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The self-driving truck startup that’s been quietly moving UPS loads just pulled in $120 million in fresh funding

Posted on Sep 17, 2019 in Finance, News, Trucks

One of the hottest startups in autonomous trucking just another cash boon. TuSimple, which is based in San Diego and Beijing, announced on...

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Stanford grads ear $1 billion value for driverless trucks

Posted on Aug 21, 2019 in Finance, Trucks

Sequoia Capital-backed PlusAI Inc. is close to raising about $200 million in new funds at a valuation of more than $1 billion to bankroll...

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With new funding, startup Plusai set to unveil Level 2 driverless vehicles

Posted on Aug 21, 2019 in Finance, News, Trucks

Sequoia Capital-backed PlusAI Inc. is close to raising about $200 million in new funds at a valuation of more than $1 billion to bankroll...

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DoorDash acquires autonomous driving startup Scotty Labs

Posted on Aug 20, 2019 in Cars, Finance, News

DoorDash  has been on an acquisition tear of late, with Scotty Labs as its latest target. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but this...

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UK to invest £2 million autonomous vehicle cybersecurity

Posted on Aug 19, 2019 in Cars, Finance, News

Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) has joined hands with Zenzic and Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation to...

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Tier IV raises $9M from Quanta Computer to develop reference model for ECUs for autonomous driving

Posted on Aug 19, 2019 in Cars, Finance, News, Technology

Tier IV, Inc. has raised about $9 million from Quanta Computer, Inc. in a Series A extension round following the previous $100+ million...

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Voyage snags $31 million as it targets a self-driving niche: retirement communities

Posted on Aug 12, 2019 in Cars, Finance, News

Voyage, a Silicon Valley self-driving vehicle startup focused on using the technology to provide transportation at retirement communities,...

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Recogni raises $25 million for power-efficient autonomous car inferencing

Posted on Jul 31, 2019 in Cars, Finance, News

RK Anand — along with Ashwini Choudhary, Eye-Fi founder Eugene Feinberg, former Lilium sensor systems engineer Gilles Backhus, and Valerie...

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Voyant Photonics raises $4.3M to fit lidar on the head of a pin

Posted on Jul 16, 2019 in Cars, Finance, News, Technology

Lidar is a critical method by which robots and autonomous vehicles sense the world around them, but the lasers and sensors generally take...

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Elon Musk is raising the price of Tesla’s ‘full self-driving’ feature by another $1,000

Posted on Jul 16, 2019 in Cars, Finance, News

The price of a Tesla  vehicle equipped with “full self-driving” is about to get more expensive, the second time in the past several months...

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Lidar startup luminar raises $100 million in latest funding round, is working with 12 of the world’s largest automotive companies

Posted on Jul 15, 2019 in Cars, Finance, Technology

Lidar startup Luminar Technologies announced a new $100 million investment and unveiled its new lidar platform called “Iris”...

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Ford-VW alliance expands to include autonomous and electric vehicles

Posted on Jul 12, 2019 in Cars, Finance, News

In a widely anticipated move, Ford and Volkswagen announced Friday their plan to expand their seven-month-old alliance to include...

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Lidar startup Luminar raises $100 million, unveils Iris sensors

Posted on Jul 11, 2019 in Cars, Finance, Technology

Luminar is a lidar startup that in 2017 emerged from five years of stealth with $36 million in funding. The early funds came from 1517...

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Minnesota College to house autonomous tech center

Posted on Jul 9, 2019 in Cars, Finance, News

(TNS) — Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls, Minn., has been awarded a $7 million National Science Foundation...

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GM’s self-driving unit is close to receiving a $2.25 billion boost

Posted on Jul 7, 2019 in Cars, Finance, News

It took more than a year, but GM’s self-driving company is close to receiving a giant cash infusion. Cruise Automation confirmed to...

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Tier IV raises over $100 million to develop open source software for driverless cars

Posted on Jul 5, 2019 in Cars, Finance, News, Technology

Tier IV, a Japan-based driverless car software maintainer and provider, this week announced the closure of a round north of $100 million...

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UPDATE 1-Car parts group Valeo announces 500 mln euros of orders for its ‘Lidar’ sensors

Posted on Jul 4, 2019 in Cars, Finance, News, Technology

PARIS, July 4 (Reuters) – French car parts company Valeo has won 500 million euros ($564 million) worth of orders for its ‘Lidar’...

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NVIDIA stock jumps 5.4% on Volvo self-driving truck partnership

Posted on Jun 19, 2019 in Finance, News, Trucks

Shares of graphics chip specialist NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA) popped 5.4% on Tuesday after the company and AB Volvo (NASDAQOTH:VOLVY) announced...

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Humanising Autonomy pulls in $5M to help self-driving cars keep an eye on pedestrians

Posted on Jun 19, 2019 in Cars, Finance, News

Pretty much everything about making a self-driving car is difficult, but among the most difficult parts is making sure the vehicles know...

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Driverless sensor startup Sense Photonics raises $26 million in Series A funding

Posted on Jun 13, 2019 in Cars, Finance, News

LIDAR sensors that power self-driving vehicles are becoming more powerful, accurate and reliable. Such trends stem from the development of...

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