Tag: Transportation

Cadillac’s Electric Lyriq Ushers In New Era For A Storied Brand–Eventually

2023 Cadillac Lyriq EV GM In January 2019, General Motors GM announced that Cadillac would be the lead brand for its transition to full electrification. Since Henry Leland started Cadillac in 1902, the brand has only produced one plug-in vehicle, the ELR which was, to say the least, a commercial failure. This time around, the […]

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Researchers show holographic AR control system for autonomous drones

In theory, controlling a flying drone shouldn’t be much different from piloting a helicopter, but without a human in the cockpit, visualizing the drone’s current position relative to environmental obstacles can be tricky — commonly two-dimensional, reliant on cameras and joysticks. This week, researchers Chuhao Liu and Shaojie Shen from the Hong Kong University of […]

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Yandex begins testing self-driving cars in Michigan

Moscow-based tech giant Yandex today announced it has expanded testing of its self-driving cars to Ann Arbor, Michigan. A fleet of Yandex’s driverless vehicles recently hit Ann Arbor city streets, including the company’s fourth-generation autonomous Hyundai Sonatas created in partnership with Hyundai Mobis. Yandex says it had planned to provide rides in its autonomous taxis […]

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ChargePoint raises $127 million to bring EV charging to more fleets

ChargePoint, a company that builds electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure for cities around the world, has raised $127 million in a round of funding to build what it calls “the most comprehensive global EV charging platform” for businesses and fleets. The company didn’t reveal a valuation at this round, but it has now raised north […]

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Former Google engineer Levandowski gets 18-month sentence for stealing trade secrets

(Reuters) — A U.S. judge on Tuesday sentenced former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski to 18 months in prison for stealing a trade secret from Google related to self-driving cars months before becoming the head of Uber’s rival unit. U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco said Levandowski, who was convicted on Tuesday following a […]

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Anthony Levandowski Sentenced To 18 Months In Prison For Stealing Trade Secrets From Google

TOPLINE A U.S. federal judge sentenced Anthony Levandowski, the engineer who triggered a high-profile legal battle between Google parent Alphabet and Uber, to 18 months in prison Tuesday after being found guilty on one count of stealing trade secrets from Alphabet’s self-driving car unit Waymo before becoming the head of Uber’s self-driving car unit. Former […]

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A Progressive Manufacturer Thrives Despite Coronavirus

Dr. Bronner’s sources Free Trade Coconut Oil from Sri Lanka Dr. Bronner’s Dr. Bronner’s, a socially responsible manufacturer of organic soaps, has seen its sales boom during the coronavirus pandemic. The San Diego headquartered company was deemed an essential manufacturer. The company followed the Centers for Disease Control guidelines and continued to manufacture. Year over […]

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Automation Is The Future Of Warehousing

Clint Reiser My colleague from ARC Advisory Group, Clint Reiser, in partnership with DC Velocity magazine (see DC Velocity Infographic), recently completed survey-based research on the changing practices, priorities, and expectations of warehouse executives. Many individuals reading this article are likely informed about recent sales and adoption trends through supplier press releases and user case studies. […]

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Microfulfillment startup Fabric partners with FreshDirect to launch on-demand delivery in Washington, D.C.

Fabric, an automated fulfillment startup whose robots pack, lift, and wheel products around rooms with ceilings as low as 11 feet, today announced a partnership with FreshDirect. The online food grocer says the collaboration will enable it to enlarge its Washington, D.C. Metro Area service footprint by adding two-hour on-demand delivery for a “wide selection” […]

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Club Med Owner Fosun Tourism Expects First-Half Loss To Exceed $120 Mln Amid Pandemic

Shanghai billionaire Guo Guangchang’s expansion into tourism and resorts over the years has seemed like a reasonable idea, given expected growth in travel and income in China. Guo’s flagship Fosun International and its tourism arm, Fosun Tourism, control Club Med and last year purchased hotel brands from Thomas Cook, one of the world’s oldest travel […]

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Beijing Capital Airport To Lose Over $100 Mln In First Half As Pandemic Hurts Travel

Travel cutbacks associated with COVID-19 have been wreaking havoc on many of the world’s largest airlines. Though China’s economy is on a recovery path, the continuing pandemic is also likely to result in a loss at one of the country’s largest airport operators. Beijing Capital International Airport expects to lose between 740 million yuan, or […]

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Fight Coronavirus By Bicycling To Work, Boris Johnson To Tell Brits

Before he became Prime Minister, Boris Johnson used to be a regular cycle commuter. (Photo by Dan … [+] Kitwood/Getty Images) Getty Images U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to tell overweight Britons they need to increase their exertion levels to better fight against infection from the novel coronavirus. Being obese or overweight puts people […]

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Parking Tickets Covered By Eighth Amendment’s Ban On Excessive Fines, Federal Court Rules

In a decision that managed to cite both La La Land and Magna Carta, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Wednesday that parking tickets and fees must comply with the Eighth Amendment’s ban on “excessive fines.” Although the ruling is only a partial victory for the Angeleno drivers in this case, it […]

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Daimler Report Suggests European Auto Recovery From Coronavirus Lows Has Started

Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, stands next to a Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS concept … [+] car. Photo: Marijan Murat/dpa (Photo by Marijan Murat/picture alliance via Getty Images) dpa/picture alliance via Getty Images Mercedes parent company Daimler’s shares soared by more than 5% Thursday, after it, and to a lesser extent Volvo […]

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MIT task force predicts fully autonomous vehicles won’t arrive for ‘at least’ 10 years

Two years ago, MIT launched the Task Force on the Work of the Future, an “institute-wide” effort to study the evolution of jobs during what the college characterizes as an “age of innovation.” The faculty and student research team of more than 20 members, as well as an external advisory board, published its latest brief […]

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Sea Machines raises $15 million for autonomous ship navigation

Autonomous vessel software and systems provider Sea Machines Robotics today closed a $15 million funding round to accelerate deployment of its technologies in the unmanned naval boat and ship market. Sea Machines boldly claims this is one of the largest rounds for a tech company tackling marine and maritime use cases. Self-steering vessels aren’t a […]

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SmartHop’s AI tool matches small freight carriers with available loads

SmartHop, a startup developing an AI-powered freight dispatcher service for small businesses, today announced it raised $4.5 million. A spokesperson for the company said the funding will be used to help scale service and accelerate SmartHop’s go-to-market efforts. Over 90% of trucking companies in the U.S. are categorized as small carriers and operate with fewer […]

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Bosch Consolidates All Automotive Software And Electronics Into New Division

In January 2021, Bosch will combine all of its automotive software and electronics engineering … [+] efforts into a single group called Cross-Domain Computing Solutions Bosch In recent months we’ve been hearing more and more about the software-defined car as the future. Increasingly, almost all systems in the vehicle are being controlled by computers and […]

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That Whine You Hear Is The 1,400-Hp Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400

Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400 LARRY@LARRYCHENPHOTO.COM Recently a video clip popped up online of what was clearly a Ford Mustang Mach-E sans multiple body panels drifting around a test track at high speed. Shot from within the adjacent trees, it was clearly meant to imply that someone was sneaking around surreptitiously. The video was almost certainly […]

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Uber launches COVID-19 contact tracing service

(Reuters) — Uber has quietly launched a service to give public health officials quick access to data on drivers and riders presumed to have come into contact with someone infected with COVID-19, company officials told Reuters. The service, offered free of charge, could help burnish the image of the ride-hailing giant, which recently launched a […]

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CarGurus Survey Finds Auto Shopper Optimism, But Threatened By Lingering Pandemic

Suburban Hyundai Genesis dealership in Troy, Michigan. A CarGurus consumer survey taken in June, … [+] 2020 shows increased intent to buy a new vehicle as the Covid-19 pandemic scares many people away from using public transportation or ride share services. Ed Garsten Several months into the Covid-19 pandemic consumers responding to a survey taken […]

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Aurora expands autonomous car and truck testing to Texas

Autonomous car startup Aurora today announced it will begin testing driverless vehicles, including semi trucks, in parts of Texas. Over the next few weeks in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area, the company plans to roll out a fleet of Hyundai Pacificas integrated with its custom-designed FirstLight Lidar, with class 8 trucks to follow by the end […]

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Uber drivers sue for data on secret profiling and automated decision-making

Uber drivers in Europe are taking the company court in an attempt to gain access to more of the personal data Uber collects on them, as permitted by the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), including information on “profiling and automated decision making” by the ride-hailing giant. The union representing the drivers said that they’re […]

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Mobileye expands Ford partnership to power driver-assist features

Mobileye, Intel’s driverless vehicle R&D division, today expanded its partnership with Ford to offer camera-based detection capabilities for the automaker’s advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS). Mobileye will provide its suite of EyeQ sensing technologies to bolster features available through Ford’s Co-Pilot 360 suite, including lane-keeping, pedestrian and cyclist detection, auto high beam headlamps, pre-collision assist with […]

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