Why Nuro has quickly become one of the most well-funded autonomous-vehicle startups, raising $1.5 billion to compete in a crowded space already filled with heavy players

With a growing war chest and an enviable collection of blue-chip partners, Nuro is one of the hottest startups in the autonomous-vehicle industry.

Founded by two early members of Google’s autonomous-vehicle project (which has since spun out as Waymo), the startup is developing self-driving delivery vehicles. Nuro aims to one day eliminate delivery fees while offering a wide range of products, including food, groceries, and prescriptions.

Since its 2016 founding, the startup has run pilots with Walmart, CVS, and Domino’s Pizza while raising $1.5 billion and earning a $5 billion valuation. Insider asked three of Nuro’s investors — Baillie Gifford, Greylock Partners, and Toyota’s Woven Capital subsidiary — why they took stakes in the startup.

日本初、「工場を持たない」EVメーカー誕生の衝撃 – 佐川急便が配送用軽バンを7200台総取っ替えへ

佐川急便の発表が自動車業界に激震を与えた――。

同社は保有するすべての配送用軽自動車(7200台)を、EV(電気自動車)に入れ替える方針を示した。多くの業界関係者が驚いたのが、そのEVをベンチャー企業が設計し、中国の五菱汽車が製造を受託するという点だ。

ベンチャー企業の正体は、2020年6月に設立されたASF(東京都港区)。佐川急便が環境負荷の低減や燃料費も含めた総コストの削減、車両のカスタムによる配送業務効率化を図るため、車両の共同開発先に選定した。

航続距離は200キロメートル以上で、軽タイプの配送車が1日に走行する距離を十分まかなえるという。また、配送車の状況をデジタルで管理できるような端末を標準搭載する予定だ。

CR Engineers Show a Tesla Will Drive With No One in the Driver’s Seat

After a fatal crash in Texas, we demonstrated how easy it is to defeat Autopilot’s driver monitoring

Consumer Reports engineers easily tricked our Tesla Model Y this week so that it could drive on Autopilot, the automaker’s driver assistance feature, without anyone in the driver’s seat—a scenario that would present extreme danger if it were repeated on public roads. Over several trips across our half-mile closed test track, our Model Y automatically steered along painted lane lines, but the system did not send out a warning or indicate in any way that the driver’s seat was empty …

Toyota previews new hydrogen racing engine in enduro series

Orc Rookie Racing’s Corolla-based endurance car will be powered by an adapted ICE powerplant that burns hydrogen, with a potential for future road cars

Toyota will debut a new hydrogen powertrain in a Japanese Corolla Sport-based race car, in order to test its potential before possibly introducing the technology on its future road models.

The engine, which will be fielded by Toyota’s latest entry, via Orc Rookie Racing, into Japan’s Super Taikuyu endurance racing series, will get its first competitive outing on 21-23 May.

The power plant is a 1618cc unit with three cylinders and is powered by compressed hydrogen fuel. Toyota has used hydrogen in its powertrains before, most famously on the Mirai. However, that car uses a reaction between hydrogen and oxygen within a fuel cell, which in turn produces electricity to power the engine …