Tag: Transportation

PerceptIn to launch an autonomous vehicle pilot in Indiana in early 2020

Self-driving cars are coming to Indiana, courtesy Santa Clara, California-based PerceptIn. The startup today announced that it’s relocating its headquarters to the IoT Lab accelerator in Fishers, a suburb of Indianapolis, to launch an autonomous vehicles pilot program, creating 50 new jobs by 2022. As a part of the deal, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation […]

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FCC chairman wants C-V2X cellular cars to share 5.9GHz band with Wi-Fi

In the foreseeable future, cars will be able to wirelessly communicate with one another and traffic infrastructures — a concept known in the mobile and automotive industries as “cellular vehicle-to-everything” (C-V2X) communications. Today, the United States government started the process of allocating radio spectrum for this purpose with a proposal from FCC chairman Ajit Pai, who […]

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6 technology trends that are changing how we travel

Presented by FlightHub Technology is playing an increasingly important role in the travel sector. It not only impacts the products and services companies provide, but how they’re offered as well. Travelers benefit from improved customer service throughout their journey. Businesses increase operational efficiency. It’s the best of both worlds. This in no way negates the […]

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Superpedestrian raises $20 million for durable electric scooters

Electric scooters accounted for 45.8% of the 84 million micromobility trips taken in 2018, according to a survey published by the National Association of City Transportation. But while they’re ubiquitous, they’re not created equal. A piece published by Quartz found that Bird escooters in Louisville, Kentucky completed an average of 70 trips over 85 miles […]

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Pirelli Develops Smart Tyres That Can Inform Other Vehicles Of Road Conditions

The tyres on our cars are extremely important where the size and grip of the tyres really helps to determine our driving experience. It also impacts the safety of the car, where some tyres are considered to be “better” than others for certain road conditions. Now it looks like Pirelli is taking things to the […]

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Hopper’s Price Freeze taps AI to identify and lock in airfare deals

Hopper, the Cambridge- and Montreal-based company behind the eponymous flight and hotel booking platform, today launched a tool designed to help customers lock in airfares for up to a week. It’s dubbed Price Freeze, and as the name implies, it “freezes” deals to hold a given price for up to seven days. Prize Freeze is […]

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Aira, Microsoft, and Moovit make public transport more accessible for the visually impaired

Aira, a platform that helps the visually impaired navigate the physical world using technology and remote human agents, has announced a partnership with Microsoft and Moovit to help blind and low-vision users access public transport more easily. The announcement comes as technology companies across the spectrum increasingly invest resources to make their products more accessible. […]

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MIT’s AI scores driver egotism to make autonomous vehicles more assertive

Can social awareness improve autonomous cars’ road robustness? That’s what a team of researchers at MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory set out to discover in a recent study. They built a system that classifies the behavior of other drivers with respect to their selfishness — in other words, whether drivers are less likely […]

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Wayve raises $20 million to give autonomous cars better AI brains

Wayve, a U.K.-based startup that’s developing artificial intelligence (AI) that teaches cars to drive autonomously using reinforcement learning, simulation, and computer vision, has raised $20 million in a series A round of funding led by Palo Alto venture capital (VC) firm Eclipse Ventures, with participation from Balderton Capital, Compound Ventures, Fly Ventures, and First Minute […]

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Ford’s All Electric Mustang Mach-E Details Leaked Ahead Of Launch

Ford’s much-awaited all-electric Mustang crossover finally unveiled the name “Mustang Mach-E”. Advertising Even though the full reveal is scheduled on November 17 L.A. auto show, it looks like we already have a lot of details for the car ahead of the official launch. Jalopnik spotted the webpage for Ford’s All-Electric Mustang Mach-E through the Mach-E […]

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Daimler takes ‘reality check’ on robotaxi spending due to safety hurdles

(Reuters) — Daimler has taken a “reality check” on self-driving “robotaxis”, acknowledging that making them safe is proving harder than first thought amid questions over their future earnings potential. Chief Executive Ola Kaellenius told journalists on Thursday Daimler would “rightsize” its spending level on robotaxis and that self-driving technology would more likely be applied to […]

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Former Uber execs launch virtual kitchen company out of stealth with $17 million

A new entrant to the burgeoning “virtual kitchen” space launched out of stealth today with $17 million in funding from a host of illustrious backers. San Francisco-based Virtual Kitchen Co joins a growing number of delivery-only food businesses that are leveraging data, on-demand transport infrastructure, and strategically placed kitchens to help restaurants expand their coverage with […]

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What France’s efforts to transform government can teach other late digital starters

World leaders are gathering in Paris today to look at the benefits and challenges involved in reinventing government through digitization. As the host country, France offers some cause for optimism but also a few cautionary lessons. A new report examining the country’s e-government efforts finds that while some progress has been made, advances are still […]

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Cruise updates the AI brains behind its autonomous cars twice weekly

GM’s Cruise announced this past June that it would postpone plans for a driverless taxi service, which it previously said would debut in 2019. But the setback hasn’t discouraged its over 1,000 staffers from iterating toward a public launch. In fact, work on the underlying systems and infrastructure has accelerated in the intervening months, according […]

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Volvo’s prototype autonomous bus drives itself around depots

Volvo has demonstrated yet another potential use case for autonomous transport, after its Volvo Buses subsidiary showcased a self-driving bus that’s capable of transporting itself around depots. The Swedish automotive giant partnered with public transport company Keolis to configure a 12 metre electric bus that can traverse between parking bays and work stations, ensuring that […]

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Convoy raises $400 million at $2.75 billion valuation to make freight trucking more efficient

On-demand trucking and freight marketplace Convoy has raises $400 Million in a series D round of funding co-led by Generation Investment Management and T. Rowe Price Associates, with participation from Alphabet’s CapitalG, Lone Pine Capital, Baillie Gifford, Fidelity Management and Research, and Durable Capital Partners. The Seattle-based company has raised a chunky $668 million since its […]

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Voi raises $85 million to make escooter sharing profitable

Swedish electric scooter startup Voi Technology has raised $85 million in a round of funding led by Vostok New Ventures, with participation from Balderton Capital, Project A, JME Ventures, Raine Ventures, Kreos Capital, Inbox Capital, Rider Global, Black Ice Capital, and Creandum, among others. This takes Voi’s total raised to $135 million, and follows its […]

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How the ride-hailing industry is fueling a new breed of startup

Amid concerns about low wages in the ride-hailing industry, a number of venture capital (VC)-backed startups have emerged to help drivers boost their earnings by selling goods, displaying advertising, and even crunching big data to optimize their routes. But while dissatisfaction in the ride-hailing industry may have played a part in spawning a new category […]

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Lyft will add Chrysler Pacifica minivans to its self-driving fleet, open new road test center

Lyft is doubling down on its self-driving car efforts with this week’s announcement that it will open a second road test site. The center will be in Palo Alto, California, near its self-driving HQ — the Level 5 Engineering Center. Lyft also took the wraps off a new car that will join its autonomous fleet: […]

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