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...

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...

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...

Cruise offers free robotaxi trips in San Francisco without backup drivers

Self-driving vehicle service Cruise is offering free public robotaxi trips in San Francisco without backup drivers.

The free trips will use Cruise’s fleet of retrofitted Chevrolet Bolt vehicles that includes Poppy and Tostada. These vehicles are ‘Level 4’ meaning they’re fully driverless and don't require a backup driver but still feature a steering wheel, pedals, mirrors and everything required for manual control.

Cruise was granted approval to test its...

AutoX wins the race to build China’s first Level 4 robotaxi production line

Alibaba-backed AutoX has won the race to build the first Level 4 robotaxi production line in China.

Level 4 “mind off” driverless vehicles are fully autonomous and can handle complex urban driving situations. However, a human driver must be available and in a fit state to take control if required. If the human driver does not respond appropriately to a request to intervene, a Level 4 vehicle must be capable of pulling over safely.

AutoX has gained international...

Amazon’s self-driving vehicle brand Zoox to begin Seattle tests

Amazon’s self-driving vehicle brand Zoox will soon hit the streets of Seattle following tests in Las Vegas and the Bay Area.

Zoox has been testing its vehicles for over four years, but every city is unique.

“Our goal isn’t to change mobility in a few states; we want to reimagine transportation for the whole world,” explains Zoox in its announcement. ”To do that, we have to prepare for unfamiliar roads and novel conditions.”

‘Hello,...

Argo AI and Volkswagen debut ID. BUZZ AD self-driving van

Argo AI and its partner Volkswagen have debuted the first-generation ID. BUZZ AD self-driving test van at this year’s IAA.

The vehicle combines a retro-futuristic design with powerful technology including SAE Level 4 automation capabilities.

ID. BUZZ AD is currently being tested on Argo’s new closed-course track at Franz Josef Strauss International Airport in Munich but will “soon” be deployed on public streets in the...

Road to Success: Ericsson’s connected car report highlights ‘significant’ opportunities

Ericsson has released a connected car report highlighting a number of “significant” monetisation opportunities for car manufacturers.

The report – Connected Cars: Succeeding in the midst of economic and societal transformation – also examines some of the challenges faced by automotive OEMs as they seek to secure their place in a world that’s rapidly changing.

Statista forecasts the connected car market to reach $166 billion by 2025 while some other...

Huawei wants to have autonomous cars on roads by 2025

Huawei is aiming to have its own autonomous cars on the roads by 2025 as competition to be among the early pioneers heats up.

Apple, Amazon, and Google, are among the many tech giants looking to launch self-driving cars. Chinese alternatives such as Baidu and Alibaba have also been testing autonomous vehicles including long-distance trucks and local delivery vans.

During an industry conference, Huawei announced that it too is entering the fray.

"Our team's goal...

Nuro receives first permit to operate self-driving cars commercially in California

California’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has awarded Nuro the state’s first commercial permit for self-driving cars.

The permit allows Nuro to operate its autonomous vehicles commercially on the roads of two counties near the company’s Bay Area headquarters.

Nuro says it will soon announce its first commercial deployment with an “established” partner. The company’s fleet of Prius cars will kick-off the deployment but will later be joined by Nuro’s...