Newsletter #64 - June 2021

Cruise can now give passengers rides in driverless cars in California 06/04/2021:  Read more

Cruise, the autonomous vehicle subsidiary of GM that also has backing from SoftBank Vision Fund, Microsoft and Honda, has secured a permit that will allow the company to shuttle passengers in its test vehicles without a human safety operator behind the wheel.(...) 

Nvidia acquires hi-def mapping startup DeepMap to bolster AV technology - 06/10/2021:  Read more

Chipmaker Nvidia is acquiring DeepMap, the high-definition mapping startup announced. The company said its mapping IP will help Nvidia’s autonomous vehicle technology sector, Nvidia Drive. “The acquisition is an endorsement of DeepMap’s unique vision, technology and people,” said Ali Kani, vice president and general manager of Automotive at Nvidia(...) 

FedEx expands testing of autonomous carts for parcel delivery 06/15/2021:  Read more

Parcel carrier and logistics provider FedEx Corp. is continuing to explore the use of mid-sized autonomous vehicles for last-mile package delivery, announcing today it is conducting a multi-year test of equipment from Nuro, a five-year-old robotics startup..(...) 

GM’s BrightDrop Partners with Seattle Companies for Zero-emission Last-mile Delivery Pilot 06/21/2021:  Read more

BrightDrop, a new business from Detroit’s General Motors Co., has partnered with the University of Washington Urban Freight Lab, the Seattle Department of Transportation, REEF, Coaster Cycles, and AxleHire to launch a zero-emission last-mile delivery pilot in Seattle’s Uptown neighborhood..(...) 

Infineon creates radar sensors to monitor people in self-driving cars06/24/2021:  Read more

When self-driving cars hit the market, they will need to monitor the well-being of the “driver” and passengers in the car. Today, Infineon Technologies is announcing some sensors that can do just that using radar technology. The radar can detect subtle movements from people..(...) 

Waymo raises $2.5bn to rev self-driving cars 06/18/2021:  Read more

Waymo on Wednesday said it has raised $2.5 billion (€2bn) from parent-company Alphabet and others in a new funding round to fuel its mission of getting self-driving cars on the road.(...) 

Las Vegas plans autonomous vehicle deployment in medical district05/11/2021:  Read more

The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Southern Nevada has selected global design firm Stantec to lead the implementation of the GoMed Program – its vision for safer and more efficient travel to, from, and within the Las Vegas Medical District (LVMD).(...) 

Latest news in Canada

Raquel Urtasun launches new self-driving startup WAABI with $100 million cad from top investors 06/08/2021:  Read more
Canadian artificial intelligence (AI) luminary Raquel Urtasun has moved on from Uber’s self-driving unit and launched her own company with the goal of disrupting the autonomous driving landscape. With the backing of top venture investors and experts in the AI space..(...) 

University of Waterloo launches Canada’s first driverless, autonomous 5G shuttle06/24/2021:  Read more

The University of Waterloo is showcasing the operation of a driverless, autonomous shuttle research program that will transport students and staff around campus. The demonstration of the shuttle, dubbed “WATonoBus” by the research team, is the first of its kind.. (...) 

NuPort Brings Autonomous Trucking to Toronto Roads with NVIDIA DRIVE 06/08/2021:  Read more
Autonomous truck technology is making its way across the Great White North. Self-driving trucking startup NuPort Robotics is leveraging NVIDIA DRIVE to develop autonomous driving systems for middle-mile short-haul routes..(...) 

FedDev Ontario invests in Canada’s first automobility accelerator in Windsor-Essex05/19/2021:  Read more

$7.5 million for Invest WindsorEssex to support 1,350 entrepreneurs and scaling firms in the automobility sector and attract $40 million in foreign direct investment.. (...) 

Amazon eyes robot truck startup as it continues to hedge its bets on AV technology 06/21/2021:  Read more

The e-commerce giant is considering acquiring a 20 percent stake in According to Bloomberg, the e-commerce giant recently placed an order for 1,000 autonomous driving systems from Plus, a California-based company working on driverless trucking technology.(...) 

Self-driving truck tech firm Embark to go public via $5.2 bln SPAC deal 06/23/2021:  Read more
(Reuters) - Embark Trucks Inc said on Wednesday it will merge with a blank-check firm, in a deal that will give the private equity firm Tiger Global Management backed self-driving truck technology developer a market capitalization of $5.2 billion.(...)

Waymo and J.B Hunt partner to bring autonomous trucks to Texas in new pilot 06/10/2021:  Read more
Waymo will be moving freight for a major customer of transportation logistics company J.B. Hunt Transport Services under what the two companies are calling a “test run” that will take place in one of the country’s busiest trade corridors.(...)

Google invests in Heex Technologies06/03/2021:  Read more

Paris, France — Today, Google for Startups — European Black Founders Fund begins and has selected Bruno Mendes Da Silva, co-founder and CEO of Heex Technologies, a Data Management and Techstars-backed startup. This program is the latest initiative from Google for Startups, which has several tech startup hubs worldwide. (...) 

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