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DOT Officials Offer Overview of Automated Vehicle Testing

TRB Steven Cliff, acting administrator of NHTSA, speaks at the virtual event. (Transportation Research Board)

Commercial trucking operations are included in the slew of connected and automated vehicle testing activities the federal government is currently pursuing.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
July 16, 2021
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Self-Driving Startup Aurora Set to Go Public

Aurora CEO Chris Urmson stands with the company's autonomous truck. (Aurora)

Driverless technology startup Aurora Innovation Inc. has agreed to go public via a merger with Reinvent Technology Partners Y, a blank-check firm led by executives including LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman and Zynga Inc. founder Mark Pincus.

Gillian Tan and Katie Roof | Bloomberg News
July 15, 2021
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Toyota Tech Arm Plans Self-Driving Acquisition Spree

Toyota Motor Corp. e-Palette vehicles at the Olympic village in Tokyo Toyota Motor Corp. e-Palette vehicles at the Olympic village in Tokyo. (Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg News)

Toyota Motor Corp.’s software and technology arm plans to embark on an ambitious hiring and acquisition spree as automakers globally jostle for pole position in the race to develop smart cars that will one day drive themselves.

July 14, 2021
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

EV Battery Maker SES Agrees to Go Public Via Ivanhoe SPAC

EV charging spot icolas Axelrod/Bloomberg

Battery maker SES Holdings Pte has agreed to go public by merging with Ivanhoe Capital Acquisition Corp. in a deal that will value the combined company at about $3.6 billion.

Crystal Tse | Bloomberg News
July 13, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

TRB Panelists Talk Automated Trucking’s Implications on Driver Shortage, Safety

TRB Some of the panel members discuss autonomous trucking. (Transportation Research Board)

Automated trucking applications, particularly in the longhaul sector, have the potential to help alleviate some of the strains associated with the industrywide driver shortage, a panel of experts told researchers.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
July 12, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Flying Taxi Startup Whisper Aero Aims to Keep Noise Levels Down

Sky Tracks (Lubo Ivanko/Getty Images)

A startup called Whisper Aero, which is disclosing its plans for the first time, thinks it may be well on its way to solving a noise problem related to drones.

Ashlee Vance | Bloomberg News
July 12, 2021
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Ford-Backed Argo Chooses Citigroup, JPMorgan to Go Public

An Argo-modified Ford Fusion autonomous vehicle sits parked in New York in July 2019. An Argo-modified Ford Fusion autonomous vehicle sits parked in New York in July 2019. (Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg News)

Argo AI, the self-driving startup backed by Ford Motor Co. and Volkswagen AG, is working with investment bankers as it prepares to go public as soon as this year with a valuation expected to top $7 billion.

July 8, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

NHTSA Orders Automated Vehicle Makers to Report Crashes

A Waymo minivan moves along a city street with an empty driver's seat in Chandler, Ariz. (Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press) A Waymo minivan moves along a city street with an empty driver's seat in Chandler, Ariz. (Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press)

The U.S. government’s highway safety agency has ordered automakers to report any crashes involving fully autonomous vehicles or partially automated driver-assist systems.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
June 29, 2021
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Robotics Firm AutoStore Plans IPO at $10 Billion Value

Automated warehouse robots, manufactured by AutoStore, deliver customer orders in Germany. Automated warehouse robots, manufactured by AutoStore, deliver customer orders in Germany. (Liesa Johannssen-Koppitz/Bloomberg News)

AutoStore is weighing an initial public offering that could value the Norwegian warehouse robotics company at more than $10 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.

June 29, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Alphabet Jumps Into Drone Air-Traffic Control With Flight App

One of Alphabet's Wing drones is photographed in a pilot program in Finland. (Wing) One of Alphabet's Wing drones is photographed in a pilot program in Finland. (Wing)

Alphabet Inc.’s drone-delivery venture, Wing, is releasing free software for U.S. drone users to get permission to fly near sensitive areas such as airports.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
June 29, 2021

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