General Motors’ Cruise

19th April 2021

Weekly Brief: Dubai Takes the Robo-Taxi Plunge with GM Cruise

General Motors’ Cruise has finalized a deal with the city of Dubai and its transport regulator. From now until 2029, Cruise will be the exclusive provider of self-driving taxis...

Commentary By Andrew Tolve

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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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25th January 2021

Weekly Brief: Heat Returns to Driverless Technology

A week after CES 2021 gave us virtually nothing to shout about, the auto industry delivered a solid batch of mobility headlines last week. General Motors’ Cruise struck a...

Commentary by Andrew Tolve

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21st December 2020

Weekly Brief: Amazon’s Dive into Driverless is About Survival

Amazon’s self-driving car start-up Zoox unveiled its first robo-taxi last week. The vehicle calls to mind a shiny toaster on wheels and features four seats inside. The passengers face...

Commentary by Andrew Tolve

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14th December 2020

Weekly Brief: Uber Slams Door on its Driverless Carol Singers

Uber’s self-driving car division is dead as a door-nail, in the timeless words of Charles Dickens’s great work, A Christmas Carol. “There is no doubt whatever, about that,” after...

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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19th October 2020

Weekly Brief: Driverless Tech Steering its Way Out of Pandemic?

General Motors’ Cruise finally has the green-light to bring fully driverless vehicles to San Francisco. The California Department of Motor Vehicles awarded Cruise a permit last week to operate...

Commentary By Andrew Tolve

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29th September 2020

Driverless Tech’s Ups and Downs Post Virus

The pandemic has hit almost all economic sectors globally but it has had an especially harsh effect on automotive. It has been called the single biggest risk factor facing...

By Siegfried Mortkowitz

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7th September 2020

Weekly Brief: Russian Robots Step into the Global AV Game

First came Google’s Waymo. Next came Baidu’s Apollo. Last week Yandex introduced the latest generation of autonomous vehicle companies powered by search engine giants: the Yandex Self-Driving Group. Yandex...

Commentary By Andrew Tolve

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29th June 2020

Weekly Brief: Amazon Ready to Disrupt the Driverless Industry

Amazon’s purchase of self-driving car specialist Zoox for $1.2Bn last week will ripple across the autonomous car industry. Zoox is a six-year-old start-up based out of Silicon Valley. It...

Commentary By Andrew Tolve

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20th April 2020

Weekly Brief: Toyota Behind Repurposing Robo-Taxis as Driverless Delivery Fleet

Self-driving start-up backed by Toyota has transformed its robo-taxi fleet into a driverless grocery delivery service last week. The move came in response to the ongoing lockdown in California...

Commentary By Andrew Tolve

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17th February 2020

Weekly Brief: Latest Driverless Crash Proves the Need

A Waymo self-diving vehicle was involved in a bizarre accident last month in Tempe, Arizona, police reports confirmed last week. The accident happened when a disgruntled former Waymo safety...

Commentary By Andrew Tolve