Newsletter #62 - April 2021

Optimus Ride and Polaris Announce Partnership to Bring Custom Designed, Fully Autonomous GEM Electric Vehicles to Market 03/30/2021:  Read more

Optimus Ride, a leading autonomous mobility service provider, and Polaris Inc. today announced a partnership to bring fully autonomous GEM vehicles to market. Under this joint development agreement, an exclusive line of Polaris GEM electric low-speed vehicles (LSVs) will be manufactured to fully integrate Optimus Ride’s autonomous..(...) 

Toyota is buying Lyft’s autonomous car division for $550 million 04/26/2021:  Read more

Lyft is selling its autonomous vehicle division to a subsidiary of Toyota — the latest in a series of acquisitions that is seeing the world of self-driving cars grow increasingly smaller. Woven Planet Holdings, a subsidiary of Toyota, will acquire Lyft’s self-driving division, Level 5, for $550 million in cash — $200 million of which was provided to Lyft up front.(...) 

Ford F-150, Mach-E to add hands-free highway driving in high-volume rollout of new tech04/14/2021:  Read more

Ford’s Blue Cruise hands-free highway driving system will hit the road in a few months, as over-the-air downloads install the system in thousands of already-sold 2021 F-150 pickups and Mustang Mach-E electric SUVs.(...) 

Domino’s, Nuro to begin autonomous pizza deliveries in Houston 04/12/2021:  Read more

Starting this week, some Domino’s customers in Houston can have a pizza delivered without ever interacting with a human. The pizza delivery giant said Monday it has partnered with autonomous delivery vehicle startup Nuro to allow select customers to have their pizzas dropped at their door via Nuro’s R2 robot..(...) 

City of Arlington launches on-demand self-driving shuttle service with RAPID 03/24/2021:  Read more

The city of Arlington, Texas, and Via are now offering Via Arlington customers a choice to be picked up in a self-driving vehicle for trips around downtown and the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). The Arlington RAPID pilot program, available to riders through the Via app, is the first in the United States..(...) 

EasyMile raises $66M for autonomous vehicles in closed environments 04/28/2021:  Read more

EasyMile, a French developer of autonomous vehicles, raised $66 million (€55 million) in Series B funding. The funds will help it scale deployments of autonomous vehicles in closed-campus environments. The oversubscribed round will also allow EasyMile .(...) 

Connected Cars Will Change the Way We Drive04/20/2021:  Read more

Connected cars can update mapping data, improve safety systems performance and implement updates to improve performance. Now, the automotive world is pushing into using connectivity to actively and preemptively prevent crashes. Cars have been able to update software and implement new features remotely for years now.(...) 

Latest news in Canada

Area X.O: Driving the Future of Connected and Autonomous Technology Testing in All Four Seasons 04/26/2021:  Read more

As Canada’s Capital ushered in a final blast of winter in late April, it was a regular day at Area X.O. The team was excited about the snow, dipping temperatures and wind gusting through the 1,860-acre facility. For innovators driving the future, Ottawa’s four-season climate packs a high-value punch.(...) 

Nuport Robotics Receives $1 million from Ontario for Autonomous Trucking project with Canadian tire 03/16/2021:  Read more

Toronto-based autotech startup NuPort Robotics has received $1 million in funding from the Ontario government for a new automated heavy duty trucking initiative alongside Canadian Tire. The project, which aims to equip two Canadian Tire trucks with NuPort’s artificial intelligence (AI) tech, has been backed by $1 million from the Government of Ontario.(...) 

Toronto company develops an autonomous truck retrofit package 03/30/2021:  Read more

TORONTO, March 30, 2021 – Almon is proud to announce the development of an autonomous truck, using technology developed in Ontario with funding support from the Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (AVIN) AV R&D Partnership Fund..(...) 

Report: The Future of the Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Sector in Ontario 04/07/2021:  Read more

What is the potential of the autonomous vehicle sector in Canada? That is a very good question. The automotive sector is changing rapidly, which we are all aware of, and the introduction of new technologies into the sector is transforming the sector and other sectors.(...) 

Plus and Cummins Collaborate to Develop the Industry’s First Supervised Autonomous Trucks Using a Natural Gas Powertrain 04/27/2021:  Read more
CUPERTINO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Plus (formerly, a leading company in self-driving truck technology, announced today a new initiative with global engine manufacturer Cummins to develop the industry’s first driver-in, supervised autonomous trucks powered by natural gas.(...)

TuSimple raises $1.1B in IPO sales ahead of bell-ringing public debut 04/14/2021:  Read more
TuSimple, the first autonomous vehicle software maker to go public, raised about $1.1 billion at $40 per share, slightly above the high end of its estimate. Shares begin trading Thursday on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol TSP.(...)

Gatik Partners with Isuzu to Develop and Commercialize Fully Autonomous Medium Duty Trucks 04/06/2021:  Read more
Today we’re excited to share that Gatik and Isuzu have entered into a long-term partnership to accelerate the commercialization of fully autonomous medium duty trucks for the Middle Mile. This strategic collaboration combines Gatik’s industry-leading experience in automating..(...)

Report - Autonomous Trucks: An Opportunity to Make Road Freight Safer, Cleaner and More Efficient04/01/2021:  Read more

The logistics sector is currently experiencing a paradigm shift – autonomous trucking. The technology involved has the potential to significantly decrease the cost of transporting goods over land, a change that may underpin what turns out to be the most widespread impact of self-driving technologies on many people’s lives.(...) 

Alkalee and EPICNPOC collaborate to enhance the in-vehicle user experience from innovation to production 01/06/2021: Read more
Today ALKALEE and EPICNPOC signed a MOU to collaborate on a software solution that enables safe and efficient feature integration throughout the development, production and life of vehicles. This solution addresses the challenge to keep smart transportation technology fresh all the time.(...)

ProovStation is partnering with Michelin in automated vehicle inspections 04/15/2021: Read more
Michelin is enhancing ProovStation’s offering of automated vehicle inspection solutions. The vehicle inspection solution developed by ProovStation, the European leader in automated inspection, is being enhanced by the expertise offered by leading mobility player Michelin thanks to its MICHELIN QuickScan solution. This technology can be used to check tire wear automatically and instantaneously with millimeter precision.(...)

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