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Next-Gen Mobility News, July 6th

July 6, 2021

Volume 34

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Elon Musk concedes making autonomous cars is harder than expected
Inside EVs, July 6th
Elon Musk has made several predictions over the years regarding when Tesla would introduce a dependable full self-driving (FSD) system and so far they have proven to be a bit too optimistic.
Audi, VW’s software unit join group developing safe system architecture for self-driving vehicles
Automotive News Europe, July 6th
The goal of the group is to develop a safe system architecture for self-driving vehicles and help pave the way for mass autonomous vehicle production.
Amazon goes all-in on truck safety with autonomous driving company Plus
Forbes, June 30th
Amazon is playing a role in the development and deployment of the next generation of delivery vehicles, from long-haul trucks to last mile delivery vans.  
Audi sees electric cars becoming as profitable as gas-powered cars within 2-3 years
Electrek, July 6th
Audi CEO Markus Duesmann says that he sees electric cars becoming as profitable as gas-powered cars within the next two to three years.
Dallas rideshare Alto closes $45M Series B, bringing total funding to $60M
Dallas Innovates, June 28th
Dallas’ own rideshare service, Alto, has completed a $45 million round of Series B financing—its largest yet—to continue propelling national growth and transforming the industry. The infusion of capital will fund a major pivot for the local startup: Going electric.
Why the first movers in autonomous trucking have the edge
CCJ Digital, July 1st
Several of the nation’s largest fleets are investing in self-driving trucks. Ordering the trucks from a major original equipment manufacturer (OEM) is not an option at present, but carriers are now contracting with TuSimple, Plus, Locomation, Waymo and other companies that have developed self-driving technology.
2 Oregon delivery providers drop Amazon; e-tailer says they demanded $36M
Freight Waves, June 30th
Last Mile Delivery and Triton Transportation cite changing metrics, driver safety concerns among dozens of issues that made delivering packages in Portland area dangerous and untenable.
California is restoring electric car rebates, but some environmentalists aren’t happy
SF Chronicle, July 5th
California is slated soon to reinstate funding for subsidies that encourage drivers to buy electric cars, a program advocates say will help the state prepare for Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order to ban the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035.
Tesla AI chief explains why self-driving cars don’t need lidar
TechTalks, June 28th
What is the technology stack you need to create fully autonomous vehicles? Companies and researchers are divided on the answer to that question. Approaches to autonomous driving range from just cameras and computer vision to a combination of computer vision and advanced sensors.
NHTSA tells autonomous tech companies they need to report crashes
MSN, July 6th
Companies working on autonomous and driver assistance technologies did not need to report any incidents to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) about times when their vehicles did not work as advertised. Now they do.
Uber and Lyfts can be electrified now, but drivers aren’t so sure
Vice, June 28th
Ridehail companies have set aggressive goals for going all electric, but that reality feels a long way away.

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