Pony.ai and Baidu have received licenses to operate L4 robotaxis in Beijing China, expanding their operations.
California DMV suspends another Pony.ai test permit
Pony.ai’s permit to test its autonomous vehicle technology with a driver was revoked due to the DMV’s concerns about its safety drivers.
Pony.ai to launch robotaxi fleet in Guangzhou, China
Pony.ai will integrate its autonomous technology into GAC vehicles, which can be hailed using Ontime’s platform or Pony.ai’s PonyPilot+ app.
Pony.ai agrees to recall 3 of its autonomous vehicles
Pony.ai has agreed to recall three of its robotaxis that had specific software involved in an October crash.
California suspends Pony.ai’s driverless testing after accident
While performing a lane change, a Pony.ai autonomous vehicle hit a center divider and traffic sign in Fremont, Calif. Nobody was injured in the accident.
Pony.ai partners to mass produce self-driving cars as Series C brings valuation to $5.3B
Pony.ai will be working with China FAW Group on design and manufacturing of its robotaxis and autonomous trucks. The company completed Series C fundraising of $267 million.
Argo AI, Aurora, Cruise, Pony.ai, Uber halt self-driving tests due to COVID-19
Several companies are now following in Waymo’s footsteps and suspending testing of autonomous vehicles. Argo AI, Aurora, GM’s Cruise, Pony.ai and Uber all announced they have suspended driverless vehicle programs in efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. Waymo said yesterday it is temporarily suspending its Waymo One ride-hailing service in the…
Driverless cars now legal in Shenzhen
The regulations, set to take effect on August 1, grant permission for autonomous vehicles to operate with no driver present in certain parts of the city.
UN allows autonomous vehicles to drive up to 130 km/h
The UN announced that it will be extending the current limit for autonomous vehicle speeds from 60 km/h to 130 km/h.
Ruqi Mobility brings in $153M to scale robotaxi fleet
Ruqi Mobility’s funding round included participation from autonomous vehicle industry leaders Pony.ai and WeRide.
MassRobotics and AWS Robotics join forces; New Savioke Relay+
Steve and Mike interview Fady Saad from MassRobotics and Eric Anderson from AWS about the new AWS Robotics Accelerator program
SPAC merger for Plus’ autonomous trucks called off
Plus and blank check firm Hennessy Capital Investment Corp. terminated their SPAC merger. The companies said this was a mutual decision made because of “recent developments in the regulatory environment outside of the United States.”
Woven Planet buys Renovo to improve autonomous vehicle software
Woven Planet said this acquisition will play a key role in the development of its Arene vehicle development platform.
Toyota strengthens autonomous vehicle play with Carmera acquisition
HD mapping startup Carmera and Toyota collaborated on multiple projects from 2018-2020 in Detroit, Michigan, and Japan.
Lyft sells self-driving unit to Toyota for $550M
The consolidation of the capital-intensive autonomous vehicle industry continued today. While Lyft is the latest company to abandon the development of autonomous vehicles, it won’t be the last. Lyft sold its self-driving unit, Level 5, to Toyota subsidiary Woven Planet Holdings for $550 million in cash. Lyft will receive $200 million upfront and $350 million…
Momenta raises $500M for autonomous driving technology
Momenta, a Beijing-based developer of autonomous vehicle technology, raised a $500 million Series C round of funding. The round was led by SAIC Motor, China’s biggest automaker, Toyota, and Bosch. Momenta has now raised more than $700 million since it was founded in 2016. Momenta is developing what it calls the “brain” of autonomous vehicles,…
Cruise, Waymo lead way in Calif. autonomous vehicle testing
California’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) yesterday released its annual Disengagement Report, which breaks down the number of times a human driver takes over control of an autonomous driving system being tested on the state’s public roads. The DMV released reports for 29 companies for the period from December 2019 to November 2020. Waymo (29,944.69)…
Top 10 transactions in robotics in 2020
Robotics investments recap: November 2020
While investment in robotics and automation continued apace in November 2020, the total amount was about half of what it was in the same month a year ago.
FedEx’s Aaron Prather on AMR standards, Boston Dynamics sale rumors; looking at AV fundings
In the latest episode of The Robot Report Podcast, we speak with Aaron Prather, senior advisor for technology, research, and planning at FedEx, about robotics opportunities in logistics, as well as about recent autonomous vehicle deals.
China’s Inceptio Technology raises $120M for L3 autonomous trucks
Inceptio expects to begin production of autonomous trucks by the end of 2021 and begin operating a trucking network in 2022.