Motional and Uber signed a 10-year framework agreement that would include autonomous vehicles providing ride-hailing and delivery services.
Uber Eats deploying Nuro autonomous delivery vehicles in 2 states
This partnership has been a long time coming. Nuro and Uber were reportedly in negotiations back in 2019, but things never panned out until now.
Serve Robotics closes $13 million funding round
The funding came from a range of investors, including Uber Technologies, Wavemaker Labs, DX Ventures and 7-Eleven’s corporate venture arm, 7-Ventures.
Best week ever for robotaxis?
In a normal week, Boston Dynamics being acquired by Hyundai Motors for nearly $1 billion would be the biggest story. But this week has been anything but normal. This has arguably been the best week ever for the development of autonomous vehicles. Robotaxis, in particular, marked new milestones. Waymo has officially opened up its robotaxi…
Why did Aurora buy Uber ATG?; Robotics thriving in Pittsburgh
Welcome to Episode 27 of The Robot Report Podcast, which brings conversations with robotics innovators straight to you. Join us each week for discussions with leading roboticists, innovative robotics companies, and other key members of the robotics community. You can subscribe to The Robot Report Podcast on Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts, Google Play, SoundCloud, Spotify and more. Please subscribe…
Uber sells self-driving unit to Aurora, ending a tumultuous era
Uber has abandoned efforts to develop self-driving cars in-house. Uber said today it is selling its self-driving unit, the Pittsburgh-based Advanced Technologies Group (ATG), to Aurora, an autonomous vehicle technology startup backed by Amazon and Sequoia Capital. Uber is investing $400 million into Palo Alto, Calif.-based Aurora to take a 26% stake in the combined…
Robotics investments recap: September 2020
In September 2020, healthcare robotics, drones for inspection, and industrial automation received funding, but transactions slowed for autonomous vehicle developers.
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…
Uber’s self-driving cars resume testing in California
Uber’s self-driving cars today resumed testing in autonomous mode on the streets of San Francisco. This comes two years after Uber’s self-driving cars were taken off the roads due to an accident that killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona. Two Uber self-driving cars, which are retrofitted Volvo XC90s, will roam San Francisco’s roads for the…
VOXL from ModalAI helps Uber Eats test BVLOS drone delivery of food
ModalAI’s VOXL platform used 4G connectivity to communicate between a drone and Uber Elevate Cloud Service, enabling a BVLOS food delivery.
Scale AI raises $100M Series C for annotation services to train AI
Scale AI has raised Series C funding for its annotation services, which can help train machine learning for its customers. They include leader companies working on self-driving cars, robots, and other systems.
Robotics investments recap: June 2019
Reported robotics investments in June 2019 focused on transportation, AI and software, manufacturing, and healthcare.
Apple acquires Drive.ai as self-driving car drama continues
Drive.ai had shut down, but Apple rode to the rescue, reviving the prospects for both Drive.ai’s technology and workers and its own self-driving car research.
Robotics investments recap: April 2019
Despite a few high-profile failures, robotics investments kept going strong in April 2019, with funding flowing to companies working on self-driving cars, supply chain automation, and robots in healthcare.
Uber ATG gets $1B to accelerate toward self-driving car production
Uber’s Advanced Technology Group unit is partnering with Toyota, DENSO, and SoftBank to accelerate development and commercialization of self-driving cars. This deal is the latest in a well-funded race.
Uber self-driving trucks shutting down in desperation move
In a desperate move to revitalize its self-driving car unit, Uber is shutting down its self-driving truck program. The news, first reported by TechCrunch, comes just two years after Uber acquired Otto Motors for a reported $680 million. An Uber spokesperson tells The Robot Report the company will focus exclusively on self-driving cars. Uber says…
How Uber Self-Driving Cars See the World
The investigation is underway for the Uber self-driving car accident that killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona. Tempe police said the car was in autonomous mode at the time of the crash, was traveling about 40 MPH, and did not show any signs of slowing down. Update on Tuesday, March 20: Tempe police chief Sylvia Moir,…
Uber Self-Driving Car Kills Pedestrian in Arizona
An Uber self-driving car operating in autonomous mode struck and killed a pedestrian last night in Tempe, Arizona. The news was first reported by ABC15. The woman, 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg, was taken to the hospital where she died from her injuries. Herzberg was pushing her bicycle across the street and wasn’t using a crosswalk, police…
Lyft continues self-driving car efforts with new partnerships
Ride share company Lyft is driving full speed ahead in efforts to support the self-driving vehicle industry with several new partnerships just this month. Yesterday, Ford Motor Co. announced it is working with Lyft to deploy Ford’s autonomous vehicles using the ride sharing service. Together, the companies plan to develop software that will connect the…