Tesla has been masking its lobbying efforts on solar panels and battery storage through the Energy Freedom Coalition of America, a trade association that is little more than a front for the automaker and alternative energy company, public documents suggest. SolarCity, which Tesla bought in 2016, began the practice of using the EFCA to promote […]View More Inside Tesla’s solar energy astroturfing
Another autonomous vehicle unicorn has joined the herd. TuSimple, a self-driving truck startup running daily routes for customers in Arizona, has raised $95 million in a Series D funding round led by Sina Corp. as the company prepares to scale up its commercial autonomous fleet to more than 50 trucks by June. The startup, which launched […]View More Autonomous truck startup TuSimple hits unicorn status in latest round
Three days after Apple pulled its new Group FaceTime feature offline after users found they could eavesdrop on people before accepting a call, the company says it’s fixed the bug on its end. “We have fixed the Group FaceTime security bug on Apple’s servers and we will issue a software update to re-enable the feature […]View More Apple fixes FaceTime eavesdrop bug, with software update incoming
More autonomous vehicles are poised to descend on Arizona. This time, Walmart has signed a deal with startup Udelv to test the use of autonomous vans to deliver online grocery orders to customers. Under the agreement, Udelv will provide its second-generation autonomous delivery van, called the Newton, to Walmart to deliver groceries in Surprise, Arizona. […]View More Walmart taps startup Udelv to test autonomous grocery deliveries in Arizona
Starting Monday, businesses in Ohio will be able to pay their taxes in bitcoin — making the state that’s high in the middle and round on both ends the first in the nation to accept cryptocurrency officially. Companies who want to take part in the program simply need to go to OhioCrypto.com and register to pay […]View More Ohio becomes the first state to accept bitcoin for tax payments
The investment arms of BMW and the Chinese search technology giant, Baidu, along with a large original equipment manufacturer for the auto industry and a slew of technology investors have all come together to back Lunewave, a startup developing new sensor technologies for autonomous vehicles. The $5 million seed round which the company just closed […]View More Lunewave is pitching a new sensor offering better vision for autonomous vehicles
This video, which depicts what is known as a haboob, was filmed by professional storm chaser Mike Oblinski. With winds ripping an estimated 50-75 miles per hour, the dust storm took over an Arizona highway. The word haboob is derived from the Arabic w…View More This apocalyptic video shows a dust storm engulfing the Arizona desert
Trov, the on-demand personal property insurance service, is launching in the U.S., the company announced today. Trov’s first port of call in the U.S. will be Arizona. The service is already available to customers in the UK and Australia who have signed up to insure items 1 million times since the company first launched its […]View More Trov launches its on-demand personal property insurance services in the U.S.
The Democratic National Committee is trying to help Democrats regain the pole position as the tech-savviest political party in the U.S. After getting Trumped in the 2016 election (pwned on security, data analysis and at the polls), the DNC is launching I Will Run, a marketplace for software, services and training to upgrade the campaigns […]View More DNC launches tech marketplace for Democratic candidates
Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang faced a number of questions regarding Uber’s recent self-driving test vehicle accident, in which an SUV equipped with Uber’s autonomous technology struck and killed 49-year old Elaine Herzberg in Tempe, Arizona. Earlier on Tuesday, Reuters broke the news that Nvidia was suspending its own autonomous testing programs around the world. Huang […]View More Nvidia’s Jensen Huang cautions patience in judging Uber AV engineers
Uber’s driverless tech pilot program has come to an end in Arizona.
On Monday, the governor of Arizona, Douglas A. Ducey, told Uber in a letter that the state will suspend Uber’s license to test autonomous vehicles on Arizona’s public roads.
Uber has been barred from testing its self-driving cars on public roads in Arizona following the accident last week involving one of its testing vehicles that killed a pedestrian crossing the street in its path. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey released a letter sent to Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi in which he described the accident as […]View More Uber blocked from testing self-driving cars on Arizona roads