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Pony.ai to Launch Robotaxis in China With Ontime, the Ride-Hailing App of Automaker GAC Group

Pony.ai to Launch Robotaxis in China With Ontime, the Ride-Hailing App of Automaker GAC Group

Autonomous driving technology developer Pony.ai is expanding its presence in China in a new partnership with automaker GAC, which is China’s fifth largest carmaker and a longtime Pony.ai partner. As part of the close collaboration with GAC, Pony.ai will deploy its autonomous vehicles on the automaker’s "Ontime" ride-hailing app. The new collaboration with GAC will help to accelerate the commercialization of autonomous mobility in China.

Eric Walz2022-04-26 08:30 PT

Toyota’s Woven Planet is Now ‘Training’ its Self-Driving Development Vehicles Using Data From Low-Cost Cameras, an Approach Used by Tesla

Toyota’s Woven Planet is Now ‘Training’ its Self-Driving Development Vehicles Using Data From Low-Cost Cameras, an Approach Used by Tesla

Toyota’s Woven Planet Holdings, which is working on advanced technology for the automaker including autonomous driving, is taking a new camera-based approach in advancing its self-driving development without the use of expensive vehicle sensors such as lidar, Reuters reported on Wednesday. The team at Woven Planet views it as a "breakthrough" that may help drive down costs and better scale Toyota’s autonomous driving technology.

Eric Walz2022-04-06 10:45 PT

Automotive Technology Supplier ZF Acquires Stake in Startup StradVision to Accelerate The Development of AI-Powered Perception Technology for Autonomous Vehicles

Automotive Technology Supplier ZF Acquires Stake in Startup StradVision to Accelerate The Development of AI-Powered Perception Technology for Autonomous Vehicles

StradVision, a company developing AI-powered computer vision technology for autonomous vehicles and advanced driver assist systems (ADAS), announced today that German automotive technology supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG ("ZF") has acquired a 6% stake in the company. As part of the investment, the two companies will expand their portfolios of perception technology for autonomous vehicles.

Eric Walz2022-03-29 11:00 PT

Intel’s Autonomous Driving Unit Mobileye Confidentially Files for U.S. IPO, Which Could Value the Company at $50 Billion

Intel’s Autonomous Driving Unit Mobileye Confidentially Files for U.S. IPO, Which Could Value the Company at $50 Billion

Chipmaker Intel Corp plans to take its autonomous driving unit Mobileye public. The company said on Monday that Mobileye, which Intel acquired for $15.3 billion in 2017, has confidentially filed paperwork for an initial public offering in the United States. The IPO could value Intel's self-driving technology unit at more than $50 billion.

Eric Walz2022-03-07 11:55 PT

China’s XPeng Sets Up a New Autonomous Driving Company for Robotaxis

China’s XPeng Sets Up a New Autonomous Driving Company for Robotaxis

​Electric vehicle startup XPeng has established an autonomous driving subsidiary named “Guangzhou Pengxu Autonomous Driving Technology Co., Ltd.” that will focus on commercial mobility services, Chinese news outlet Gasgoo reports. During Xpeng’s Q3 financial report conference in Nov 2021, XPeng chairman and CEO He Xiaopeng, said the company plans to launch its own robotaxi service in the second half of 2022.

FutureCar Staff 2022-02-22 16:00 PT

Baidu’s Apollo Go Robotaxis Are Now Deployed in All of China's Top Tier Cities After Launching in Shenzhen

Baidu’s Apollo Go Robotaxis Are Now Deployed in All of China's Top Tier Cities After Launching in Shenzhen

​The Apollo Go robotaxi service launched by China's internet technology giant Baidu Inc. has expanded to Shenzhen’s Nanshan District, providing autonomous robotaxi services to commuters there for the first time. Shenzhen becomes the seventh major city where Baidu has introduced its robotaxi ride-hailing services in China, following previous launches in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Changsha, and Cangzhou.

Eric Walz2022-02-17 16:15 PT

Toyota Awarded More U.S. Patents Than Any Other Automaker in 2021

Toyota Awarded More U.S. Patents Than Any Other Automaker in 2021

Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp was awarded the most U.S. patents than any other automaker in 2021, according to a recent annual ranking by the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), an industry trade group for owners of patents, trademarks, copyrights and other trade secrets. A majority of the patents secured by Toyota were related to electric vehicles, battery technology, autonomous driving systems, software and AI​.

Eric Walz2022-01-31 09:45 PT

Baidu & Geely’s New Smart Electric Vehicle Company JiDU Raises $400 Million in Series A Round

Baidu & Geely’s New Smart Electric Vehicle Company JiDU Raises $400 Million in Series A Round

Newly formed intelligent electric vehicle company JIDU announced that it has closed on $400 million in Series A financing. The funding round was backed by China’s internet giant Baidu Inc and its strategic partner automaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group ("Geely"). JIDU is committed to creating a revolutionary electric vehicle that combines “intelligence and emotion”, which it says will lead to a profound change in personal transportation.

Eric Walz2022-01-26 09:00 PT

Volkswagen & Bosch Are Working Together on a Standardized Autonomous Driving Software Platform for Volume Production

Volkswagen & Bosch Are Working Together on a Standardized Autonomous Driving Software Platform for Volume Production

​Automotive supplier Bosch and the Volkswagen Group’s automotive software subsidiary CARIAD have agreed to form an extensive partnership to jointly develop a state-of-the-art, standardized software platform for future Volkswagen vehicles. The goal of the new partnership is to make SAE Level-2 and 3 autonomous driving capabilities for vehicles sold under the Volkswagen Group brands suitable for volume production.

FutureCar Staff 2022-01-25 16:15 PT

Honda Invests in Software Startup Helm.ai to Strengthen its Computer Vision and AI Development

Honda Invests in Software Startup Helm.ai to Strengthen its Computer Vision and AI Development

Honda Motor Co. has made an investment in Silicon Valley-based software company Helm.ai in order to strengthen its software development in the fields of computer vision and artificial intelligence (AI). Helm.ai has been collaborating with Honda since 2019 through its "Honda Xcelerator," a global open innovation program that supports startups working on innovative technology.

Eric Walz2022-01-21 11:00 PT

Toyota-backed Startup Pony.ai Builds Autonomous Driving Computing Unit Built on the NVIDIA DRIVE Orin Processor

Toyota-backed Startup Pony.ai Builds Autonomous Driving Computing Unit Built on the NVIDIA DRIVE Orin Processor

​Autonomous driving technology developer Pony.ai, which is planning to launch a robotaxi service in China using a fleet of self-driving Toyota Sienna minivans, announced the development of a complete autonomous driving computing unit built on NVIDIA’s powerful Orin system-on-a-chip (SoC). The processor is Pony.ai’s 6th generation autonomous driving system and is designed for automotive-grade mass production.

Eric Walz2022-01-20 12:15 PT

Mercedes-Benz to Partner With Luminar on LiDAR for Autonomous Driving

Mercedes-Benz to Partner With Luminar on LiDAR for Autonomous Driving

​Luxury car maker Mercedes Benz today announced its is partnering with lidar developer Luminar Inc to supply lidar for its future autonomous driving systems. Mercedes-Benz will leverage Luminar's lidar technology with the aim to scale the technology and integrate it into series production vehicles.

Eric Walz2022-01-20 08:45 PT

Volvo Plans to Launch its New ‘Ride Pilot’ Autonomous Driving Feature in California, Which Requires No Human Supervision

Volvo Plans to Launch its New ‘Ride Pilot’ Autonomous Driving Feature in California, Which Requires No Human Supervision

Volvo Cars announced on Wednesday that its new autonomous driving feature called “Ride Pilot” can operate safely without human oversight. The automaker plans to offer the feature on vehicles in California first, before rolling its out to other regions. The name "Ride Pilot" implies that when the car is driving on its own, Volvo Cars takes full responsibility for all of the driving tasks.

Eric Walz2022-01-06 09:15 PT

Chinese Automaker BYD Forms Joint Venture with Momenta to Develop Autonomous Driving Technology for its Models in China

Chinese Automaker BYD Forms Joint Venture with Momenta to Develop Autonomous Driving Technology for its Models in China

Chinese automaker BYD and self-driving technology startup Momenta have established a new joint venture to deploy autonomous driving technology across BYD car model lines. The new company, named DiPi Intelligent Mobility Co., combines BYD's capabilities as an automaker and the ability to manufacture vehicles at scale with Momenta's experience in autonomous driving.

Eric Walz2021-12-27 12:20 PT

Mercedes-Benz Cleared to Offer its DRIVE PILOT ‘Eyes Off the Road’ Level-3 Autonomous Driving System on Vehicles in Germany

Mercedes-Benz Cleared to Offer its DRIVE PILOT ‘Eyes Off the Road’ Level-3 Autonomous Driving System on Vehicles in Germany

Germany's car watchdog has cleared the semi-autonomous driving system offered by Mercedes Benz, paving the way for the luxury carmaker to begin offering its “Drive Pilot” autonomous driving system internationally. Mercedes-Benz will become the first automotive company in the world to meet the demanding legal requirements for a Level 3 system that can operate without needing a driver to pay attention to the road at all times.

Eric Walz2021-12-09 10:00 PT

Intel Corp Plans to Take its Self-Driving Unit Mobileye Public in 2022

Intel Corp Plans to Take its Self-Driving Unit Mobileye Public in 2022

​Chipmaker Intel Corp announced on Monday its intention to take its self-driving unit Mobileye public in the U.S. in mid-2022 via an initial public offering (IPO) of newly issued Mobileye stock. According to Intel, the move will unlock the value of Mobileye for Intel shareholders by creating a separate publicly traded company.

Eric Walz2021-12-07 14:35 PT

NVIDIA Reveals its Latest AI-Powered ‘Omniverse’ Platform in its Continued Push into Automotive Hardware & Software

NVIDIA Reveals its Latest AI-Powered ‘Omniverse’ Platform in its Continued Push into Automotive Hardware & Software

Nvidia Corp kicked off its GTC 2021 technology conference on Tuesday with some major news and announcements from founder and CEO Jensen Huang during his opening keynote. Nvidia’s new technology to support autonomous driving includes a virtual driving assistant that can autonomously park a standard car, as well as a system to speed up the computationally intensive training of machine learning algorithms for autonomous vehicles.

Eric Walz2021-11-09 15:30 PT

Chinese Autonomous Driving Startup Momenta Raises Another $200 Million, Raising its 2021 Funding Total to Over $1 Billion

Chinese Autonomous Driving Startup Momenta Raises Another $200 Million, Raising its 2021 Funding Total to Over $1 Billion

​Chinese autonomous driving technology developer Momenta, has closed on its latest $500 million funding that was first announced in September. The round includes new investments of $200 million from Chinese automaker SAIC Motor Corp and Yunfeng Capital, founded by Alibaba Group co-founder and billionaire Jack Ma.

FutureCar Staff 2021-11-04 09:45 PT

China’s Baidu is Turning Production Vehicles into Robotaxis With its Factory-installed Autonomous Driving System

China’s Baidu is Turning Production Vehicles into Robotaxis With its Factory-installed Autonomous Driving System

Chinese technology giant Baidu Inc. is developing an entire mobility ecosystem in China around self-driving vehicles as part of its Apollo autonomous driving platform. To support its plans, the company is working with China’s leading automakers to install its autonomous driving hardware during production, as opposed to modifying the vehicles after assembly. The vehicles will be used for Baidu's commercial robotaxi service called Apollo Go.

Eric Walz2021-10-28 11:30 PT

Lucid Reveals New Details of its ‘DreamDrive’ Advanced Driver Assist System, its Answer to Tesla’s Autopilot

Lucid Reveals New Details of its ‘DreamDrive’ Advanced Driver Assist System, its Answer to Tesla’s Autopilot

​Luxury electric vehicle startup and Tesla challenger Lucid has already built the world's longest range EV with its Lucid Air sedan, but the company is not stopping there. The electric Lucid Air sedan will also include advanced driver assist features and autonomous driving capabilities. Lucid calls its advanced driver assist platform “DreamDrive” and the company has shared new details for the first time.

Eric Walz2021-10-12 11:30 PT

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