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Cruise Hires Former Delta Air Executive Gil West as COO

GM's Bolt electric vehicle, with Cruise's autonomous technology installed, is displayed in Detroit. GM's Bolt electric vehicle, with Cruise's autonomous technology installed, is displayed in Detroit. (Paul Sancya/Associated Press)

Cruise, the self-driving car startup majority owned by General Motors Co., has hired former Delta Air Lines Inc. Chief Operating Officer Gil West for the same position as it prepares to start offering paid robotaxi rides in San Francisco.

David Welch | Bloomberg News
January 8, 2021
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Tesla’s Elon Musk Now World’s Richest Person

Elon Musk arrives at the Axel Springer Award ceremony in Germany on Dec. 1. (Liesa Johannssen-Koppitz/Bloomberg News) Elon Musk arrives at the Axel Springer Award ceremony in Germany on Dec. 1, 2020. (Liesa Johannssen-Koppitz/Bloomberg News)

Elon Musk, the outspoken entrepreneur behind Tesla Inc. and SpaceX, is now the richest person on the planet.

January 7, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

FHWA Awards Grant Supporting AV Truck Project at Port of Virginia

Port of Virginia The Port of Virginia received $2.1 million to assist in efforts to make the terminal “autonomous truck ready,” according to FHWA’s announcement. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News)

The Federal Highway Administration recently awarded $49.6 million to support projects that incorporate transportation-related technologies.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 6, 2021
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Autonomous Startup Used by Mining Trucks Raises $47 Million

An excavator loads ore into an autonomous dump truck. (Bloomberg News) An excavator loads ore into an autonomous dump truck. (Bloomberg News)

Oxbotica, a U.K. company that makes software for running autonomous vehicles, has raised $47 million in a fresh funding round that will go toward developing and deploying its products.

Amy Thomson | Bloomberg News
January 6, 2021
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Lidar Startup Aeva Adds $200 Million to SPAC Deal

A Lidar sensor is seen on top of a Byton K-Byte electric sedan during AutoMobility LA in November 2018. A Lidar sensor is seen on top of a Byton K-Byte electric sedan during AutoMobility LA in November 2018. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News)

Aeva, a laser-sensor startup founded by two ex-Apple Inc. engineers, is poised to increase its war chest by $200 million with an investment by a Hong Kong-based hedge fund ahead of its public listing via a reverse merger.

Gabrielle Coppola | Bloomberg News
January 4, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Nuro Acquires Ike, Gets Approval for Autonomous Deliveries in California

A Nuro delivery vehicle completes training routes in Texas in November 2019. A Nuro delivery vehicle completes training routes in Texas in November 2019. (Annie Mulligan for the Washington Post/Getty Images)

Robotics company Nuro announced Dec. 23 that it has acquired Ike Robotics Inc., which builds automated trucking technology.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 28, 2020
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Kodiak Robotics to Receive CES Award

Kodiak Robotics Kodiak Robotics

Self-driving technology startup Kodiak Robotics announced it was selected as a CES 2021 Innovation Awards honoree, with the presentation to come during the first all-digital CES, which runs Jan. 11-14.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
December 23, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

Maryland Framework Offers Connected, Automated Vehicle Guide

Fort McHenry toll plaza in Maryland Traffic at the Fort McHenry toll plaza on Interstate 95 in Maryland. (Maryland Transportation Authority)

With an eye toward the future of transportation technology, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan released the state’s Connected and Automated Vehicle Strategic Framework.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 22, 2020
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Lidar Makers Jump After Report on Apple’s Autonomous Car Plans

A lidar sensor developed by Velodyne. (Jason Alden/Bloomberg News) A lidar sensor developed by Velodyne. (Jason Alden/Bloomberg News)

Some lidar suppliers gained Dec. 22 after Reuters reported that Apple Inc. plans to build a self-driving car for consumers and is tapping outside partners for elements of the system as it develops its own battery technology.

Divya Balji and Crystal Kim | Bloomberg News
December 22, 2020
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Toyota’s Driverless Shuttles Could Double as ‘Roving Offices’

A Toyota e-Palette concept vehicle. (Toru Hanai/Bloomberg News) A Toyota e-Palette concept vehicle. (Toru Hanai/Bloomberg News)

Toyota Motor Corp. is aiming to commercialize an autonomous shipping-container-like vehicle within a few years that it says could double as a mobile store or roving office.

River Davis | Bloomberg News
December 22, 2020

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