Tag: category-/Autos & Vehicles

Nissan Design works with Haptx to bring realistic touch to VR vehicle design

Nissan Design is collaborating with Haptx to bring a realistic touch to designing cars in virtual reality, the companies announced last week. HHaptxmakes VR gloves that have haptic technology, or the sensation of touch, thanks to 130 tiny actuators in the gloves. You can use these gloves to virtually touch things in a VR environment. […]

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SoftBank and Toyota could invest $1 billion in Uber’s self-driving unit

(Reuters) — A group of investors led by SoftBank Group Corp and Toyota Motor Corp is in talks to invest $1 billion or more into Uber Technologies Inc’s self-driving vehicle unit, which would value the unit at $5 billion to $10 billion, said two people familiar with the talks. The investment would provide a cash […]

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China is building a 5G smart highway for autonomous cars and AI traffic monitoring

China is moving forward in the global “race to 5G,” as state-owned carrier China Mobile has announced (via Xinhua) that it’s already building the first 5G smart highway — a city-scale system of roads capable of supporting cellular network-coordinated transportation services. The infrastructure is currently under construction in Wuhan, the […]

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Honda Dream Drive — hands-on with a prototype for car infotainment

The Honda Dream Drive is a passenger information and entertainment experience that is meant to give us an idea of what being a car driver and a passenger will be like in the future. Honda showed off for the first time a couple of years ago, is now being tested […]

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Brumbrum raises $23 million led by Accel for refurbished car platform

Milan-based Brumbum announced today it has raised a $23 million round of venture capital as the company expands its platform that sells and rents refurbished cars. The round was led by Accel, and also included investment from Bonsai Ventures, eVentures, and United Ventures. Brumbrum wants to reinvent the way people buy […]

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Avinew raises $5 million for car insurance that rewards you for using autonomous safety features

As the deployment of autonomous vehicles ramps up globally, it’s raising all sorts of prickly regulatory questions. Which parties should be held responsible if a self-driving car swerves off course and kills a pedestrian — the driver, the automaker, or the systems supplier? And which safeguards should be legislatively mandated […]

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Argo.ai obtains California permit to test driverless cars

Pittsburg-based Argo.ai, a driverless vehicle startup founded by former executives on self-driving teams at Google and Uber, has obtained a permit to test its autonomous cars on California roads. The approval, which was issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles, was first spotted by TechCrunch and confirmed by a spokesperson […]

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Michigan leans on manufacturing history in bid to become a hub for autonomous vehicles

This week, Waymo announced that it will turn an old factory in the Detroit, Michigan area into a retrofitting facility for level four autonomous vehicles. There’s plenty of unused factory space in the Midwest, but Waymo chose Michigan because of the state’s long history as the center of auto manufacturing. “In […]

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Yandex let us ride in its autonomous Prius

Dmitry Polischuk had an almost unnerving nonchalance about him as our sleek ride — a Toyota Prius V — bobbed in and out of traffic on its own. The steering wheel, as if guided by unseen forces, navigated the hatchback smoothly around the perimeter of the Hard Rock Casino in […]

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Ford taps Clinc for conversational AI in autos

Clinc, a four-year-old conversational AI startup, is teaming up with Ford to power voice recognition in the Detroit automaker’s cars. The two companies announced the collaboration today during the Detroit Auto Show, at a panel hosted by Inforum about machine learning and the future of in-vehicle technology. According to Clinc […]

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Panasonic showcases intelligent highways and an electric Harley-Davidson you can ride on them

Panasonic and Harley-Davidson showed off a new electric motorcycle, the Livewire, at a press event at CES 2019, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas this week. Harley-Davidson is taking preorders today for $29,800, said Marc McAllister, vice president at Harley-Davidson, on stage at the press event. Before he said […]

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DoorDash and GM’s Cruise team up to pilot food delivery via self-driving cars

General Motors (GM) is partnering with DoorDash to enable on-demand food deliveries via driverless cars. The duo announced that a pilot delivery program will kick off in San Francisco in “early 2019,” and will involve both meals from restaurants and groceries. As a century-old automotive giant, GM has been investing […]

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Baraja raises $32 million for autonomous vehicle lidar with prism-like optics

Lidar startup Baraja has raised $32 million in a series A round of funding led by Sequoia China and Main Sequence Ventures’ CSIRO Innovation Fund, with participation from Blackbird Ventures. Founded out of Sydney, Australia, in 2015, Baraja is one of a number of lidar startups targeting the burgeoning driverless car […]

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California grants Zoox first permit to transport passengers in driverless vehicles

(Reuters) — Self-driving car startup Zoox has become the first company to receive approval from California regulators to operate an autonomous ride service for public passengers, state regulators said on Friday. The California Public Utilities Commission said Silicon Valley-based Zoox is the first company to join a state pilot program in […]

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Mobility startup Dott raises $23 million for its durable electric scooters and bikes

Urban transportation startup Dott announced today that it has raised $23 million in venture capital as the electric scooter and bike company prepares to launch its first pilot early next year. Founded in Amsterdam earlier this year by French expats Maxim Romain and Henri Moissinac, the company says its scooters are […]

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Rolls-Royce demonstrates fully autonomous passenger ferry in Finland

Rolls-Royce has publicly demonstrated what it calls the “world’s first fully autonomous ferry,” during a trip between Parainen and Nauvo in Finland. The British company entered a research partnership with Finnish state-owned Finferries back in May, revealing plans to “optimize ship safety and efficiency” through developing and demonstrating autonomous ferry […]

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Volvo and Luminar demo advanced lidar tech that gives autonomous cars detailed view of pedestrian movements

Volvo and and autonomous vehicle sensor company Luminar gave a glimpse into the future of autonomous cars at the Automobility LA trade show in Los Angeles, after they demoed advanced technology that helps automobiles detect detailed human movement at distance and speed. Luminar, for the uninitiated, is a San Francisco-based […]

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Huawei releases autonomous AI driving solution and demos cellular-connected cars

Though Huawei’s international business remains clouded by U.S. security allegations, the Chinese company is continuing to debut next-generation communications and AI solutions that will be of interest to companies around the world. Huawei’s latest such offering is the Mobile Automation Engine (MAE), a solution designed to accelerate autonomous driving using […]

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Sweden’s Voi Technology raises $50 million to expand its e-scooters across Europe

Voi Technology, another recent entrant to the nascent electric scooter-sharing market, has raised $50 million in a series A round of funding led by Balderton Capital, with participation from Vostok New Ventures, LocalGlobe, Raine Ventures, and angel investors including Amazon’s CEO for worldwide consumer Jeff Wilke, Tinder cofounder Justin Mateen, King […]

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Volkswagen owners can now control their cars with Siri

Looking to unlock your car with Siri? If you have a newish Volkswagen, good news: Now you can. The Berlin automaker today announced that the latest version of its VW Car-Net app includes two new types of commands recognized by Apple’s voice assistant. On iPhones and iPads running iOS 12, […]

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Daimler and Bosch lay out plans for autonomous taxi service in San Jose

Bustling San Jose — the third-largest metropolis in California, according to the 2010 census — is about to become a testbed for autonomous cars developed by Bosch and Mercedes parent company Daimler. Today, the two jointly reaffirmed with a memorandum of understanding that in the second half of 2019, they’ll […]

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