|Argo AI, Ford and Lyft to launch self-driving ride-hail service in Miami and Austin|
Reuters, July 21st
Self-driving startup Argo AI, carmaker Ford Motor Co (F.N) and ride-hail company Lyft Inc (LYFT.O) on Wednesday said they partnered to offer robotaxi trips to Lyft customers in Miami and Austin.
|TuSimple’s self-driving truck network takes shape with Ryder partnership|
Tech Crunch, July 30th
TuSimple, the self-driving truck company that went public earlier this year, has partnered with Ryder as part of its plan to build out a freight network that will support its autonomous trucking operations.
|Last-mile delivery startup Fetch raises $60M for hiring spree, market expansion|
Biz Journals, July 21st
Fetch, an Austin last-mile delivery service for apartment communities, is on a quest to hire a few hundred people and bring its services to 24 new markets over the next two years.
|Tesla offers ‘Full Self-Driving’ feature as a monthly subscription|
Consumer Reports, July 22nd
Tesla has introduced a new subscription plan for the driver assistance package it calls Full Self-Driving (FSD).
|Bridgestone acquires fleet tracking platform Azuga for $391|
Venture Beat, August 2nd
Bridgestone Americas today announced that it has acquired Azuga, a connected vehicle platform for fleet operators, for $391 million in cash and stock. As a part of the deal, Bridgestone says it’ll take ownership of all of Azuga’s assets and integrate the team, including CEO Ananth Rani, into the parent company’s mobility solutions division.
|Uber, Lyft seen boosted by return of riders, but driver shortage, stubborn virus cloud outlook|
WHTC, August 2nd
Concerns over an ongoing driver shortage and the spreading Delta variant are clouding the outlook for making good on achieving profitable operations this year.
|As attitudes toward EVs change, automakers learn to think beyond the chassis|
Forbes, August 2nd
A few years ago, many experts believed consumer’s biggest concern in adopting electric vehicles was “range anxiety” — the fear that a car couldn’t hold a charge long enough to get you where you wanted to go and back home.
|Cargo van manufacturers take advantage as the last-mile delivery industry grows|
Transport Topics News, August 2nd
The massive proliferation of e-commerce has made final-mile delivery vans operated by carriers such as FedEx, DHL and Amazon a common sight in most U.S. neighborhoods. As a result, van manufacturers are working to meet the demands of this growing e-commerce delivery business.
|Argo AI can now offer the public rides in its autonomous vehicles in California|
Tech Crunch, July 30th
Argo AI, the autonomous vehicle technology startup backed by Ford and VW, has landed a permit in California that will allow the company to give people free rides in its self-driving vehicles on the state’s public roads.
|Uber boosts trucking push with $2.25 billion deal to buy freight service transplace|
Forbes, July 22nd
Ridehail giant Uber is making a big push to beef up its trucking business by purchasing logistics service Transplace for about $2.25 billion, intending to turn its Uber Freight unit into a top player in arranging and tracking shipments of goods.