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XPeng to begin autonomous driving public road tests in Guangzhou

XPeng received a permit Monday to begin testing its G9 electric SUV as an autonomous vehicle on public roads in Guangzhou. The company will begin testing a small fleet as soon as possible with a human

Volocopter raises $182M to bring air taxi closer to certification

Volocopter, a German startup building electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicles, has secured $182 million for the second signing of its Series E round. That’s on top of the $170 mil

Uber tests push notification ads, a feature literally no one wants

Uber recently launched its new advertising division and in-app ads. Apparently, those ads aren’t staying within the app. Instead, ads from other companies are being sent out as push notification

Elon Musk claims Twitter layoff timing won’t affect year-end compensation

Elon Musk, Chief Twit, is taking issue with reporting in a New York Times story this weekend that states he plans to lay off employees before Tuesday, November 1, thus cutting staff off from receiving

Remote work is here to stay. Here’s how to manage your staff from afar

At this year's TechCrunch Disrupt, three panelists talked about the challenges and opportunities of managing staff in a remote work world.

Hidden Door wants to turn fiction into immersive role-playing experiences

The first season of “House of Dragon” just ended, and I find myself wishing for more. I’ve seen each episode twice already, read through the lore and even re-watched some “Game

Skidattl’s augmented reality beacons are ‘like a Bat-Signal for fun’

Skidattl wants to use augmented reality to get people to engage with the real world. It’s a story we’ve heard before from AR companies, particularly as they pit themselves against the pote

Cruise opens robotaxi waitlist in Austin and Phoenix

Cruise, General Motors’ autonomous vehicle subsidiary, is now inviting potential passengers in Phoenix and Austin to join the waitlist to be among the first Cruise robotaxi passengers. The compa

Uber to freeze fake rider account names, pilot front-facing video recording

Uber is releasing a suite of new safety features geared toward the driver, including freezing fake rider account names and piloting a front-facing video recording tool to replace a driver’s dash

Now Elon Musk says he won’t fire 75% of Twitter’s staff

Elon Musk told Twitter employees Wednesday that he’s not planning on laying off 75% of staff when he takes over the company, Bloomberg reports, citing “people familiar with the matter.&#82

Ford takes $2.7B hit on Argo shutdown, shifts its bet to driver assist tech

As the third-quarter earnings drumbeat continues, we learned more about the state of global supply chains, global consumer appetite for big-ticket items and the future of self-driving technology. Afte

Helbiz’s Wheels acquisition fails to impress investors

Helbiz’s deal to buy Wheels has officially gone through and with it some promises from the shared micromobility operator to its investors that the tie-up will double its annual revenue and help

Lyft relaunches monthly subscription plan at half the price

Ride-hail giant Lyft has relaunched Lyft Pink, its monthly subscription plan, at half of its previous price. At $9.99 per month or $99 per year, the new membership offers perks like free priority pick

New Zealand Uber drivers win case declaring them employees

A group of Uber drivers in New Zealand won a landmark case Tuesday against the ride-hail company which will force Uber to treat them as employees, rather than independent contractors. New Zealand&#821

China’s XPeng moves closer to launching a robotaxi network

Chinese luxury EV startup XPeng is moving forward on its plans to launch a robotaxi business. The company’s latest G9 SUV became China’s first mass-produced commercial vehicle to pass a go

Rivian hires former Waymo exec for new autonomy, AI role

Rivian has hired former Waymo executive James Philbin to lead autonomy and AI at the automaker, a new role that signals the company’s interest in automated driving technology. Philbin was direct

Rivian has fixed a ‘significant majority’ of its recalled vehicles

RJ Scaringe, CEO and founder of electric vehicle maker Rivian, said Wednesday the company has fixed a “significant majority” of the more than 12,000 vehicles that were recalled earlier thi

Rivian’s RJ Scaringe on the future of micromobility, AVs and the supply chain

RJ Scaringe, founder and CEO of electric vehicle maker Rivian, says the company’s future goes beyond electric trucks and vans. And he’s putting considerable human power behind that effort. Of

Minerva Lithium uses absorbent material to change the way we extract lithium

The electric everything revolution is here, and with it an unprecedented demand for critical battery materials. The most precious of all? Lithium, the crucial ingredient in the lithium-ion batteries t

DOE awards $2.8B to battery companies to boost domestic production

The Biden-Harris administration, through the Department of Energy (DOE), announced Wednesday that 20 battery companies will receive a combined $2.8 billion to build and expand commercial-scale facilit
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