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Waymo to Expand Autonomous Vehicle Rides in San Francisco

A Waymo minivan A Waymo minivan. Waymo didn’t elaborate on when it might offer autonomous rides to the public in San Francisco. (Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press)

Waymo’s self-driving ride-hailing service is branching out to San Francisco, carrying employees in electric Jaguar I-Pace SUVs without human backup drivers.

March 30, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Tesla Dodges Nickel Crisis With Secret Deal to Get Supplies

Nickel A disassembled Tesla Inc. Model 3 battery pack. (Sean Proctor/Bloomberg News)

The invasion of Ukraine has added to agita among electric vehicle makers over the supply of nickel, a critical ingredient in EV batteries, since Russia is one of the world’s biggest producers.

March 30, 2022
Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous, Top 100

FedEx Partners With Elroy Air to Test Pilotless Package Drone

Drone An Elroy Air drone. (FedEx Corp.)

FedEx Corp. is partnering with Elroy Air, a startup that makes a large cargo drone, to test moving packages by air with no pilot on board.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
March 30, 2022
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Tesla to Seek Approval for Another Stock Split

Tesla vehicles in a parking lot after arriving at a port in Yokohama, Japan Tesla vehicles in a parking lot after arriving at a port in Yokohama, Japan. (Toru Hanai/Bloomberg News)

Tesla Inc. gained in early trading March 28 after the carmaker said it plans to seek shareholder approval for a move that would enable its second stock split in roughly two years.

March 28, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Sen. Thune Again Highlights AV Bill’s Safety Benefits

Appearing remotely, Thune touts autonomous vehicle legislation at the Senate Commerce Committee hearing March 23. (c-span.org)

The nationwide adoption of autonomous vehicle technology would potentially improve safety and connectivity for the commuter and commercial transportation sectors, a key proponent of the technology in the U.S. Senate said at a hearing on March 23.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 23, 2022
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Aurora Unveils Autonomous Automotive Test Fleet

Toyota Sienna with Aurora Aurora

Aurora Innovation Inc. announced it unveiled its test fleet of its autonomous custom-designed Toyota Sienna vehicles featuring Toyota’s vehicle control interface and Sienna Autono-MaaS (S-AM) platform.

March 23, 2022
Business, Technology, Autonomous

TuSimple Explores Adding Partners in Asia-Pacific Businesses

TuSimple truck Business Wire via AP

Autonomous driving technology company TuSimple Holdings Inc. announced it intends to explore certain transactions that could add partners at a subsidiary level for its Asia-Pacific-focused businesses.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
March 23, 2022
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Former Cruise CEO Dan Ammann Lands at Exxon

Former Cruise CEO Dan Ammann Lands at Exxon Ammann was dismissed in December after a disagreement with GM CEO Mary Barra over the timing of an initial public offering for Cruise. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

Dan Ammann, who led the Cruise self-driving unit of General Motors Co. until December with a mission to reduce traffic and eliminate emissions, has landed at oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp.

March 22, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Locomation, Christenson Partner on Automated Truck Deployment

Locomation CEO Çetin Meriçli (right) introduces executives from the company’s three carrier partners Locomation CEO Çetin Meriçli (right) introduces executives from the company’s three carrier partners. From left: Andrew Erin of PGT Trucking, Bruce Stockton of Wilson Logistics and Don Christenson of Christenson Transportation. (Seth Clevenger/TT)

LAS VEGAS — Automated truck developer Locomation has signed an eight-year agreement with Christenson Transportation to deploy its human-guided autonomous convoy technology.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
March 22, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Tesla ‘Gigafactory’ Opens in Germany

Tesla The construction site of the new Tesla Gigafactory for electric cars is pictured in Gruenheide near Berlin. (Michael Sohn/Associated Press)

BERLIN — Electric car manufacturer Tesla is opening its first European factory March 22 on the outskirts of Berlin in an effort to challenge German automakers on their home turf.

March 22, 2022

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