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Autonomous Driving Startup Aurora to Acquire Lidar Company Blackmore

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Says the Automaker is On Track for the Biggest Sales Quarter in its History

How Will Self-driving Vehicles Keep Passengers Safe in Natural Disasters?

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Autonomous Driving Startup Aurora to Acquire Lidar Company Blackmore

Autonomous Driving Startup Aurora to Acquire Lidar Company Blackmore

Aurora, a well-funded Silicon Valley-based autonomous driving startup, announced that it is acquiring lidar company Blackmore. Aurora said that it chose Blackmore because of its pioneering work in Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) lidar, a next generation lidar technology that can improve the perception capabilities of self-driving vehicles.

May 23, 2019 6:19 PM PT

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Says the Automaker is On Track for the Biggest Sales Quarter in its History

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Says the Automaker is On Track for the Biggest Sales Quarter in its History

A leaked email from Tesla CEO Elon Musk to employees revealed that Tesla might finally be solving many of its production and logistics problems. The email to employees noted that Tesla is on track to deliver a record number of cars in the second quarter.

May 23, 2019 1:40 PM PT

How Will Self-driving Vehicles Keep Passengers Safe in Natural Disasters?

How Will Self-driving Vehicles Keep Passengers Safe in Natural Disasters?

A feasible solution to preparing autonomous vehicles for natural disasters could be virtual testing software. Using this option, developers can recreate a wide range of emergencies for driverless cars to tackle in a controlled environment.

May 23, 2019 5:00 AM PT

GM Faces Pushback From U.S. Regulators in its Effort to Deploy Self-Driving Cars

GM Faces Pushback From U.S. Regulators in its Effort to Deploy Self-Driving Cars

GM requested that U.S. regulators waive some automobile safety standards, including deploying autonomous vehicles without a steering wheel or pedals, to make it possible to deploy a ride-sharing fleet of driverless cars.

May 22, 2019 5:03 PM PT

Baidu Denies Planning Spin-off of its Apollo Autonomous Driving Platform

Baidu Denies Planning Spin-off of its Apollo Autonomous Driving Platform

China's Baidu said in a statement Tuesday that rumors about the spin-off of its Apollo open autonomous vehicle development platform are false.

May 22, 2019 1:59 PM PT

Consumer Reports Says Tesla’s Autopilot Performs Worse Than a Human Driver

Consumer Reports Says Tesla’s Autopilot Performs Worse Than a Human Driver

Consumer watchdog organization Consumer Reports (CR) recently conducted its own test of Tesla’s new “Navigate on Autopilot” update and concluded that it doesn’t work as well as Musk claims. In fact, using it could be a potential safety risks for drivers.

May 22, 2019 12:22 PM PT

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Claims Automaker Will Be out of Money Within 10 Months, Launches “Hardcore” Changes

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Claims Automaker Will Be out of Money Within 10 Months, Launches “Hardcore” Changes

In an all-staff email obtained by Reuters and Electrek, Elon Musk told employees that the electric automaker would run out of money in roughly 10 months, claiming that “hardcore” cost-cutting efforts are needed to keep the company afloat.

May 22, 2019 5:00 AM PT

The U.S. Postal Service is Testing Mail Delivery Using Self-Driving Trucks From TuSimple

The U.S. Postal Service is Testing Mail Delivery Using Self-Driving Trucks From TuSimple

​The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) began a two-week trial on Tuesday transporting mail across three Southwestern states using self-driving trucks in a partnership with San Diego-based TuSimple. The pilot program will test the driverless truck technology to see how it might improve delivery times and operating costs.

May 21, 2019 3:09 PM PT

Startup Valqari Reinvents Mailboxes to Cater to Drone Deliveries

Startup Valqari Reinvents Mailboxes to Cater to Drone Deliveries

The startup's smart mailbox utilizes a flat, heavy-duty top, which serves as a landing pad for quadcopters. Valqari plans to develop drone-friendly mailboxes with heaters or coolers for receiving meals, groceries and medicine requiring refrigeration.

May 21, 2019 5:00 AM PT

EVgo Partnering with Chevron to Install EV Fast Charging at Select California Gas Stations

EVgo Partnering with Chevron to Install EV Fast Charging at Select California Gas Stations

In the future, gas stations might become convenient locations to dispense power for electric vehicles. EVgo, whihc operates the nation’s largest public electric vehicle (EV) fast charging network, announced today it is working with Chevron to bring EV fast charging to select Chevron company-owned gas stations in California.

May 20, 2019 2:30 PM PT

GM Says its Vehicle Lineup Will Be Capable of Receiving OTA Updates Beginning in 2023

GM Says its Vehicle Lineup Will Be Capable of Receiving OTA Updates Beginning in 2023

Following the footsteps of electric automaker Tesla, General Motors said on Monday that all of its future models will be able to receive over-the-air updates by 2023.

May 20, 2019 12:12 PM PT

Einride’s T-pod L4 Driverless Trucks Hit Public Roads in Sweden

Einride’s T-pod L4 Driverless Trucks Hit Public Roads in Sweden

The service is part of the startup’s ongoing collaboration with German logistics group DB Schenker. By the end of 2020, the startup wants to have 200 autonomous trucks operating on public roadways.

May 20, 2019 5:00 AM PT

All You Need to Know About Rivian’s Design Center and Giant EV Battery Pack

All You Need to Know About Rivian’s Design Center and Giant EV Battery Pack

Electric vehicle startup Rivian is targeting an ambitious all-electric driving range of 400 miles for the upcoming R1T electric pickup truck and here’s how the company aims to do it.

May 19, 2019 8:12 PM PT

Volkswagen Announces EV Plants in China to Compete With Tesla

Volkswagen Announces EV Plants in China to Compete With Tesla

In roughly 12 months, Volkswagen aims to have two electric-vehicle plants in China operational to build a total of 600,000 battery-powered cars to take on Tesla.

May 19, 2019 6:00 AM PT

Tesla Launches Software Update to Address Recent Battery Fires

Tesla Launches Software Update to Address Recent Battery Fires

In response to some high-profile battery fires, Tesla has released a software update claiming it was launched “out of an abundance of caution.”

May 18, 2019 11:30 AM PT

EVs Expected to Account For Half of New-Car Sales by 2040

EVs Expected to Account For Half of New-Car Sales by 2040

A new analysis by Bloomberg New Energy Finance claims that electric cars are on path to account for 57 percent of all passenger car sales worldwide by 2040.

May 18, 2019 6:00 AM PT

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