Newsletter #67 - November 2021

California is getting its first real autonomous delivery service thanks to Nuro and 7-Eleven12/01/2021:  Read more

Nuro, a leader in autonomous delivery vehicles, is kicking off a new service in California in partnership with 7-Eleven. The company will deliver convenience store products to customers in its autonomous Toyota Prius vehicles, which will include a safety driver behind the wheel, before eventually shifting over to its fully driverless R2 delivery vehicles.

Apple Accelerates Work on Car Project, Aiming for Fully Autonomous Vehicle11/18/2021:  Read more

Apple Inc. is pushing to accelerate development of its electric car and is refocusing the project around full self-driving capabilities, according to people familiar with the matter, aiming to solve a technical challenge that has bedeviled the auto industry. 

Qualcomm, diversifying from mobile phones, to supply chips for BMW self-driving cars 11/16/2021:  Read more

Qualcomm Inc said that German automaker BMW  will use its chips in its next generation of driver-assistance and self-driving systems. San Diego-based Qualcomm is the world's biggest supplier of chips for mobile phones but has been diversifying its business, with more than a third of its chip sales coming from sources other than makers of handsets.

Driverless vehicles are delivering food in other states. Now they’re legal in North Carolina 11/13/2021:  Read more

North Carolinians may someday have pizzas or groceries delivered to their homes or businesses by driverless vehicles, under a bill signed into law by Gov. Roy Cooper. 

Einride Brings Autonomous, Electric Vehicles to U.S.11/03/2021:  Read more

Einride, a Swedish company offering digital, electric, and autonomous shipping technology, has entered the United States with several customers and is adding new products such as a U.S. version of its autonomous Pod vehicle.

A look into autonomous vehicles on Michigan State's campus11/17/2021:  Read more
Michigan State University has worked hard to pave the way for autonomous vehicles. The most recent addition to MSU’s growing autonomous ecosystem: an electric autonomous bus.

Latest news in Canada

Government of Canada backs emerging leader in silicon chip photonics that produces navigation sensors for self-driving vehicles–   11/30/2021:  Read more

Investment supports OSCP, a growing Canadian cleantech company, and will help advance the safety and accuracy of autonomous vehicles and drones. 

Canada's auto industry is training for a wave of jobs never seen before–   11/09/2021:  Read more

Car models being imagined now look nothing like the ones in our driveways today — and that means Canada’s automakers and suppliers find themselves posting more jobs requiring skills that aren’t yet widely taught on the job. 

'Autonomous shuttles are past the phase of the one-week demo'–   11/16/2021:  Read more

If the strong market vibes the folks at AutoGuardian are sensing are any indication, the Stittsville-based startup could soon be embarking on an unobstructed path to growth. AutoGuardian has been steadily gaining speed since being spun off from Ottawa smart-sensor manufacturer SmartCone in 2018.

UPS will make deliveries using Waymo’s autonomous Class 8 trucks11/17/2021:  Read more 
Waymo and UPS are expanding their nearly two-year-old partnership to include deliveries made using the Alphabet company’s fleet of autonomous Class 8 trucks. The companies had previously only conducted local deliveries using Waymo’s self-driving minivans; now, they will work together on longer-distance freight hauling.

Self-driving truck startup Kodiak Robotics raises $125M – 11/10/2021:  Read more
Kodiak Robotics, one of the last privately held autonomous truck outfits in Silicon Valley, has raised $125 million in new capital, funding that will be used to double its workforce as it pursues a path to commercialization.

Gatik’s self-driving trucks are now making driverless deliveries for Walmart in Arkansas – 11/08/2021:  Read more
Autonomous vehicle startup Gatik has reached a new milestone in its partnership with Walmart and within the industry.


TuSimple aims to test self-driving trucks on public roads without human safety operator by EOY– 11/06/2021:  Read more 
Self-driving trucks startup TuSimple signaled it is close to testing its system without a human safety operator on public roads before the end of the year. During the startup’s third-quarter earnings call on Wednesday, TuSimple announced plans to proceed with its driver-out pilot program.

How autonomous trucks could fix our broken supply chains– 11/13/2021:  Read more 
Driverless trucks can't arrive soon enough. Why it matters: Ports are backed up and there aren't enough truck drivers to get all the containers where they need to be, leading to product shortages, inflation and stressed-out holiday shoppers.

Prophesee Wins Prestigious 2021 VISION Award for latest generation neuromorphic-enabled event-based sensor platform–   10/06/2021:  Read more

Sponsored by Imaging and Machine Vision Europe, the award recognizes innovation in machine vision. The judges cited Prophesee for making great strides with its event-based sensing, which advances machine vision capabilities over traditional frame-based approaches.

Wattpark, the "Airbnb of electric charging" raises 1.5 million euros–   10/06/2021:  Read more

"Thrilled to announce the completion of our Seed Round (1.5M€) with the support of BADGE Business Angels des Grandes Ecoles, Seed for good, WiSEED and several private investors."

 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..".

CES 2022 - Consumer Technology Association-  JAN 05-08, 2022, Las Vegas Convention Center, NV – Register
The International Consumer Electronics Show showcases more than 3,800 exhibiting companies, a conference program with more than 300 conference sessions and more than 165K attendees from 150 countries.

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