Argo AI can now offer the public rides in its autonomous vehicles in California

Argo AI can now offer the public rides in its autonomous vehicles in California

Argo AI, the Ford and VW-backed autonomous vehicle technology startup, obtained a permit in California that will allow the company to offer free rides to people in its autonomous vehicles on public roads in the state. The California Public Utilities Commission issued the so-called Drivered AV pilot permit earlier this month, based on the approved application. It was posted on their website on Friday, just over a week after Argo and Ford announced plans to roll out at least 1,000 autonomous vehicles on Lyft's ride-sharing network in multiple cities over the next five years, starting with Miami and Austin. The…
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Bring your own environment – the future of work

Bring your own environment – the future of work

Michael biltz Taxpayer Michael Biltz is Managing Director of Accenture Technology Vision, where he leads the company's annual vision process to focus on how technology will affect the way we work and live. The world has just witnessed one of the fastest job transformations in history. In COVID-19, companies sent people home in droves, relying on technology to keep business as usual. Working from home, once the exception rather than the rule, became responsible for two-thirds of economic activity, as an estimated 1.1 billion people around the world were forced to carry out their daily jobs consistently. remote, up from…
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China Roundup: Keep Internet Upstarts at Bay, Cultivate Hard Tech

China Roundup: Keep Internet Upstarts at Bay, Cultivate Hard Tech

Hello and welcome back to the TechCrunch China recap, a recap of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what they mean for people in the rest of the world. China's tech industry has had a pretty turbulent week. The government is dumping its $ 100 billion private education sector, wiping out billions from the market capitalization of the industry's most lucrative players. Meanwhile, the assault on the Chinese internet giants continued. Tech stocks fell after Tencent suspended user registration, raising fears about who will be the next target of Beijing's ire. Incisive observers point out that the new…
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5 IPO Lessons of the Year in Edtech from Duolingo

5 IPO Lessons of the Year in Edtech from Duolingo

Duolingo landed on public markets this week, drawing excitement and attention for the educational technology sector and its founding cohort. The language learning company's stock price soared when it went public, even after the unicorn raised its IPO price range and its price was above the high range. Duolingo IPO Demonstrates Public Market Investors Can See Long-Term Value In A Mission And Technology Driven Concern For Education; The company's IPO carries additional weight considering the few educational technology companies that have historically been listed. Duolingo IPO Demonstrates Public Market Investors Can See Long-Term Value In A Mission And Technology Driven…
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The pandemic effect is slowing down

The pandemic effect is slowing down

Welcome back to The TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly newsletter on startups and markets. It is inspired by what the day of the week Exchange column dig deep, but it's free, and it's made for your weekend reading. Do you want it in your inbox every Saturday? Sign up here. Our work this week started in China, delved into African startup activity, dealt with China once again, took a very deep dive into the Latin American startup ecosystem, and concluded with a second look at the Robinhood IPO. In other words, not much was happening at all! You may have been…
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Unicorns are ready for a haircut.

Unicorns are ready for a haircut.

Digitizing your haircut may not have been on your 2020 wish list, but 2021 has an even more surprising lineup: Tech-driven barbers are now a nearly $ 1 billion worth of business proposition. . Squire is a back-end barbershop management tool for freelance businesses. I first covered it in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. The startup raised millions of dollars days before its key clientele, hair salons, closed across the country. The company eventually went from defense to offense in its growth strategy, finding itself a key partner for any barbershop that needed to start offering contactless payments,…
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Daily Crunch: European privacy regulators fine Amazon $ 887 million for targeted advertising practices

Daily Crunch: European privacy regulators fine Amazon $ 887 million for targeted advertising practices

For a recap of TechCrunch's biggest and most important stories in your inbox every day at 3pm PDT, subscribe here. Hello and welcome to Daily Crunch for July 30, 2021. What a week folks. It was packed with IPOs, earnings, startup news, and new hedge funds. And today was no exception. However, before we get into this, I am happy to report that Calendly CEO Tope Awotona is coming to Disrupt. It's also the last day for early bird passes, which are cheap. I see you there! - Alex TechCrunch's Top 3 Elon vs. Tim Apple: Earnings season is often…
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TuSimple’s autonomous truck network takes shape with Ryder’s partnership

TuSimple’s autonomous truck network takes shape with Ryder’s partnership

TuSimple, the autonomous trucking company that went public earlier this year, has partnered with Ryder as part of its plan to build a cargo network that will support its autonomous trucking operations. Under the agreement announced this week, Ryder's fleet maintenance facilities will act as terminals for TuSimple's cargo network. The so-called AFN, or TuSimple's autonomous charging network, is a collection of shipping lanes and terminals designed for autonomous transportation operations that will span the entire United States in 2024. UPS, which acquired a minority stake in TuSimple before going public, carrier US Xpress, Penske Truck Leasing and Berkshire Hathaway,…
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Google contractors in Pittsburgh ratify agreement with HCL

Google contractors in Pittsburgh ratify agreement with HCL

Nearly two years ago, contractors for Google's Pittsburgh operations voted to join the United Steelworkers union in a bid to secure greater representation for labor rights. It was an early example of a construction union movement for tech workers across the spectrum. But as other close battles have been fought between blue-collar workers and white-collar workers alike, both sides have continued to discuss negotiations. This week, they have finally resulted in something more concrete. Hired workers resisted for what they believed to be treatment similar to others in the tech industry. At the time, it seemed that Google was hoping…
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Calendly CEO Tope Awotona joins us at Disrupt 2021

Calendly CEO Tope Awotona joins us at Disrupt 2021

Everything seems so simple. Instead of the dreaded email exchange, what if there was a solution that helped two parties (or multiple parties) schedule a call or meeting? Calendly was born from that question. Today, the company is worth more than $ 3 billion, according to reports, and has more than 10 million users. Product growth is insane, growing over 1,000 percent from last year. But that kind of success doesn't come without hard work and dedication. To hear more about the journey of bootstrapped into billions, we'll be sitting down with Calendly founder and CEO Tope Awotona, who will…
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