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Silicon Valley-based Voyage Raises $31 Million in Latest Funding Round

Silicon Valley-based Voyage Raises $31 Million in Latest Funding Round

Autonomous driving startup Voyage has announced a $31 million Series B funding round. The latest funding round was led by Franklin Templeton, with significant participation from Khosla Ventures, Jaguar Land-Rover’s InMotion Ventures, and Chevron Technology Ventures. The new funding bring to total amount raised by Voyage to $52 million.

Eric Walz2019-09-13 10:00 PT

U.S. Justice Dept Charges Former Head of Uber ATG with Stealing Trade Secrets From Waymo

U.S. Justice Dept Charges Former Head of Uber ATG with Stealing Trade Secrets From Waymo

​The saga between Uber and Waymo over the theft of trade secrets continues on. On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Justice filed criminal charges accusing former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski for stealing trade secrets from the company’s self-driving car subsidiary Waymo and taking them to rival Uber Technologies Inc.

Eric Walz2019-08-27 11:50 PT

Russia's Yandex is Looking to Grow its Self-Driving Car Fleet Tenfold to Accelerate Developement

Russia's Yandex is Looking to Grow its Self-Driving Car Fleet Tenfold to Accelerate Developement

Russia's answer to Google Yandex N.V. said it is considering expanding its fleet of self-driving cars to up to 1,000 vehicles within the next two years in order to speed up the development of autonomous driving technology. Yandex hopes to start testing more than 100 of its self-driving cars on roads by the end of this year.

Eric Walz2019-08-19 14:17 PT

Congress to Restart Stalled ‘Self-Driving Car Bill’ in an Effort to Speed Up Adoption

Congress to Restart Stalled ‘Self-Driving Car Bill’ in an Effort to Speed Up Adoption

Two key committees in the U.S. Congress on Tuesday said they will revive efforts to pass long-stalled legislation to speed the adoption of self-driving cars, which will give automakers and tech companies more freedom to further develop the technology.

FutureCar Staff 2019-07-30 15:40 PT

Ford Acquires Robotics Company to Speed up the Development of Self-Driving Cars

Ford Acquires Robotics Company to Speed up the Development of Self-Driving Cars

The Ford Motor Company, with its recently acquired autonomous driving arm Argo.AI, is racing to be the first major automaker to mass-deploy self-driving cars by 2021—the company’s self-imposed deadline. To help Ford achieve its goal, the Detroit automaker has acquired a relatively unknown Michigan defense contractor with experience in robotics.

Eric Walz2019-07-30 11:45 PT

Baidu Tops the List for the Most Autonomous Miles Driven in China

Baidu Tops the List for the Most Autonomous Miles Driven in China

Officials in China this week released the first ever autonomous vehicle report called the “Beijing Autonomous Vehicles Road Test Report 2018.” The report offers a look at the progress companies are making in autonomous driving in China, the world’s biggest auto market.

Eric Walz2019-04-05 15:16 PT

BMW & Daimler to Partner on Self-Driving Technology to Speed Development

BMW & Daimler to Partner on Self-Driving Technology to Speed Development

Daimler and BMW announced that they will work together on self-driving technology, hoping to harness the power of strength in numbers to speed up the development of autonomous driving technology.

Eric Walz2019-02-28 16:10 PT

Amazon Enters the Self-Driving Car Space with Investment in Aurora

Amazon Enters the Self-Driving Car Space with Investment in Aurora

Silicon Valley self-driving startup Aurora Innovation Inc. has secured an additional $530 million in its latest Series B funding round. Participating in the investment round is retail giant Amazon. The latest funding values the startup at $2.5 billion and will help Aurora to further develop its autonomous driving technology.

Eric Walz2019-02-07 13:26 PT

Google to Develop Self-Driving Taxis with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Auto Alliance

Google to Develop Self-Driving Taxis with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Auto Alliance

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, one of the world’s biggest auto groups, is reported to be working with Alphabet Inc’s Waymo division to develop autonomous taxis and other mobility services in Asia.

Eric Walz2019-02-05 12:56 PT

Autonomous Shuttle Startup Zoox Granted Permit to Offer Rides to the Public in California

Autonomous Shuttle Startup Zoox Granted Permit to Offer Rides to the Public in California

Self-driving car startup Zoox Inc has become the first company to receive approval from California regulators to operate an autonomous shuttle service for public passengers, state regulators said on Friday.

FutureCar Staff 2018-12-21 14:48 PT

Mercedes Benz & Bosch to Launch a Self-driving Taxi Service in San Jose

Mercedes Benz & Bosch to Launch a Self-driving Taxi Service in San Jose

A select group of riders in San Jose, California, will soon be able to hail a ride in a self-driving Mercedes Benz. The city was chosen as the pilot city for a new autonomous ride-hailing service. San Jose is the third largest city in California.

Eric Walz2018-11-08 11:21 PT

Tencent is Recruiting for an Autonomous Driving Team in Silicon Valley

Tencent is Recruiting for an Autonomous Driving Team in Silicon Valley

Tencent is looking to assemble a autonomous driving team in Silicon Valley. The company posted an advertisement on the business networking site LinkedIn to recruit autonomous driving engineers and researchers in the U.S.

FutureCar Staff 2018-11-07 15:31 PT

FCA US Investing $30 million in Autonomous Testing Facility

FCA US Investing $30 million in Autonomous Testing Facility

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US announced today that it has invested more than $30 million at its Chelsea Proving Grounds in southeast Michigan to further development and testing of autonomous driving, advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), and other advanced safety technologies.

Eric Walz2018-09-05 10:59 PT

Apple Self-Driving SUV Involved in Accident in Silicon Valley

Apple Self-Driving SUV Involved in Accident in Silicon Valley

Despite being one of the world’s most valuable tech companies, Apple’s self-driving cars are still a work in progress. The company reported that one of their self-driving development vehicles was involved in a collision near the company’s headquarters in Silicon Valley.

FutureCar Staff 2018-08-31 18:24 PT

Toyota Investing $500 million in Uber to Develop Driverless Cars

Toyota Investing $500 million in Uber to Develop Driverless Cars

Uber’s struggling self-driving program is about to get some new life, thanks to a $500 million investment from Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp. On Monday, Reuters reported that Toyota and Uber will work together on the development of self-driving cars, citing sources familiar with the matter. The equity investment will help advance both Toyota and Uber’s autonomous driving technology.

Jeremy Carlton2018-08-27 15:57 PT

Silicon Valley Autonomous Driving Startup Zoox Replaces its CEO

Silicon Valley Autonomous Driving Startup Zoox Replaces its CEO

One of Silicon Valley’s most promising and valuable new startups has ousted its CEO in a surprise move today. Zoox, an autonomous driving startup with a valuation of $3.2 billion, dismissed its Chief Executive Officer Tim Kentley-Klay. He was voted out by the company's board.

Derrick Smith2018-08-22 18:48 PT

Largest U.S. Grocery Chain Begins Autonomous Delivery Service in Arizona

Largest U.S. Grocery Chain Begins Autonomous Delivery Service in Arizona

Kroger, the largest grocery chain in the U.S. will start delivering groceries in autonomous driving Toyota Prius cars starting Thursday at a Fry’s Food Stores location it owns in Scottsdale.

Jacky Ho2018-08-16 15:56 PT

Tesla Senior VP of Engineering Leaves to Join Apple’s 'Project Titan'

Tesla Senior VP of Engineering Leaves to Join Apple’s 'Project Titan'

​Doug Field, who stepped down as the senior vice president of engineering at Tesla last month, is returning to Apple, the company said on Thursday. Most recently, Field oversaw Model 3 engineering at Tesla.

Eric Walz2018-08-10 12:31 PT

Uber Kills its Autonomous Truck Plans 2 Years After Buying Self-Driving Trucking Startup Otto

Uber Kills its Autonomous Truck Plans 2 Years After Buying Self-Driving Trucking Startup Otto

Uber announced today it is shutting down it operations for the development of self-driving trucks. Instead the ride-hailing company will focus its efforts on self-driving cars.

Eric Walz2018-07-30 16:12 PT

Uber Puts its Self-Driving Volvos Back Out On Pittsburgh Streets, ‘With Drivers’

Uber Puts its Self-Driving Volvos Back Out On Pittsburgh Streets, ‘With Drivers’

After fatally striking a pedestrian in March with one of its self-driving Volvos, Uber hopes to move forward and has announced a fresh set of safety initiatives to prevent another tragedy like the one in Arizona from ever happening again.

Eric Walz2018-07-24 16:59 PT

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