Alphabet’s autonomous driving division Waymo, which spun out of Google’s self-driving car project, has launched its commercial robotaxi service in San Francisco for a select group of early testers. The company was approved to begin picking up passengers in its driverless vehicles for the first time in the city after extensively testing its technology using safety drivers behind the wheel.
Eric Walz2021-08-24 10:00 PT
San Francisco-based EV battery swapping startup Ample, which came out of stealth mode in March, announced its raised another $160 in Series C funding. Ample's modular battery swapping technology can work with any EV design, regardless of size, since it acts as a drop-in replacement for the vehicle's original battery modules.
Eric Walz2021-08-20 09:00 PT
New York-based electric-only ride-hailing startup Revel Transit has been given the green light by city officials to launch its fleet of Tesla Model Ys and begin picking up paying customers beginning on Aug 2. The service will give both Uber and Lyft some new competition in New York, the most populous city in the U.S. It also offers a greener transportation option.
FutureCar Staff 2021-07-27 10:00 PT
Arrival, a UK-based electric-vehicle startup has partnered with technology company Uber to come out with a purpose-built ride-hailing car that will be electric.
Vineeth Joel Patel2021-05-09 07:45 PT
Ride-sharing startup Revel is launching a new ride-hailing service in New York City next month with a fleet of Tesla Model Y crossovers. Unlike Uber and Lyft, Revel’s driver partners are hired on as employees, and the company owns the entire fleet of Model Ys, so drivers don’t have to worry about wear and tear and accumulating miles on their personal vehicles or the added expense of maintaining them.
Eric Walz2021-04-28 12:50 PT
Ride-hailing company Lyft Inc is following in the footsteps of its primary rival Uber Technologies and will no longer develop its self-driving technology in house. The San Francisco-based company announced on Monday that its selling its autonomous driving unit Level 5 to Toyota subsidiary Woven Planet Holdings Inc (“Woven Planet”) for $550 million. Woven Planet is tasked with developing autonomous driving and other advanced mobility technology for Toyota.
FutureCar Staff 2021-04-26 15:35 PT
Ontario-based company CpK Product Interiors Inc., a Tier 1 supplier of automotive interior components, announced it developed a line of “anti-viral” material formulations for hard and soft plastics, such as those used in vehicle interiors. The company claims that its formulation kills 99.9% of SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for Covid-19, on material surfaces in less than 60 minutes. Founded in 2010, CpK is a subsidiary of automaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
Eric Walz2020-11-19 07:50 PT
On Tuesday, TomTom announced it will extend its existing partnership that began in 2015 of integrating TomTom’s maps, traffic data, and Maps APIs across Uber’s entire global platform. As part of the ongoing agreement, Uber will serve as a trusted map editing partner to TomTom, leading to even more accurate navigation and location, trip routing, fares, and better arrival time estimates for Uber customers.
FutureCar Staff 2020-10-13 19:00 PT
As of midnight tonight, ride-hailing company Lyft will suspend its California ride-hailing operations, and its bigger rival Uber will likely follow, leaving thousands of people without the on-demand transportation they’ve come to rely on for for the first time in over seven years. The move is a result of California's Assembly Bill 5, which went into effect on Jan 1, 2020 and requires ride-hailing companies to classify drivers as employees.
Jeremy Carlton2020-08-20 11:55 PT
San Francisco-based ride-sharing company Lyft is providing its drivers with shields, which are designed to partition the vehicle to limit the chances of virus exposure for the rear seat passengers and driver.
Eric Walz2020-07-17 09:00 PT
Self-driving technology startup Aurora announced today its new in-house developed lidar system for its driverless vehicles. The lidar sensor is called "FirstLight" and it can see and track objects more quickly and from further away than other lidar sensors.
Eric Walz2020-07-08 16:00 PT
Ride-sharing company Uber Technologies Inc is looking to extend its reach beyond the food delivery and ride-hailing business. The San Francisco-based company announced today the acquisition of Uber Eats division rival Postmates in a $2.65 billion all-stock deal.
Eric Walz2020-07-06 13:00 PT
Toyota’s latest corporate governance report was released on Wednesday and it revealed that the automaker holds a $293 million stake in ride-hailing giant Uber Technologies Inc. Toyota said it held 10.25 million shares valued at 31.15 billion yen ($292.46 million) as of March 30, 2020.
Derrick Smith2020-06-24 11:00 PT
San Francisco-based company Lyft Inc. said on Wednesday that every vehicle on its ride-hailing and rental car platform will be fully-electric by 2030.
FutureCar Staff 2020-06-17 14:30 PT
General Motors has shuttered its car-sharing platform Maven, which allowed GM owners to share their vehicle as a short-term rental, earning a little extra income in the process. The automaker said it would transfer the Maven assets and resources to its Global Innovation group, which is GM’s incubator for new mobility ideas and technology.
Eric Walz2020-04-22 11:00 PT
New York City-based on-demand and shared transportation provider Via announced it received a $200 million investment from Exor, the holding company of Italy’s Agnelli family, the business dynasty founded by Giovanni Agnelli, one of the original founders of Italian automaker Fiat.
Eric Walz2020-03-30 10:40 PT
In one of the biggest cases involving the theft of intellectual property in Silicon Valley in recent memory, Anthony Levandowski, the former head engineer of Google’s self-driving car project, has agreed to plead guilty for stealing trade secrets from the technology giant and using them to launch his own self-driving truck startup Ottomotto.
Eric Walz2020-03-20 10:00 PT
After Alphabet subsidiary Waymo announced it was cancelling its autonomous vehicles testing using drivers on Tuesday, other notable Bay Area companies, including Uber, Cruise and Pony.ai have followed suit and suspended their operations that normally rely on safety drivers behind the wheel to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.
FutureCar Staff 2020-03-18 04:00 PT
Ride-hailing company Lyft has bought U.S.-based startup Halo Cars, which allows drivers to make money through digital advertisements displayed on top of their vehicles. Lyft confirmed the deal but did not comment on the financing of the deal.
FutureCar Staff 2020-02-21 19:00 PT
A new on-demand transportation company called Myle Technologies is moving into Uber’s space and launching a ride-hailing service today in the five boroughs of New York, enabling customers to get picked up by the nearest taxi.
Eric Walz2020-02-19 11:00 PT
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