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Pony.ai Claims to Be the First Company to Test Driverless Vehicles in Both the U.S. and China
Pony.ai has obtained authorization to conduct testing of fully autonomous vehicles in preparation for offering robotaxi services in multiple cities in China and the U.S. next year.

Waymo Raises $2.5B to Continue Autonomous Vehicle Development
Waymo said it plans to use its funding to continue developing and commercializing its autonomous driving technology and to hire more staffers as it offers service in select cities.

Why the U.S. Infrastructure Bill Must Respond to China’s Investment in High-Tech Manufacturing and Robotics
China has made significant investments in technologies such as robotics, as well as in advanced manufacturing and global trade, so the U.S. needs the infrastructure bill to be competitive.

Waymo and J.B. Hunt Collaborate for Autonomous Freight Testing in Texas
The Waymo Driver will power a Class 8 autonomous truck to haul freight between facilities in Houston and Fort Worth, Texas, as J.B. Hunt Transport Services evaluates the technology's potential.

TriEye and Trimble to Explore Short-Wave Infrared Sensors for Autonomous Systems, Remote Sensing
Partners are exploring the integration of TriEye's CMOS SWIR sensors with Trimble's autonomous systems to see if the technology can help them see more clearly in challenging conditions.

Perrone Robotics Completes Demonstrations of Autonomous Vehicles on Public Roads
Perrone Robotics' TONY autonomy kit enables existing or new passenger and cargo shuttles to navigate complex environments, and the company plans to make them available by late summer.

Qualcomm Releases Roster of 7 IoT Products Built to Drive Digital Transformation
Qualcomm has released seven new products that it said will help with Internet of Things and AI applications including connected healthcare, logistics management, and warehousing.

Top 10 Robotics Transactions of May 2021
Robotics transactions in May 2021 slowed from the previous month, but companies supplying autonomous trucks, software and sensors, and systems for new applications raised millions of dollars.

Astro Aerospace Acquires Horizon Aircraft, Appoints Horizon CEO Brandon Robinson as President
Astro Aerospace will be developing three electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft and drones, including Horizon Aircraft's Cavorite X5, which is designed for five people.

Kodiak Robotics Partners With SK to Bring Autonomous Trucking to $1.5T Asian Freight
Kodiak Robotics, which has been operating autonomous trucks in Texas, will use components from South Korea-based SK as it enters the Asian market for freight and fleet management services.

DiDi Autonomous Driving to Raise $300M, Bringing Valuation to $1.1B
DiDi Autonomous Driving, a spinoff of ride-hailing firm DiDi Chuxing, has been partnering on the development of electric, autonomous vehicles and been conducting testing in China.

Ottopia Announces Availability of Teleoperation Software on NVIDIA DRIVE AGX
Ottopia claimed that its software, which is now available on NVIDIA's DRIVE AGX platform, can enable safe teleoperation of any system.

AutoX Discusses First 100 Days of RoboTaxi Service Without Safety Drivers
As AutoX and other autonomous vehicle developers move to testing without safety drivers, it has begun receiving favorable feedback for its driverless ride-hailing service.

Pony.ai and Luminar Technologies Partner on Sensors for Robotaxi Testing in Five Cities
Pony.ai said its partnership with Luminar for 360-degree lidar sensing will enable it to expand its robotaxi testing globally.

Autonomous Trucking Firm Plus to Enter SPAC Merger, be Valued at $3.3B
Plus said its SPAC deal will provide $500 million in gross proceeds to help it accelerate commercialization of its autonomous truck technology and expand global operations.

Oculii Offers AI-Powered 4D Radar for Autonomous Vehicle Guidance, Raises $55M Series B Funding
Oculii, which has developed AI software for radar perception, has raised Series B funding as it launches two products intended to help autonomous systems navigate.

AutoX Marks 100 Days of Fully Autonomous RoboTaxi Service in Shenzhen, China
AutoX said it is only the second company to get permission for such driverless vehicle rides, and it has received favorable feedback so far.

Einride Raises $110M Series B Toward the Autonomous Freight of the Future
Einride said its electric, autonomous Pods are safer, more environmentally sustainable, and more cost-efficient than conventional trucks. The company plans to expand its deployments in Europe and the U.S.

Top 10 Robotics Transactions of April 2021
Even not including the largest deals in AI and autonomous vehicles from April 2021, the month still featured multimillion-dollar transactions in exoskeletons, delivery robots, and surgical systems.

Toyota Unit Woven Planet to Acquire Lyft’s Level 5 Autonomous Driving Division for $550M
Woven Planet Group, a new mobility unit of Toyota, is buying Lyft's Level 5 division as investments and consolidation continue in the self-driving space.



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