Newsletter #67 - September 2021

California will require all autonomous vehicles to be zero-emission starting in 203009/24/2021:  Read more

California will require all light-duty autonomous vehicles (AV) to emit zero emissions starting in 2030. On Thursday, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law a bill sponsored by environmental groups that would eventually prohibit gas- and hybrid-powered autonomous vehicles from operating in the state.

Aurora unveils new ride-hailing prototype van09/21/2021:  Read more

Aurora Innovation Inc. unveiled a new prototype update of a Toyota Sienna minivan fitted with its Aurora Driver technology, which the Pittsburgh-based company said will be used for ride-hailing purposes. Those ride-hailing services, the company said, are anticipated to be available to the public in late 2024.

GM, AT&T to Team on 5G Automotive Connectivity 08/19/2021:  Read more

General Motors and AT&T are working together to bring 5G cellular connectivity to millions of U.S.-built GM vehicles over the next decade. The fifth-generation cellular network architecture will meet the needs of an all-electric and autonomous future, the companies say in a news release.

Walmart to test self-driving cars in multiple cities with Ford and Argo AI 09/15/2021:  Read more

Walmart is expanding its self-driving vehicle program to include Ford Motor and Argo AI, an autonomous car start-up backed by the automaker.The companies said Wednesday that the collaboration will use Ford Escape hybrids with Argo AI technology for Walmart deliveries in Miami, the District of Columbia and Austin, Texas.. 

GM invests in Oculii, radar software maker for self-driving cars  –   09/14/2021:  Read more

General Motors Co's (GM.N) venture capital arm has invested millions of dollars in Oculii, a U.S. startup maker of software for radar sensors used in self-driving cars,.GM can use Oculii's low-cost software to boost the resolution of radars and scale up its partially automated vehicles and full self-driving cars

Driverless Cars’ Need for Data Is Sparking a New Space Race 09/17/2021:  Read more
Automakers are looking to the heavens for the next generation of car technology. Satellites, such as those scattered across the skies by Elon Musk’s SpaceX, are emerging as a key tool to handle the huge amounts of data that cars will need to drive themselves. 

Motional reveals its Hyundai Ioniq 5 electric robotaxi 08/31/2021:  Read more
Motional revealed Tuesday the first images of its planned robotaxi, a Hyundai all-electric Ioniq 5 SUV that will be the centerpiece of a driverless ride-hailing service the company wants customers to be able to access starting in 2023 through the Lyft app.

Latest news in Canada

UWaterloo, federal government and Magna International team up to ensure the safety of autonomous vehicles09/27/2021:  Read more 
Engineering researchers at the University of Waterloo have teamed up with the federal government and Magna International to help ensure the safety and security of vehicles as they become increasingly autonomous

Tesla’s Full Self-Driving Beta makes its way to Canada – 09/15/2021:  Read more

Tesla has started rolling out its Full Self-Driving Beta software to drivers in Canada. Following the release of the “mind-blowing” FSD Beta version 10 release last weekend, Tesla is finally attempting to test its FSD software in countries outside the United States.

Montreal's driverless bus pilot project offers glimpse into the future   09/08/2021:  Read more

Montreal plans to launch an electric self-driving shuttle bus service in the Plaza St-Hubert area beginning in early October that will ferry passengers around until the first snowfall. Details of the pilot project were announced on Wednesday.

Four DRobotics Corp. Leverages Government of Ontario Support to Enhance Sensor Capabilities of Snow Plows

 09/01/2021:  Read more 
 In partnership with Ontario’s Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (AVIN), led by the Ontario Centre of Innovation (OCI), Four DRobotics Corp is developing sensor technology that will increase the safety of snow plow operation. 

Researchers at University of Waterloo trial driverless shuttle 08/30/2021:  Read more 
A small bus that’s becoming a familiar sight at the University of Waterloo could represent a giant leap in self-driving transit. That’s what Amir Khajepour, an engineering professor and Canada Research Chair in Mechatronic Vehicle Systems, is hoping. He’s the lead researcher on the WATonoBus project, which is using the university’s main campus as a testing ground.

Autonomous Paccar trucks hit the road with FedEx deliveries – 09/22/2021:  Read more
Aurora Innovation, a California-based self-driving technology company, this week begins testing autonomous trucks made by Bellevue-based Paccar, hauling FedEx loads between Dallas and Houston.

Embark, HP Introduce EV Drayage Within Autonomous Truck Operations 09/17/2021:  Read more
Embark Trucks Inc., developer of self-driving software for the trucking industry, has partnered with HP Inc. to combine electric and autonomous truck technology, the companies announced Sept. 14.

Aurora Debuts Volvo’s First Commercial Autonomous Truck for U.S. Highway Market 09/13/2021:  Read more
Aurora shared the first look at the Aurora-powered Volvo VNL—Volvo’s flagship long-haul truck, integrated with the Aurora Driver’s sensor suite. This prototype is the first of the Volvo VNL fleet to be designed to operate with the Aurora Driver.

Plus plans to integrate Teledyne FLIR thermal cameras into its autonomous trucks 09/10/2021:  Read more
The US self-driving truck technology firm Plus (formerly, is working with Teledyne FLIR on a development project to explore the addition of thermal cameras to the sensor stack used with Plus’s Level 4 autonomous driving technology.


Autonomous-Truck Maker Gatik Drives into Texas – 08/31/2021:  Read more
Gatik has expanded customer deployments into Texas and opened a new autonomous-trucking facility in Fort Worth. The new facility serves as a hub for the company’s operations in the Lone Star State.

We are proud to announce the launch of the 7th edition of UBIMOBILITY! From September 27th to October 15th our selected laureats will e-meet with some of the North American biggest decision makers, discussing innovative solutions for autonomous and connected vehicles.

Airudit- “Empower your speech" 
Kalima Systems- “Blockchain for IOT - Interconnecting people, objects, and services to create value.” 
Cleardrop Technology- "Using acoustics, make glass surfaces continuously clear"
Gulplug- “Accelerate the energy transition with autonomous charging ”
Egerie- “Protect sensitive Information and anticipate cyber risks” 
TrustInSoft- “Ensure the safety and security of your software”
SBG Systems- “Leading supplier of innovative inertial sensors” 

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French startup pitch event ! - OCT 14, 2021 ,  10:00 AM - 11:30 AM ET  – Register
French  startup pitch event hosted by Detroit Regional Partnership and Business France-Ubimobility featuring pitches by UBIMOBILITY 2021 laureates! 

Join the Leading Autonomous Driving Race in the USA! - NOV 14-16, 2021,  The Henry Detroit , MI – Register
"Join us at ITS America 2021 in Charlotte, North Carolina as we reimagine transportation and discuss how technology is a foundational piece of a new 21st century transportation system..".

 ITS AMERICA 2021 - Reimagining Transportation -              DEC 07-10, 2021, Charlotte, NC – Register
"Join us at ITS America 2021 in Charlotte, North Carolina as we reimagine transportation and discuss how technology is a foundational piece of a new 21st century transportation system..".

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