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Microsoft gives $1.5 million to group working on Grand Farm

Oct. 17, 2019 6:04 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Microsoft Corp. says it's investing $1.5 million in a group that's planning a fully autonomous outdoor farm in North Dakota, among other technology projects. Microsoft President Brad Smith made the announcement Thursday during an event at the company's Fargo campus. Smith says Microsoft...

Uber lays off 350 employees in Eats, autonomous vehicles

Oct. 14, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Uber is laying off 350 employees from its food delivery, autonomous vehicles, safety, insurance and other teams. The move is the latest in a string of staff reductions at the ride-hailing giant since its ill-fated initial public offering. CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in an email to employees...

Israel's central bank gives go-ahead to new digital bank

Sep. 24, 2019 9:06 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's central bank says it has granted a pair of high-profile entrepreneurs a license to open the country's first all-digital bank. The first new bank to be established in Israel in 40 years, it is the brainchild of tech executives Marius Nacht, who co-founded Check Point Software...

Traverse City's Hagerty gathering steam for the future

Sep. 23, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Hagerty is evolving to adapt to a changing automotive world. "Our mission as a business is to save driving and car culture for future generations," said McKeel Hagerty, CEO. "We're not just in the insurance business. We certainly started in insurance, and we'll certainly...

Facing US ban, Huawei emerging as stronger tech competitor

Sep. 17, 2019 6:12 AM EDT

SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Long before President Donald Trump threatened to cut off Huawei's access to U.S. technology, the Chinese telecom equipment maker was pouring money into research that reduces its need for American suppliers. Huawei's founder says instead of crippling the company, the export curbs are...

Ohio receives $17.8 million to study self-driving vehicles

Sep. 15, 2019 1:41 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has received $17.8 million to generate data on self-driving vehicles, an area of research in which the state is already playing a prominent role, according to the state's U.S. senators. Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown and Republican Sen. Rob Portman said the grant, announced this...

NTSB: Autopilot flaw, driver inattention caused Tesla crash

Sep. 4, 2019 7:57 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A design flaw in Tesla's Autopilot semi-autonomous driving system and driver inattention combined to cause a Model S electric car to slam into a firetruck parked along a California freeway, a government investigation has found. The National Transportation Safety Board determined that the...

Tesla heads down new road with car insurance in California

Aug. 28, 2019 8:00 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tesla owners in California can now buy insurance from the electric car company in what may be the first step toward the unconventional automaker providing coverage for a fleet of driverless taxis. The expansion announced Wednesday comes four months after Tesla CEO Elon Musk told...

Toyota, Suzuki partnering in self-driving car technology

Aug. 28, 2019 5:17 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's top automaker, Toyota, and smaller rival Suzuki are partnering in the development of self-driving car technology, as manufacturers around the world grapple with innovations in the industry. Under the deal, announced Wednesday, Toyota will take a 4.9% stake in Suzuki Motor Corp. valued...

Top Japanese automaker Toyota and smaller rival Suzuki say they are partnering in self-driving car technology

Aug. 28, 2019 4:29 AM EDT
TOKYO (AP) — Top Japanese automaker Toyota and smaller rival Suzuki say they are partnering in self-driving car technology.