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Lyft assured no layoffs were coming — now employees are scrambling for their next gig

The day before Lyft shut down its in-house rental service and laid off close to 60 employees, the team in charge of the program was consumed by what they thought was a much bigger problem. Throughout

TuSimple addresses autonomous truck crash during Q2 earnings call

Autonomous trucking company TuSimple used its second-quarter earnings call to address an April crash during which one of the company’s autonomous trucks suddenly veered across the I-10 highway in Tu

Innoviz lidar will be on all VW vehicles with automated driving capabilities

Israeli lidar startup Innoviz will supply its lidar sensors and perception software to all vehicles with automated driving capabilities within Volkswagen group brands, the company said Tuesday. Innovi

Bolt Mobility has vanished, leaving e-bikes, unanswered calls behind in several US cities

Updated: Article updated to add the city of Richmond and the county of Montgomery in Virginia, as well as St. Augustine, Florida also confirming service has ended there.  Bolt Mobility, the Miami-bas forms autonomous truck JV with Sany Heavy Truck in China

Autonomous vehicle company is forming a strategic joint venture with Sany Heavy Truck, a subsidiary of Chinese heavy equipment manufacturer Sany Heavy Industry, to create an autonomous truck b

Ford posts Q2 profit, expects to produce 14,000 EVs this month

Ford Motor has dodged some of the pain and losses that rival General Motors experienced in the second quarter. Ford reported Wednesday $40.2 billion in revenue, a 50% increase from the same period las

Drover AI is using computer vision to keep scooter riders off sidewalks

Shared micromobility companies have been adopting startlingly advanced new tech to correct for the thing that cities hate most — sidewalk riding. Some companies, like Bird, Neuron and Superpedes

Cruise hopes ramping its robotaxi service will U-turn its cash burn

Cruise, the General Motors subsidiary dedicated to commercializing autonomous vehicles, saw a jump in expenses during the second quarter as the company launched its first commercial robotaxi service i

Sono Motors reveals final design of its solar-charging Sion EV

Sono Motors unveiled this week the final production design of the Sion EV, a solar electric vehicle that’s been in the making since the Munich-based startup launched in 2016. It’s been a l

Kodiak Robotics pilots autonomous trucking between California, Texas and Florida

Autonomous trucking startup Kodiak Robotics recently completed a coast-to-coast commercial run between Texas, California and Florida for 10 Roads Express, a USPS mail carrier, according to Kodiak. The

GM joint venture to receive $2.5B government loan for US battery plants

The U.S. Department of Energy is reviving an old loan program and its first recipient is the joint battery venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solution. The $2.5 billion loan issued to GM and

Cruise starts mapping Dubai’s streets in prep for 2023 robotaxi launch

Cruise is making good on its promise to launch an autonomous driving service in Dubai. Just a few weeks after the General Motors-backed AV company officially launched its commercial driverless operati

Can Alto succeed at employee-driven ride-hail?

Ride-hail startup Alto thinks the current gig worker-based market is inherently broken. Drivers’ salaries are squeezed by the costs of owning and maintaining a vehicle; riders aren’t guara

Mexican region gives Tesla and its suppliers a dedicated border crossing lane

Tesla suppliers traveling from Nuevo León, Mexico, to Texas now have their very own dedicated border patrol lane. Elon Musk’s electric car company, which recently relocated its headquarters fro

UK union staged 24-hour strike in response to Uber files leak

The UK’s App Drivers and Couriers Union (ADCU) staged a 24-hour strike Wednesday to demand Uber be held accountable for the findings of the Uber files, a trove of thousands of leaked confidentia

Tesla to increase cost of FSD beta software beyond its $12,000 price tag

Tesla plans to increase the price of its branded “full self-driving” beta software, the advanced driver assistance system that CEO Elon Musk has said will mean the difference between the c

Lyft lays off about 60 employees, shutters in-house car rentals program

Lyft has joined the ranks of tech companies trimming its workforce. The news of the layoffs, initially spotted in LinkedIn posts by now-former Lyft employees, has been confirmed by the company. Lyft s

Tortoise is coming to Comic-Con, and it’s bringing burritos

Tortoise is partnering with hospitality giant Sodexo to bring a mobile smart store — which is basically a fancy vending machine with wheels — to Comic-Con this year. One of Tortoise’

Toyota partners to build affordable commercial electric vans, light-duty trucks

Toyota is partnering with Suzuki Motor Corporation, Daihatsu Motor Co. and Commercial Japan Partnership Technologies (CJPT) to build mini commercial electric vans next year, the Japanese automaker an

NHTSA investigates another Tesla crash involving death of motorcyclist

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is opening yet another special investigation into a Tesla vehicle crash, according to documents viewed by TechCrunch. This time it involves the crash
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