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FAA Approves Zipline’s Drone-Delivery Service as Air Carrier

Zipline A drone flies to make a delivery at a Zipline hub in Vobsi, Ghana. (Zipline via Associated Press)

Zipline International Inc., a drone-delivery company that has made thousands of medical drops in Africa, was approved by U.S. regulators to operate as a small air carrier.

June 21, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Autonomous Truck Developers Must Address Technical Concerns

Kodiak Robotics truck Kodiak Robotics

ORLANDO, Fla. — Autonomous truck developers are making steady progress toward commercialization, but these companies and their future fleet customers will need to address a variety of technical issues and other operational concerns to integrate this technology into the freight transportation industry.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
June 21, 2022
Business, Fuel, Autonomous

Laid-Off Workers Claim Tesla Violated WARN Act in Suit

Tesla Inc. signage is displayed outside the company's factory in Fremont, Calif. Tesla Inc. signage is displayed outside the company's factory in Fremont, Calif. (Nina Riggio/Bloomberg News)

Tesla Inc. was sued by some former employees who claim the company’s decision to lay off about 10% of its workforce violated federal law by failing to provide the required advance notice for the job cuts.

Dana Hull | Bloomberg News
June 20, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Tesla Increases Prices Up to $6,000 Across Lineup

Tesla A Tesla Model 3. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

Tesla Inc. has increased prices across its lineup by as much as $6,000, Electrek reported, as global automakers grapple with surging costs for raw materials, particularly battery components.

Peter Vercoe | Bloomberg News
June 16, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

NHTSA Says 273 Teslas With Automated Driving Systems Have Crashed

The Tesla logo on a vehicle The Tesla logo on a vehicle. Tesla has about 830,000 vehicles with partly automated systems operating on U.S. roads. (Rick Bowmer/Associated Press)

DETROIT — Tesla reported 273 crashes involving partially automated driver-assist systems, according to statistics about the industry released by U.S. safety regulators on June 15.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
June 14, 2022
Business, Fuel, Autonomous

Musk Warns of Tesla’s ‘Very Tough Quarter’ in Staff Email

Musk Elon Musk by John Raoux/Associated Press

Tesla Inc. has had a “very tough quarter” as it struggles with supply chain snags, Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk warned in an internal memo, imploring workers to help get the electric vehicle maker back on track.

Ed Ludlow | Bloomberg News
June 13, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, Autonomous

Startup Hydron Plans Autonomous Longhaul Trucks With Hydrogen Fuel Cells

Hydron Hydron via PR Newswire

The co-founder of San Diego-based autonomous driving company TuSimple, Mo Chen, announced he started a new company called Hydron to bring to market Class 8 hydrogen-powered trucks equipped with Level 4 autonomous driving technology.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
June 10, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

NHTSA Upgrades Probe of Teslas Running Into Emergency Vehicles

tesla autopilot A Tesla car with the Autopilot feature engaged. (Christopher Goodney/Bloomberg News)

DETROIT — A U.S. investigation into Teslas operating on partially automated driving systems that have crashed into parked emergency vehicles has moved a step closer to a recall.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
June 9, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Logistics, Autonomous

Uber Freight, Waymo Via Partner to Advance Autonomous Trucking

Uber Freight-Waymo Via collaboration The collaboration's objective is to enable an ecosystem in which human drivers and autonomous trucks co-exist in a hybrid network to move freight. (Waymo Via)

Uber Freight and Waymo Via have entered into a strategic partnership that aims to marry Uber’s freight marketplace with Waymo’s automated truck technology, the companies announced June 7.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
June 7, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Driverless Trucks to Deliver Household Goods to Dallas Sam’s Clubs

Gatik truck Gatik via YouTube

Self-driving trucks soon will make deliveries to Walmart Inc.’s Sam’s Club stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, marking a significant expansion of autonomous vehicles operating in live traffic.

Brendan Case | Bloomberg News
June 7, 2022