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EV Battery Maker SES Agrees to Go Public Via Ivanhoe SPAC

EV charging spot icolas Axelrod/Bloomberg

Battery maker SES Holdings Pte has agreed to go public by merging with Ivanhoe Capital Acquisition Corp. in a deal that will value the combined company at about $3.6 billion.

Crystal Tse | Bloomberg News
July 13, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

TRB Panelists Talk Automated Trucking’s Implications on Driver Shortage, Safety

TRB Some of the panel members discuss autonomous trucking. (Transportation Research Board)

Automated trucking applications, particularly in the longhaul sector, have the potential to help alleviate some of the strains associated with the industrywide driver shortage, a panel of experts told researchers.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
July 12, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Flying Taxi Startup Whisper Aero Aims to Keep Noise Levels Down

Sky Tracks (Lubo Ivanko/Getty Images)

A startup called Whisper Aero, which is disclosing its plans for the first time, thinks it may be well on its way to solving a noise problem related to drones.

Ashlee Vance | Bloomberg News
July 12, 2021
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Ford-Backed Argo Chooses Citigroup, JPMorgan to Go Public

An Argo-modified Ford Fusion autonomous vehicle sits parked in New York in July 2019. An Argo-modified Ford Fusion autonomous vehicle sits parked in New York in July 2019. (Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg News)

Argo AI, the self-driving startup backed by Ford Motor Co. and Volkswagen AG, is working with investment bankers as it prepares to go public as soon as this year with a valuation expected to top $7 billion.

July 8, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

NHTSA Orders Automated Vehicle Makers to Report Crashes

A Waymo minivan moves along a city street with an empty driver's seat in Chandler, Ariz. (Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press) A Waymo minivan moves along a city street with an empty driver's seat in Chandler, Ariz. (Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press)

The U.S. government’s highway safety agency has ordered automakers to report any crashes involving fully autonomous vehicles or partially automated driver-assist systems.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
June 29, 2021
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Robotics Firm AutoStore Plans IPO at $10 Billion Value

Automated warehouse robots, manufactured by AutoStore, deliver customer orders in Germany. Automated warehouse robots, manufactured by AutoStore, deliver customer orders in Germany. (Liesa Johannssen-Koppitz/Bloomberg News)

AutoStore is weighing an initial public offering that could value the Norwegian warehouse robotics company at more than $10 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.

June 29, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Alphabet Jumps Into Drone Air-Traffic Control With Flight App

One of Alphabet's Wing drones is photographed in a pilot program in Finland. (Wing) One of Alphabet's Wing drones is photographed in a pilot program in Finland. (Wing)

Alphabet Inc.’s drone-delivery venture, Wing, is releasing free software for U.S. drone users to get permission to fly near sensitive areas such as airports.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
June 29, 2021
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Xos Delivers Test Vehicles to UniFirst

Xos van Xos Inc.

Xos Inc., a Los Angeles-based manufacturer of fully electric Classes 5-8 commercial vehicles, announced it signed an agreement to deliver three Xos electric step vans to UniFirst Corp. in a test program with potential for additional vehicle purchases for use across the United States.

June 29, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Fuel, Autonomous

Tesla Dealt Big Blow as Almost All Cars in China Need Safety Fix

Tesla Model Y electric vehicles sit outside the automaker's showroom in Shanghai, China, in January. Tesla Model Y electric vehicles sit outside the automaker's showroom in Shanghai, China, in January. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News)

Tesla Inc.’s aspirations in China were dealt a major blow over the weekend after the government ordered that almost all the cars it has sold in the nation — more than 285,000 of them — be fixed to address a safety issue.

Katrina Nicholas | Bloomberg News
June 28, 2021
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Tech Giants Make Push Into Autonomous Driving

Zoox vehicle A Zoox self-driving car at the company's headquarters in California. (Michael Short/Bloomberg)

For tech giants that are diving into self-driving tech or have grand plans for their own cars, that push isn’t just about breaking into a new market — it’s about defending valuable turf.

June 25, 2021

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