Amazon’s Self-Driving Bet and More Cars And Truck News This Week

Amazon’s Self-Driving Bet and More Cars And Truck News This Week

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Self-driving vehicle designer Aurora bagged a $530 million Series B funding round today, which doubled as Amazon’s most significant step to date into the autonomous driving industry.

Aurora Innovation, Inc.

That old saw about seeing the money ends up to work also in the wild world of transport as anywhere else. To begin with, the robotics veterans behind autonomous vehicle business Aurora just raised a cool $530 million in funding, and have a look at where it originated from: stalwart Silicon Valley venture firm Sequoia Capital and … Amazon. We chilled with 600 acolytes of the micromobility fad— you understand, the bikes, scooters, velomobiles, and unicycles that have actually taken many cities by storm. Will the mania last? Enjoy the cash.

Also, we got in a pair of track-worthy cars: the Porsche 911 Carrera and the roller coaster Mr. Will Pemble integrated in his backyard Let’s get you captured up.

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Stories you may have missed out on from WIRED today

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal is an enthusiastic progressive climate change and social justice platform– and could indicate big changes for the US transport sector There are couple of things more inequitable than the method Americans can– or can’t– get around.

Self-driving supergroup Aurora closed a $530 million Series B funding round. (Turns out structure self-governing vehicle innovation is expensive!) The round was led by Sequoia, but keep your eye on one new financier, a little business called Amazon

Meet tech veteran Will Pemble, his crash test dummy Todd, and Todd’s existing ride: a yard roller coaster that reaches speeds of 18 mph.

We hopped into the brand-new Porsche 911 Carrera with Formula One legend Mark Webber, who worried German engineers really won’t have the ability to improve on this $114,550 iteration of the precious car.

At the first-ever Micromobility Conference in Northern California’s East Bay, investors hyped electric scooters and bikes— even as the industry deals with an uphill climb.

The We-Get-It-You’re- Français Hypercar of the Week

Bugatti’s commemorating its 110 th birthday with a vehicle created to remind everybody that, regardless of its name, it’s really very French.

Bugatti

Happy 110 th birthday to Bugatti, the hypercar brand that just couldn’t let a major birthday go unacknowledged. The French carmaker’s new Chiron Sport “110 ans Bugatti” features all your anticipated Chiron goodies: the carbon fiber body, the aluminum radiator, the 0 to 60 acceleration in less than 2.4 seconds, the 260 mph leading speed. However this one also comes with a tricolor spoiler. Liberté? Sure. Fraternité? Maybe. Egalité? J’ y crois pas.

Stat of the Week

119%

The share of all 2018 North American travel and cost payments that went to Uber, according to a report released this week by the management software application company Certify. Overall, ride-hail was the second-biggest expenses category, after meals however before air travel, fuel, and vehicle leasings.

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AAA found cold weather can cut electric cars’ variety by approximately 40 percent.

The paradox at the heart of GM’s bid to go all-electric: Its popular filthy, diesel-burning trucks are paying for the company’s zero-emissions R&D.

The United States National Transport Security Board’s “Many Desired” security enhancements included new ways to fight driver tiredness and distraction

Lyft rolled out ” Green Mode” in Seattle, which will let riders insist on hybrid or electrical rides.

Consumer Reports talked to 110 medical facilities and 5 public agencies in 47 cities and discovers a minimum of 1,500 e-scooter injuries Experts state the real numbers are most likely much higher.

From The Details, a #longread on the boom and bust of Chinese bike-share company Ofo— and a caution for today’s scooter-share companies.

Airbnb worked with an airline company industry veteran as it prepares to enter transport services

How the ideology of SimCity shaped city planning, and perhaps even today’s political dialogue.

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