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From Global Giants to Feisty Startups, Electric Trucks Battle for Supremacy

Tesla's Cybertruck, the F-150 EV, the Hummer EV, and more: Handicapping the odds for waves of battery-powered pickups to come.

Deep Learning at the Speed of Light

Lightmatter bets that optical computing can solve AI’s efficiency problem.

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 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.

Robots Made of Ice Could Build and Repair Themselves on Other Planets

Ice is all over the solar system, and exploration robots could use it as a structural material.

Boom Supersonic’s XB-1 Test Aircraft Promises a New Era of Faster-Than-Sound Travel

The prototype of a planned, 65-seat airliner will fly in 2021.

Gravity Energy Storage Will Show Its Potential in 2021

Gravitricity and Energy Vault are pioneering a radical new alternative to batteries for grid storage.

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.

Wheels Are Better Than Feet for Legged Robots

ANYmal demonstrates how hybrid mobility can benefit quadrupedal robots.

Private autonomous vehicles: The other side of the robo-taxi story

Although private self-driving cars attract less attention than robo-taxis do, our new market model suggests that they could give OEMs opportunities for growth.

Can Detroit Catch Tesla?

As the traditional automakers finally steer toward an all-electric future, batteries will be essential. GM hopes a second-mover advantage will let it catch up to Tesla and pass it on the straightaway.

GM Opens Up a New Front in Its Battle With Tesla: Batteries

A new $2.3 billion plant cranks out Ultium cells to power GM’s upcoming line of electric vehicles.

Spinach Gives Fuel Cells a Power Up

Spinach-based catalysts could power fuel cells more efficiently than traditional platinum ones.

This Inside-Out Motor for EVs Is Power Dense and (Finally) Practical

Belgian startup Magnax has found a way to mass-produce the axial-flux motor.

Throwable Robot Car Always Lands on Four Wheels

Just by spinning its wheels, this car can stabilize itself in mid-air in 402 milliseconds.

A Q&A with Cruise’s head of AI, Hussein Mehanna

AI engineers of all descriptions—the autonomous vehicle industry wants you.

A New Way For Autonomous Racing Cars to Control Sideslip

Swiss Formula Student team uses AI and sensors on the vehicle to calculate velocity and control sideslip.

Reimagining Public Buses in the Age of Uber

A startup wants to replace buses with six-person pods that dock with one another at highway speeds.

Small Japanese Town to Test First Autonomous Amphibious Bus

Tiny Naganohara aims to beat the world and operate the first self-driving amphibious bus for tourists.

Will quantum computing drive the automotive future?

As quantum computing comes closer to reality, automotive players are exploring its potential.

Self-Driving Cars Learn to Read the Body Language of People on the Street

Game developers use motion-capture tech to teach Cruise’s autonomous vehicles to understand gestures.

With Ultralight Lithium-Sulfur Batteries, Electric Airplanes Could Finally Take Off



Oxis Energy’s design promises outstanding energy density, manufacturability, and safety.

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"

Remotely Operated Robot Takes Straight Razor to Face of Brave Roboticist

The ultimate goal is much more general than the creation of a dedicated straight razor shaving robot. This particular hardware system is actually a testbed for exploring MRI-compatible remote needle biopsy.

Ex-Googler's Startup Comes Out of Stealth With Beautifully Simple, Clever Robot Design

Hello Robot's Stretch wants to reinvent how mobile manipulators perform tasks in home environments.

Q&A: The Masterminds Behind Toyota’s Self-Driving Cars Say AI Still Has a Way to Go

Gill Pratt and Wolfram Burgard discuss what deep learning can and cannot do.

Sony Builds AI Into a CMOS Image Sensor

This smart image sensor uses digital signal processing of machine-learning algorithms to decode what it "sees".

Can Electric Cars on the Highway Emulate Plane-to-Plane Refueling?

On-the-road peer-to-peer charging depends on steerable booms to make the connection.

Ford Self-Driving Vans Will Use Legged Robots to Make Deliveries

Agility Robotics’ Digit will bring packages from a delivery vehicle to your front door.

LEMO-Sky is the Limit

Air taxis are ready to take off. Volocopter’s cofounder Alex Zosel tells us everything about the future of city traffic and the ambitions of his startup.

Surprise! 2020 Is Not the Year for Self-Driving Cars

The AV industry has had to reset expectations as it shifts its focus to Level 4 autonomy.

Video Friday: Waymo Unveils 5th-Gen Self-Driving Car

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos.

New Gyroscope Design Will Help Autonomous Cars and Robots Map the World

It’s 10,000 times more accurate than the gyros in your cell phone, but costs just US $50.

Autonomous Vehicles Should Start Small, Go Slow

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

UC Berkeley's AI-Powered Robot Teaches Itself to Drive Off-Road

BADGR trains its deep neural network using data it gathers from real-world environments.

Robot Vehicles Make Contactless Deliveries Amid Coronavirus Quarantine

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

Apex.OS: An Operating System for Autonomous Cars

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

Ultrafast Motion-Planning Chip Could Make Autonomous Cars Safer

Realtime Robotics’ motion-planning processor helps autonomous cars make better decisions.

Is Coronavirus Speeding the Adoption of Driverless Technology?

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

Gill Pratt on “Irrational Exuberance” in the Robocar World

Toyota's robocar chief says we don't know that we can't make fully self-driving cars, nor do we yet know how to do it.

A Radar to Watch You in Your Car

Vayyar says there are at least four good reasons to monitor passengers with radar instead of cameras.

Autonomous Mobile Robot with Simple Navigation System Based on Deep Reinforcement Learning and a Monocular Camera

The purpose of this study is development of an autonomous mobile robot navigation system based on deep reinforcement learning with a monocular camera, without 2D-LiDAR.

Volkswagen’s Concept Robot Would Bring Mobile EV Charging to Any Garage

This cute little robot could tow over mobile batteries to recharge your car.

At Singapore’s Test Center, Self-Driving Cars Battle Fake Monsoons

The city state can simulate rain and floods to help driverless tech work in tropical weather.

How Self-Driving Cars Might Transform City Parking

Autonomous vehicles could use parking lots more efficiently, but also worsen gridlock.

Milton Keynes, the Model Town Building Itself Around Self-Driving Cars

The Milton Keynes Council envisions self-driving vehicles easing traffic congestion and eliminating parking spaces.

Daimler and Bosch Will Launch a Pilot Robotaxi Program in San Jose in 2019

I don't know the way in San Jose, my car has a brain and won't go wrong and lose its way.

Daimler and Bosch to Test Self-Driving Taxis Next Year

The German companies follow in the footsteps of Waymo and GM's Cruise.

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

Watch Waymo's Virtual-Reality View of the World

The company released a 360-degree VR representation of what its robocar sees.

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.