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Newsletter #65 - July 2021

Ford will launch an autonomous vehicle fleet with Lyft and Argo AI by the end of the year –                              07/21/2021:  Read more

Ford will launch an autonomous vehicle fleet with Lyft and Argo AI by the end of the year.Self-driving rides with safety drivers will begin this year in Miami. The companies said they plan to expand to Austin, Texas, in 2022 and roll out about 1,000 self-driving cars in multiple markets within five years.

Mobileye First to Test Self-Driving Vehicles in New York City 07/26/2021:  Read more

Mobileye, an autonomous vehicle company owned by Intel, announced that it has been testing its driverless cars on New York City streets since June. Mobileye is the first and only company thus far to receive a New York AV testing permit that allows the company’s autonomous vehicles to drive in New York City, one of the country’s most challenging driving environments due to high levels of congestion and density.

Mercedes Plans to Bring Level 3 Automated Driving to the U.S 07/23/2021: Read more

The new 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS all-electric sedan is already a technological powerhouse, but plans are underway to push the boundaries even further. Later this year, the Drive Pilot automated driving system will begin testing on German roads and should go on sale shortly thereafter.The company's rather optimistic plan is to introduce this hands-free driving system to the U.S. within two years.

The self-driving race between Elon Musk’s Tesla and Domino’s pizza robots 07/10/2021:  Read more
Tesla and Elon Musk are pressing ahead with full self-driving even amid blown deadlines, safety issues, and multi-billion-dollar efforts from Alphabet-backed Waymo and GM-backed Cruise continue.But some autonomous vehicle start-ups are making big bets the future will be smaller, ‘zero-occupant’ vehicles including three-wheelers that deliver pizza.Refraction AI and Nuro are among the delivery technology innovators working with local restaurants in Texas and corporations including Domino’s Pizza.

Fully Autonomous Toyotas Are Coming To Indianapolis 06/24/2021:  Read more

This comes as part of a collaboration between the Toyota Mobility Foundation, Energy Systems Network, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, and May Mobility, the last of which is a leader in autonomous vehicle tech and shuttle operations.

Latest news in Canada

iFood's Seed Investment in Synkar Marks Giant Milestone in the Autonomous Food Delivery Market 07/27/2021:  Read more

iFood made a strategic seed investment into Synkar, a Canadian startup focused on robotics and autonomous vehicles. The two companies are also collaborating on a pilot project that will see the first wave of Synkar robots rolled out immediately, with aggressive plans to scale the fleet to 100 robots in the field by 2022.

Magna Grows Driver Assist Business with Purchase of Veoneer 07/23/2021:  Read more
Canada’s Magna International Inc. announced today that it is acquiring Swedish safety technology provider Veoneer for $3.8 billion. The move, expected to close by the end of 2021, will give Magna added engineering and software expertise, as well as enhance its sensor perception and drive policy software business.

University of Toronto partnership to develop AV winter driving capabilities 07/15/2021:  Read more

With many companies developing autonomous vehicles around the world, the University of Toronto believes that the winter driving environment needs to be given more attention and has formed a partnership to tackle this very issue.

Kanata tech park eyes driverless shuttles as transit solution for employment hub 07/05/2021:  Read more

The Kanata North Business Association and its transportation consultants believe driverless shuttle buses could ferry high-tech workers between the LRT system and the business campus within four years.

NVIDIA to Power Autonomous Trucks –        07/28/2021:  Read more
Autonomous driving technology is transforming the transportation sector, especially the $800 billion trucking industry. In 2015, NVIDIA introduced its autonomous driving platform, NVIDIA DRIVE. The company continues to launch superior versions and upgrades at regular intervals, with the latest being in April 2021.

Volvo & PACCAR invest in startup that plans to deploy driverless truck tech by 2023 07/15/2021:  Read more
Self-driving technology company Aurora announced that multiple companies including Volvo and PACCAR are investors in special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) that will infuse billions of dollars into the operation in a push to be the first to bring highly automated Class 8 trucks to market.

Plus partners with Good Machine to transport equipment used to promote sustainability 07/01/2021:  Read more
Autonomous truck technology developer Plus is partnering with Good Machine venture studio in a pilot project to transport equipment used in sustainability efforts. Supported by Schmidt Futures, Good Machine is a venture studio that works to address socio-ecological issues.

BMW iVentures Invests in Silicon Valley-based Self-Driving Truck Startup Kodiak Robotics 06/24/2021:  Read more

BMW iVentures, the Silicon Valley-based venture capital arm of automaker BMW that invests in promising mobility startups, announced an investment in Kodiak Robotics, Inc., a developer of self-driving technology for long-haul trucks.

Self-Driving Trucks Overtake Demand For Autonomous Cars In The Pandemic 07/26/2021:  Read more
Once blitzed with the exciting new prospect of self-driving cars, investors are now turning their sights onto autonomous trucking and logistics.In the first half of this year, the autonomous trucking industry hit a record US$5.6 billion from investors. Aurora Innovations was the latest company to go public, announcing its merger with Reinvent Technology Partners Y. 

Prophesee announces strategic investment from leading AI investor Sinovation Ventures 07/06/2021:  Read more

PARIS, July 6, 2021 – Prophesee, the world’s leading developer of neuromorphic vision solutions announced a strategic partnership and investment by leading tech venture capital firm Sinovation Ventures. 

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