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25th July 2022

Weekly Brief: Amazon Eyes Bigger Profits with its BEV Delivery Fleet

Amazon deployed its new fleet of electric delivery vans to cities across the US. The vans are manufactured by Rivian, which Amazon supported with a $1.3Bn investment in 2019...

Commentary By Andrew Tolve

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21st July 2022

Baidu Unveils ‘Cheap’ Robo-Taxi in China

China’s leading digital giant, Baidu, has unveiled its latest, and cheapest, robo-taxi to operate within its Apollo Go commercial service. The BBC reports that the company’s new fully autonomous...

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7th March 2022

Weekly Brief: Waymo and GM Cruise at Tipping Point in Robo-Taxi Campaign

The State of California gave Waymo the green light to launch a commercial robo-taxi service in San Francisco. A safety driver must always be behind the wheel, according to...

Commentary By Andrew Tolve

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7th February 2022

Weekly Brief: Ups-and-Downs Persist for Driverless Tech

Self-driving cars were supposed to be a star at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics; instead, they’re a side note. Last year the Chinese government allowed Baidu to launch its...

Commentary By Andrew Tolve

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24th December 2021

Japan Steals a March on AV Market if Level 4 becomes Legal

Legalizing Level 4 autonomous driving could place Japan in pole position to lead the world in advancing the rollout of the technology. The nation’s National Police Agency has announced...

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20th September 2021

Weekly Brief: Electrification Still Facing Huge Challenges

The car industry’s push toward electrification is deeply problematic. On the one hand, carmakers and politicians alike are eager to embrace EVs as a fossil-fuel-free solution to transportation. On...

Commentary by Andrew Tolve

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6th August 2021

Baidu Unveils latest Autonomous BEV Minibus

China’s digital giant, Baidu, has announced the launch of its latest multi-purpose autonomous minibus it hopes to go into commercial service in the Guangzhou Huangpu District. The Apolong II...

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21st June 2021

Weekly Brief: China on Song with AV Advancement as US Dithers

Germany was the first country to legalize self-driving cars, the United States was the first to commercialize them but China may be the first to take them mainstream. Last...

Commentary By Andrew Tolve

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29th March 2021

Weekly Brief: Digital Companies Remain Biggest Threat to Carmakers

Cars are the ultimate mobile device. They allow us to move about, connect socially and professionally, make phone calls, take pictures of pretty sunsets and play music with the...

Commentary By Andrew Tolve

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10th March 2021

Opening AV Tech Doors with Open-Source Software

Open source software solutions are already being deployed globally by automakers investing in autonomous vehicle technologies. The potential for open source software applications in everything from simulation and testing...

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1st March 2021

Weekly Brief: Robo-Taxi Revolution Could be on Near Horizon

Fully autonomous vehicles arrived in Las Vegas last week. The AVs belong to self-driving startup Motional, which is a joint $4Bn venture shared by Hyundai and Aptiv. While the...

Commentary By Andrew Tolve

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7th December 2020

Weekly Brief: AV’s Green Shoots Thrive under Pandemic Concerns

AutoX became the first autonomous vehicle company to deploy fully driverless cars in China last week. The company is one of many that have been piloting AVs in China...

Commentary by Andrew Tolve

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