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EasyMile raises $66M for its autonomous people-and-goods shuttles

EasyMile claims to be the world leader in autonomous shuttles with 60% of the global market using its vehicles.

GM’s second $2.3B battery plant with LG Chem to open in late 2023

GM and LG Chem announced Friday plans to build a second U.S. battery cell factory — a $2.3 billion facility in Spring Hill, Tennessee that will supply the automaker with the cells needed for the 30 electric vehicle models it plans to launch by mid decade.

Chinese autonomous vehicle startup WeRide scores permit to test driverless cars in San Jose

The California DMV, the agency that regulates autonomous vehicle testing in the state, said the permit allows WeRide to test two autonomous vehicles without a driver behind the wheel.

Porsche raises stake in electric car and components maker Rimac Automobili

Rimac Automobili, the Croatian company known for its electric hypercars and battery and powertrain development, has gained yet another investment from Porsche AG.

Microsoft invests in Cruise in new $2 billion round

Cruise has raised $2 billion in a new equity round that has pushed its valuation up to $30 billion and delivered Microsoft as an investor and partner.

Lime unveils new e-bike as part of $50 million investment to add 25 cities

Lime said Monday it has allocated $50 million toward its bike-share operation, an investment that has been used to develop a new e-bike and will fund its expansion this year to another 25 cities in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

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.

Micromobility startup Helbiz to go public via a SPAC, and will expand into ghost kitchens

The transaction includes $30 million PIPE anchored by institutional investors and approximately $80 million in net proceeds will be fed into Helbiz’s micromobility and advertising businesses, which have 2.7 million users.

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.

Rivian raises $2.65B as it pushes toward production of its electric pickup

Rivian is now valued at $27.6 billion, according to a person familiar with the investment round.

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.

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.

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

Bolt currently has some 50 million customers using its services.

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.

AutoX becomes China’s first to remove safety drivers from robotaxis

Residents of Shenzhen will see truly driverless cars on the road starting Thursday.

Bolt unveils its fourth-generation scooter

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

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.

How four European cities are embracing micromobility to drive out cars

A look at urban transformation in Paris, Barcelona, London and Milan.

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.

BMW announces the iX, its next-gen electric flagship

Although BMW has not released any pricing for the iX yet, rumors earlier this year pegged it at close to $100,000.

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.

Daimler invests in lidar company Luminar in push to bring autonomous trucks to highways

The company has been working internally to develop a truck capable of Level 4 automation.

Harley-Davidson is getting into the electric bicycle business

The new business, called Serial 1 Cycle Company, started as a project within the motorcycle manufacturer’s product development center.

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.

Conference: See what’s happening on day two of TC Sessions: Mobility 2020

Dive into today’s events and get access to the video on demand from all of yesterday’s content as well.

HumanForest suspends London e-bike sharing service, cuts jobs after customer accident

U.K.-based startup HumanForest has suspended its nascent “free” e-bike service in London this week, after experiencing “mechanical” issues and after a user had an accident on one of its bikes.

Yandex spins out self-driving car unit from its Uber JV, invests $150M into new company

Yandex says it’s doubling down on more focused investment in self-driving.

Conference: TC Sessions Mobility 2020

Get ready to spend two days rubbing virtual elbows with the global mobility community’s best and brightest minds and makers.

Chinese EV startup Xpeng Motors raises $1.5 billion in US public market debut

Chinese electric vehicle startup Xpeng Inc. raised $1.5 billion through an initial public offering in the U.S. as investor interest in EVs and clean energy outstripped concerns over escalating tensions between the U.S. and China.

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.

Lucid’s new all-electric sedan will let owners send energy to their homes by mid-2021

The fast-charging can also add 300 miles of range in just 20 minutes.

AutoX launches its autonomous RoboTaxi service in Shanghai

The service is a direct competitor to Didi’s pilot program.

Starting with Michigan, Sidewalk Infrastructure is looking to build roads specifically for autonomous cars

The starting point is a 40-mile corridor between downtown Detroit and Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Zin Boats reinvents the electric speedboat in a bid to become the Tesla of the sea

The automotive industry is knee deep in the vast transition to electric, but one place where gas is still going strong is out on the water.

Anthony Levandowski sentenced to 18 months in prison, as new $4B lawsuit against Uber is filed

Maverick self-driving car engineer will not need to report until threat of COVID-19 pandemic has passed.

Self-driving startup Argo AI hits $7.5 billion valuation

Just a little more than three years after the company burst on the scene with a $1 billion investment from Ford.

Waymo, Volvo partner to develop electric robotaxis

The two companies announced Thursday an “exclusive” partnership to integrate Waymo’s self-driving software into a new electric vehicle designed for ride-hailing.

MIT’s tiny artificial brain chip could bring supercomputer smarts to mobile devices

A new paper by MIT researchers describes a new type of artificial brain synapse, printed directly on a chip that’s smaller than a single piece of confetti.

TinyML is giving hardware new life

The latest embedded software technology moves hardware into an almost magical realm.

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.

Sustainable microgrids are the future of clean energy

Across the U.S., sustainable microgrids are emerging as a vital tool in the fight against climate change and increasingly common natural disasters.

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.

MIT muscle-control system for drones lets a pilot use gestures for accurate and specific navigation

The video shows their ongoing work using input from muscle signals to control devices.

DARPA snags Intel to lead its machine learning security tech

DARPA is pouring millions into a new AI defense program. Here are the companies leading the charge.

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.

Pandemic puts the brakes on micromobility

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

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.

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

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

Citroën introduces a two-seat EV that costs €19.99 a month

The Citroën Ami is a new take on urban mobility.

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.

UPS partners with Wingcopter to develop new multipurpose drone delivery fleet

UPS is working with German startup Wingcopter to develop a new type of delivery drone, to be used for the logistics company’s growing commercial drone delivery efforts both in the U.S. and globally.

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.

Electric vehicles are changing the future of auto maintenance

Moving from internal combustion to electric power does more than reduce tailpipe emissions: it will fundamentally shatter today’s auto maintenance and service sector.