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Nuro Unveils Third-Gen Autonomous Delivery Vehicle Built With BYD

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Autonomous vehicle company Nuro has unveiled its third-generation self-driving electric delivery vehicle in partnership with BYD North America. Simply called Nuro, it's described as the most advanced zero-occupant vehicle designed by the company to date. With the new model, the Mountain View, California-based startup hopes to scale its services to millions of people across the country. Nuro's third-generation vehicle is designed to carry more goods--it offers twice the cargo volume of its predecessor--and enable more deliveries thanks to a higher top speed of 45 mph (72 km/h). Its compartments can hold a combined 27 cubic feet (0.76 cubic meters) of stuff, which equates to about 24 bags of groceries.


Elon Musk announces Tesla's AI day set for August to recruit talent

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has confirmed the next event for the electric vehicle maker for next month when it holds its artificial intelligence day on August 19. The enigmatic tech exec, who often shares news on social media, took to Twitter late Wednesday evening to announce the event. It's unclear exactly what the company will show off or discuss, but Musk added that the event will focus on recruiting the best talent to work for the Palo Alto, California-based company. 'Convincing the best AI talent to join Tesla is the sole goal,' Musk said in a follow up tweet sent early Thursday morning. It's unclear exactly what the company will show off or discuss, but Musk added that the event will focus on recruiting the best talent to work for the Palo Alto, California-based company Tesla does not have a traditional press office and a tweet to Musk was not immediately returned.


Elon Musk's bad spell continues amid a spat with the National Transportation Safety Board

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said it's "unhappy" that Tesla made public information about a deadly crash involving a Model X vehicle. This file photo taken in 2017 shows billionaire tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, founder of the Tesla electric car company and the SpaceX aerospace exploration firm, speaking at the 2017 International Astronautical Congress 2017 in Australia. Tech billionaire Elon Musk's bad spell is continuing into a second month, amid a spat with a federal safety agency, an auto recall and production issues, an adverse court ruling, and a debt rating downgrade. Shares of the Musk-led electric car company Tesla (TSLA) were down 2.4% at $259.65 in Monday afternoon trading, recovering from a more than 6% drop earlier in the day amid National Transportation Safety Board displeasure with the firm's disclosure of preliminary details about a fatal Tesla crash. Christopher O'Neil, an NTSB spokesman over the weekend said the safety agency was unhappy with Tesla's announcement that its Autopilot partial self-driving system was engaged when one of its Model X electric crossover SUVs crashed on March 23 in Mountain View, Cal., killing the driver.


Tesla vehicle deliveries slip in the second quarter

Los Angeles Times

Tesla Motors shipped fewer autos to customers in the last three months, making it unlikely to meet prior expectations for delivering 80,000 to 90,000 vehicles this year. The Palo Alto maker of electric autos said Sunday that it delivered 14,370 vehicles in the April to June quarter, a decline of 450 vehicles from the first quarter that Tesla attributed to an "extreme production ramp up" and a number of custom-ordered vehicles still being shipped. Tesla said it anticipates delivering 50,000 vehicles in the second half of the year. Although that second-half target would match its vehicle deliveries for all of 2015, it would still be just shy of the guidance provided by the company in April. The revised expectations arrive at a delicate moment for Tesla, which has excited drivers and investors alike by the promise of gasoline-free autos and drummed up significant hype over its upcoming Model 3, pitched as an electric car for the masses.


Special Report: Inside Google's quest to shape the rules of the driverless road

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AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Plaza here is a strip mall with a pet-accessories store, a Thai restaurant and a yogurt shop, an unlikely venue to display the high-tech future. But one Saturday morning in March, Google did just that. A small convoy of its driverless cars cruised into the fading asphalt parking lot to give test drives – test rides, actually – to American mayors visiting Austin's annual South by Southwest tech-and-culture festival. Mayor Richard J. Berry of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was impressed with how the cars dodged pedestrians and fallen tree limbs. Sam Liccardo, mayor of San Jose, California, right in Google's backyard, was impressed that he got to see the cars at all. "These things are crawling all over my city" in tests, "but I had to come to Austin to ride in one," said Liccardo. "This is going to change cities."