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Waymo Raises $2.25 billion in its First-Ever External Investment Round

Waymo Raises $2.25 billion in its First-Ever External Investment Round

Waymo, the self-driving division of Parent Alphabet, announced on Monday it raised $2.25 billion in its first ever external funding round. Waymo spun out of Google’s early self-driving car project, which was one of the first efforts to develop self-driving cars over a decade ago.

Eric Walz2020-03-02 15:30 PT

Autonomous Driving Startup Pony.ai Receives $400 Million Investment from Toyota

Autonomous Driving Startup Pony.ai Receives $400 Million Investment from Toyota

Autonomous driving startup Pony.ai announced today it received a $400 million investment from Toyota. The investment will help to strengthen and expand its collaboration with Toyota on self-driving cars.

FutureCar Staff 2020-02-26 15:45 PT

The NHTSA Orders Self-Driving Shuttle Operator EasyMile to Cease Operations in 10 U.S. States Over Safety Concerns

The NHTSA Orders Self-Driving Shuttle Operator EasyMile to Cease Operations in 10 U.S. States Over Safety Concerns

Self-driving startup EasyMile was ordered to suspend its autonomous shuttle operations in the U.S. today after a passenger was injured last summer after one of the company’s vehicles made a sudden stop. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) ordered French-based EasyMile to suspend its operations while the agency investigates the incident.

FutureCar Staff 2020-02-25 15:45 PT

President Trump Sign Executive Order to Study Threats to the U.S. Global Positioning System

President Trump Sign Executive Order to Study Threats to the U.S. Global Positioning System

President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday directing U.S. agencies to test the vulnerabilities of critical infrastructure systems in the event of a disruption or manipulation of the Global Positioning System.

Eric Walz2020-02-12 11:30 PT

Cruise Debuts the 'Origin', an Autonomous Urban Robotaxi Built for Ride-Hailing

Cruise Debuts the 'Origin', an Autonomous Urban Robotaxi Built for Ride-Hailing

Cruise debuted its fully-autonomous Origin shuttle at a media event last night in San Francisco. The futuristic self-driving shuttle was heavily engineered by Honda, with GM supplying the electric powertrain and Cruise tasked with developing the hardware and autonomous driving systems.

Eric Walz2020-01-22 10:05 PT

Velodyne Announces its New Compact Velabit Lidar Sensor for Autonomous Applications

Velodyne Announces its New Compact Velabit Lidar Sensor for Autonomous Applications

Silicon Valley-based lidar company Velodyne announced its new compact lidar sensor called the Velabit at CES this week. The new sensor is a low cost lidar for developers of self-driving vehicles and other autonomous machines. The company says it delivers robust performance on par with the company’s more expensive lidar sensors.

Eric Walz2020-01-09 16:35 PT

U.S. Signals Strong Support for Self-Driving Cars Ahead of Transportation Secretary Speech at CES

U.S. Signals Strong Support for Self-Driving Cars Ahead of Transportation Secretary Speech at CES

At the annual CES in Las Vegas on Wednesday, The Trump administration signaled strong support for self-driving vehicles as it releases new guidance from federal agencies.

FutureCar Staff 2020-01-08 12:05 PT

NVIDIA is Offering its Trained Deep Neural Networks to the Industry to Accelerate the Development of Autonomous Vehicles

NVIDIA is Offering its Trained Deep Neural Networks to the Industry to Accelerate the Development of Autonomous Vehicles

Nvidia announced this week at the company’s GTC technology conference in China that it will provide the transportation industry with access to its NVIDIA DRIVE trained deep neural networks (DNNs) for autonomous vehicle development.

Eric Walz2019-12-20 10:30 PT

California Approves the Testing of Commercial Autonomous Vehicles on Public Roads

California Approves the Testing of Commercial Autonomous Vehicles on Public Roads

California’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is issuing a new permit that allows self-driving commercial vehicles, including smaller trucks, to test on public roads for the first time.

Eric Walz2019-12-18 15:45 PT

DeepRoute Announces its New Full-Stack Autonomous Driving Sensing Solution

DeepRoute Announces its New Full-Stack Autonomous Driving Sensing Solution

DeepRoute, a AI-based startup developing a level 4 level self-driving full-stack solution, announced yesterday the release of its new sensing solution called DeepRoute-Sense, which is a all-in-one self-driving system capable of fusing data from multiple sensors, enabling autonomous vehicles to better perceive their surroundings.

Eric Walz2019-11-21 14:05 PT

Lidar Startup Ouster Introduces a More Affordable 32-Channel Lidar Sensor for Self-driving Cars

Lidar Startup Ouster Introduces a More Affordable 32-Channel Lidar Sensor for Self-driving Cars

Ouster, Inc., a provider of high-resolution lidar sensors for autonomous vehicles, robotics, security, and mapping, is introducing the OS1-32, that the company calls the world’s most affordable 32-channel lidar sensor.

FutureCar Staff 2019-11-14 16:30 PT

Ghost Locomotion Emerges from Stealth Mode, Plans to Retrofit Cars for Self-driving

Ghost Locomotion Emerges from Stealth Mode, Plans to Retrofit Cars for Self-driving

​A new Silicon Valley startup named Ghost Locomotion has emerged from stealth mode. Ghost’s autonomous driving system is designed to retrofit a production vehicle for highway driving, a much less complicated problem for software engineers to solve.

FutureCar Staff 2019-11-07 15:00 PT

Waymo is Offering Robotaxi Pickups in Arizona with No Safety Driver Behind the Wheel

Waymo is Offering Robotaxi Pickups in Arizona with No Safety Driver Behind the Wheel

After announcing earlier this month that its would remove some safety drivers from its vehicles, Waymo CEO John Krafcik confirmed the company is now offering limited “rider-only” trips in Phoenix, Arizona without a safety driver behind the wheel.

Eric Walz2019-10-28 11:45 PT

NHTSA Seeking Input to Allow Digital Displays to Replace Traditional Glass Mirrors on Vehicles

NHTSA Seeking Input to Allow Digital Displays to Replace Traditional Glass Mirrors on Vehicles

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking input for “digital mirrors” which is a new vehicle technology that replaces glass mirrors with a digital display connected to a camera mounted inside or outside the vehicle.

Eric Walz2019-10-09 16:05 PT

Tesla Acquires DeepScale, a Startup Improving Deep Neural Nets for Self-Driving Cars

Tesla Acquires DeepScale, a Startup Improving Deep Neural Nets for Self-Driving Cars

Tesla, which becomes the latest automaker to buy a promising tech startup. The electric automaker announced it has acquired DeepScale, a computer vision startup that spun out of a research project at the University of California Berkeley.

Eric Walz2019-10-01 19:00 PT

Hyundai & Aptiv Form $4B Autonomous Driving Joint Venture

Hyundai & Aptiv Form $4B Autonomous Driving Joint Venture

​Hyundai Motor Group and automotive technology company Aptiv announced today that they will form an autonomous driving joint venture. The new joint venture is the latest partnership between an automaker and a tech company, as automakers race to develop self-driving vehicles and other mobility services.

Eric Walz2019-09-23 11:30 PT

Waymo is Sharing its Massive Self-Driving Dataset With Researchers

Waymo is Sharing its Massive Self-Driving Dataset With Researchers

Waymo, which spun out of Google’s self-driving car project in 2016, announced that its releasing the ‘Waymo Open Dataset’ for researchers and developers working on autonomous driving and other related mobility projects. Waymo says its dataset is the the largest, richest, and most diverse self-driving dataset ever released for research.

Eric Walz2019-08-21 13:30 PT

Waymo is Headed to Florida to See How its Self-Driving Vehicles Perform in the Rain

Waymo is Headed to Florida to See How its Self-Driving Vehicles Perform in the Rain

​The sunny and tropical weather that Florida is famous for also brings with it heavy rain and thunderstorms, especially in the summer. For Alphabet subsidiary Waymo, Florida in the summer is the perfect place to test how its self-driving vehicles perform in the rain.

Eric Walz2019-08-20 11:55 PT

Lidar Maker Velodyne Wins Patent Challenge From Rival Quanergy

Lidar Maker Velodyne Wins Patent Challenge From Rival Quanergy

Silicon Valley-based Velodyne Lidar Inc. announced it successfully won a patent challenge from newcomer Quanergy, one of many lidar startups looking for a foothold in the growing lidar market for autonomous vehicles.

Eric Walz2019-05-28 15:24 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.

Eric Walz2019-05-22 17:03 PT

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