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Newsletter #63 - May 2021

Beep Secures $20M Series A Investment - 05/26/2021:  Read more

ORLANDO – Beep, a provider of multi-passenger, electric, autonomous mobility solutions, announced today that it has recently closed the company’s Series-A round with Intel Capital and Blue Lagoon Capital. The funding will enable Beep to continue the expansion of its autonomous fleet..(...) 

Breakthrough New Lidar Technology Gives Argo AI the Edge in Autonomous Delivery and Ride-Hail Services 05/04/2021:  Read more

PITTSBURGH – May 4, 2021 – With the introduction of Argo Lidar, the global self-driving technology company Argo AI has overcome the limitations preventing most competitors from commercializing autonomous delivery and ride-hail services..(...) 

State transportation, National Park Service officials mark a milestone in launch of self-driving shuttle 04/20/2021:  Read more

The shuttle will be tested for three-months at Wright Brothers National Memorial. The N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and the National Park Service (NPS) today announced the launch of the first self-driving vehicle to be tested at a recreational public lands site in the nation..(...) 

Pony.ai gets approval to test driverless vehicles in California 05/22/2021:  Read more

Chinese autonomous vehicle startup Pony.ai has received a permit from California’s Department of Motor Vehicles to test its driverless cars without human safety drivers behind the wheel on specified streets in three cities. Pony has been authorized to test autonomous vehicles with safety drivers in California since 2017..(...) 

Free ‘A2GO’ autonomous shuttle service coming to Ann Arbor this fall 05/18/2021:  Read more

ANN ARBOR – A new transportation service will soon be offering individuals rides in the downtown area at no cost. May Mobility, University of Michigan’s Mcity and Ann Arbor SPARK announced the launch of the new A2GO autonomous vehicle shuttle service Tuesday during Ann Arbor SPARK’s annual meeting..(...) 

Udelv Chooses Mobileye Drive To Power New Automated Delivery Vehicle 04/12/2021:  Read more

Local goods delivery is an area that has exploded in popularity over the past year of the pandemic and going forward, it is expected to be one of the biggest applications of automated vehicles (AV). One of the many AV companies that has been focused on this particular segment of the market is Burlingame, Calif.-based Udelv..(...) 

Detroit’s Luminar Collaborates with Pony.ai on Autonomous Driving Platform 05/10/2021:  Read more

Luminar Technologies, which is based in Florida and has a Detroit office, has collaborated with California’s Pony.ai, an autonomous driving technology company, on a new sensing platform. Luminar offers lidar hardware and software. Pony.ai is set to deploy the automotive-grade production autonomous fleets in 2023 globally..(...) 

Ford CEO says US needs to regulate automated driving systems 05/21/2021:  Read more

Detroit – The CEO of America’s second-largest auto company is calling for the federal government to set standards for fully or partially automated vehicles to tighten the safety of electronic driving systems. In urging federal regulation, Ford CEO Jim Farley becomes the highest-profile auto..(...) 

Connected Vehicles Could Cost Automakers Billions 05/03/2021:  Read more

Without putting up strong and constant defenses all those marvelous technologies that add to our motoring enjoyment are open to cyberattacks with devastating physical and fiscal results. Without security, there is no safety. Digital horsepower. Lots of it.(...) 

Report: Autonomous Vehicle Safety: Pedestrian Detection in the Spotlight 04/25/2021:  Read more

Intellias has released a report on how technology can enhance pedestrian detection to ensure autonomous vehicle safety within populated urban environments. With urbanization on the rise, cities are experiencing increased car traffic alongside an increasing number of car accidents..(...) 

Latest news in Canada

Autonomous action: Forestry company launches pilot project to address driver shortage 05/28/2021:  Read more

For years now, the forest industry has voiced concerns about a growing labour shortage, as more and more workers reach retirement age and fewer young people (..) To address this issue, multiple companies and organizations are testing the use of autonomous logging trucks. One such organization is the Nawiinginokiima Forest Management Corporation (NFMC), the Sustainable Forest License (SFL) holder for the Pic and White River Forest Management Units in Ontario..(...) 

AVIN Insights: On-Road Trial of Electric Low Speed Automated Shuttles05/10/2021:  Read more

Driven by an overarching vision to develop and implement state-of-the-art mobility solutions at the federal, provincial and municipal levels and create cleaner and more efficient mobility for citizens in urban and rural areas, Transport Canada (TC) launched an on-road electric Low Speed Automated Shuttle (LSAS) trial in Ontario. This trial was conducted in partnership with Area X.O operated by Invest Ottawa, the National Research Council (NRC), the City of Ottawa, and EasyMile..(...) 

Analysis:  The future of smart mobility - transformed by Canadian Automotive Innovation  Read more
The future not only looks electric for the Canadian automotive industry, but also promises to be more connected, autonomous and shared. In answer to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s call to make Canada a net-zero emissions nation by 2050, the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association of Canada.(...) 

Aurora Expands Autonomous Trucking Tests in Texas 05/27/2021:  Read more
Autonomous vehicle technology developer Aurora Innovation Inc. said it plans to expand testing throughout Texas as it works toward commercializing self-driving trucks. In a May 27 blog post, the company said that it is expanding its relationships with shippers and motor carriers as it works to refine its autonomous Aurora Driver technology to fit their needs and handle highway traffic..(...)

TuSimple says its self-driving trucks shaved 10 hours off a 24-hour run 05/19/2021:  Read more
Autonomous vehicle company TuSimple on Wednesday claimed that its trucks shaved 10 hours off what’s normally a 24-hour job. The company tested its trucks by hauling fresh watermelons along a 951-mile route from Nogales, Arizona to Oklahoma City. The drive was part of a pilot project with TuSimple partners Giumarra, a produce grower and distributor, and the Associated Wholesale Grocers..(...)

Plus, a Global Provider of Self-Driving Truck Technology, to Become Publicly Listed Through Business Combination with Hennessy Capital Investment Corp. V 05/10/2021:  Read more
CUPERTINO, Calif. and NEW YORK, May 10, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Plus (formerly Plus.ai) (the “Company”), a global provider of self-driving truck technology, announced it has entered into a definitive business combination agreement with Hennessy Capital Investment Corp. V.(...)

ITS CANADA 2021 - Smart mobility challenge- June 21-22, 2021, Virtual conference – Register
"Engage with 350+ ITS professionals – people from the public sector, private sector, and academia in Canada’s largest ITS focused conference.".

AUTOMOTIVE TECH WEEK 2021 - NOV 15-19, 2021, Novi, MI & Online – Register
Following the success of the Festival of Automotive in August 2020; a co-located event offering expert intelligence from TU-Automotive Detroit, WardsAuto Interiors Conference, ADAS & Autonomous Vehicles, WardsAuto UX Conference and Connected Car Insurance USA..

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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