Escooter startup Voi uses AI to detect pedestrians and sidewalks

European electric scooter startup Voi is turning to artificial intelligence (AI) to enable its vehicles to detect pedestrians and sidewalks, a move designed to ingratiate itself to municipalities worried about chaotic micromobility schemes.

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Honda gears up to mass-produce level 3 autonomous cars by March 2021

(Reuters) — Japan’s Honda Motor said on Wednesday it will be the world’s first automaker to mass produce sensor-packed level 3 autonomous cars that will allow drivers to let their vehicles navigate congested expressway traffic.
“Honda is planning to launch sales of a Honda Legend (luxury sedan) equipped with the newly approved automated driving equipment [before the end of March 2021],” Honda said in a press release.

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Walmart and Cruise launch pilot to deliver orders via self-driving cars

GM-backed autonomous vehicle startup Cruise today announced a partnership with Walmart to deliver orders from a Scottsdale, Arizona store to customers’ homes. As part of the pilot, which is scheduled to begin in early 2021, customers will be able to place orders from a Walmart store and have them delivered via one of Cruise’s electric self-driving Chevy Bolts.

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Oklahoma plans to use Rekor’s AI to track down uninsured drivers, despite discrimination concerns

Rekor, a controversial startup providing license plate-scanning technology, today announced that the state of Oklahoma will use its software to spot uninsured motorists on the road.

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Uber drivers union asks EU court to overrule ‘robo-firing’ by algorithm

A union representing Uber drivers in the U.K. has filed a second legal challenge against the ride-hailing giant in Europe, this time arguing that Uber’s alleged “robo-firing” practices contravenes Article 22 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which seeks to protect individuals from automated decision-making.

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Waymo’s robo-taxi service opens to the public in Phoenix

MIT task force predicts fully autonomous vehicles won’t arrive for ‘at least’ 10 years

(Reuters) — Waymo on Thursday will relaunch and expand its fully automated, robo-taxi ridehailing service in Phoenix, rebooting its effort to transform years of autonomous vehicle research into a revenue-producing business.

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U.S. Congress calls for antitrust reforms to limit powers of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google

Members of Congress investigating the activity of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google say antitrust law reform is needed to safeguard democracy and “ensure that our economy remains vibrant and open in the digital age.”

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Via acquires delivery logistics startup Fleetonomy to bolster fulfillment with AI

In a move to expand its business into the logistics and delivery segment, ride-hailing startup Via today announced that it acquired Fleetonomy for an undisclosed sum.

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Einride raises $10 million to bolster autonomous trucking growth during the pandemic

Sweden’s Einride had been on a roll before COVID-19 threw up a potential roadblock to the development of its electric and autonomous trucking platform. With its customers and partners being impacted in very different ways, the company is taking steps to ensure it can keep pushing ahead amid the uncertainty of the global pandemic.

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Arm unveils new chips for advanced driver assistance systems

Arm today announced a suite of technologies intended to make it easier for autonomous car developers to bring their designs to market. According to the company, integrating three new processors onto a system-on-chip…

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Wilson Logistics will put Locomation’s autonomous driving tech in 1,000 trucks

Autonomous trucking company Locomation today announced that Wilson Logistics has agreed to equip 1,120 of its trucks with Locomation’s platooning technology, with the first units to be delivered in 2022.

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Zoox gains approval to test autonomous vehicles without safety drivers in California

Amazon-owned Zoox today announced that it received a driverless testing permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). With it, Zoox becomes the fourth company to hit that milestone after Waymo, Nuro, and AutoX.

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Bosch and Ford will test autonomous parking in Detroit

Bosch, Ford, and Dan Gilbert’s real estate firm Bedrock today detailed an autonomous parking pilot scheduled to launch in September at The Assembly, a mixed-used building in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood.

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