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Will Trump ruin the unicorn IPOs of our dreams? – TechCrunch

Will Trump ruin the unicorn IPOs of our dreams? – TechCrunch The government shutdown entered its 21st day on Friday, upping concerns of potentially long-lasting impacts on the U.S. stock market. Private market investors around the country applauded when Uber finally filed documents with the SEC to go public. Others were giddy …

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Self-driving car startup Aurora is raising capital at a $2B valuation – TechCrunch

Self-driving car startup Aurora is raising capital at a $2B valuation – TechCrunch Early last year, LinkedIn co-founder and prolific venture capital investor Reid Hoffman called Chris Urmson “the Henry Ford of autonomous vehicles (AV).” The vote of confidence and big check from Hoffman, coupled with a team of deeply knowledgable …

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Audi, Mobileye, Waymo, other top automakers unite to spread the self-driving gospel – TechCrunch

Audi, Mobileye, Waymo, other top automakers unite to spread the self-driving gospel – TechCrunch The self-driving vehicle evangelists are uniting. A number of major automakers, technology companies and organizations with a stake in autonomous vehicles, including Audi, Aurora, Cruise, GM, Mobileye, Nvidia, Toyota, Waymo and Zoox has formed a coalition …

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Inside VW, Mobileye’s deal to launch a autonomous ride-hailing service in Israel – TechCrunch

Inside VW, Mobileye’s deal to launch a autonomous ride-hailing service in Israel – TechCrunch In the world of autonomous vehicles, the news comes in repetitive short bursts with formulaic precision: Company X is launching a robotaxi fleet/test program in city Y by [insert date]. These announcements are promptly forgotten until …

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China’s Byton is sending its electric SUV prototypes to the U.S. – TechCrunch

China’s Byton is sending its electric SUV prototypes to the U.S. – TechCrunch That’s when self-driving vehicle technology startup Aurora will take over. Byton, the new China-based automaker founded by former BMW and Infiniti executives, has produced the first 10 prototypes of its tech-centric all-electric SUV and some of them …

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Embark CEO says autonomous driving is the only way we’ll get to zero fatalities – TechCrunch

Embark CEO says autonomous driving is the only way we’ll get to zero fatalities – TechCrunch Autonomous systems are coming. In fact, they’re already here thanks to Alphabet’s Waymo, Uber and smaller startups like Aurora, Embark Trucks and Voyage . Although there have a been a couple of fatal crashes …

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Aurora hires SpaceX’s Jinnah Hosein, opens SF and Pittsburgh offices – TechCrunch

Self-driving technology company Aurora has made some key moves on its leadership team and overall company growth: It’s bringing on SpaceX’s now former head of software engineering, Jinnah Hosein, to lead its own software engineering team in a VP role. The autonomous software provider is also opening up two new …

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Aurora raises $90M Series A, adds Reid Hoffman and Mike Volpi to its board

Self-driving car startup Aurora has raised $90 million in a Series A round, with participation from both Greylock Partners and Index Ventures. The new funding adds to its available cash and will make it possible for the young startup to scale more quickly, but Aurora CEO Chris Urmson told me …

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Aurora will power Byton EV’s autonomous driving features

Aurora, the self-driving startup founded by Google self-driving car project alum Chris Urmson, along with Tesla Autopilot developer Sterling Anderson, CMU robotics expert and Uber vet Drew Bagnell, and a team of industry experts, will be making the autonomous smarts for Byton’s forthcoming electric vehicle. Byton, a startup that had …

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Self-driving startup Aurora will work with Nvidia on autonomous driving

Relative autonomous driving industry newcomer Aurora has been revealing a lot of early traction lately, and now we know that it’s also working with GPU-maker Nvidia. Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang revealed that his company will be supplying Aurora with the tech underlying their compute platform. Aurora is building self-driving systems …

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