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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.

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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

India is getting an electric three-wheeler passenger vehicle that charges from 0 to 100% in 15 minutes. The launch of the new EV — a collaboration between auto manufacturer Omega…

India’s Exponent Energy brings 15-minute charging to passenger three-wheelers

It’s the first known fatality resulting from a crash involving the use of BlueCruise, which Ford first announced in 2021.

Ford’s hands-free BlueCruise system was active before fatal Texas crash

Sanctuary AI announced that it will be delivering its humanoid robot to a Magna manufacturing facility. Based in Canada, with auto manufacturing facilities in Austria, Magna manufactures and assembles cars…

European car manufacturer will pilot Sanctuary AI’s humanoid robot

The New York City-based startup has been working on a product that retrofits existing street lampposts to enable EV charging.

Voltpost wants to bring curbside EV charging to a lamppost near you

Two internal whistleblowers at Faraday Future claim the troubled EV company has been lying about some of the few sales it has announced to date. They also claim founder Jia…

Faraday Future faked early sales, lawsuits claim

Given flagging sales of the company’s existing product line, a mass-market electric vehicle would be a welcome shot in the arm.

Tesla risks losing its lead without an inexpensive EV

General Motors’ Cruise is redeploying robotaxis in Phoenix after nearly five months of paused operations, the company said in a blog post. The catch? The cars will be in “manual…

GM’s Cruise robotaxis are back in Phoenix — but people are driving them

Lucid Motors delivered more EVs in the first quarter of 2024 than it has in any other quarter, though it set the record by a very slim margin. The Saudi-backed,…

Lucid Motors ekes out a new delivery record as it searches for more EV buyers

Indian ride-hailing giant Ola is shutting down its operations in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, six years after expanding to international markets.

Indian ride-hailing giant Ola quits UK, Australia and NZ in international pullback

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TechCrunch Mobility: Apple layoffs, an EV price reckoning and another Tesla robotaxi promise

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. Automakers reported auto sales for Q1 and, welp, turns out that pricing sure does matter if you want to…

12:00 pm PDT • April 7, 2024
TechCrunch Mobility: Apple layoffs, an EV price reckoning and another Tesla robotaxi promise

Just hours after Elon Musk claimed Reuters was “lying” about Tesla’s plans to ditch its $25,000 low-cost EV and instead focus all its efforts on a robotaxi, the Tesla CEO…

Elon Musk says he’ll unveil a Tesla robotaxi on August 8

Tesla is reportedly abandoning its plan to build a lower-cost EV, thought to be priced around $25,000, according to Reuters, despite that vehicle’s status as a pivotal product for the…

Tesla reportedly drops plan to build $25K EV

Apple is laying off 614 employees in California after abandoning its electric car project. According to the WARN notice posted by the California Employment Development Department, Apple notified the affected…

Apple lays off over 600 employees in California after abandoning electric car project

Tesla is dropping prices of unsold Model Y SUVs in the U.S. by thousands of dollars in an attempt to clear out an unprecedented backlog of inventory. Many long-range and…

Tesla slashes Model Y inventory prices by as much as $7,000

Ford is unusual in that it performs best when thinking like a startup, something it appears to have taken to heart recently, EV delays notwithstanding.

Ford delays new EVs once more, showing why legacy automakers need to adopt a startup mentality

Faraday Future has avoided getting evicted from its Los Angeles headquarters — for the time being. The troubled EV startup reached an agreement April 2 with its landlord, Rexford Industrial,…

Faraday Future avoids eviction at its LA headquarters — for now

The startup, which had raised nearly $220 million, posted a note on its website that it ended worldwide operations and wound down the company as of Wednesday.

OpenAI-backed Ghost Autonomy shuts down

Maniv, the VC firm based in Tel Aviv and New York City, has closed a $140 million that reflects its evolving investment ethos.

VC firm Maniv is growing in every direction, armed with a $140M new fund

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a third investigation into EV startup Fisker’s Ocean SUV, this time centered on problems getting the doors to open. The NHTSA’s Office…

Fisker’s Ocean SUV investigated for doors that won’t open

The battery startup has raised $78 million to bring its alternative to lithium-ion cells to everything from scooters to steel mills.

Alsym wants to ‘light up homes for a billion people’ with its new battery

BlaBlaCar is an iconic name in the French startup ecosystem. The carpooling and bus ticketing company has been around for so long that it’s hard to consider it a startup…

After reaching profitability, carpooling platform BlaBlaCar secures $108M debt line

Rivian has a challenging year ahead — and the first quarter is off to a tepid start. The EV startup announced Tuesday that it built 13,980 vehicles and delivered 13,588…

Rivian started a tough year on a flat foot

Tesla just turned in one of its more disappointing first quarters for deliveries in a while, and the company is putting some of the blame on an arson attack at…

Tesla blames sales drop on Houthi attacks and arson in Germany

Tucked inside Canoo’s 2023 earnings report is a nugget regarding the use of CEO Tony Aquila’s private jet — just one of many expenses that illustrates the gap between spending…

Canoo spent double its annual revenue on the CEO’s private jet in 2023

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Fisker enters into dumpster fire territory and Tesla chases FSD revenue

TechCrunch Mobility is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click TechCrunch Mobility — to receive the newsletter every weekend in your inbox. Subscribe for free. Welcome back to TechCrunch Mobility — your central hub for news and insights on the future of transportation. Remember in the last edition of TechCrunch…

12:00 pm PDT • March 31, 2024
Fisker enters into dumpster fire territory and Tesla chases FSD revenue

Fisker temporarily lost track of millions of dollars in customer payments as it scaled up deliveries, leading to an internal audit that started in December and took months to complete,…

Fisker lost track of millions of dollars in customer payments for months

Tesla is about to start giving every customer in the U.S. a one-month trial of its $12,000 driver-assistance system, which it calls Full Self-Driving Beta, provided they have a car…

Tesla is pushing a free one-month trial of its FSD Beta driver-assistance software to US customers

Ionobell, a seed stage startup, claims its silicon material will be cheaper than the established competition.

Ionobell is turning to recycled silicon to boost EV range