Robotaxi pushback grows in Los Angeles as Cruise loses permits

Less than a month after Waymo’s Los Angeles County expansion, labor organizers and an LA lawmaker are calling for new autonomous-vehicle regulations. On Tuesday, the office of LA Councilmember H

Federal regulators open investigation into GM self-driving car subsidiary Cruise

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into GM subsidiary Cruise’s autonomous vehicle system following several incidents involving pedestrians in San Fran

Didi’s autonomous vehicle arm raises $149M from state investors

When Didi created an autonomous vehicle subsidiary in 2020, the venture was seen as a Chinese counterpart to Uber’s AV unit. The tides of change have since swept across China’s tech landsc

Cruise would join the call to ban human drivers in city centers, says CEO

Cruise co-founder and CEO Kyle Vogt posed a controversial question at TechCrunch Disrupt 2023: At what point does it still make sense to have human-driven cars in cities? “If you extrapolate for

Cruise nears approval to mass-produce robotaxis with no steering wheel, pedals

Cruise CEO Kyle Vogt said Thursday at an investor conference that the company is close to from getting the green light to begin mass production of its purpose-built autonomous vehicle without a steeri

Pony, investor Toyota partner to ‘mass produce’ robotaxis in China

Autonomous-driving company and Toyota say they’re teaming up with the goal of one day cranking out a bunch of “fully driverless robotaxis.” The two companies intend to kick o

Waymo puts the brakes on self-driving trucks program

Waymo is tapping the brakes on self-driving trucks and shifting most of its capital, resources and talent to one commercial bet: ride-hailing. The move, which was announced Wednesday in a company blog

Cruise robotaxis are now operating everywhere, all at once in San Francisco (for employees)

Cruise co-founder and CEO Kyle Vogt said Tuesday that the company’s fleet of robotaxis are now operating 24 hours a day throughout all of San Francisco. And if you’re an employee, you can

Why Cruise is making its own chips, and a lot more besides

Cruise never planned to make its own silicon. But in the quest to commercialize robotaxis — and make money doing it — those never-planned pursuits can suddenly seem a lot more appealing. Cruise re

Announcing the agenda for TechCrunch Sessions: Mobility 2022

TC Sessions: Mobility is back, and this year we are bringing together the best and brightest founders, investors, engineers and experts on the future of transportation for a two-day, in-person event M

Waymo to keep robotaxi safety details secret, court rules

Waymo, the autonomous driving arm of Alphabet, was granted a win on Tuesday when a California court ruled it could keep secret certain details regarding its AV technology. The company filed a lawsuit