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SPAC fever, transportation sanitation and the impossibility of Level 5 autonomy

Posted on Sep 24, 2020 in Finance, Perspective, Trucks

(Bloomberg) — As a founding partner at the San Francisco venture capital fund Trucks, Reilly Brennan has met with thousands of...

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Leddar Techacquires Phantom Intelligence assets

Posted on Sep 21, 2020 in Finance, News, Technology

QUEBEC CITY, Sept. 22, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — LeddarTech®, a leader in level 1-5 ADAS and AD sensing technology, is pleased to...

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Uber investors are pressuring CEO to revamp the self-driving division

Posted on Sep 21, 2020 in Finance, Perspective, Technology

With deep pockets, some of the best brains in robotics and its hallmark hustle, Uber Technologies Inc. was once a serious contender in the...

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GAC NIO announces partnership for perfecting intelligent mobility ecosystem

Posted on Sep 17, 2020 in Finance, News, Technology

Shanghai (Gasgoo)- GAC NIO, a joint venture between GAC Group and NIO, announced on Sept. 16 its partnership formed with several Chinese...

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Israeli startup Blue White Robotics raises $10 million for autonomous vehicle platform

Posted on Sep 15, 2020 in Finance, News, Technology

Israeli autonomous vehicle platform startup Blue White Robotics (BWR) has announced a $10 million funding round. The round was led by...

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Idriverplus raises over $14.6 million for autonomous street cleaners and cars

Posted on Sep 14, 2020 in Cars, Finance, News

Idriverplus, a Beijing-based supplier of driverless vehicle and robotics systems, this week raised over 100 million yuan (~$14.6 million)....

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Toyota Research launches $800m investment fund in move to Woven Planet

Posted on Sep 10, 2020 in Finance, News

The Toyota Research Institute – Advanced Development (TRI-AD) has set up a global investment fund called Woven Capital as part of...

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Yandex self driving group gets $150 million, partners with Uber to bring autonomous vehicles to U.S.

Posted on Sep 5, 2020 in Cars, Finance, News

On paper, a lot is happening with Yandex’s self-driving vehicles. Yandex NV YNDX -1.2%, a Russian multinational company that...

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Companies in Hexagon’s portfolio to sponsor the Indy Autonomous Challenge

Posted on Aug 31, 2020 in Finance, News

Two companies in Hexagon’s Autonomy & Positioning brand portfolio, AutonomouStuff and NovAtel, have announced their support for the...

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Nioissues shares to buy some stakes, fund driverless-car R&D

Posted on Aug 28, 2020 in Finance, News, Technology

Shares of Nio  (NIO) – Get Report fell on Friday after the electric-car maker unveiled an offering of 75 million Class A American...

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Lidar startupLuminar to go public via $3.4 billion SPAC merger

Posted on Aug 24, 2020 in Finance, News, Technology

Luminar, the lidar startup that burst onto the autonomous vehicle scene in April 2017 after operating for years in secrecy, is merging...

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Pitt to study how autonomous vehicles can better serve those with disabilities

Posted on Aug 4, 2020 in Finance, News

The University of Pittsburgh will lead a consortium of institutions to study how autonomous vehicles can be made accessible to those with...

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Self-driving startup Argo AI hits $7.5 billion valuation

Posted on Jul 31, 2020 in Cars, Finance, News, Technology

Autonomous vehicle technology startup Argo AI  is valued at $7.5 billion, just a little more than three years after the company burst on...

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The Herculean task required to reduce liability claims involving autonomous vehicles

Posted on Jul 30, 2020 in Finance, Perspective

Autonomous vehicles need their own space to operate, a report says, and auto executives agree that putting them on the same roads as...

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Ford’s slumping sales buoyed by autonomous vehicle investment

Posted on Jul 30, 2020 in Cars, Finance, News

Washington, DC (CNN Business)Ford reported Thursday that its revenues fell 50% in the second quarter, but it posted a profit due to...

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BMW iVenturesinvests in GenXComm, a company improving the performance of 5G networks using photonic circuits

Posted on Jul 28, 2020 in Finance, News, Technology

The long-awaited rollout of ultra-fast 5G networks promises to greatly improve the performance of mobile devices worldwide, but 5G...

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Lidar startup taps investment banker as new CFO

Posted on Jul 25, 2020 in Finance, News, Technology

Luminar Technologies Inc.’s new finance chief is set to promote the company’s new distance measurement technology for self-driving cars,...

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Why Elon Musk’s autonomous driving ideas don’t worry insurers

Posted on Jul 25, 2020 in Cars, Finance, Perspective, Technology

Five years ago, the impact of technology on auto insurers was thought to be straightforward: Self-driving cars were coming soon, and they...

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Autonomous driving business models: Part two

Posted on Jul 20, 2020 in Finance, Perspective, Technology

In my previous article, we discussed various drivers of business models and the way it will change cities, roads, parking, commuting,...

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Israeli autonomous vehicle startupVayaVision acquired by Canada’s LeddarTech

Posted on Jul 7, 2020 in Finance, News, Technology

Canadian company LeddarTech Inc. announced Tuesday it has acquired Israeli automotive company VayaVision Sensing Ltd. The financial terms...

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