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DeepRoute.ai Closes $300M Series B Funding, Plans to Scale Urban Logistics and Fleet Operation
DeepRoute.ai, which raised $100 million in addition to the stake that Alibaba acquired last month, plans to grow its urban robotaxi and autonomous truck operations.

Tower Semiconductor Says New Lidar Technology Can Make Autonomous Vehicles More Responsive
Tower Semiconductor, which provides foundry platforms for integrated circuits, said it has made a breakthrough for high-precision lidar in autonomous vehicles.

Top 10 Robotics and Autonomous Vehicle Transactions of August 2021
In August 2021, the total number of deals and their dollar value fell from the previous month, but industrial automation, self-driving cars, and logistics still thrived.

Motional and Hyundai Unveil IONIQ 5 Driverless Robotaxi
Motional and Hyundai Motor Group have collaborated on the electric, driverless robotaxi, which is based on Hyundai's IONIQ 5 and will enter commercial service in 2023.

Alibaba Group Buys Stake in Autonomous Robotaxi Firm DeepRoute
DeepRoute, which says it is developing "full-stack" autonomous driving, is the latest startup to receive funding from e-commerce company Alibaba, "China's Amazon."

Perrone Robotics Signs OEM Agreement With Local Motors for Autonomous Shuttles
Autonomous vehicle pioneers Perrone Robotics and Local Motors are collaborating to integrate Perrone's TONY autonomy kit into Local Motors Olli electric shuttle this year.

Network Rail, Cranfield University Use Clearpath Robot for Autonomous Rail Inspection and Repair
The In2Smart 2 project involves academia and corporate researchers working to automate rail inspection and repair. They've used a Warthog UGV as a robust platform for equipment.

AutoX Demonstrates Autonomous Robotaxis in ‘Urban Villages’
In a new video, AutoX showed how its Gen5 system enables an autonomous robotaxi to maneuver through dense neighborhoods. The company has permission to operate in China and California.

AEye Closes SPAC Merger, and Lidar Maker Begins Trading on Nasdaq
AEye said its software-configurable, adaptive iDAR system provides range, resolution, and speed advantages over existing lidar for autonomous vehicles, driver assistance, and robots.

Waymo and Ryder Partner to Scale Autonomous Truck Maintenance Nationwide
Waymo will use Ryder's network of 500 maintenance facilities across the U.S. for its growing fleet of autonomous trucks. It is also building a transportation hub in Dallas.

Flying Ship Technologies, PROBOTEK to Jointly Deliver Robotic Maritime Vessels
Flying Ship Technologies plans to integrate PROBOTEK's software into its wing-in-ground-effect vessels for semi-autonomous, low-emissions deliveries, starting in Greece.

Perrone Robotics and Tropos Team up to Develop Autonomous Electric Compact Utility Vehicles
Perrone Robotics said it will combine its TONY autonomous vehicle kit with Tropos Motors' ABLE electric compact utility vehicles for applications such as delivery and construction.

Qualcomm Flight RB5 5G Drone Designed to Help Developers Apply 5G, AI, IoT to New Applications
The Qualcomm Flight RB5 5G drone reference platform includes concurrent support for seven cameras, IoT and cybersecurity, and deep learning to enable new industrial use cases.

MissionGO and The Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland Conduct Drone Blood Delivery Test
MissionGO, with its technology partners MediGO and AlarisPro and organ procurement organization LLF, demonstrated that drone deliveries of medical supplies could save time and lives.

Infinidrome, Honeywell to Develop Technology to Protect GPS Signals
From GPS-denied environments such as under bridges to signal jamming, Honeywell and InfiniDome's joint offering will address sensors and resilience for protected drone navigation.

Pipistrel to Use Honeywell Satellite Communications Tech in New Drones
Honeywell Aerospace said its satellite communications system for small unmanned aerial vehicles will enable Pipistrel's Nuuva and Surveyor drones to provide data for fleet management.

Qcraft Raises $100M Series A Funding for Autonomous Shuttle Bus Development
Qcraft, which is developing a full stack of autonomous vehicle technology using simulation and 5G technologies, is planning to deploy more 'Dragon Boat' buses.

Local Motors Chooses alwaysAI to Provide Computer Vision for Olli Autonomous Shuttle
Ollie 2.0, the latest version of Local Motors' autonomous, 3D-printed, electric vehicle, will add alwaysAI vision for safer and easier passenger onboarding.

CMU Researchers Develop Algorithm to Help Autonomous Vehicles Navigate Busy Streets
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University said they have found a new method for autonomous vehicles and delivery robots to balance aggressive and cooperative behavior.

Top 10 Robotics, Autonomous Vehicle Transactions of July 2021
Although the number of transactions in July 2021 held steady, self-driving car companies and startups working on robot software still raised billions.



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