Waymo launches 24/7 autonomous ride-hailing service in San Francisco

Alphabet subsidiary Waymo has launched San Francisco’s first 24/7 fully-autonomous ride-hailing service.

Earlier this month, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) granted Waymo a permit to participate in the state’s pilot initiative to provide “driverless” autonomous vehicle (AV) passenger service to the public.

“We are seeing momentum build in this space and are working to assure the safe expansion of the driverless pilot program,” said CPUC...

XPENG prepares its own robotaxi fleet, flying car, and robot

XPENG is preparing to launch its own robotaxi fleet, the world’s first fully-electric flying car, and an AI-powered robot.

The luxury vehicle maker said that its latest G9 SUV became China’s first mass-produced commercial vehicle to pass the government-led Autonomous Driving Closed-field Test. The G9 will be used for XPENG’s robotaxi fleet.

“Obtaining the road test permit by our mass-produced commercial vehicles – with no retrofit – is a major achievement,”...

Drone delivery pioneer Wing expands to Ireland

Alphabet-subsidiary Wing is flying to Ireland for the next expansion of its drone delivery services.

The company’s autonomous delivery drones pack computer vision for situational awareness and onboard flight planning and navigation systems. The drones have the ability to self-diagnose errors and respond to delivery requests on demand.

Wing currently operates pilot programs in Australia, Finland, and the US. In the coming weeks, Wing will add Lusk – a small town 20km...

Japanese firms team up to protect connected cars

NTT Communications and DENSO are joining forces to respond “to the threat of increasingly sophisticated cyber-attacks against vehicles.”

The companies are developing the Security Operation Center for Vehicles (VSOC).

Hackers target connected cars for numerous reasons, including location tracking, data gathering, and causing physical harm.

NTT brings to the partnership its vast knowledge and solutions in fields such as networking and cloud computing....

Intel’s self-driving firm Mobileye files for an IPO

Intel-owned self-driving firm Mobileye has filed for an IPO (Initial Public Offering).

Mobileye was acquired by Intel for $15.3 billion in 2017 and specialises in developing chips and software for autonomous driving and driver-assistance systems.

Intel reportedly expected Mobileye to be valued at $50 billion but is now anticipating somewhere around $30 billion due to global economic uncertainties.

Mobileye’s filing with the SEC highlights steady revenue...

Mathworks: How mathematical computing is changing the world for the better

For anyone who doesn't know about MathWorks, could you tell us a little bit about what it does?

MathWorks is the leading developer of mathematical computing software and has two flagship platforms, MATLAB and Simulink. MATLAB is a programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualization, and numeric computation. Simulink is a block diagram environment for simulation and Model-Based Design of multidomain and embedded engineering systems. Engineers and...

Cruise is expanding its robotaxi trials to Arizona and Texas

California-based autonomous driving firm Cruise has announced that it’s expanding pilots of its robotaxis to Arizona and Texas.

https://twitter.com/kvogt/status/1569419156063408128

Cruise, which is owned by General Motors, launched driverless rides in San Francisco back in February. The announcement this week marks the first expansion of Cruise’s service.

Our team is going from zero footprint in Austin (no test vehicles or maps) to driverless...

Ex-Apple engineer pleads guilty to stealing autonomous car secrets

A former Apple engineer has pled guilty to stealing hardware and schematics for the company’s autonomous car project.

Xiaolang Zhang was arrested at San Jose International Airport back in 2018 while attempting to catch a last-minute flight to China.

Zhang was accused of stealing circuit boards and a Linux server from Apple’s secret development labs. He also allegedly transferred a 25-page document to his wife’s laptop that included technical manuals and engineering...

Uber begins testing bus and train bookings in the UK

Uber has begun testing a feature that allows UK citizens to book rail and bus transport.

By allowing users to book alternative transport types at the same time as their traditional car rides, Uber hopes to become a one-stop shop for journeys.

"We’re excited to launch our new travel offering this summer, allowing a seamless door-to-door travel experience across the UK," said Andrew Brem, GM of Uber UK, in a statement.

For the feature, Uber has teamed up with...

China to hit mobility giant Didi with a $1B fine

Chinese authorities are set to hit mobility giant Didi with a $1 billion fine, a move that could end a torrid period for the firm.

Didi has been in the spotlight of the Chinese government after the company raised $4 billion from selling its stocks in New York.

Beijing launched a data security probe into Didi in the days after its New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) listing; claiming that it was “illegally collecting user data”. However, both the country’s regulators and...