June 2nd, 2017 News of the Day: Waymo develops driverless truck, Ford to launch bike-sharing program

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【Summary】News of the Day for June 2nd, 2017.

Original Claire    Jun 02, 2017 3:46 PM PT
June 2nd, 2017 News of the Day: Waymo develops driverless truck, Ford to launch bike-sharing program

Waymo to develop self-driving trucks in the future

According to Buzzfeed, Google Waymo is currently a developing self-driving truck.

"Self-driving technology can transport people and things much more safely than we do today and reduce the thousands of trucking-related deaths each year. We're taking our eight years of experience in building self-driving hardware and software and conducting a technical exploration into how our technology can integrate into a truck," a Waymo spokesperson told BuzzFeed.

Waymo is currently testing only one semi truck, by manually driving it on public roads for data collection purposes.

Ford to launch GoBike bike-sharing service in the San Francisco Bay Area


The Detroit auto giant Ford is following the growing trend of bike-sharing in China, and announced today that it will launch its own GoBike bike-sharing program starting on June 28th. Residents can use either physical Bay Area transit Clipper cards or the Ford GoBike app.

The bike-sharing service is currently available in a pilot program, with a limited number of rental bikes. After launching the service, the pool of bikes will increase from 700 to 7000 and roll out between now and the end of next year with 546 stations covering San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Berkeley and Emeryville. The pilot program will end on June 11th, but current members will automatically be extended to make up for the gap.

Tesla fires female engineer who alleged sexual harassment


Tesla fired female engineer AJ Vandermeyden after she publicly raised concerns about office sexual harassment and wage discrimination at the company. Last year, she sued Tesla and granted an interview to the Guardian, but continued to work at Tesla until her firing this week.

In a long statement, Tesla spokesperson told Gizmodo that the company has conducted an internal and external investigation into Vandermeyden's complaints last year, and found them to be groundless. The conclusions were reviewed this year and led to her firing on Monday. Tesla's new HR head Gabby Toledano personally delivered the news.

Hyundai reveals electric bus in Korea with 180-mile range


Korean auto veteran Hyundai has just unveiled its Elec City bus at the Hyundai Truck & Bus Mega Fair. The E-bus is equipped with a 256 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery which Hyundai claims provides 180 miles of range. The bus also features Around View Monitoring and a Full Color Digital Cluster.

Power is generated via a 240 kW electric motor and the bus can charge in just over one hour.

"Elec City provides a glimpse into the future of the public transportation. The bus demonstrates the suitability of Hyundai Motor's pioneering fully-electric powertrain for commercial application." Hyundai said in a statement.

Intel estimates a 7-trillion driverless future by 2050


A study generated by Intel predicts that autonomous vehicles will create a massive economic opportunity of $800 billion in 2035 (the base year of the study) to $7 trillion by 2050. It points out that carmakers and tech companies that do not prepare for self-driving will risk failure or extinction. The study also estimates that there will be over half a million lives saved from 2035 to 2045.

Intel as the leading chip maker has planned to invest $250 million in two years to develop autonomous technology. The company recently acquired Israeli auto vision company Mobileye for $15 billion, and is working with BMW to put driverless vehicles on road later this year.

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