Electric busmaker Arrival schedules first UK road trial

Pilot for First Group this autumn part of EV maker’s rapid expansion before New York IPO.

Arrival and First Bus confirm the start of zero-emission bus trials

Arrival, the company creating electric vehicles using its radical new technologies, today announced that it will begin trials of its zero-emission Bus with First Bus, one of the UK’s largest transport operators.

Aptera solar electric car with ‘1,000 miles’ of range gets $4M in backing, more than 7,000 preorders

The company was created in 2006 with the aim of bringing to market a super-efficient three-wheeled vehicle.

With a reported deal in the wings for Joby Aviation, electric aircraft soars to $10B business

One year after nabbing $590 million from investors led by Toyota, and a few months after picking up Uber’s flying taxi business, Joby Aviation is reportedly in talks to go public in a SPAC deal that would value the electric plane manufacturer at nearly $5.7 billion.

Plus.ai raises $200 million to develop its autonomous truck platform

The startup plans to use the funds to accelerate the commercialization and deployment of its automated trucking system.

Toyota teams up with Aurora and Denso on robotaxi development

It’s a big get for Aurora, the scrappy AV startup founded by Chris Urmson, the former head engineer of Google’s self-driving car project, among others.

This Year, Autonomous Trucks Will Take to the Road With No One on Board

The startup TuSimple is deploying tractor-trailers that drive themselves from pickup to delivery.

Pony.ai raises $100 million more to advance its autonomous vehicle tech

The funds bring the company’s total raised to over $1 billion at a post-money valuation of $5.3 billion, up from $3 billion as of February 2020.

Florida will become home to 10 electric flying taxi hubs called 'vertiports'

The air taxi startup Lilium announced a deal with Spanish infrastructure company Ferrovial to build over 10 landing locations in Florida.

Embrace the Complexity — An Evolution of Manufacturing

The fixed assembly line has served us well for more than a century, and yet we could unlock a new level of productivity by embracing the unpredictable nature of organic systems. But first, we have to learn to let go.

Geely says it will make EVs for Faraday Future with Foxconn

Geely recently became an investor in Faraday Future.

Autonomous driving startup Uisee attracts Chinese state investor in $150M round

Uisee supplies technology for cases ranging from robotaxis and city buses to airports and logistics hubs.

These Futuristic Flying Ambulances May Soon Be Zooming Around New York

Israeli aerospace company Urban Aeronautics announced this week that it sold its first four vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft to Hatzolah Air, a nonprofit emergency medical air transport provider based in New York.

Waymo's CEO says Tesla is 'no competitor at all' when it comes to autonomous vehicles, according to reports

He added: "We manufacture a completely autonomous driving system. Tesla is an automaker that is developing a really good driver assistance system."

In it for the long haul: teaming up with PACCAR to build and deploy self-driving trucks

Aurora has entered into a global strategic partnership with PACCAR in preparation for the delivery of the Aurora Driver’s first application in trucking.

Chinese driverless car start-up WeRide raises $310 million in funding as competition heats up

Tony Han, CEO of WeRide said the funding and new investors will give the company the “strategic resources to fulfill the goal of commercializing self-driving technology.”

Oxbotica raises $47M to deploy its autonomous vehicle software in industrial applications

The Oxford, England startup builds what it calls “universal autonomy” — flexible technology that it says can power the navigation, perception, user interfaces, fleet management and other features needed to run self-driving vehicles in multiple environments, regardless of the hardware being used.

Lidar startup Aeva raises another $200M ahead of its debut as a public company

The lidar company, started by two former Apple engineers, has raised an additional $200 million in private investment from Hong Kong hedge fund Sylebra Capital ahead of its debut as a publicly traded company.

The maker of this tiny electric taxi says it could cut traffic in half in 5 years

According to EAV's chairman Nigel Gordon-Stewart in a statement, replacing a hybrid rideshare vehicle with an EAV Taxi could prevent about 10.14 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

It’s time for self-driving cars to really take off... but not for people

Home deliveries have skyrocketed, creating a demand for autonomous driving technology.

The Totem GT Is A 20th Century Beauty Reborn With An Electric Heart

Inspired by the timelessly beautiful Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA of the ’60s, electric cars have never looked so good.

Alpha Motor Corporation unveils Ace electric coupe

The cute urban runabout EV comes from a California startup.

Chinese autonomous driving startup WeRide bags $200M in funding

WeRide did not disclose its valuation for this round, which is the first tranche of its Series B round, a company spokesperson told TechCrunch.

Ouster, maker of self-driving tech, agrees $1.9 billion deal to go public

Ouster Inc, a U.S. startup that makes lidar sensors for self-driving cars and smart cities, said on Tuesday it has agreed to go public through a merger with special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Colonnade Acquisition Corp.

The CEO of a Bill Gates-backed battery startup explains how his breakthrough solid-state system could finally make EVs affordable

QuantumScape believes it has developed solid-state batteries that offer better performance, durability, and energy-density that the lithium-ion cells used in today's phones, laptops, and electric vehicles.

Today! Reddit AMA with Zoox Co-Founder and CTO

Jesse Levinson is kicking off his Reddit AMA today, December 18th at 11 a.m. PST.

Open for Delivery: EV startup Canoo releases its Multi-Purpose Delivery Vehicle

Based on a single skateboard platform, Canoo has designed an infinitely configurable vehicle "for the people". The price? Just $33k.

Bolt raises $182M to expand its on-demand transportation network in Europe and Africa

Bolt currently has some 50 million customers using its services.

Zoox's cofounder breaks down the behind-the-scenes talks with Amazon that convinced Jeff Bezos to buy his robotaxi startup (AMZN)

The startup gave Amazon rides in its autonomous test vehicles in downtown San Francisco to prove it had strong technology.

Space startup Aevum debuts world’s first fully autonomous orbital rocket launching drone

Aevum aims to provide end-to-end, rapid-response flights to orbit -- and the tech is ready.

Uber sells self-driving unit Uber ATG in deal that will push Aurora’s valuation to $10B

Uber is investing $400M to take a 26% stake in the combined company.

Bolt unveils its fourth-generation scooter

Designed by the company’s in-house hardware team, the new model focuses on safety.

The rise and fall of the Nikola Badger, the all-electric Cybertruck rival that never was

Nikola Motor Company's Badger all-electric pickup truck was one of the most highly anticipated products from the startup, and on the EV market as a whole.

As e-bikes boom, FuroSystems raises its first venture funding round ahead of a new model launch

With COVID-19 making commuters switch to bikes, and cities wanting cleaner air, the e-bike revolution is only just getting started. Further evidence of this is the news that today British e-bike manufacturer FuroSystems has closed its first institutional venture funding round of £750,000 with participation by TSP Ventures and European impact investment bank ClearlySo, as well as a number of angel investors.

This Swedish startup created an electric, autonomous freight vehicle that it says will hit roads next year

Einride has created what it calls the world's first electric autonomous heavy cargo transport vehicle that has been driven on public roads: the Pod.

Hyundai-backed Motional to launch fully driverless cars in Las Vegas

It’s a huge risk to deploy Level 4 vehicles on public roads.

Computer vision startup Chooch.ai scores $20M Series A

“Basically we set out to copy human visual intelligence in machines. That’s really what this whole journey is about,” CEO and co-founder Emrah Gultekin explained.

Aptera Snags an Additional $1 Million in Capital to Manufacture Efficient Never Charge Solar Vehicle

Aptera secured an additional $1 million in capital to supplement its previous WeFunder crowdfunding raise of $389,496.

Uber is reportedly in talks to sell its self-driving vehicle division to a startup run by former Uber, Tesla, and Google executives and backed by Amazon

ATG has been hobbled by a deadly crash, infighting, and unreliable tech — leading investors to lose patience and sparking rumors the company would try to offload the struggling unit.

DoorDash files for IPO and hints at driverless future

There are some interesting tidbits in DoorDash’s prospectus, including its history of net losses, a warning that it may struggle with profitability, and its future plans to use drones and autonomous vehicles.

Kar-go: UK's first ROBOT delivery vehicle completes first shift

Built by Academy of Robotics, Kar-go uses artificial intelligence to provide contact-free deliveries of goods.
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Nikola says it built the first prototype of its electric semitruck as it reports third-quarter losses and grapples with fraud allegations

It built the prototype in partnership with manufacturer IVECO, and plans to finish four more prototypes by the end of the year.

Flying taxi startup Lilium will build a hub for its electric aircraft in Florida

The $25 million, 56,000-square-foot ‘vertiport’ will be located in Orlando.

E-scooter startup Tier raises $250 million round led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2

Tier now operates in 80 cities across 10 countries, with 60,000 electric scooters available in the app.

Kandi’s small electric car to cost $7,999 in California

Chinese electric startup Kandi announces that its small K27 electric car has been approved for California roads and it is going to cost only $7,999 in the state after incentives.

Chinese driverless car firm Pony.ai valued at $5.3 billion after new cash injection

The company, which has headquarters in California and the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, has been testing autonomous cars on the roads.

Electric Startup eBussy is producing charming and modular electric vehicles

Reservations are underway, and the most popular style is the camper van.

Envisics nabs $50M for its in-car holographic display tech at a $250M+ valuation

The startup brings together technologies like computer vision, machine learning, big data analytics and navigation to build hardware that integrates into vehicles to project holographic, head-up displays providing enhanced “dashboards” of information to drivers.

Electric truck startup Xos raises $20 million in new funding

Commercial EV startup Xos Trucks, formerly known as Thor Trucks, has raised $20 million in new funding.

EV startup Bollinger unveils electric delivery van

The Deliver-E van will come in a variety of sizes with a range of battery packs for multiple cargo configuration.

Automotive sensor maker Luminar to go public via special-purpose company with $2.9 billion valuation

The deal includes $400 million of cash from Gores Metropoulos and $170 million financing by investors.

Xos Trucks raises $20M to put more of its electric commercial trucks on the road

Xos will use the funding to ramp up production ahead of potential new demand fueled by a landmark emissions rule adopted by California.

Will Camera Startup Light Give Autonomous Vehicles Better Vision than Lidar?

Multiview-camera creator Light pivots from smart phones to smart cars.

Lucid Air EV Crushes 500 Miles-On-a-Single-Charge Barrier

Lucid Air has achieved a Holy Grail of EV technology—an electric car that sneers at "range anxiety"

This self-driving startup built a “car without wheels” for remote driving

Voyage pulled the curtain back on its system for remote driving.

Amazon-Zoox Talks Are Another Sign of a Self-Driving Shakeout

Deep-pocketed tech firms stand to gain as more financially-challenged peers rethink their autonomous driving efforts.

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.

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.

Waymo Adds $750 Million to War Chest as Driverless Cars Prove Tough to Deploy

The unit of Google-parent Alphabet and other major players are drawing much of the investment in the field.

New Breed of Pickups Mixes Horsepower and Battery Power

Electric Hummers and Cybertrucks, as well as the next generation of S.U.V.s, will signal the arrival of the E.V. era in America if they start to sell in big numbers.

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’

Intel to buy smart urban transit startup Moovit for $1B to boost its autonomous car division

Sources tell TechCrunch that the startup — which had previously been backed by Intel Capital in a strategic investment — will become part of Intel’s Israeli automotive hub.

Big Rigs Begin to Trade Diesel for Electric Motors

Tractor-trailer fleets will take time to electrify, and start-ups and established truck makers are racing to get their models on the road.

Lincoln cancels use of Rivian’s technology for its first electric vehicle

Ford still plans to produce a Lincoln EV but is using its own technology.

Boosted was developing two bikes and a super-powered electric skateboard

It was also working on a collaboration with Tony Hawk’s Birdhouse.

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

Tesla doubles down on claim Chinese EV startup stole its Autopilot source code

Last year Tesla initiated a lawsuit against a former Autopilot engineer who quit to join Chinese startup Xpeng.

Inside Waymo’s Strategy to Grow the Best Brains for Self-Driving Cars [2018]

The Google spinoff has a head start in AI, but can they maintain the lead?

Cruise adds a chief legal officer as the nearly $20 billion self-driving startup bolsters its executive ranks (GM)

Cruise has hired prominent California lawyer Jeff Bleich, a former US Ambassador to Australia, as its chief legal officer.

Americans remain super skeptical of EVs, self-driving cars

JD Power's latest survey shows confidence in both electric cars and self-driving technology started to fall even before the coronavirus pandemic.

China plans to build world’s first airport for self-flying vehicles

Autonomous vehicle-maker Ehang will build the terminal.
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Driven by Waymo, Designed with Trust [2019]

Establishing trust with riders is at the core of Waymo's design work, both today and in the future.

This startup wants to fly you from Manhattan to Boston in 36 minutes for less than the price of a first-class airline ticket — here's how

Aerospace startup Transcend Air is aiming to offer airline-style service between the downtown areas of major cities using vertical take-off and land aircraft.

Cruise commits to using ‘100 percent renewable energy’ to power its self-driving taxis

Some of the energy will come from 12 solar projects on school sites in Southern California.

Watch Zoox’s autonomous car drive around San Francisco for an hour

The video showcases their autonomous system driving for an hour in downtown San Francisco, performing a range of complex maneuvers in heavy, multi-lane vehicle traffic and dense pedestrian crowds.

Chinese driverless car firm launches autonomous deliveries in California as lockdown continues

Pony.ai, with its fleet of 10 vehicles, has teamed up with e-commerce site Yamibuy for the delivery initiative.

Commentary: Real trucking factors in autonomous vehicle development

Autonomous trucks are inevitable – in fact, they’re already here.

Former Tesla employees brought stolen documents to self-driving startup Zoox

Zoox says it will pay Tesla an undisclosed amount of money.

Self-driving car startup settles with Tesla over allegedly stolen data

Details of the settlement haven't been made public although Zoox said it made a payment to Tesla.

Autonomous Vehicles Should Start Small, Go Slow

Self-driving vehicles can already work well on campuses where traffic moves slowly.

Karma unveils self-driving electric van based on E-Flex platform

EV startup Karma wants to be much more than just a car manufacturer.

No driver needed: Self-driving trucks are starting to move cargo on the nation's highways

Trucking automation startup Locomation is bringing its self-driving trucks off the test track and onto the highway this spring.

CAKE launches new street-legal electric motorcycle based on more affordable design

The CAKE Kalk INK SL is a street-legal version of the Cake KALK INK, which is itself a paired down version of the original CAKE Kalk OR.

Einride shows off its remote operator trucks in new video

The electric, driverless truck startup has been pushing to get its one driver, many vehicles model off the ground, and it seems to be working.

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

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

Silicon Valley Startup Firings Over Virus Face Early Court Test

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

An Autonomous Trucking Startup Stays the (Very Long) Course

Ike chief engineer Nancy Sun talks about how self-driving technology will create a safer, more productive industry.

OctoML raises $15M to make optimizing ML models easier

The core idea behind OctoML is to use machine learning to optimize machine learning models so they can more efficiently run on different types of hardware.

Waymo halts self-driving car fleet due to coronavirus

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

Lucid Motors takes a prototype Air EV on an 800-mile California road trip

The company set out to prove that its new luxury electric sedan could live up to its 400-mile range claim.

Addionics, a startup creating ‘next-gen’ batteries for electric cars and more, raises $6M

Addionics, an Israeli/U.K. startup that is developed next-generation rechargeable batteries for electric vehicles and other applications, has raised $6 million in funding.

Ice Cold: Canoo Heads To The Frosty White North For Some Winter Testing

Based in LA, startup EV manufacturer Canoo goes sub-zero.

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.

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.
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The Top 100 AI Startups Out There Now, and What They’re Working On

Data research firm CB Insights released its much-anticipated fourth annual list of the top 100 AI startups earlier this month.

You Have Four More Days To Invest In This Funky 3-Wheeled "Never Charge" Electric Car

Aptera Motors is using crowdfunding to begin production of their solar powered two-seater.

TuSimple, ZF partner to develop and produce autonomous truck technologies

Together, the companies hope to accelerate self-driving tech developed specifically for trucks and large vehicles with true driverless tests starting in 2021.

Helm.ai raises $13M on its unsupervised learning approach to driverless car AI

Helm.ai is coming out of stealth with an announcement that it has raised $13 million in a seed round that includes investment.

Apex.OS 1.0 Release

I’m thrilled to announce today that Apex.OS 1.0 is available to customers and partners starting immediately.

Apex.OS: An Operating System for Autonomous Cars

The launch of Apex.OS 1.0 makes autonomous car development simpler, safer, and more secure.

ABB completes Chargedot acquisition

Global electrical equipment giant ABB has completed its acquisition of Chinese EV charging provider Chargedot.

The Failure Of This Self-Driving Truck Company Tells You All You Need To Know About Self-Driving Vehicles

Starsky Robotics co-founder has some unusually sensible and honest things to say about the self-driving truck industry.

The End of Starsky Robotics

In 2015, I got obsessed with the idea of driverless trucks and started Starsky Robotics. And in 2020, we’re shutting down.

Video: Waymo Is Failing

Waymo has partnered with Transdev to hire a fleet of drivers for its 'robotaxi' network.

Blickfeld ramping up LiDAR production with Series A funding

Blickfeld, a Munich-based startup developing LiDAR sensors for a variety of applications, including autonomous vehicles, has closed a Series A financing round.

Super Soco TSx learner electric motorcycle — a new era of beginner e-motos

I’m an electric motorcycle guy, through and through. Yet for some reason I still had to earn my motorcycle license by testing on a gas-powered Harley-Davidson. If the Super Soco TSx had been around then, though, perhaps I could have tested on a new breed of learner electric motorcycles.

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

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.

Tesla trails Waymo, Cruise and others in self-driving strategy, study claims

Tesla's position on Navigant Research's AV development leaderboard is just about at the bottom.

Harley-Davidson's first electric motorcycle has been a total flop, but here are 12 other e-bikes from scrappy upstarts that may find the success it couldn't

Harley-Davidson's CEO stepped down late last month amid struggles at the company, including lackluster sales of the brand's first electric motorcycle, the LiveWire.

Waymo funding shows long road to AVs

The development of autonomous vehicles is going to require more — way more — time and money than people thought just a few years ago.

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.

This Functioning Driverless Car Has No Driver’s Seat

Self-driving company Cruise has unveiled an SUV-sized vehicle called “Origin” that’s been designed from the ground up to never have a driver.

Waymo Workers: People Keep Injecting Drugs in Self-Driving Cars

Passengers keep injecting drugs in Waymo's self-driving cars — and leaving their used needles behind.

Tesla Isn’t the Only Start-Up Disrupting the Car Business

The shift to battery power has inspired a wave of new companies to challenge the automotive dinosaurs.

Video: Here's why you probably won't own a flying car, but may still commute by air

Companies are injecting millions of dollars into developing VTOLs, or Vertical Takeoff and Landing Vehicles, that have the potential to fundamentally change the way we commute in cities.

The Apex AP-0 is a 649-hp EV that weighs 2,645 pounds

Apex Motors sounds like a brand new name in the game, but the Hong-Kong-based company's been around for more a few years and through a few transformations.

Bollinger unveils its electric truck platform, markets it to commercial vehicles

Bollinger Motors, an electric vehicle startup, has unveiled its electric platform and chassis as it plans to offer it for commercial electric vehicle production. more…

German aviation startup jumps into the UAM industry

We can welcome another German aviation startup into the urban air mobility called e.SAT.

Neolix raises $29 million to mass-produce autonomous delivery shuttles

Neolix Technologies, a self-driving logistics startup based primarily in Beijing, today confirmed that it closed a roughly RMB 200 million ($29 million) series A+ financing round in February of this year.

Alphabet's Waymo shows new Jaguar cars on the heels of investment round

Waymo was Google's self-driving car division until 2016, when it became an independent company under Google-parent Alphabet. Overall, the group has spent more than a decade working on self-driving technology, and is just starting to commercialize the technology now.

EV startup Bollinger Motors unveils electric chassis for Class 3 trucks

They’ll use it to develop future models and build Class 3 commercial trucks.

G.M.’s Cruise Unveils a Self-Driving Car. Don’t Look for It on Roads.

The futuristic Origin, which seats six passengers and lacks a steering wheel, will require intensive testing and regulatory scrutiny before it can hit the streets.

Tesla’s Success in Europe Catches Industry Off Guard

The Model 3 outsold some of the most popular luxury models in recent months. BMW, Mercedes and Audi risk missing the transition to electric cars.

Autonomous driving startup Pony.ai raises $500 million in Toyota-led funding

Autonomous driving firm Pony.ai has raised around $500 million in its latest funding round, led by an investment by Japan’s largest automaker Toyota Motor Corp, two people with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

Canoo’s Electric Vehicle Doesn’t Look Like a Car. That’s Kind of the Point.

The car of the future is electric, shared, autonomous and doesn’t look much like a car at all — at least, according to Canoo.

Waymo Filings Give New Details on Its Driverless Taxis

California's DMV has also received an application from the startup JingChi to test fully autonomous vehicles

Nuro Raises $92 Million for Adorable Autonomous Delivery Vehicles

Somewhere between a delivery truck and a sidewalk robot, Nuro's robotic vehicles want to deliver your groceries.