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Economics

Amazon to Buy Zoox Robo-Car Startup

Focus is automated ride-hailing, package delivery services

Car/Ride Sharing

Volvo, Waymo to Partner on Robo-Taxis

AV collaborations abound to jumpstart commercialization efforts

Autonomous Vehicles

VW Finalizes Investment in Argo

$2.6 billion investment creates global scale for partners’ autonomous vehicle operations

Batteries

A New Normal for Autonomous Startups: Discount M&A Pricing?

Amazon could land Zoox for $1.1 billion, well under the company’s previous valuation

Business

Cruise Trims Autonomous Vehicle Staff

The GM affiliate still has a huge cash reserve. But the outlook for robo-taxis is uncertain.

Business

Waymo Bumps External Funding to $3 Billion

New investments will go toward people, tech and operations

Autonomous Vehicles

Three Distinct, Emerging Automaker Business Models

MaaS and robo-taxis, in conjunction with advancing automotive technology, could drastically change what it means to drive in the not-too-distant future.

Business

Toyota Appoints Self-Driving-Car Guru to Board

James Kuffner has the knowhow and background to help transform the carmaker’s future

Car/Ride Sharing

Uber and Lyft Hit Hard by Coronavirus

Companies issue new policies as ridership and stock prices plunge

Autonomous Vehicles

The Cost of Stealing Google's Autonomous Tech: $179 Million

Pioneering engineer files for bankruptcy and still faces criminal charges

Autonomous Vehicles

Waymo Rounds Up Nearly $2.3 Billion

Sale marks a step toward independence and sustainability

Regulations

GM Robo-Cars Cleared to Carry Civilians

Another step closer to autonomous shuttle service

Autonomous Vehicles

Boeing Joint Venture to Test Autonomous Air Taxis

New Zealand program promises to be a world first for tests involving consumers 

Hybrid

Five Automotive Predictions for the New Decade

What worked in the past is going to be challenged in the future—if not outright eliminated by technological changes

Autonomous Vehicles

AutoX Storms Ahead with Robo-Taxis in China

Public rides with a fleet of self-driving Chrysler Pacificas to start soon on congested streets in rainy Shenzen 

Autonomous Vehicles

Velodyne Readies $100 Lidar

Scaled-down unit targets low-speed applications

Autonomous Vehicles

California Approves Testing of Autonomous Delivery Trucks

Starting next year, Californians will be able to have groceries and other goods delivered to them via a self-driving vehicle—with or without an onboard backup driver.

Mobility

Waymo Adds AI Testing Smarts

The company’s acquisition of U.K.-based Latent Logic aims to make self-driving cars act more like human drivers. 

Car/Ride Sharing

Waymo Joins Apple App Store

Waymo has made its autonomous ride-hailing app for robotic taxis available for download via Apple Inc.’s App Store.

Design

Lyft Expands Autonomous Vehicle Testing

Lyft Inc. is opening its own test track for autonomous vehile, expanding its engineering team and adding more vehicles to its test fleet.

Autonomous Vehicles

VW to Share Autonomous-Car Know-How

Volkswagen AG says it is willing to share future technologies for Level 4 and 5 self-driving vehicles with other carmakers to defray development costs.

Autonomous Vehicles

The Impending Transformation

According to an IBM study, “48% of consumers say the vehicle brand wouldn’t matter to them in an autonomous, mobility-as-a-service paradigm, but cost and convenience would.”

Business

AutoNation Expands Partnership with Waymo

Vehicle retail giant AutoNation Inc. is extending its service agreement with Waymo LLC for another two years and will begin using Waymo self-driving vehicles to deliver parts to repair facilities.

Quality

Waymo Confirms Driverless Rides

Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo self-driving car unit has begun testing driverless rides as part of its robo-taxi pilot program in Chandler, Ariz.