A day in the life of a Waymo self-driving taxi

In a nondescript depot in suburban Arizona, the future of transportation is getting a tune-up. This is where Waymo, the self-driving unit of Google parent Alphabet, houses its growing fleet of self-driving cars: hundreds of Chrysler Pacifica minivans fitted with highly advanced hardware and software that enables them to safely ride on public roads without … Continue reading A day in the life of a Waymo self-driving taxi

Anthony Levandowski is back with a new self-driving startup, called Kache.ai

Anthony Levandowski, the former Google engineer and serial entrepreneur who was at the center of a trade secrets lawsuit between Uber and Waymo, is back. And he is connected to an autonomous trucking company that is still in stealth mode, TechCrunch has learned. The company, called Kache.ai (pronounced like cache), has kept a low profile … Continue reading Anthony Levandowski is back with a new self-driving startup, called Kache.ai

Luminar puts its lidar tech into production through acquisitions and smart engineering

When Luminar came out of stealth last year with its built-from-scratch lidar system, it seemed to beat established players like Velodyne at their own game — but at great expense and with no capability to build at scale. After the tech proved itself on the road, however, Luminar got to work making its device better, … Continue reading Luminar puts its lidar tech into production through acquisitions and smart engineering

This new lidar sensor could equip every autonomous car in the world by the end of 2018

The startup Luminar aims to challenge market leaders by building its hardware at a never-before-seen scale. A new lidar sensor could equip thousands of driverless cars with the sensing abilities required to drive at high speeds on the open road. Lidar has become the primary way most driverless cars sense the world around them, bouncing … Continue reading This new lidar sensor could equip every autonomous car in the world by the end of 2018

One year old Pony.ai raises $112 million Series A to build autonomous car future

No that’s not a typo. Yes, that is larger than the median IPO fundraise last year. But few problems are as daunting as trying to build a fully autonomous car, particularly without the large resources of technology giants like Google, Uber, or Baidu behind you. So for Pony.ai, which was founded a little more than … Continue reading One year old Pony.ai raises $112 million Series A to build autonomous car future