Newsletter #58 - December 2020

Amazon’s Zoox Unveils Robotaxi for Future Ride-Hailing Service 12/14/2020:  Read more

Zoox Inc., the self-driving startup owned by Inc., unveiled a fully autonomous electric vehicle with no steering wheel that can drive day and night on a single charge. The vehicle, which Zoox describes as a driverless carriage or robotaxi, can carry as many as four passengers.(...) 

Robotaxis get the green light for paid rides in California  11/23/2020:  Read more
California has long been ground zero for autonomous vehicle testing in the US, but the state has never allowed companies to use those vehicles to make money from a commercial ride-hailing service. That changed last week when the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved two new programs that allow autonomous vehicle operators to launch their own robotaxis in the state;(...)

French Startups Pitch Concepts to Increase EV Range, Chop Costs11/30/2020:  Read more

France’s seven best EV startups for 2020 have been on a virtual tour of Silicon Valley and Detroit pitching their ideas for an electrified future. France has been a leader in vehicle powertrain innovation for decades, especially in the area of diesel and hybrid technologies. As the global automotive industry pivots to battery-electric vehicles, the French government and industry have been collaborating to encourage new startup companies to answer surging demand for everything electric.(...) 

Cruise sends driverless cars out, releases video of it to the public  12/09/2020:  Read more

Cruise LLC has truly self-driving cars — no safety driver — on the streets of San Francisco. The company said it's going so well that it hinted at commercializing of the cars sometime next year with the goal of taking the fleet to other major cities. “We’re starting small with just a few cars, in a few areas of the city and we’ll be expanding to different parts of the city, at different tjmes of day, until we’re operating everywhere in the city," Cruise CEO Dan Ammann said Wednesday. .(...)

Motional and Lyft target 2023 to deploy driverless robotaxi services in major US cities  12/16/2020:  Read more

Motional,  the Aptiv-Hyundai $4 billion joint venture aimed at commercializing autonomous vehicles, plans to launch fully driverless robotaxi services in major U.S. cities in 2023 using the Lyft  ride-hailing network. This is the first time Motional has specified a target date for its robotaxi service. .(...)

BorgWarner, MTU Awarded $2M to Study Energy Consumption of Connected Vehicles 11/23/2020:  
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Auburn Hills-based BorgWarner has partnered with Houghton’s Michigan Technological University and four other industry organizations on a project aimed at reducing energy consumption through the expansion of vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication.(...)

10 best practices for ADAS and AV testing  12/14/2020:  Read more

A veteran tester who has datalogged many thousands of miles in the U.S. and Japan offers suggestions for rapidly acquiring good test and validation data. Testing for automated driver-assist systems (ADAS) has required a completely new approach to testing.(...)

Top 25 autonomous shuttle manufacturers    Read more

Autonomous vehicles have become an unsettling reality. Unsettling for some who can’t get used to the idea of cars driving themselves – too spooky, like ghosts living and driving among us. While those feelings of apprehension may prevent driverless cars taking to public roads for many years, manufacturers of autonomous shuttles are already doing a brisk trade..(...)

A study by McKinsey - Private autonomous vehicles: The other side of the robo-taxi story 12/01/2020:   Read more

Although private self-driving cars attract less attention than robo-taxis do, our new market model suggests that they could give OEMs opportunities for growth. In the past few years, autonomous driving (AD) has generated sizable interest. The buzz started with a wave of bold announcements.(...)

VELODYNE – Autonomous driving collaboration w/Ford Otosan12/02/2020:  Read more
Velodyne Lidar, Inc. today announced it is collaborating with Ford Otosan on product development and testing of autonomous heavy commercial trucks. Ford Otosan is testing and planning to use Velodyne Velarray H800 lidar sensors to enable safe navigation and collision avoidance in next generation vehicles..(...)

Daimler's second-generation autononomous truck : A peek at Freightliner’s Gen2 autonomous future 11/24/2020:  Read more

Parked inside Daimler Trucks North America’s (DTNA) Madras, Oregon, proving grounds is a unique Cascadia. What looks like a neck halo from a distance is actually a sophisticated network of cameras and sensors mounted above the doors that enable driverless driving. Several more are clustered inside the cab at the top of the windshield.(...) 

Gatik and Loblaw Deploy Canada’s First Autonomous Delivery Fleet11/23/2020:  Read more

Gatik, a technology company deploying autonomous vehicles for B2B short-haul middle-mile logistics, today announced a multi-year partnership with Loblaw Companies Limited (TSX: L, “Loblaw”) to deploy a fleet of autonomous delivery vehicles in Toronto, Ontario. Beginning January 2021, Gatik will provide Loblaw with a safe, reliable, contactless delivery solution for transporting multi-temperature goods from its automated picking facility to retail locations across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). This deployment marks the first autonomous delivery fleet in Canada(...) 

Self-driving truck company TuSimple reportedly raises $350M 11/23/2020:  Read more
Self-driving trucking company TuSimple reportedly has raised about $350 million in a Series E round closing this month, according to Forbes. Citing two people “familiar with the matter,” Forbes said the raise was being led by consulting and investment firm VectoIQ, helmed by Steve Girsky, and includes additional investment from current partners Navistar (NYSE: NAV) and Volkswagen’s Traton Group, a freight rail operator and grocery retailer..(...)

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