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Ford: Electric Vehicles to Be 40% of Global Sales by 2030

 Ford F-150 Lightning The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning will look to compete with other electric pickups from Tesla, GM and Rivian. (Ford Motor Co.)

Ford expects 40% of its global sales to be battery-electric vehicles by 2030 as it adds billions to what it’s spending to develop them.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
May 28, 2021
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Aurora Expands Autonomous Trucking Tests in Texas

Aurora truck Aurora

Autonomous vehicle technology developer Aurora Innovation Inc. said it plans to expand testing throughout Texas as it works toward commercializing self-driving trucks.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
May 27, 2021
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Rivian Hires Former Waymo CFO Gerard Dwyer

Rivian vehicle The Rivian R1T. (Rivian)

Rivian Automotive Inc., the electric-vehicle startup backed by Amazon .com Inc., has hired a former finance chief from Alphabet Inc.’s self-driving arm Waymo.

Ed Ludlow | Bloomberg News
May 27, 2021
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Tesla Phases Out Radar Sensors, Shifts to Camera-Based Autopilot

Tesla Tesla's Elon Musk on Wall Street. (Mark Lennihan/Associated Press)

Tesla Inc. updated its website May 25 to announce that Model 3 and Model Y cars built for North America and shipping this month no longer will be equipped with radar.

Dana Hull | Bloomberg News
May 26, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Kodiak Robotics Autonomous Technology Headed to Asia

Kodiak Robotics truck Video footage from inside the cab shows Kodiak Driver controlling an 18-wheeler on the interstate. (Kodiak Robotics Inc. via YouTube)

Self-driving truck technology company Kodiak Robotics Inc. announced a deal with one of South Korea’s largest conglomerates to bring Kodiak Driver to the Asia-Pacific markets.

May 26, 2021
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous, TCA

For Tesla Owners, Colonial Pipeline Hack Was No Big Deal

A Tesla Model 3 A Tesla Model 3. Electric vehicle owners were spared the worry about trying to find gasoline in the Southeast and East after the Colonial Pipeline hack. (Tesla)

Automotive historians may look back on May 2021 as a tipping point in the evolution of electric vehicles.

Mark Kennedy | Chattanooga (Tenn.) Times Free Press
May 24, 2021
Business, Technology, Safety, Fuel, Autonomous

Tesla Tests Lidar, Which Musk Once Scorned

A demonstration of Luminar Technologies' lidar in Portola Valley, Calif. A Luminar Technologies lidar demonstration in Portola Valley, Calif. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

Tesla Inc., whose boss Elon Musk says he can develop a fully self-driving car without using laser-sensor technology, has a contract to use such lidar sensors from Luminar Technologies Inc. for testing and development, according to people familiar with the matter.

May 24, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Looking Ahead to Autonomous Trucking

Workers clean an autonomous Embark truck Technology developers such as Embark are working to make autonomous trucking a reality. (Embark)

Although autonomous trucks are still in their infancy, the continued development and eventual deployment of these vehicles represents a new frontier for the freight transportation business. As this technology advances in the coming years and decades, fleet operators that adopt self-driving trucks will encounter a new management challenge: finding the best ways to combine automation with human labor.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
May 21, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Some Self-Driving Truck Developers Make Case for Supervised Autonomy

Locomation Locomation is testing and developing a form of human-guided autonomy that combines automated driving technology with truck platooning. (Locomation)

While most developers of Level 4 autonomous truck technology are targeting driverless operation, some see near-term business cases for highly automated, self-driving trucks with a driver still in the vehicle.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
May 21, 2021
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Germany Takes Step Toward Autonomous Driving on Public Roads

Autonomous An almost fully autonomous electric mini bus in Monheim, Germany. (Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

German lawmakers agreed to allow some driverless vehicles on public roads, a first step toward enabling autonomous driving in Europe’s biggest economy.

Stefan Nicola | Bloomberg News
May 21, 2021