Huawei to reach driverless technology milestone by 2025

An executive from Huawei Technologies said, the company aims to develop driverless passenger car technology by 2025. The move sees the erstwhile Chinese telecom giant diversifying its business in the face of U.S. sanctions. “Our team’s goal is to reach true driverless passenger cars in 2025,” said Wang Jun, senior executive at Huawei’s smart vehicle…

China based autonomous driving startup WeRide valued at $3.3 billion in latest funding round

In a statement, WeRide, a China-based autonomous driving startup which is backed by Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi Motors  said, it has raised “hundreds of millions” of dollars in its latest funding round which valued it at $3.3 billion. Guangzhou, China headquartered WeRide however did not disclose details on the size of the funding. In a…

Google partnering with Carnegie Mellon University to forecast Wuhan coronavirus spread

In a statement, Alphabet Inc’s Google disclosed, over the last three days, it had surveyed a few users on their health at the request of Carnegie Mellon University researchers who are aiming to forecast the spread of Wuhan coronavirus infections. Google’s Opinion Rewards app, which exchanges responses to surveys from Google and its clients for…

Apple limits online purchases of iphones to 2 per person midst Wuhan coronavirus outbreak

A check on Apple’s website on Friday revealed, Cupertino is limiting customer purchases of iPhones over its online stores to two handsets per person. The measure is applicable to many countries including the United States and China. The development comes in the wake of the Apple closing all of its brick-and-mortar stores outside China, even…

Apple, Netflix pull out of South by Southwest music and tech festival

Apple Inc and Netflix Inc stated, they are pulling out of the South by Southwest music and tech festival which is scheduled to be held later this month midst China’s coronavirus outbreak. As of Wednesday, the U.S. death toll from coronavirus infections stands at 11 with California Governor Gavin Newsom declaring a state emergency. Earlier…

Alphabet Inc cancels Google I/O midst global coronavirus outbreak

Alphabet Inc has canceled its annual developer event, Google I/O, midst growing concerns on China’s coronavirus which has started spreading outside China. “Over the coming weeks, we will explore other ways to evolve Google I/O to best connect with and continue to build our developer community,” said Alphabet Inc. On Monday, Alphabet had said it…

Financial market website Zero Hedge suspended from Twitter

Zero Hedge, a financial market website has been banned from Twitter following the posting of a report which linked a Chinese scientist to the fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak in China. Late last week Zero Hedge said, it has received a notification from Twitter accusing it of violating its “rules against abuse and harassment.” The outbreak of…

Toyota plans on releasing self-driving level 2 vehicles in 2020

In a statement, Toyota Motor Corp disclosed, its automated driving R&D unit plans on deploying advanced self-driving capabilities in mobility service vehicles before it does so in personal-use vehicles. “‘Level 4’ (driving capabilities) is really what we’re striving for to first appear in mobility as a service,” said James Kuffner, CEO of Toyota Research Institute-Advanced…

Ford Motor and Baidu to commence testing of self-driving vehicles in China

The two envisages that by the end of the development and testing process, the vehicles which will reach level 4 technology for autonomous vehicles, will be capable of operating autonomously in certain conditions. On Wednesday, Ford Motor Co and Baidu Inc stated, they have launched a joint venture to test self-driving vehicles on Chinese roads.…