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Want to take a road trip with Kevin Costner? Investors are betting you might

HearHere road-trip app pushes info tidbits about the surroundings

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SpaceX Starship prototype explodes on final descent

Four explosions in four high-altitude test flights

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Audi Q4 E-Tron electric crossover will have a dynamic AR heads-up display

It'll alert you to turns and to things you may have overlooked

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Tesla has closed its forums to launch a social platform and fans are not happy

'Engage Tesla is a new platform for both Tesla’s public policy team and Tesla Owner’s Clubs'

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Is mobile EV charging the gig economy's next gig? Meet the Roadie charger

Rent the gear, and you can deliver a charge to customers anywhere

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GM to leverage driver data as it jumps back into the home and auto insurance business

It'll tap into the information OnStar collects on 16 million people

General Motors is launching an insurance service, returning to a business that it abandoned more than a decade ago, but this time more in step with the connected-car era. The service, called OnStar Insurance, will offer bundled auto, home and renters' insurance, starting this year with GM employees in Arizona. GM's new insurance agency, OnStar Insurance Services, will be the exclusive agent for OnStar Insurance.

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Uber in talks to sell ATG self-driving unit to Aurora

Uber Advanced Technologies Group was valued at $7.25 billion 18 months ago

Eighteen months ago, Uber’s self-driving car unit, Uber Advanced Technologies Group, was valued at $7.25 billion following a $1 billion investment from Toyota, DENSO and SoftBank’s Vision Fund. Now, it’s up for sale and a competing autonomous vehicle technology startup is in talks with Uber to buy it, according to three sources familiar with the deal. Aurora Innovation, the startup founded by three veterans of the autonomous vehicle industry who led programs at Google, Tesla and Uber, is in

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Daimler Trucks partners with Waymo to build self-driving semis

This gives Daimler access to Waymo's industry-leading autonomy tech

Two automotive giants are teaming up to bring self-driving semi-trucks to market. Under this deal, Waymo and Daimler Trucks are partnering to build an autonomous version of the Freightliner Cascadia truck. This is Waymo's first deal in the freight business.

Waymo and TuSimple autonomous trucking leaders on the difficulty of building a highway-safe AI

TuSimple and Waymo are in the lead in the emerging sector of autonomous trucking; TuSimple founder Xiaodi Hou and Waymo trucking head Boris Sofman had an in-depth discussion of their industry and the tech they're building at TC Mobility 2020. Hou and Sofman started out by talking about why they were pursuing the trucking market in the first place.

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Polestar CEO defends the Polestar 2’s recall and 233-mile EPA rating

'We know what the car does in reality ... and it will get better from month to month'

Polestar is a young automaker spun out of Volvo and Geely. Earlier this week, the EPA released its findings on the Polestar 2's electric range, certifying it as capable of traveling 233 miles on a charge. Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath spoke at TechCrunch Sessions: Mobility shortly after the EPA released its range guidance.

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Envisics raises $50M for its in-car holographic display tech, reveals $250M valuation

Hyundai and GM are on board

The jury is still out on what might become the most viable business models for augmented reality technology, but in the meantime a startup out of the UK is betting one big area will be in vehicles, in the form of holographic displays. Envisics, which brings together technologies like computer vision, machine learning, big data analytics and navigation to build hardware that integrates into vehicles to project holographic, head-up displays providing enhanced "dashboards" of information to driver

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German space agency reveals an autonomous, electric urban mobility prototype for use right here on Earth

The same vehicle can use different modules for people or cargo

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) has debuted a prototype of what it calls 'U-Shift,' an urban mobility vehicle designed for multiple uses. U-Shift is a fully electric vehicle, designed for autonomous operation, and could serve in a number of capacities including as an on-demand shuttle, a bus, a mobile distribution center for package delivery, or even as travelling salesroom. You could easily see how a fleet like this could be repurposed for on-demand package and grocery delivery during lock

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Zoox becomes fourth company to land driverless testing permit in California

The company was acquired by Amazon earlier this year

Zoox, the automated vehicle technology startup that was acquired by Amazon this year, has been issued a permit from California regulators that will allow it to test driverless vehicles on public roads. The permit is not for all public roads in the state, but it's still notable, considering the company will be able to test its vehicles without a human safety operator behind the wheel. The California Department of Motor Vehicles, the agency that regulates automated vehicle testing in the state,

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Chinese automaker claims it's bringing a tiny $13,000 EV, incongruously, to Texas

Kandi says it will sell two models in the Dallas area

Chinese electric vehicle and parts manufacturer Kandi Technologies Group is officially bringing two EVs to the United States through its subsidiary Kandi America — news that has prompted run up in its share price in the past day. Kandi Technologies has been talking about bringing EVs to the United States for a couple of years. Both are priced under $30,000 before federal incentives.

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Elon Musk and other prominent Twitter accounts hacked in cryptocurrency scam

Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos — even Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey

A number of high-profile Twitter accounts were simultaneously hacked on Wednesday by attackers who used the accounts — some with millions of followers — to spread a cryptocurrency scam. At the time of writing, both Binance and Bitcoin still had a tweet promoting the scam. Kristaps Ronka, chief executive of Namesilo, the domain registrar used by the scammers, told TechCrunch that the company suspended the domain "on the first report" it received.

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Walmart partners with Tribeca to turn 160 store parking lots into drive-in theaters

Summer movies near you, but with coronavirus safe social distancing

Just ahead of the Fourth of July weekend, Walmart announced a partnership with Tribeca Enterprises (most notably the purveyors of the film festival of the same name) that’s set to convert 160 store locations into makeshift drive-in movie theaters. The move is an extension of the existing Tribeca-led Drive-In program that has already announced events for a handful of cities, including Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Seattle and Arlington, Texas, with help from IMAX and AT&T. The Hollywood Reporter

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Ford postpones autonomous vehicle service until 2022

Considering what the industry is going through, that seems like a no-brainer

Ford said Tuesday it will delay until 2022 plans to launch an autonomous vehicle service, as the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted the company to rethink its go-to-market strategy. The news was shared as part of Ford's quarterly earnings, which was released after the market closed Tuesday. Ford reported a $2 billion loss in the first quarter compared to a profit of $1.1 billion in the same period last year.

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NASA Curiosity team is driving around Mars while working from home

Rover is socially distancing itself 125 million miles away

It's hard enough in the first place having to drive an astronomically expensive rover around a planet millions of miles away. Doing it from home seems like a pretty big ask — but it turns out NASA's Curiosity team is up to it.

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Rivian shuts down all facilities over COVID-19 pandemic concerns

'Both our salaried and hourly workforce will continue to be paid during this shutdown'

Rivian, the buzzy electric vehicle startup that is backed by Amazon and Ford, is shutting down all of its facilities due to the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus. Rivian employs more than 2,000 workers across several locations, including its headquarters in Plymouth, Mich., a factory in Normal, Ill. as well as operations in San Jose and Irvine, Calif., where engineers are working on autonomous vehicle technology. Rivian also has an office in the U.K.

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