Newsletter #57 - November 2020

Cruise, GM to seek U.S. okay for self-driving vehicle without pedal, steering wheel10/21/2020:  Read more

Self-driving car maker Cruise said on Wednesday it and majority shareholder General Motors Co would seek U.S. regulatory approval in coming months to deploy a limited number of Cruise Origin vehicles without steering wheels or pedals.(...) 

Uber in talks to sell ATG self-driving unit to Aurora 11/13/2020:  Read more
Eighteen months ago, Uber’s  self-driving car unit, Uber Advanced Technologies Group, was valued at $7.25 billion following a $1 billion investment from Toyota, DENSO and SoftBank’s Vision Fund. Now, it’s up for sale and a competing autonomous vehicle technology startup is in talks with Uber to buy it, according to three sources familiar with the deal..(...)

Honda to mass-produce Level 3 autonomous cars by March  11/11/2020:  Read more
Honda claims it will be the first automaker to mass-produce vehicles with autonomous capabilities that meet SAE Level 3 standards, with plans to begin producing and selling a version of its Honda Legend luxury sedan with fully approved automated driving equipment.(...)

Self driving shuttle pilot to begin at Yellowstone National Park10/29/2020:  Read more

Mobility-as-a-service vendor Beep will start a pilot program to deploy the first autonomous shuttles at Yellowstone National Park beginning in May 2021.
The program will test multi-passenger, electric automated vehicle platforms as an alternative for visitors who are exploring the famous park. Beep is working with the National Parks Service’s (NPS's) Park Planning, Facilities and Lands Directorate, the Department of Transportation and Yellowstone National Park to plan, deploy and operate two shuttles in Yellowstone.(...) 

Nuro Raises $500M for its Autonomous Delivery Vehicles11/09/2020:  Read more

Nuro announced today that it has raised a $500 million Series C round of funding. The round was led by funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price Associates, with participation from new investors that include Fidelity Management & Research Company, and Baillie Gifford, as well as participation from existing investors SoftBank Vision Fund 1 and Greylock. This brings the total amount raised by Nuro to $1.5 billion (...) 

Walmart to Test Autonomous Grocery Delivery With Cruise’s Electric Cars  11/10/2020:  Read more

Walmart announced today that it is hooking up with self-driving electric car company Cruise to experiment with autonomous grocery delivery. The two will pilot a program in Scottsdale, Arizona starting early next year.(...)

Waymo and Daimler are teaming up to build fully driverless semi trucks10/27/2020:  Read more
Waymo and Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, announced that they are forming a “broad, global, strategic partnership” to deploy fully driverless trucks. Daimler will integrate Waymo’s autonomous driving technology, widely considered to be among the best in the world, into its fleet of heavy-duty Freightliner Cascadia semi-trailer trucks.(...)

Daimler invests in lidar company Luminar in push to bring autonomous trucks to highways10/30/2020:  Read more

Daimler’s  trucks division has invested in lidar developer Luminar as part of a broader partnership to produce autonomous trucks capable of navigating highways without a human driver behind the wheel.The deal, which comes just days after Daimler and Waymo announced plans to work together to build an autonomous version of the Freightliner Cascadia truck.(...) 

Self-Driving Truck Startup Locomation Demonstrates its Truck Platooning Technology for State Regulators 10/28/2020:  Read more
Pittsburgh-based self-driving truck startup Locomation just provided a group of state regulators a demonstration of its truck platooning technology. The company announced the successful completion of an on-road pilot program intended to showcase autonomous trucking technology for the SmartBelt Coalition (SBC), which is a collaboration between transportation agencies and educational institutions in the states of Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania..(...)

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DEC 8-9, 2020 Online & On-Demand
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The US NHTSA’s goal of zero auto fatalities is pushing the auto industry to move towards additional Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) with the penultimate goal of fully Automated Driving.  The ADAS to Automated Driving Digital Summit will help vet industry needs and solutions that are affordable for consumers and profitable for car makers(...)


11/12/2020:  Read more

Lextan, a specialist in remote driving systems, and Bouygues Construction have signed a three-year cooperation agreement to carry out a Research & Development programme on remote and assisted driving of construction site machines. In parallel with this agreement, Lextan is raising seed capital through Construction Venture, Bouygues Construction’s investment vehicle for start-ups, alongside CAAP Création, a subsidiary of Crédit Agricole Alpes Provence, and the French Tech Seed fund managed by Bpifrance on behalf of the French government, which will enable it to increase its equity and reinforce its R&D team. (...)

NAVYA - Most Riders Trust Mcity Driverless Shuttle After Pilot Project- 10/26/2020:  Read more

As Mcity at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor concluded its autonomous shuttle pilot program with no major incidents in 2019, most riders said they trust the driverless technology and were satisfied with their experience. (...)

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