Waymo Hires Ex-Tesla Engineer to Lead Self-Driving Hardware

"A few years ago, Waymo made the decision to start building our own self driving vision system, radar and LiDAR in house," Waymo Chief Executive Officer John Krafcik said in a statement on LinkedIn. "This has been crucial to improving the quality of our self-driving technology, and bringing down cost. With Satish’s expertise, we’ll be able to further advance our self-driving hardware, and bring our technology to more people, more quickly."

As Uber Flails, Its Self-Driving Tech Rolls On

But researchers, roboticists, and entrepreneurs in the small automation community say Uber remains stuffed with smart, hardworking people, and that the research is going forward at Uber's Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. There, 400 employees race to deliver the autonomous future, branded with a big "U."

Newest Ride Sharing Service Challenges Uber and Lyft With Its New Flat Fee Pricing for Drivers

Pull Up n' Go, the Nevada based ride-sharing service that is competing with the big dogs Uber and Lyft, sets new standards in the industry by offering a weekly flat fee of $14.99 for their drivers versus the traditional price models that take percentages from each ride.

By drivers signing up with Pull Up n' Go, they keep 100 percent of the profits made from each ride. This changes the current model setup for drivers today who have to share a percentage from every ride no matter how many rides they give. Now, drivers are able to focus solely on accomplishing their financial goals without worrying about sharing any of their income from their rides.

Jaguar Land Rover’s InMotion Ventures Announce $25 Million Investment in Lyft

“We’re excited to join forces with Jaguar Land Rover and InMotion,” said John Zimmer, Lyft President and Co-founder, according to the release. “Lyft envisions a future where shared mobility will transform cities and improve people’s lives. This partnership will help us achieve that ambitious goal.” This follows InMotion’s recent seed investment in SPLT, a Detroit-based digital carpool business. SPLT works with Lyft to provide non-emergency medical transport. The Lyft investment was included as part of the company’s most recent round of fundraising, which closed in April.

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Tesla is Shaking Up its Entire Autopilot Team at a Critical Time for the Program

News broke that Chris Lattner, Tesla's vice president of Autopilot software, was leaving Wednesday night — its third Autopilot exec departure in the last seven months. Sterling Anderson, who joined the company in 2014 as the Model X program manager, served as director of Autopilot for one year prior to leaving Tesla last December. That news was largely overshadowed when Tesla announced Chris Lattner, a veteran Apple exec, was joining the company in January.

"Chris just wasn't the right fit for Tesla, and we've decided to make a change," A Tesla spokesperson wrote in a statement. "We wish him the best."

It’s Electric: Volvo Spins Off Polestar Into Performance EV Brand

Leading the charge at the new Polestar will be Volvo Senior Vice President of Design Thomas Ingenlath, who also spearheaded the company's sublime new design language now seen on the XC70, XC90, and S90. Hopefully that means some fresh looks in a market that's seen Tesla get away with basically the same sheet metal on the Model S for the last five years.

Tesla Moves a Step Closer to Building Electric Cars in China

The company did not provide a timeline for setting up a China plant, but said it expects to "more clearly define" its China production plans by the end of the year. China's central government requires foreign companies such as Tesla to have a Chinese partner in new auto manufacturing ventures, with the foreign company owning no more than 50 percent.

Jaguar Land Rover Begins Trialling First Driverless Car

The driverless prototype, which is based on the Range Rover Sport SUV, is fitted with "technology that can enable the vehicle to operate autonomously through a city", it says. Onboard computers will be capable of Level 4 autonomy, meaning the prototype Range Rover can follow roads in urban areas without the intervention of a driver.

Driverless Shuttle Service to Launch at University of Michigan

The University of Michigan will launch a driverless shuttle service on campus beginning this fall, giving the school another piece of technology that will keep it at the forefront of autonomous vehicle research. The service will use two fully-automated, 15-passenger, all-electric shuttles manufactured by French firm Navya to transport students, faculty, and staff between U-M’s engineering campus and the university’s North Campus Research Complex.

Bosch to Build $1.1B Chip Plant for Self-driving Cars

The factory in Dresden, Germany, will start producing chips needed for autonomous vehicles, smart homes and internet-linked city infrastructure in 2021, the world’s biggest car-parts supplier said Monday in a statement. It’ll employ as many as 700 workers once construction is complete in 2019. “Expanding our production capacity will help us boost our competitive position,” Chief Executive Officer Volkmar Denner said in the statement, noting that the use of semiconductors is growing as “connectivity and automation rise.”

Bosch, known as a maker of traditional car parts such as braking systems and combustion engines, is also a long-time software developer and is increasingly investing in newer technologies as the nature of driving changes.