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Zipline Medical Drones Begin Flying in the US

A drone launches from Zipline's California test facility. A drone launches from Zipline's California test facility. (Roksenhorn/Creative Commons)

On May 22, before Memorial Day, a six-foot long, red-and-white drone took off from a field in Kannapolis, N.C., flew 15 miles west over suburban Charlotte to Novant Health’s Huntersville Medical Center, and dropped a box of protective masks in a designated spot next to the parking lot.

Ira Boudway | Bloomberg News
May 27, 2020
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Amazon Buying Zoox May Save $20 Billion, Put Tesla on Its Heels

A Zoox autonomous car takes a test drive in November 2019 in San Francisco. A Zoox autonomous car takes a test drive in November 2019 in San Francisco. (Andrej Sokolow/dpa via Getty Images)

Amazon .com Inc.’s talks to buy driverless vehicle startup Zoox Inc. has analysts speculating the deal could save the e-commerce giant tens of billions a year and put auto, parcel and ride-booking companies on their heels.

Katie Roof and Spencer Soper | Bloomberg News
May 27, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Fuel, Autonomous, Top 100

California Becomes Epicenter of Emerging Truck Technology

California Self-driving truck firm TuSimple’s headquarters are in San Diego. The company is testing and developing SAE Level 4 automated driving technology for heavy-duty trucks. (TuSimple)

With its emissions mandates, tough labor laws, inspection requirements and extensive regulations, California has become both a difficult and expensive environment for trucking.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
May 22, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

NHTSA Lets Self-Driving Shuttle Resume Carrying People

An EasyMile autonomous shuttle is displayed during an experiment in Paris in November 2017. An EasyMile shuttle is displayed during an experiment in Paris in November 2017. (Christophe Ena/Associated Press)

A self-driving shuttle service that was ordered to stop carrying passengers in February has been cleared to resume operations with new safety precautions.

May 21, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Trump Transportation Nominees Finch Fulton, Diana Furchtgott-Roth Advance to Senate Floor

Transportation Nominees From left: Fulton via Senate Commerce Committee, Furchtgott-Roth via Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

Nominees for senior-level posts at the U.S. Department of Transportation were approved by the Senate Commerce Committee on May 20.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
May 20, 2020
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Honeywell Proposes Technology-Led Future for Flight Safety

Passengers queue according to social distancing measures at the Madrid Barajas airport in Spain on May 20. Passengers queue according to social distancing measures at the Madrid Barajas airport in Spain on May 20. (Paul Hanna/Bloomberg News)

Honeywell International Inc. has been thinking about what it will take to coax people back onto airplanes. A virus-killing robot that can patrol empty aisles between flights, zapping out ultraviolet light, makes a good start.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
May 20, 2020
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Delivery Robot Operators Adjust to Home Environment

Postmates robot operators are performing their duties from home. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

Peter Daniels is one of the millions of Americans working from home because of the coronavirus, and he watches delivery robots as they roll along sidewalks 350 miles away.

Ira Boudway | Bloomberg News
May 20, 2020
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Americans Still Skeptical of Self-Driving Cars, Poll Shows

A driver demonstrates a semi-autonomous vehicle in Michigan in 2017. A driver demonstrates a semi-autonomous vehicle in Michigan in 2017. (Graham Walzer/Bloomberg News)

Nearly half of Americans say they would not get in a self-driving taxi, according to a poll commissioned by the advocacy group Partners for Automated Vehicle Education.

Ira Boudway | Bloomberg News
May 19, 2020
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Uber Cuts 3,000 More Jobs, Closes Offices Amid Pandemic Revamp

Uber said it would eliminate 3,000 more jobs and close some offices. (Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg News)

Uber Technologies Inc. eliminated an additional 3,000 jobs May 18, is closing dozens of offices worldwide and is shutting down many side projects in an effort to weather the coronavirus pandemic that has devastated the ride-hailing business.

Lizette Chapman | Bloomberg News
May 18, 2020
Business, Technology, Autonomous

GM’s Self-Driving Unit Cruise to Lay Off Almost 8% of Staff

The Cruise Origin electric driverless shuttle is displayed during a reveal even in San Francisco on Jan. 21. The Cruise Origin electric driverless shuttle is displayed during a reveal even in San Francisco on Jan. 21. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

Cruise, the self-driving car unit majority owned by General Motors Co., is laying off almost 8% of full-time employees to cut costs in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

May 14, 2020

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