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VW spins off its own self-driving startup to take on rivals

VW spins off its own self-driving startup to take on rivals

Volkswagen is stepping up its efforts to develop fully driverless cars by spinning off its own startup that it claims will be among the “best-funded” in the world. Volkswagen Autonomy, or VWAT, plans to bring robot taxis and cargo vans to three continents by 2025, according to the Financial Times. The news comes less than…
Tesla’s ‘Full Self-Driving’ feature may get early-access release

Tesla’s ‘Full Self-Driving’ feature may get early-access release

Tesla may allow certain customers early access to a “feature complete” version of the company’s “full self-driving” capabilities by the end of 2019, Elon Musk said in a call with investors Wednesday. Musk said that this wasn’t “for sure” — but that he thinks Tesla is on track for the release. It’s a kind of…
The Station: A new self-driving car startup, Inside Tesla’s V10 software, Lilium’s big round

The Station: A new self-driving car startup, Inside Tesla’s V10 software, Lilium’s big round

If you haven’t heard, TechCrunch has officially launched a weekly newsletter dedicated to all the ways people and goods move from Point A to Point B — today and in the future — whether it’s by bike, bus, scooter, car, train, truck, flying car, robotaxi or rocket. Heck, maybe even via hyperloop. Earlier this year,…
Uber lays off another ~350 across Eats, self-driving and other departments

Uber lays off another ~350 across Eats, self-driving and other departments

Uber has just laid off around 350 employees across a variety of teams within the organization, marking what the company says is its third and final phase of layoffs of the process it began earlier this year, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said to employees today in an email obtained by TechCrunch (full email below). Those…
How self-driving shuttles could enable car-free living in the suburbs

How self-driving shuttles could enable car-free living in the suburbs

Driverless shuttles — Optimus Ride is aiming to begin driverless commercial operations in 2020. Timothy B. Lee - Oct 11, 2019 3:02 pm UTC Timothy B. Lee / Ars TechnicaRESTON, VIRGINIA—A Boston-based startup called Optimus Ride has launched a new self-driving vehicle service in the Washington, DC suburb of Reston, Virginia. On Monday, I traveled…
Self-driving vehicle startup Zoox has expanded to Las Vegas

Self-driving vehicle startup Zoox has expanded to Las Vegas

Zoox, the autonomous vehicle startup, is expanding to Las Vegas, CTO Jesse Levinson said at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. The startup, which has raised $800 million and has been testing on public roads in San Francisco, said Las Vegas is a target market for its autonomous driving fleet and service. Las Vegas will serve as an…
Uber is bringing its self-driving cars to Dallas

Uber is bringing its self-driving cars to Dallas

Uber will begin testing its self-driving cars in Dallas, Texas in November, the company announced Tuesday. The vehicles will be operated by human drivers in downtown Dallas to start out, collecting mapping data and capturing driving scenarios which Uber’s engineers will then reproduce in simulation. This doesn’t mean Uber is planning to offer trips in…
Waymo self-driving cars head to Florida for rainy season

Waymo self-driving cars head to Florida for rainy season

Waymo is taking some of its autonomous vehicles to Florida just in time for hurricane season to begin testing in heavy rain. The move to Florida will focus on testing how its myriad of sensors hold up during the region’s rainy season as well as to collect data. All of the vehicles will be manually…
UPS is testing self-driving trucks in Arizona

UPS is testing self-driving trucks in Arizona

According to UPS, the trucks have been roaming a 100-mile stretch between Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona since May. The fleet is designed as "level four autonomous trucking," which means all operations are automated; a driver and engineer are only on-board as a fallback. The effort aims to reduce the cost of shipping via tractor trailer…
Self-driving car service open sources new tool for securing firmware

Self-driving car service open sources new tool for securing firmware

BYO IMAGE — FwAnalyzer provides continuous automated analysis of firmware images. Dan Goodin - Aug 7, 2019 6:16 pm UTC Collin MullinerDeveloping and maintaining secure firmware for tablets, cars, and IoT devices is hard. Often, the firmware is initially developed by a third party rather than in-house. And it can be tough as projects move…

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What US regulators will look for in Google antitrust probe

The US government is starting to scrutinize Google, along with the other big tech companies. What will it find when it looks? We can’t predict the future, but we can tell you what regulators have focused on when they’ve looked at Google in the past, because they’ve looked at Google several times, both in the…

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