Self-Driving Vehicles

Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Paccar, Aurora to Partner on Development of Autonomous Trucks

Aurora Peterbilt truck and Kenworth T680 Left: Aurora has been testing autonomous Peterbilt trucks in Texas. (Aurora) Right: A Kenworth T680 at a past industry show. Paccar is working with Aurora to build self-driving models of the T680. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Paccar Inc. reached a deal with a California technology startup to develop and sell autonomous versions of two of its most popular Class 8 truck models.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
January 19, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

NHTSA Eyes Exemptions From Some Safety Rules for Self-Driving Cars

A self-driving vehicle from Intel company Mobileye's autonomous test fleet navigates Detroit streets. A self-driving vehicle from Intel company Mobileye's autonomous test fleet navigates Detroit streets. (Mobileye via Associated Press)

President Donald Trump’s administration is starting to update federal motor vehicle safety standards to exempt self-driving cars from crashworthiness standards that are applied to cars operated by humans, a move questioned by safety advocates.

Keith Laing | Bloomberg News
January 14, 2021
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Cruise Hires Former Delta Air Executive Gil West as COO

GM's Bolt electric vehicle, with Cruise's autonomous technology installed, is displayed in Detroit. GM's Bolt electric vehicle, with Cruise's autonomous technology installed, is displayed in Detroit. (Paul Sancya/Associated Press)

Cruise, the self-driving car startup majority owned by General Motors Co., has hired former Delta Air Lines Inc. Chief Operating Officer Gil West for the same position as it prepares to start offering paid robotaxi rides in San Francisco.

David Welch | Bloomberg News
January 8, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

FHWA Awards Grant Supporting AV Truck Project at Port of Virginia

Port of Virginia The Port of Virginia received $2.1 million to assist in efforts to make the terminal “autonomous truck ready,” according to FHWA’s announcement. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News)

The Federal Highway Administration recently awarded $49.6 million to support projects that incorporate transportation-related technologies.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 6, 2021
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Autonomous Startup Used by Mining Trucks Raises $47 Million

An excavator loads ore into an autonomous dump truck. (Bloomberg News) An excavator loads ore into an autonomous dump truck. (Bloomberg News)

Oxbotica, a U.K. company that makes software for running autonomous vehicles, has raised $47 million in a fresh funding round that will go toward developing and deploying its products.

Amy Thomson | Bloomberg News
January 6, 2021
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Lidar Startup Aeva Adds $200 Million to SPAC Deal

A Lidar sensor is seen on top of a Byton K-Byte electric sedan during AutoMobility LA in November 2018. A Lidar sensor is seen on top of a Byton K-Byte electric sedan during AutoMobility LA in November 2018. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News)

Aeva, a laser-sensor startup founded by two ex-Apple Inc. engineers, is poised to increase its war chest by $200 million with an investment by a Hong Kong-based hedge fund ahead of its public listing via a reverse merger.

Gabrielle Coppola | Bloomberg News
January 4, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Nuro Acquires Ike, Gets Approval for Autonomous Deliveries in California

A Nuro delivery vehicle completes training routes in Texas in November 2019. A Nuro delivery vehicle completes training routes in Texas in November 2019. (Annie Mulligan for the Washington Post/Getty Images)

Robotics company Nuro announced Dec. 23 that it has acquired Ike Robotics Inc., which builds automated trucking technology.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 28, 2020
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Aurora to Buy Uber’s Self-Driving Vehicles Arm

Uber self-driving cars A parking lot full of Uber self-driving Volvos in Pittsburgh on March 20, 2020. (Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press)

Uber is selling off its autonomous vehicles-development arm to Aurora as the ride-hailing company slims down after its revenues were pummeled by the coronavirus pandemic.

December 7, 2020
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Luminar Technologies More Than Doubles Post SPAC Merger

Luminar Technologies lidar imaging Luminar Technologies lidar imaging. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

Peter Thiel-backed Luminar Technologies Inc. briefly touched an all-time high within days of emerging as a stand-alone company as investor excitement over developers of laser sensors that enable autonomous driving ramped up.

Crystal Kim | Bloomberg News
December 7, 2020
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Gatik’s Self-Driving Delivery Vans Head North to Canada

Gatik's middle-mile autonomous trucks are designed to deliver cargo with almost no human interaction. Gatik's middle-mile autonomous trucks are designed to deliver cargo with almost no human interaction. (Christopher Li/Gatik)

Gatik, a Silicon Valley-based self-driving startup, has begun hauling cargo for Loblaws Inc., Canada’s largest grocer.

Kyle Stock | Bloomberg News
November 23, 2020

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