Baidu, a Chinese search engine that's become increasingly focused on AI and autonomous driving, has established a $1.52 billion autonomous driving fund. The company's "Apollo Fund" is going to invest in 100 driving projects over the next three years.
Delphi's upcoming autonomous driving platform, which will be made available to car manufacturers starting in 2019, is going to use BlackBerry QNX as its operating system. Their partnership was announced by Delphi this week. BlackBerry has worked in this area for years.
Tesla is planning to use its own chip for future versions of its autonomous vehicle system and it's working with AMD on the project, says CNBC. The company has been working with Nvidia and currently uses Nvidia GPUs to power Autopilot. It'll move away from third-party components.
Proterra has set a new record for the longest distance traveled by an electric vehicle on a single charge. One of its Catalyst E2 Max buses was able to travel 1,101.2 miles at the Navistar Proving Grounds in Indiana. This test could help convince transit authorities.
Intel has announced it's working with Alphabet's Waymo on autonomous vehicle technology. It's going to provide the processing power required for Level 4 and 5 self-driving cars. Together, they want to create autonomous systems capable of driving in any condition.
Lyft could get a boost from Alphabet with a $1 billion investment, reports Axios. CEO Larry Page is leading the effort and it comes as Alphabet is locked in a legal battle with Uber, Lyft's main competitor. It alleges a former Uber executive stole info and that Uber benefited.
Samsung has established a new investment fund that's dedicated to smart vehicle technologies. The Samsung Automotive Innovation Fund will make money available for projects involving smart sensors, machine vision, artificial intelligence, and safety technologies.
One of the two major Hyperloop companies, Hyperloop One, has released a list of the 10 strongest possible track routes around the world. It came up with this list after carefully reviewing proposals from hundreds of teams around the world. It'll further investigate the routes.
Tesla is likely going to unveil its electric semi truck during an event on October 26, CEO Elon Musk announced on Twitter. It's not a guaranteed date, but it is the current plan. Tesla will both unveil the semi and have a test ride in Hawthorne, California.
At the Frankfurt Motor Show, Audi introduced a new electric vehicle concept that'd be capable of driving ~435 miles per charge, surpassing Tesla's vehicles by 100+ miles. The four-door Aicon has a curved glass roof and four electric motors producing 405 lb-ft of torque.
The US' NTSB has concluded both Tesla's Autopilot and bad driver decisions contributed to a fatal crash last year. That crash, which involved a man using a Model S with Autopilot enabled, led to some questions about the safety of Tesla's autonomous vehicle features.
Cruise Automation, which GM acquired last year for $581 million, is ready to mass produce its first autonomous vehicle. For now, it has built 50 cars for a service in San Francisco. GM is essentially just on standby until the regulatory environment allows it to move forward.
Tesla implemented a temporary range extension for vehicles in Florida so that drivers could have an easier time avoiding Hurricane Irma. The company has a software-side limitation on battery capacities that limits the range of 60 kWh Model S and Model X cars.
To minimize pollution and its contribution to climate change, China is moving to ban fossil fuel car sales. A timeline for phasing out those vehicles hasn't been revealed, but it's being created right now by government authorities, says China's Xin Guobin.
A significant autonomous vehicle bill known as the SELF DRIVE Act has passed the House of Representatives with bipartisan support. The bill covers a core federal framework for autonomous vehicle regulation and it highlights the federal government's interest in the issue.
Lyft has a new partnership in the field of autonomous vehicles. The ridehailing company is now working with Drive.ai, a startup based in Mountain View, California. Drive.ai grew out of Stanford's artificial intelligence lab. Together, they're launching an autonomous taxi service.
SpaceX has begun accepting applications for its next Hyperloop pod competition, which is scheduled for 2018. During the event, teams will compete on a 0.77-mile test track near SpaceX's headquarters in Hawthorne, California. This will be the third pod competition.
Samsung has received approval from California's DMV to test autonomous vehicles in the state. It's the 39th company to receive testing approval from the state government and is one of a number of tech companies that are trying out self-driving technology.
Daimler and Via are working together on a new ride-sharing shuttle service that'll launch in Europe. It's first going to roll out in London this year, with Daimler providing Mercedes-Benz minivans and Via providing the required software. The service shares features with UberPool.
Uber is no longer going to track users for up to five minutes after their ride ends. The ridehailing service has been able to track users beyond the duration of their ride, leading to widespread criticism. Users will be allowed to limit their location sharing.