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  • Waymo’s self-driving Chrysler Pacifica begins testing in San Francisco

    Waymo’s self-driving Chrysler Pacifica begins testing in San Francisco

    Waymo is bringing its self-driving cars back to San Francisco streets for testing. TechCrunch has obtained pictures of the Waymo Chrysler Pacifica autonomous test vehicle on SF city roads, and Waymo confirmed that it is indeed bringing test vehicles back to one of the first spots where it ever tested AVs in the first place. A Waymo spokesperson provided the following statement about its… Read More

  • GM and Cruise reveal their fourth-generation, steering wheel-free Cruise AV

    GM and Cruise reveal their fourth-generation, steering wheel-free Cruise AV

    GM and Cruise are making progress on their plan to deploy autonomous vehicles on roads for the public: Today, it’s showing off its fourth-generation Cruise Autonomous Vehicle (AV), which comes just a few short months after it first revealed its third-generation vehicle. The fourth generation car is production-ready, according to GM’s Dan Ammann, who discussed the new vehicle on a… Read More

  • Mercedes-Benz’s new MBUX in-car assistant and smart UI rocks

    Mercedes-Benz’s new MBUX in-car assistant and smart UI rocks

    It’s rare that I pay much attention to automaker infotainment and multimedia system updates at CES – usually there’s too much going on with autonomy, electrification and mobility services to give it much thought. This year, however, Mercedes-Benz had one of the most interesting announcements at the show with its new MBUX smart multimedia system and in-car voice activated… Read More

  • Argo AI self-driving test car hit in Pittsburgh as truck runs red light

    Argo AI self-driving test car hit in Pittsburgh as truck runs red light

    One of the test cars Argo AI operates in its Pittsburgh fleet was involved in an accident on Wednesday, with two people sent to hospital (in stable condition) with injuries as a result of the accident. The incident appears to have been caused by a light box truck driving through a red light, rather than by Argo’s test vehicle, based on an early traffic report. The self-driving car… Read More

  • Loomo Robo Companion

    Segway Robotics’ Loomo wants to be your little buddy

    Everyone needs a robotic friend and the Loomo might be the best yet. Part pack mule, part Segway, part voice assistant, the Loomo packs a lot of goods into its self-balancing frame. The device is from Segway Robotics, which is backed by Intel and Xiaomi. Intel’s RealSense provides sensors to make it safe to use indoors and out and the Segway platform lets it self-balance and travel at up… Read More

  • Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi launches $1 billion corporate venture capital fund

    Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi launches $1 billion corporate venture capital fund

    The world’s largest automaker, Renault–Nissan–Mitsubishi, has launched a $1 billion corporate venture capital fund to focus on investments in “new mobility” including electrification, autonomous systems, network connectivity and artificial intelligence. Called Alliance Ventures, the fund has already made its first investment, taking an equity stake for an… Read More

  • Toyota will offer Alexa in its cars starting later this year

    Toyota will offer Alexa in its cars starting later this year

    Toyota announced at CES this year that the carmaker will be offering support for Amazon Alexa within its vehicles – no additional hardware required. There’s a lot of third-party devices out there that are putting Alexa on your dashboard as an aftermarket add-on, but Toyota is one of the first automakers to fully embrace loading their vehicles up with Amazon’s voice-powered… Read More

  • Ford and Autonomic are building a smart city cloud platform

    Ford and Autonomic are building a smart city cloud platform

    Ford and Silicon Valley-based Autonomic will work together to build a new open platform upon which cities can build out infrastructure communications, including connected traffic lights and parking spots, called the “Transportation Mobility Cloud.” Ford CEO Jim Hackett announced the news on Monday at the CES 2018 keynote kicking off the annual conference. The platform is designed… Read More

  • Ford will begin testing self-driving cars in a new city in 2018

    Ford will begin testing self-driving cars in a new city in 2018

    Ford is ramping its autonomous vehicle program in 2018, with plans to expand testing its cars in a new city this year. This will serve a number of purposes, including helping partner autonomous platform partner Argo AI build out its self-driving tech, as well as helping to research further its dedicated AV vehicle design requirements. But it’s also going to allow Ford to test its new… Read More

  • Ford partners with Postmates on self-driving delivery pilot

    Ford partners with Postmates on self-driving delivery pilot

    Ford has a new partner for its autonomous vehicle program: Postmates. The on-demand delivery service provider is working with the automaker through its self-driving vehicle platform, in a similar way to existing partner Domino’s Pizza. Postmates is the first on-demand delivery app to work with Ford in this capacity, and will test with the platform this year, including in a pilot in a… Read More

  • Spin unveils its stationless electric bike

    Spin unveils its stationless electric bike

    Spin is adding an electric bike to its fleet of station-less bicycles for bike sharing. The Spin bike can travel up to 50 miles with a full charge and has batteries that the company says can be easily swapped by Spin’s operations teams. The e-bikes are pedal-assist bikes, which can spin up to 15 miles-per-hour with the engine assisting pedal-power. Based on a proprietary design from… Read More

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