Cruise is doubling down on shared autonomous rides with new COVID protocols

The GM-owned company is also seeking a new exemption from the federal government to mass-produce the Origin.

Five COVID-19 aftershocks reshaping mobility’s future

The pandemic will change the face of mobility, both now and when the crisis ends.

Delivery robot trials set to start in Tokyo next month

Yamato and Japan Post will test the technology first in bid to contain COVID.

The impact of COVID-19 on future mobility solutions

As the global pandemic spreads, mobility players need to prepare for the new world ahead.

A no-brainer stimulus idea: Electrify USPS mail trucks

Electric vehicles for the US Postal Service would reduce noise, air, and carbon pollution in every community.
Vox

Autonomous forklift developer Third Wave emerges from stealth with $15 million

CEO and cofounder Arshan Poursohi says the proceeds will accelerate its go-to-market efforts as the company signs on undisclosed customers.

GM self-driving unit Cruise cuts jobs as pandemic hits sector

Cruise told staff on Thursday it has decided to lay off workers, the latest start-up in the nascent industry to cut jobs during the coronavirus pandemic.

Elon Musk Is Offering Tesla Workers a Deal: Violate California's Stay-at-Home Order or Don't Get Paid

“If you do not feel comfortable coming into work, you can stay home and will be on unpaid leave,” Musk wrote in an email obtained by The Guardian.

Elon Musk defies coronavirus order and asks to be arrested

Tesla is reopening its California car factory against Alameda County’s wishes

This Was Supposed to Be the Year Driverless Cars Went Mainstream

Perfecting the technology has taken longer than expected. The coronavirus pandemic has made it even more difficult.

Elon Musk Says Tesla Suing California County, Moving Headquarters Out Of State

Musk tweeted Saturday that the electric auto-maker would "immediately" sue the California county that is home to its main manufacturing plant in the United States.
NPR

California lawmaker tweets 'F*ck Elon Musk' after threat to leave state

California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D) tweeted “F*ck Elon Musk” on Saturday evening after the Tesla CEO threatened to move the company out of the state over its stay-at-home order.

As Waymo resumes self-driving tests, backup drivers are still worried about the virus

‘This seems like way too large of a risk since the number of deaths and cases is still increasing’

Webinar: Velodyne Lidar Announces Digital Learning Series on Automation and Safety During COVID-19

Bi-Weekly Webinars Examine How Autonomous Mobile Robots are Improving Public Safety and Fighting Disease.

A wave of consolidation is coming for the autonomous-vehicle business as industry insiders say it's getting harder for startups to raise money in the wake of COVID-19

The economic disruptions caused by the spread of the novel coronavirus may speed up consolidation in the autonomous-vehicle industry, Aurora Innovation CEO Chris Urmson said in an interview Business Insider

Ford postpones autonomous vehicle service until 2022

Ford said Tuesday it will delay until 2022 plans to launch an autonomous vehicle service, as the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted the company to rethink its go-to-market strategy.

The pandemic is bringing us closer to our robot takeout future

“We saw that business double overnight,” startup says of UK grocery deliveries.

Nuro is using delivery robots to help health care workers fighting COVID-19

The self-driving delivery company is operating at two field hospitals in California.

Use this app to help track the spread of coronavirus

You can help track the spread in your area by using this simple app to check in daily about how you feel. Data is completely anonymous, no login required.

A startup backed by Goldman Sachs is measuring shadows from space to track the world's oil supply — and it's yielding shocking numbers that no one else has

Orbital Insight is using a novel combination of satellite imagery, radar and computer vision to estimate global oil supply.

Coronavirus Is a Once in a Lifetime Chance to Reshape How We Travel

What will the crisis mean for how we travel in the future?

Self-Driving Car Company Lays Off All Its Human Safety Drivers

Zoox just laid off all 120-something of its human safety drivers.

Rivian R1T and R1S electric pickup and SUV delayed until 2021 due to coronavirus

EV startup Rivian's highly anticipated R1T pickup truck and R1S SUV won't reach the market in late 2020 as planned due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Robot Vehicles Make Contactless Deliveries Amid Coronavirus Quarantine

Chinese startup UDI has deployed self-driving vans delivering food to areas in lockdown.

Supervised self-driving shuttles are moving COVID-19 tests in Florida

Each shuttle is shadowed by a human driving a regular car.

Silicon Valley Startup Firings Over Virus Face Early Court Test

Velodyne was sued for laying off 140 workers with one day’s notice.

Waymo halts self-driving car fleet due to coronavirus

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, all Waymo services and testing are on hiatus.

Pandemic puts the brakes on micromobility

Bird has laid off hundreds of employees and Lime is reportedly gearing up to do the same.

The new version of the Chevy Bolt is delayed due to coronavirus

Originally due out later this year, the new version of the Bolt EV was detailed last month by Chevy parent company General Motors at its big “EV day” press event.

Brutal chart shows just show much Uber's core ride-hailing business has been hollowed out by coronavirus

New data from SuperFly shows Uber rides in the US have fallen by as much as 94%.

Waymo's self-driving cars remain operational amid coronavirus measures

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, the Waymo One ride-hailing service will go on hiatus, however.

Detroit Auto Show canceled amid plans to repurpose its venue as temporary coronavirus field hospital

Several other car-related events have been canceled or delayed due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

The debut electric vehicle from former Tesla engineer faces delay

The first EV from Lucid Motors Inc., the car company setup by former Tesla chief engineer Peter Rawlinson, won’t be going ahead exactly as planned.
TNW

Bird lays off about 30% of workforce amid COVID-19 pandemic

Bird is the latest startup hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lex Fridman, MIT Self-Driving Car Researcher, Discusses the #Masks4All movement

We can slow the spread of coronavirus using homemade DIY masks.

Polestar 2 EV production begins, despite COVID-19 spread

Deliveries will first start in Europe, then China and finally, the US.

Is Coronavirus Speeding the Adoption of Driverless Technology?

Neolix, of Beijing, claims the epidemic has boosted sales of its deliverybots.

How Cruise is testing its self-driving cars after the pandemic forced its vehicle fleet off California roads

General Motors' autonomous vehicle unit Cruise is still testing its cars while its fleet is off the roads in California amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Electric scooter-sharing grinds to a halt in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Electric scooters are vanishing from more cities as the novel coronavirus pandemic continues to roil shared mobility services across the world.

Coronavirus shows there’s still no such thing as a totally human-free self-driving car

The decision by most companies to suspend AV testing during the outbreak is causing turmoil among human backup drivers

Illegal e-bikes OK’d in NYC as food delivery lifeline amid coronavirus crisis

New York City’s ban of electric bicycles has been shelved to help support food delivery during the coronavirus crisis.

Coronavirus fears halt autonomous vehicle testing for Uber, Cruise, Aurora, Argo AI, Waymo, and others

Uber, GM’s Cruise, Aurora, Argo AI, and Pony.ai are among the companies that have suspended driverless vehicle programs in the hopes of limiting contact between drivers and riders.

Waymo suspends robotaxi service except for its truly driverless vehicles

Waymo said Tuesday it is pausing operations of Waymo One, a service in the Phoenix.

Why the coronavirus is a problem for autonomous vehicles

How will you like it when you’re riding in a box and that guy facing you sneezes?

WeRide resumes robotaxi service in China after COVID-19

WeRide has resumed its robotaxi service in Guanzhou with extreme precautions to keep riders and drivers safe after COVID-19.