Self-driving vehicles (automotive)

7 Eleven Nuro 400x2757-Eleven and Nuro have announced a pilot program for autonomous delivery in the state of California. Residents in Mountain View, Calif., can order products through the 7NOW delivery app and have them delivered by a self-driving vehicle.


MoovitaFunding400x275MooVita Pte Ltd., based in Singapore, has announced a Series A funding round to help expand its autonomous vehicle technology. Investors in the round include 1Derlife Growth and SEEDS Capital. Funding terms were not disclosed.


Locomation Convoy 400x275Locomation, which develops autonomous trucking solutions, has announced the findings of an independent environmental impact evaluation that said its Autonomous Relay Convoy (ARC) system will dramatically reduce the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) footprint, fuel consumption, and operating costs of transporting goods by truck.


MonarchTractor MKV 400x275Monarch Tractor, which is developing a fully electric, driver-optional tractor, has announced raising $61 million in Series B funding, led by Astanor Ventures. The company said it will use the new funding to scale its sales, service, and manufacturing footprint, expand its product offerings, and launch international pilot test programs for regional market validation. Additional investors include CNH Industrial, At One Ventures and Trimble Ventures.


Helm, which develops next-generation artificial intelligence software for autonomous driving applications, has announced raising $26 million in Series B funding. The funding will help the company serve its growing customer bases, and accelerate product expansion of its highly scalable approach to autonomous driving software.


Lumentum1Darray 400x275Lumentum Holdings, which develops vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) arrays for 3D sensing and light detection and ranging (lidar) applications, has announced it expanded its multi-junction VCSEL-based offerings to include new breakthrough high-performance 1D and 2D addressable arrays. The new arrays can assist developers of advanced automotive, consumer and industrial lidar and 3D sensing applications.


Elbit RoboteamROOK 400x275Elbit Systems and Roboteam have announced ROOK, a multi-payload military 6x6 unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) that features a new design and built-in autonomy suite for higher capacity, improved maneuverability and on-field agility for greater mission effectiveness.


HyundaiMobis Narrow400x275Hyundai Mobis has announced it developed the world’s first urban Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) to help drivers with narrow streets and reversing in a dead-end street. The Mobis Parking System (MPS) integrates narrow space assistance, reverse assistance, and remote smart parking assistance features.


HondaWorkVehicle400x275Honda and Black & Veatch have announced a successful test of the prototype Honda Autonomous Work Vehicle (AWV) at a Black & Veatch construction site in New Mexico. During the month-long field test, the second-generation of the fully electric Honda AWV was able to perform several tasks at a large-scale solar energy construction project, including towing activities and transporting construction materials, water, and other supplies to pre-set destinations within the work site.


KodiakRobotics400x275Kodiak Robotics, which is developing self-driving trucking systems, has announced it raised $125 million in an oversubscribed Series B round, for a total of $165 million raised to date. The company said it will use the new funding over the next 12 months to double employee headcount by adding at least 85 new people to the team, expand autonomous service capabilities from coast to coast, and add a minimum of 15 new trucks for a total of at least 25 autonomous vehicles.


Motional Lyft IONIQ 400x275Motional and Lyft have announced the planned launch of a fully driverless public ride-hail service in Las Vegas, the first city in a planned multimarket deployment. The next generation of Motional’s robotaxis, the all-electric Hyundai IONIQ 5-based robotaxi, will be available on the Lyft app in Las Vegas starting in 2023.


PointOneNavigation400x275Point One Navigation, which is developing precision location technology, has announced it has emerged from stealth mode and closed a $10 million Series A round of funding. The round was led by UP.Partners, with participation from existing investors BOLT, IA Ventures and Ludlow Ventures.


Gatik Walmart400x275Gatik and Walmart have announced that Gatik is operating daily without a safety driver behind the wheel for delivery routes in Bentonville, Ark., moving customer orders between a Walmart dark store and a Neighborhood Market with its fleet of multi-temperature autonomous box trucks. Gatik said it represents the first time that an autonomous trucking company has removed the safety driver from a commercial delivery route on the middle mile anywhere in the world.


OusterDFSeries400x275Ouster, which develops high-resolution digital lidar sensors, has announced the DF series, a flexible and scalable high-performance solid-state digital lidar platform aimed at the automotive industry.


Nuro Delivery400x275Nuro, which develops autonomous vehicles used in last-mile delivery applications, has announced raising $600 million in a new round of financing. The round was led by Tiger Global Management, and the new financing will support the development and deployment of Nuro’s autonomous delivery service in communities across the country.


GeorgiaTechRyder400x275Fleet management and supply chain company Ryder System has announced a data-driven study on the impact of autonomous trucking. The company worked with researchers in transportation and mobility at the H. Milton School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) at Georgia Tech to understand how to approach autonomy, and the potential return on investment. Ryder said the result is a roadmap to commercialization based on real-world data – and a significant cost savings.