Newsletter #66 - August 2021

Waymo starts offering autonomous rides in San Francisco  –   08/24/2021:  Read more

Waymo is going to start shuttling a wider group of passengers around in its autonomous vehicles in San Francisco, California, though they’ll have to sign nondisclosure agreements, and there still will be a human safety driver behind the wheel.

Motional to begin testing autonomous vehicles in LA as part of California expansion plan  
08/10/2021:  Read more

Motional, the autonomous vehicle company born out of a $4 billion joint venture with Aptiv and Hyundai, is expanding its presence in California by opening a new operations facility in Los Angeles to support testing on public roads.

May Mobility announces on-demand autonomous service in Grand Rapids, Michigan 08/10/2021:  Read more

May Mobility, a leader in autonomous vehicle (AV) technology and shuttle operations, in partnership with the City of Grand Rapids, Via, the leader in TransitTech, and Gentex, today announced the launch of an on-demand AV shuttle service in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

Western Michigan University receives $2.5M grant for research into energy-efficient autonomous cars 08/05/2021:  Read more

A multimillion-dollar grant awarded to Western Michigan University will help accelerate research into energy-efficient autonomous cars.Researchers in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences received a three-year, $2.5-million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy .

2022 Lincoln Navigator Features New Hands-free Driving Technology – 08/19/2021:  Read more

Lincoln, the luxury automotive brand of Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn, has introduced the 2022 Navigator with new ActiveGlide intelligent cruise control technology.

EasyMile announces the launch of the largest fleet of autonomous electric shuttles in the United States with the AvCo project, in Colorado 08/10/2021:  Read more

Autonomous Vehicles Colorado (AvCo), a program designed to improve public transportation using advanced technologies, announced today the deployment of the nation’s largest fleet of low-speed, autonomous electric shuttles in multiple cities across Colorado.

Latest news in Canada

Ride the WAVE! North America's Longest Autonomous Shuttle Deployment  –     
08/24/2021:  Read more

Transit passengers will soon have the opportunity to ride the WAVE - Whitby Autonomous Vehicle Electric - shuttle along the waterfront in Whitby, Ontario. The self-driving shuttle is anticipated to be on Whitby streets in the coming weeks for on-road testing, followed by public ridership later this year.

Michigan and Ontario form smart-mobility pact 08/18/2021:  Read more 
Michigan and the province of Ontario, Canada, will work together to find more energy-efficient and multimodal methods of shipping goods across their shared border, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Wednesday. The two governments signed an agreement to turn their shared bridge and tunnel crossings into a testbed for new mobility technologies. 

Ecopia AI Creates HD Map of Toronto for Autonomous Vehicles through Partnership with Government of Ontario   08/12/2021:  Read more

Ecopia AI announced that it is creating a high-definition map for the City of Toronto that will be leveraged to accelerate the deployment of Autonomous Vehicles. This initiative strives to lay the foundation for a digital twin of the city of Toronto and is being made possible with the support of Ontario’s Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (AVIN).

Goodyear, Plus Collaborate on Autonomous Truck Tech – 08/23/2021:  Read more
Goodyear will work with autonomous-truck technology developer Plus (formerly on how connected tires can help improve the performance of its PlusDrive autonomous driving solution.Goodyear and Plus will explore how Plus’s autonomous driving system can incorporate feedback from Goodyear’s connected tires into Plus’s online, machine learning-based fuel optimization, to further improve fuel economy.

TuSimple and Navistar Present the Industry’s First Autonomous Truck Production Specifications Through Voice of Customer Program 08/19/2021:  Read more
Customer Feedback from Industry Leaders Plays Pivotal Role in Developing a Product to Meet the Needs of the Market. In an evolving autonomous landscape where many companies have yet to move beyond a retrofitted solution, we at TuSimple believe we are leading the industry by working closely with Navistar to co-develop the industry’s first purpose-built L4 autonomous truck for production in 2024. 

Ryder will manage Waymo autonomous truck fleets 08/18/2021:  Read more
Truck fleet operator Ryder System Inc will manage and maintain autonomous trucks for Waymo Via, the autonomous truck unit of Google parent Alphabet Inc. Waymo Via is testing a small fleet of trucks with its automated driving system in Texas, Arizona, California, Ohio and Michigan. Under the new partnership, Ryder will handle maintenance and roadside service, among other services, the companies said.

Time to Embark: Autonomous Trucking Startup Develops Universal Platform on NVIDIA DRIVE –       
08/09/2021:  Read more

Autonomous trucking startup Embark is planning for universal autonomy of commercial semi-trucks, developing one AI platform that fits all.The company announced today that it will use NVIDIA DRIVE to develop its Embark Universal Interface (EUI), a manufacturer-agnostic platform that includes the compute and multimodal sensors necessary for autonomous trucks. 

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