self-driving cars

Cruise doubles down on hardware

Cruise doubles down on hardware

Ten months ago, Cruise declared it would hire at least 1,000 engineers by the end of the year, an aggressive target — even for a company with a $7.25 billion war chest — in the cutthroat autonomous
Cruise calls for a new way to determine commercial readiness of self-driving cars

Cruise calls for a new way to determine commercial readiness of self-driving cars

Cruise co-founder and CTO Kyle Vogt said Friday that disengagement reports released annually by California regulators are not a proxy for the commercial readiness or safety of self-driving cars. Vogt,
Baraja’s unique and ingenious take on lidar shines in a crowded industry

Baraja’s unique and ingenious take on lidar shines in a crowded industry

It seems like every company making lidar has a new and clever approach, but Baraja takes the cake. Its method is not only elegant and powerful, but fundamentally avoids many issues that nag other

Discount student tickets available for TC Sessions: Mobility 2020

“Revolutionary” may be an over-used adjective, but how else to describe the rapid evolution in mobility technology? Join us in San Jose, Calif., on May 14 for TC Sessions: Mobility 2020. Our second

Trucks VC general partner Reilly Brennan is coming to TC Sessions: Mobility

The future of the transportation industry is bursting at the seams with startups aiming to bring everything from flying cars and autonomous vehicles to delivery bots and even more efficient freight to

Mobileye takes aim at Waymo

Mobileye has built a multi-billion-dollar business supplying automakers with computer vision technology that powers advanced driver assistance systems. It’s a business that last year generated nearly
A Sony Concept, Flying Taxis, and More Car News This Week

A Sony Concept, Flying Taxis, and More Car News This Week

It's déjà vu all over again at CES, where the future of transportation isn't that different from what we have now.

Waymo’s Anca Dragan and Ike Robotics CTO Jur van den Berg are coming to TC Sessions: Robotics+AI

The road to “solving” self-driving cars is riddled with challenges, from perception and decision making to figuring out the interaction between humans and robots. Today we’re announcing that joining
AI Weekly: Autonomous cars need better safety metrics to move the industry forward

AI Weekly: Autonomous cars need better safety metrics to move the industry forward

Some experts assert that measuring driverless systems' progress by miles is a flawed approach -- but some sort of regulation is needed.
Feds Are Content to Let Cars Drive, and Regulate, Themselves

Feds Are Content to Let Cars Drive, and Regulate, Themselves

A new Transportation Department policy on self-driving cars is long on boosting the industry and short on ensuring its safety.

TC Sessions: Mobility 2020: Boris Sofman of Waymo and Nancy Sun of Ike

You might have heard: a mobility revolution is in the making. TechCrunch is here for it — and we’re not just along for the ride. We’re here to uncover new ideas and startups, root out vaporware and
There Are Too Many Lidar Companies. They Can't All Survive

There Are Too Many Lidar Companies. They Can't All Survive

A few years ago, scores of startups promised to build the hardware that grants self-driving cars the gift of sight. Now comes the shakeout.
AutoX and Fiat Chrysler are teaming up on a robotaxi for China

AutoX and Fiat Chrysler are teaming up on a robotaxi for China

Autonomous vehicle startup AutoX, which is backed by Alibaba, said Tuesday that it is partnering with Fiat Chrysler to roll out a fleet of robotaxis for China and other countries in Asia. A fleet of
Behind the Scenes With Aptiv’s Self-Driving Car Nerve Center at CES 2020

Behind the Scenes With Aptiv’s Self-Driving Car Nerve Center at CES 2020

There is no shortage of self-driving car research projects, but only a few are hauling paying passengers. One is the joint project by Aptiv and Lyft in several cities. Here's a behind-the-scenes tour
Luminar unveils Hydra, a lidar sensor sold on subscription

Luminar unveils Hydra, a lidar sensor sold on subscription

Luminar announced Hydra, a lidar sensor available to OEMs for a recurring fee. It joins the company's Iris system in its growing product lineup.
Qualcomm debuts Snapdragon Drive Pilot and Car-to-Cloud platforms

Qualcomm debuts Snapdragon Drive Pilot and Car-to-Cloud platforms

The Snapdragon chip maker now has an end-to-end solution for autonomous vehicles, a car cloud services platform, and a timeline for C-V2X communications.
What to expect at CES 2020

What to expect at CES 2020

Ride-sharing in the sky, privacy talk, and sex tech, plus hundreds of gadgets. From Quibi to 5G, Quartz will bring you the very latest from the conference in Las Vegas.
Bosch debuts long-range lidar sensor for autonomous vehicles

Bosch debuts long-range lidar sensor for autonomous vehicles

Ahead of the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show, Bosch took the wraps off a long-range lidar solution aimed at autonomous vehicles.
Baidu secures licenses to test self-driving cars in Beijing

Baidu secures licenses to test self-driving cars in Beijing

Baidu announced that it has secured licenses to test self-driving cars on public roads in Bejing, becoming one of the first companies to do so.
Mazda Bug Randomly Activates Cars' Emergency Braking System

Mazda Bug Randomly Activates Cars' Emergency Braking System

A bug in the driver-assist software in Mazda vehicles has resulted in cars randomly activating their emergency braking system, leading to a recall of 35,000 2019 and 2020 Mazda3 cars.