Transportation

Transportation news includes all the present and future ways people and packages get from Point A to Point B. Coverage includes scooters and e-bikes to autonomous vehicles, EVs, transit, and evTOLs. We cover auto tech players big and small, from Tesla, GM, Uber, and Lyft, to small startups entering the automotive tech space.

EV startup Fisker Inc. is laying off more employees to “preserve cash,” one week after warning investors it would have to make cuts to stave off impending bankruptcy, according to…

Fisker starts new round of layoffs to ‘preserve cash’

India’s Ola has let go its chief executive, Hemant Bakshi, just four months after appointing him to the post, and is cutting about 180 jobs.

Indian ride-hailing giant Ola cuts 180 jobs in profitability push

Federal safety regulators have opened an investigation into Ford’s hands-free driver-assistance system, BlueCruise, after it was found to be active during two recent crashes that killed multiple people. The National Highway…

Ford’s BlueCruise hands-free system under investigation after fatal crashes

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Tesla profits tumble, Fisker flatlines, and California cities battle for control of AVs

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A wrestling match over who should control robotaxis is playing out in California

Cities around the country have long been crying out for more control over how autonomous vehicles are deployed on their streets. In California, they might finally get their wish. A handful of AV-related bills, which made progress this month in their long journey through the state legislature, could put more restrictions on companies like Cruise,…

7:00 am PDT • April 27, 2024
A wrestling match over who should control robotaxis is playing out in California

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration closed a long-standing investigation into Tesla’s Autopilot driver assistance system after reviewing hundreds of crashes involving its misuse, including 13 that were fatal and…

Tesla Autopilot investigation closed after feds find 13 fatal crashes related to misuse

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The all-electric Mercedes G-Class ratchets up the tech and off-road capability

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class — the rugged off-road powerhouse that launched in 1979 and has since become a brutalist status symbol — has gone electric. This is, in many ways, Mercedes’ most prestigious car, a model more prized for its presence and exclusivity than its power and capability. Going electric, then, is more than an historic…

7:30 pm PDT • April 23, 2024
The all-electric Mercedes G-Class ratchets up the tech and off-road capability

Tesla’s been undergoing some major changes, and now we have a sense of why: The company says it is upending its product roadmap because of “pressure” on EV sales. The…

Tesla’s new growth plan is centered around mysterious cheaper models

Tesla profits fell 55% to $1.13 billion in the first quarter from the same year-ago period as a protracted EV price-cutting strategy and “several unforeseen challenges” cut into the automaker’s bottom…

Tesla profits drop 55%, company says EV sales ‘under pressure’ from hybrids

Tesla has officially revealed a new Performance variant of the recently refreshed Model 3 sedan as the company looks to fight off receding demand. The new version of the Model…

Tesla launches new Model 3 Performance variant to rev up demand

Tesla investors, still digesting a 43% drop in share price since the beginning of the year, are gearing up for what will likely be unimpressive financial results for the first quarter…

Tesla earnings week spotlights EV price cuts, ‘balls to the wall’ autonomy push

Fisker says it’s planning more layoffs less than two months after cutting 15% of its workforce, as the EV startup scrambles to raise cash to stay alive. Fisker expects to…

Fisker plans more layoffs as cash dwindles and bankruptcy looms

Rivian is offering discounts of up to $5,000 on its EVs — and a year of free charging — to customers willing to trade in their gas-powered trucks and SUVs.…

Rivian targets gas-powered Ford and Toyota trucks and SUVs with $5,000 ‘electric upgrade’ discount

Amazon confirmed it is ending Prime Air drone delivery operations in Lockeford, California. The Central California town of 3,500 was the company’s second U.S. drone delivery site, after College Station,…

Amazon ends California drone deliveries

Tesla is not having a good start to the week. In its defense, it didn’t have a very good end to last week, either. Today the news is that recent…

TechCrunch Minute: Tesla’s Cybertruck recall, layoffs set the stage for its Q1 earnings

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Tesla layoffs, Cybertruck recalls and Serve Robotics goes public

Tesla is recalling all 3,878 Cybertrucks that it has shipped to date, due to a problem where the accelerator pedal can get stuck, putting drivers at risk of a crash,…

Tesla recalls the Cybertruck for faulty accelerator pedals that can get stuck

Tesla is pushing forward with a plan to build an electric big rig charging corridor stretching from Texas to California, despite being snubbed by a lucrative federal funding program that’s…

Tesla still plans to build 1,800-mile charging corridor for semi trucks despite Biden funding snub

Serve Robotics, the Uber and Nvidia-backed sidewalk robot delivery company, debuted publicly on the stock exchange Thursday, making it the latest startup to choose going public via a reverse merger…

Uber, Nvidia-backed Serve Robotics hits public markets with $40M splash

Waymo can operate on San Francisco freeways without a human driver, but the company is still only testing on freeways with a human driver in the front seat.

6 Waymo robotaxis block traffic to San Francisco freeway on-ramp

The startup is decarbonizing heavy industry using aluminum as a fuel, an approach inspired by a future mission to Europa.

How Found Energy went from ‘self-cannibalizing robots’ to cleaning up heavy industry

Tesla has spent around $200,000 on advertising through February on Elon Musk’s social media platform, X, after the CEO caved to shareholder pressure last year and said his company would…

Tesla has spent $200K advertising on Elon Musk’s X so far

Waymo, the self-driving company under Alphabet, began testing its robotaxis in Atlanta on Tuesday, adding another city to its ever-expanding testing and deployment domain. Over the next few months, Waymo…

Waymo begins robotaxi testing in Atlanta

Tesla has ended discounts on inventory across its electric vehicle lineup — even as sales for EVs have flagged — as part of a larger and vague plan by CEO…

Tesla ditches EV inventory price discounts as Elon Musk moves to ‘streamline’ sales and delivery

Tesla’s layoffs and executive departures took a bite out of its share price this week. The well-known electric vehicle company shed around 10% of its staff, impacting an estimated 14,000…

TechCrunch Minute: Why Tesla’s big layoffs happened, and what comes next

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Tesla layoffs hit high performers, some departments slashed, sources say

Tesla management told employees Monday that the recent layoffs — which gutted some departments by 20% and even hit high performers — were largely due to poor financial performance, a source familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. The layoffs were announced to staff just a week before Tesla is scheduled to report its first-quarter earnings.…

5:35 am PDT • April 16, 2024
Tesla layoffs hit high performers, some departments slashed, sources say

Two high-profile executives have departed Tesla the same day that the electric automaker laid off thousands of workers, TechCrunch has confirmed. Drew Baglino, Tesla’s SVP of Powertrain and Energy, and…

Tesla execs Drew Baglino and Rohan Patel leave as company lays off 10%

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TechCrunch Mobility: Cruise robotaxis return and Ford’s BlueCruise comes under scrutiny

Welcome back to TechCrunch Mobility — your central hub for news and insights on the future of transportation. Sign up here — just click TechCrunch Mobility — to receive the newsletter every weekend in your inbox. Subscribe for free. It was another wild week in the world of transportation, particularly in the EV startup and automated driving industries.…

12:15 pm PDT • April 14, 2024
TechCrunch Mobility: Cruise robotaxis return and Ford’s BlueCruise comes under scrutiny

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How Neural Concept’s aerodynamic AI is shaping Formula 1

It’s a long way from pedal bikes to Formula 1. But that’s precisely the quantum leap that AI-based startup Neural Concept and its co-founder and CEO, Pierre Baqué, made in just six years. In 2018, the company’s fledgling software helped develop the world’s most aerodynamic bicycle. Today, four out of 10 Formula 1 teams use…

8:00 am PDT • April 14, 2024
How Neural Concept’s aerodynamic AI is shaping Formula 1

The price cut comes a couple of weeks after Tesla launched a free one-month trial of FSD for every customer in the U.S. with a compatible Tesla.

Tesla drops FSD price to $99 per month in US