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The (Robot) Pizza Guy Is Here: Delivery Pods Gain Ground

Nuro R2 vehicle A Nuro R2 (Nathan Lindstrom)

While venture capitalists salivate over sentient transport trucks and robot SUVs that can safely navigate a Boston blizzard, some of the smartest self-driving engineers are making progress flipping chicken sandwiches.

Kyle Stock | Bloomberg News
April 19, 2021
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Walmart Invests in Cruise, the GM-Backed Autonomous-Car Startup

Cruise vehicle Paul Sancya/Associated Press

Walmart is taking an undisclosed stake in Cruise, the autonomous-vehicle technology company that’s majority-owned by General Motors Co.

Matthew Boyle | Bloomberg News
April 16, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

TuSimple Raises $1.35 Billion Through IPO

TuSimple Nasdaq Company executives rang the bell to open Nasdaq trading on April 15. (TuSimple)

Autonomous truck developer TuSimple raised $1.35 billion through its initial public offering, a move that will help fund the company’s push to commercialize self-driving trucks and expand its autonomous freight network across the United States.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
April 15, 2021
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Audi Takes On Tesla’s Model Y With Entry-Priced Electric SUV

Audi Q4 e-tron concept The Audi Q4 e-tron concept SUV is unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show on March 5, 2019. (Stefan Wermuth/Bloomberg)

Audi’s new Q4 e-tron will go head-to-head with Tesla Inc. in the fast-growing market of compact crossover SUVs to help parent Volkswagen AG narrow its electric-car sales gap with the world leader.

Christoph Rauwald | Bloomberg News
April 14, 2021
Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Cruise to Operate Autonomous Vehicle in Dubai

Cruise vehicle Cruise vehicle by Stephen Brashear for Cruise

DETROIT — Autonomous electric shuttles slated to be built in Detroit will be on the streets of Dubai after an agreement between self-driving company Cruise, which is largely owned by General Motors Co., and Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority.

April 13, 2021
Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Domino’s Uses Nuro Vehicles for Autonomous Delivery in Houston

Domino's Nuro Domino’s and Nuro launched autonomous pizza delivery in Houston. (Domino's/Nuro)

Domino’s, the world’s largest pizza company, on April 12 began offering autonomous pizza delivery services to select customers in Houston through a partnership with self-driving delivery vehicle company Nuro.

Erik Bascome | Staten Island Advance, N.Y.
April 13, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Plus, Iveco Sign Memo of Understanding on Autonomous Trucks

Plus Plus autonomous trucks. (Plus)

Self-driving truck technology developer Plus announced it signed a memorandum of understanding with Iveco, a brand of CNH Industrial N.V., to jointly develop autonomous trucks that will be deployed across China, Europe and other areas.

April 12, 2021
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Huawei to Invest $1 Billion on Car Tech It Says Surpasses Tesla

Huawei HiCar Attendees try Huawei's HiCar system on a BYD Co. Han electric vehicle at the MWC Shanghai exhibition in Shanghai, China, on Feb. 23. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg)

Huawei Technologies Co. will invest $1 billion on researching self-driving and electric-car technologies, accelerating plans to compete with Tesla Inc. and Xiaomi Corp. in the world’s biggest vehicle arena.

April 12, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Biden Sees ‘Win’ for US in Electric Vehicle Battery Deal

LG logo Lee Jin-man/AP

WASHINGTON — Two big South Korean electric vehicle battery makers have settled a long-running trade dispute that will allow one company to move ahead with plans to manufacture batteries in Georgia. President Joe Biden called it “a win for American workers and the American auto industry.”

Matthew Daly and Tom Krisher | Associated Press
April 12, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Why Remote Control Isn’t Required for Self-Driving Vehicles

 General Motors' Cruise AV, an autonomous electric vehicle, on display in Detroit in January 2019. (Paul Sancya/AP) GM's Cruise has logged more miles than many other autonomous companies testing the vehicles on California roads. (Paul Sancya/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — As autonomous vehicle testing advances without cohesive federal guidelines, companies are operating under inconsistent or nonexistent rules for how and whether a vehicle is monitored and controlled on the road.

April 7, 2021