything

It was easy to call 5G inevitable. Whatever it was, some next-generation cellular technology was certain to follow 2G, 3G, and 4G into the mainstream of global life. It was harder to predict that 5G will be omnipresent. Up until two years ago, the very idea that cellular technology would soon make its way into […]

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Airbus Planes Will Be Digitally Aware To Track Bathroom Visits

As bizarre it might sound, the digital evolution involves a lot of weird improvements – including aircrafts tracking your bathroom activity, to say the least. According to a report by Bloomberg, Airbus planes are trying to make the cabins “digitally aware” and monitor your activities for insights to help the passenger in an efficient manner. […]

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Security on the road: Locking down tomorrow’s connected vehicles

This article is part of a series on the subject of edge computing that was made possible with funding from Intel. This coverage remains entirely independent, with no input from Intel on how this article was reported or written. The kinetic energy of a 3,500-pound Toyota Camry barreling down the freeway at 75 miles per […]

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How Uber and Lyft got lost

Uber and Lyft may have a long-term vision to transform the face of transportation. However, it’s clear that the firms have a key problem: their short-term mindset when it comes to implementing this vision. Last month, Uber drivers in California staged protests demanding better workers’ rights. Last week, the Teamsters protested drivers’ ‘gig worker’ status. […]

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Voyage raises $31 million to commercialize community-focused autonomous taxis

Voyage, a self-driving car startup that spun-out of online education giant Udacity back in 2017, has raised $31 million in a series B round of funding led by Franklin Templeton, with participation from Khosla Ventures, Jaguar Land Rover’s InMotion Ventures, and Chevron Technology Ventures. Voyage is one of many companies working to bring autonomous vehicles […]

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Applied Intuition raises $40 million for autonomous vehicle simulation tools

Simulators are invaluable tools in the arsenal of companies developing autonomous vehicles (AVs). They’re used by Waymo, GM’s Cruise, Zoox, and countless others to validate systems’ scalability and safety, not to mention train the machine learning algorithms underlying their real-world cars. But not every company has the resources to build their own software simulator from […]

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California Senate passes bill to define more gig economy workers as employees

The California State Senate voted on Tuesday to pass a bill that would make it much more difficult for companies like Uber and Lyft to classify workers as independent contractors rather than employees. The bill, known as AB5, has garnered national attention, largely owing to the size of California’s workforce. Several Democratic presidential candidates have supported […]

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Amazon makes Alexa Auto SDK 2.0 generally available

In the shadow of a blockbuster Apple press conference earlier this afternoon, Amazon quietly announced the general availability of the Alexa Auto SDK 2.0, the latest version of the software development kit that enables automotive OEMs to integrate Alexa into their vehicles. This release ships with a suite of tools for enabling Alexa to play […]

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Volta raises $20 million more to expand its network of electric car chargers

Electric vehicles (EVs) might not exactly be flying off of dealer lots, but global shipments are on the upswing. Plug-in passenger cars achieved a 2.1% market share of new car sales in 2018, up from 1.3% in 2017 and 0.86% in 2016. And it’s estimated that in the next decade, the world’s fleet of electric […]

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