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Daimler, Hyundai ramp up mobility projects in Korea

Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai are setting their sights on Korea for expanded mobility solutions, the two companies announced separately this week. Daimler Mobility AG — which, like Mercedes-Benz, is a subsidiary of Daimler AG — is expanding its footprint with the creation of Mercedes-Benz Mobility Korea (MBMK). Long-time Daimler executive Guillaume Fritz was appointed managing director […]

Daimler Trucks starts AV testing on US highways

Daimler Trucks, in partnership with autonomous vehicle and robotics fintech Torc Robotics will be developing and testing autonomous trucks with SAE level 4 technology on public roads following months of testing and safety validation on a closed loop track, the company announced. At level 4 autonomy, the system, called “Asimov,” performs the entire driving task, […]

DiDi doubles down on autonomous vehicles

DiDi Chuxing is splitting off its autonomous driving unit to a separate, independent company, according to a release issued today. The new company will “integrate the resources and technological advantages of DiDi’s platform, continue to increase investment in [research and development] of core innovative technologies, and deepen collaboration with upstream and downstream auto industry partners” […]

Regulations hampering AV innovation, analyst says

GM Cruise’s decision to postpone deployment of its autonomous, on-demand ride-sharing fleet signals a larger concern automakers should consider when pushing AV innovation, Grayson Brulte, president of Brulte & Co., told Auto Finance News. Regulations are one of the biggest hurdles for automakers invested in AV, Brulte said. “The rockstars and the biggest assets to […]

What Uber Really Gets From Selling a $1 Billion Stake

There’s more going on under the hood of a consortium’s planned $1 billion investment in Uber Technologies Inc.’s self-driving car unit than immediately meets the eye. Softbank Group Corp.’s Vision Fund and other investors are set to pump that amount into the division at a valuation of between $5 billion and $10 billion. It’s almost […]

Roadblocks Ahead for Consumer-Owned AV Adoption, Execs Say

LAS VEGAS — While autonomous vehicle fleets are sparking widespread interest in the industry, executives at an SFIG 2019 panel said widespread adoption of consumer-owned AVs is still at least a decade away. “We’re in the early stages of an industry revolution,” said Theresa O’Neill, managing director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The consensus […]