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DRIVERLESS TAXI VEHICLES IN SAN FRANCISCO IN 2022 (Autonomous Taxis/AI - 2021-12 - KTLA)
General Motors’ Cruise autonomous vehicle subsidiary plans to start running a fully autonomous taxi service in San Francisco next year.
SWEDISH FREIGHT COMPANY BEGINS TESTING AUTONOMOUS TRUCKS IN U.S. (Autonomous Trucks/AI - 2021-12 - Thomas Publishing)
Einride, a Swedish freight technology company, began testing its autonomous ‘Pods’ electric trucks and ‘Saga’ operating system in the US in November 2021.
PONY.AI STARTS OPEN ROAD AUTONOMOUS DRIVING TEST IN SHENZHEN (Autonomous Cars/AI - 2021-12 - GasGoo)
With Shenzhen’s addition, China’s leading autonomous driving startup, Pony.ai, now performs large-scale autonomous driving road tests or autonomous services in seven cities in China and the U.S.
WORLD FIRST: DRIVERLESS TRUCK TRAVELED 80 MILES ON PUBLIC ROADS FROM TUCSON TO PHOENIX (Autonomous Trucks/AI - 2021-12 - Daily Mail)
World’s first driverless truck trip: TuSimple’s autonomous semi traveled 80 miles on I-80 from Tucson to Phoenix in 80 minutes. The truck operated on public roads, highways and through congested areas.
CRUISE LAUNCHES DRIVERLESS ROBOTAXI SERVICE IN SAN FRANCISCO (Autonomous Taxis/AI - 2021-11 - Yahoo Finance)
Cruise is the self-driving subsidiary of General Motors. Their employees will be the first to ride in one of Cruise’s autonomous vehicles that operate in San Francisco without a human driver in the front seat.
ROBOTAXIS WILL BE OPERATIONAL IN LAS VEGAS IN 2023 (Autonomous Taxis/AI - 2021-11 - The Verge)
Motional, a partnership of Hyundai and Aptiv, will launch a “full-fledged” commercial Las Vegas robotaxi service in 2023, managed by Lyft. They began testing autonomous vehicles nearly four years ago and have completed over 100,000 passenger trips. Vehicles have also been tested in Boston and Pittsburgh.
WALMART’S DRIVERLESS TRUCKS DELIVERING FROM WAREHOUSE TO STORE (Autonomous Trucks/AI - 2021-11 - Inside Autonomous Vehicles)
Autonomous vehicle startup Gatik is operating a fleet of multi-temperature autonomous box trucks without human safety drivers on its delivery route for Walmart in Bentonville, Arkansas,
AUTO-X OPERATES FULLY AUTONOMOUS ROBOTAXI IN SHENZHEN (Autonomous Taxis/AI - 2021-11 - GasGoo)
China’s leading autonomous driving solution developer, AutoX, has become the first company to operate a completely-driverless Robotaxi fleet in 65 square miles of Shenzhen.
DRIVERLESS ROBOTAXI SERVICE IN 65 CHINESE CITIES BY 2025 (Autonomous Taxis/AI - 2021-11 - NBC New York)
China’s Baidu plans to launch its Apollo Go driverless taxi service in 65 cities by 2025 and then 100 cities by 2030.
GERMANY UNVEILS WORLD'S FIRST AUTOMATED, DRIVERLESS TRAIN (Autonomous Trains/AI - 2021-10 - Hindustan Times)
German rail operator Deutsche Bahn and industrial group Siemens have unveiled the world’s first automated, driverless train in the city of Hamburg, billing it as more punctual and energy efficient than traditional trains.
AUTONOMOUS MASS TRANSIT SYSTEM (Autonomous Mass Transit/AI - 2021-10 - Auto Futures)
UK-start up Urban.MASS has unveiled a driverless, zero-emission mass transit system – comprising autonomous electric ‘pods’ capable of travelling on both road and rail. The pods run on an elevated track, powered by overhead solar canopies, which can be built above existing roads and infrastructure, giving a physical footprint 70% smaller than a typical urban light rail system. The first fully operational site is planned to open in 2025.
AUTONOMOUS, ROBOTIC BOAT COULD TRANSFORM AMSTERDAM WATERWAYS (Autonomous Boats/AI - 2021-10 - Fast Company)
In Amsterdam, autonomous, electric boats are navigating canals, ready to ferry passengers as a water taxi, collect trash as part of a waste management system, deliver packages, or even turn into a temporary bridge or floating stage.
CHINESE FIRM LAUNCHES AUTONOMOUS DELIVERY VANS (Autonomous Vans/AI - 2021-09 - CNBC Money Report)
Chinese autonomous driving start-up WeRide has partnered with Jiangling Motors and delivery firm ZTO Express to launch a self-driving cargo van for urban logistics. Tens of thousands are expected to be deployed.
FEDEX USES AUTONOMOUS TRUCKS FOR FIRST TIME ON DELIVERY ROUTE (Autonomous Trucks/AI - 2021-09 - The New Daily)
FedEx announced its first autonomously-driven semi-trailer truck delivery route in Texas, working with truck maker PACCAR and self-driving company Aurora. The test route on Interstate 45 between Houston and Dallas is about 500 miles round trip. A safety driver will be behind the wheel.
BAIDU APOLLO UNVEILS AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE WITH NO STEERING WHEEL OR PEDALS (Autonomous Cars/AI - 2021-08 - kr-Asia)
Baidu’s autonomous driving unit, Apollo, has developed a new vehicle capable of Level 5 vehicle autonomy, with no steering wheel, gas pedal, or brake pedal.
WAYMO EXPANDS TO SAN FRANCISCO WITH SELF-DRIVING PILOT (Autonomous Cars/AI - 2021-08 - Ars Technica)
Waymo is expanding its ride-hailing service to San Francisco. Members of the public willing to sign up for the confidential testing program will soon be able to flag down a Waymo all-electric Jaguar I-Pace car in the city via the app.
WAYMO BUILDING AUTONOMOUS TRUCKING HUB IN DALLAS-FORT WORTH (Autonomous Trucks/AI - 2021-08 - CNet)
Waymo is building a dedicated trucking hub in Dallas-Fort Worth which will serve as the base of Waymo Via, its trucking and local delivery unit, and its operations throughout the southeast United States. A new partnership with Ryder trucking and fleet management will support Waymo’s fleet of autonomous trucks nationwide.
FORD WILL LAUNCH LYFT SELF-DRIVING TAXIS IN 2021 (Autonomous Taxis/AI - 2021-07 - CNet)
Ford announced that by the end of 2021 it will deploy self-driving cars with its partner Argo AI on ride-hailing service Lyft’s network. The first robotaxis will operate in areas of Miami with a safety driver. Ford plans to add 1,000 vehicles by 2026.
THE WORLD’S FIRST ELECTRIC AUTONOMOUS CONTAINER SHIP (Autonomous Ships/AI - 2021-06 - Electrek)
The NorwegianYara Birkeland is the world’s first zero-emission battery-powered autonomous container ship. It will be used to transport fertilizer by the end of 2021.
CRUISE CAN OPERATE DRIVERLESS CARS WITH PASSENGERS IN CALIFORNIA (Autonomous Cars/AI - 2021-06 - Jalopnik)
On June 4, 2021, GM’s Cruise has gained approval from the California Public Utilities Commission to operate with passengers on public roads.
GERMANY WILL ALLOW DRIVERLESS CARS IN 2022 (Autonomous Cars/AI - 2021-05 - Yahoo Finance)
Germany has adopted legislation in its lower house that will allow driverless vehicles on public roads in certain geographic areas by 2022. The vehicles would operate under certain restrictions, but without a human safety operator behind the wheel.
HONDA LAUNCHES WORLD'S FIRST LEVEL 3 SELF-DRIVING CAR (Autonomous Cars/AI - 2021-03 - Asia Nikkei)
In March 2021, Honda Motor unveiled the Legend, a car equipped with the world’s first certified level 3 autonomous driving technology, paving the way for the automobile industry to gear up efforts to commercialize such automation for passenger vehicles.
DRIVERLESS ROBOTAXIS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC RIDES IN CHINA (Autonomous Cars/AI - 2021-01 - Engadget)
AutoX has become the first in China to offer public rides in autonomous vehicles without safety drivers, using a modified Chrysler Pacifica.
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