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Forklift Driving Becomes Desk Job in Phantom-Mitsubishi Deal

A driver operates a forklift remotely. (Bloomberg News) A driver operates a forklift remotely. (Bloomberg News)

Phantom Auto, a California-based startup focusing on remote vehicle operation, has struck a deal to provide logistics equipment heavyweight Mitsubishi Logisnext Co. with software that enables forklifts to be operated remotely from thousands of miles away.

River Davis | Bloomberg News
May 13, 2021
Business, Technology, Autonomous

VW Plans to Have Autonomous Microbus Ready for Roads in 2025

VW IDbuzz Prototype by Volkswagen

Volkswagen AG plans to offer a highly automated version of the hippie-era microbus it’s reviving as an electric van as the carmaker commercializes self-driving technology along with startup Argo AI.

May 12, 2021
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous, TCA

Elon Musk Plays Nice as ‘SNL’ Host

Elon Musk deliveris his opening monologue on "Saturday Night Live" May 8 Elon Musk delivers his opening monologue on "Saturday Night Live" May 8. (Will Heath/NBC via Associated Press)

Elon Musk’s “Saturday Night Live” episode on May 8 was neither controversial nor disruptive. It was, in the end, a decent but rather uneventful evening, neither the flaming car wreck his detractors expected or edgy show for which his fans were hoping.

Adam Graham | The Detroit News
May 10, 2021
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Mercedes Unveils Electric Van for Growing Battery-Powered Lineup

Mercedes EQT Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz is giving a sneak peek of an electric van that is among the models broadening its battery-powered range over the next year.

Christoph Rauwald | Bloomberg News
May 10, 2021
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Driverless Truck Startup Plus to List in $3.3 Billion SPAC Deal

Plus truck Plus

Self-driving truck technology developer Plus announced it entered into a definitive business combination agreement with Hennessy Capital Investment Corp. V, a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
May 10, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Lion to Locate Largest EV Plant in Illinois

Lion Electric truck Lion Electric via YouTube

The Lion Electric Co., a manufacturer of all-electric medium- and heavy-duty urban vehicles, announced it selected Joliet, Ill., for the construction of its U.S. manufacturing facility, with building to ramp up in the second half of this year.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
May 7, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Fuel, Autonomous

Tesla Engineer Says Musk Overstated Tesla Autopilot Capability

The steering wheel of a Tesla Inc. Model 3 electric vehicle The steering wheel of a Tesla Inc. Model 3 electric vehicle. (Bloomberg News)

One of Tesla Inc.’s engineers told California authorities that CEO Elon Musk overstated the capability of Autopilot, the company’s driver-assistance system, early this year.

Dana Hull | Bloomberg News
May 7, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Nikola Misses Estimates, Details Additional SEC Inquiry

Nikola Nikola still intends to deliver 100 battery-electric Tre semis this year. (Nikola Corp.)

Nikola Corp. posted a narrower-than-expected loss for its latest quarter as the troubled electric-vehicle startup ramped up testing of its debut battery-electric Class 8 trucks and said securities regulators investigating the company issued an additional subpoena in March.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
May 7, 2021
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Electric Truck Startup Einride Raises $110 Million

Einride An Einride vehicle. (Einride)

Swedish electric-truck startup Einride AB has raised $110 million from investors, including the venture capital arm of the world’s largest shipping company, A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S, to expand its logistics business in Europe and in the U.S.

Niclas Rolander | Bloomberg News
May 7, 2021
Business, Autonomous

Plus Hires Former FMCSA Official Wiley Deck

A Plus autonomous truck Self-driving truck technology company Plus, formerly Plus.ai, is headquartered in Cupertino, Calif. (Plus)

Former FMCSA Deputy Administrator Wiley Deck has been tapped by autonomous truck technology firm Plus to head government affairs and public policy.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
May 6, 2021

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