Business, Technology, Autonomous

Autonomous Firm Embark Raises $30 Million

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Autonomous truck developer Embark Trucks raised $30 million in a funding round led by Sequoia Capital, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm. Embark has raised $47 million since its 2011 founding, according to Crunchbase, a platform for finding business information on public and private companies.

Transport Topics
July 24, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

How General Motors Became a Force in Autonomous Sector

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GM Cruise is running neck-and-neck with Waymo, a subsidiary of Google, to be first to bring fully autonomous cars to market. The two companies are considered the leaders in a crowded field, and San Francisco is the proving grounds to refine the technology.

Jamie L. LaReau | Detroit Free Press
July 19, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Podcast Debut: ‘RoadSigns’ Tackles Autonomous

RoadSigns podcast

Welcome to the inaugural episode of Transport Topics' new podcast: RoadSigns. Our debut episode focuses on how the trucking industry’s steady and ongoing development of autonomous technology may someday affect truck drivers. Click to listen!

Transport Topics
June 11, 2018
Safety, Autonomous

Federal Regulators, Industry Leaders Review Autonomous Vehicles’ Potential

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The utilization of automated technology in trucks could prevent thousands of fatalities along the highways and offer benefits to the national economy, the chief federal trucking regulator said July 12.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
July 17, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Competition Heats Up for Lidar Sensors in Autonomous Sector

Velodyne lidar system Velodyne Lidar Inc. systems. (Michael Short/ Bloomberg)

As the race to create robot cars intensifies, a secondary race is underway: a high-stakes competition to develop the sensors that serve as the cars’ “eyes.” Lidar, a light-sensing form of radar, provides vision for the vast majority of autonomous vehicles being developed, but now there are dozens of companies with different twists on it.

Carolyn Said | San Francisco Chronicle
July 13, 2018
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Uber Lays Off Self-Driving Car Safety Drivers in Pittsburgh

Autonomous Uber Volvo in Pittsburgh An autonomous Uber vehicle in Pittsburgh. (rexworld/Flickr)

Uber laid off its team of self-driving car safety drivers in Pittsburgh on July 11, the company confirmed.

Aaron Aupperlee | The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
July 12, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Driverless Car Makers Want Congress to Free Them From State Oversight

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WASHINGTON — As Silicon Valley and automakers attempt to steer the nation toward a future of driverless vehicles, a group of influential lawmakers remains concerned that bipartisan legislation now moving through Congress could leave consumers at risk by preventing states from demanding tighter safety regulations.

Eliza Fawcett | Los Angeles Times
July 11, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Ex-Apple Employee Stole Secrets for Chinese Firm, US Says

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A former Apple Inc. engineer was arrested on charges of stealing driverless car secrets for a Chinese startup after he passed through the security checkpoint at San Jose International Airport to board a flight to China.

Joel Rosenblatt and Mark Gurman | Bloomberg News
July 11, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Daimler, Bosch to Launch Self-Driving Car Service in Silicon Valley

Bosch A Robert Bosch GmbH parking sensor column stands on display during an Automated Valet Parking demonstration at the Mercedes-Benz TecDay event in Stuttgart, Germany. (Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg News)

As self-driving vehicle experiments are launched in a few cities around the United States, Mercedes-Benz maker Daimler AG and a prominent auto supplier are launching a new one in the place that would seem most receptive: Silicon Valley.

Nathan Bomey | USA Today
July 11, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

FMCSA to Host Autonomous Vehicles Listening Session July 12

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The country’s top trucking regulator wants to hear what you have to say about autonomous vehicles.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
July 10, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Smart Ports: When AI Takes Over Shipping

Automated cranes Automated cranes represent the basic, essential infrastructure of an automated port. Suppliers include Konecranes, Kalmar and Liebherr. (Konecranes Oyj)

Artificial intelligence and machine learning for both automated container port management and trucks and ships is already in use or under development in a few key ways.

B. Cameron Gain | Special to Transport Topics
July 6, 2018