Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Nuro Raises Nearly $1 Billion From SoftBank Vision Fund

Kroger and Nuro's R1 driverless delivery vehicle Kroger and Nuro's R1 driverless delivery vehicle. (Andrew Brown/The Kroger Co. via AP)

Nuro, a robotics company specializing in automating local commerce deliveries, has secured $940 million in funding from the SoftBank Vision Fund, according to a Feb. 11 press release.

February 14, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Driverless Cars Deliver From Kroger-Owned Store in Arizona

Kroger and Nuro's R1 driverless delivery vehicle Kroger and Nuro's R1 driverless delivery vehicle. (Andrew Brown/The Kroger Co. via AP)

The nation’s largest grocery chain stepped into the driverless delivery market Dec. 18, bringing milk, eggs and other items to a customer’s home in a vehicle with nobody at the wheel.

Cathy Bussewitz | AP Business Writer
December 27, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Zoox Wins First Permit to Ferry California Public in Robot Rides

California highway traffic Traffic on Interstate 60 outside Los Angeles. (City of Industry)

Driverless car startup Zoox Inc. became the first company to win approval to transport members of the public in its driverless test vehicles in California, according to a statement from the California Public Utilities Commission.

Gabrielle Coppola and Dana Hull | Bloomberg News
December 27, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Driverless Udelv Cargo Vehicle Goes Live

Udelv Truck Udelv

An autonomous vehicle designed for last-mile deliveries and e-commerce returns conducted a live test Jan. 30 on public roads in San Mateo, Calif., driving a 2.5 mile loop from a grocery store to two customers.

Transport Topics
January 31, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Uber’s Well-Paid ‘Whistle Blower’ Slammed by In-House Lawyer

Carlos Jasso/Reuters

An Uber Technologies Inc. security manager who was paid $4.5 million over his termination was derided by one of the company’s top internal lawyers as a thief and “extortionist” who made “fantastical” allegations of unethical conduct inside the company.

Joel Rosenblatt | Bloomberg News
November 30, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Uber Steps Up Driverless-Cars Push With Deal for 24,000 Volvos

Simon Dawson/ Bloomberg News

Uber Technologies Inc. agreed to buy 24,000 sport utility vehicles from Sweden’s Volvo Cars to form a fleet of driverless autos.

Elisabeth Behrmann | Bloomberg News
November 20, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

These Truckers Work Alongside the Coders Trying to Reconfigure Their Jobs

Starsky Robotics Starsky Robotics

Just before Stefan Seltz-Axmacher offers a job to an engineer at Starsky Robotics Inc., a driverless trucking startup in San Francisco, he gives them “the talk.”

Max Chafkin and Josh Eidelson | Bloomberg News
June 26, 2017
Business, Autonomous, Technology

Panel Says Platooning Is Near, Driverless Trucks Far Away

John Sommers II for TT

LAS VEGAS — Advancements in trucking technology are paving the way for the industry to experience two-vehicle platoons soon, but the driverless heavy-duty trucks idea remains a distant vision, according to executives from leading firms in both industries.

Jonathan S. Reiskin | Associate News Editor
October 10, 2016
Business, Autonomous

Why Will the Feds Let Robots Drive Trucks but Not Trains?

Michael W. Wile/Flickr

Peter Mills sees an inconsistency. One arm of the U.S. Department of Transportation is recommending two-person crews be required for freight trains as another plans to spend billions to help develop driverless technology for longhaul trucks.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
June 30, 2016
Business, Autonomous

Map: 1,885-Mile Autonomous Vehicle Highway Would Run From Canada to Mexico

Daimler Trucks

North Dakota native Marlo Anderson and the Central North Trade Corridor Association are working on a plan that would create a highway for driverless vehicles.

Victoria Lusk | American News (Aberdeen, S.D.)
April 6, 2016