Chinese autonomous vehicle startup WeRide scores permit to test driverless cars in San Jose

https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Screen-Shot-2021-04-12-at-12.34.41-PM.png?w=626 WeRide, the Chinese autonomous vehicle startup that recently raised $310 million, has received a permit to test driverless vehicles on public roads in San Jose, California. WeRide is the…

Tech and auto execs tackle global chip shortage at White House summit

https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/chinatech.jpg?w=600 A collection of tech and auto industry executives met with the White House to discuss solutions for the worldwide chip shortage Monday. CEOs from Google, Intel, HP, Dell, Ford…

Docugami’s new model for understanding documents cuts its teeth on NASA archives

https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/docugami-2.png You hear so much about data these days that you might forget that a huge amount of the world runs on documents: a veritable menagerie of heterogeneous files and…

How to choose and deploy industry-specific AI models

https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/GettyImages-854424344.jpg?w=600 DJ Das Contributor DJ Das is the founder and CEO of ThirdEye Data, a company that transforms enterprises with AI applications. A serial and parallel entrepreneur, DJ is also…

GV partner Terri Burns is joining us to judge the Startup Battlefield

https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/disrupt-2021-burns.jpg?w=764 One of the best parts of TechCrunch Disrupt is the Startup Battlefield competition, and one of the most important pieces of the Startup Battlefield is our lineup of expert…

UiPath’s first IPO pricing could be a warning to late-stage investors

https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/GettyImages-1193525314-1.jpg?w=600 A few months back, robotic process automation (RPA) unicorn UiPath raised a huge $750 million round at a valuation of around $35 billion. The capital came ahead of the…

Biden’s cybersecurity dream team takes shape

https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/GettyImages-1230263778.jpg?w=600 President Biden has named two former National Security Agency veterans to senior government cybersecurity positions, including the first national cyber director. The appointments, announced Monday, land after the discovery…

Biden’s cybersecurity dream team takes shape

https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/GettyImages-1230263778.jpg?w=600 President Biden has named two former National Security Agency veterans to senior government cybersecurity positions, including the first national cyber director. The appointments, announced Monday, land after the discovery…

Twitter to set up its first African presence in Ghana

https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/GettyImages-1055352580.jpg?w=601 Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, via a tweet, announced that the company would be setting up a presence in Africa. “Twitter is now present on the continent. Thank you, Ghana…

Cybersecurity training startup Hack The Box raises $10.6M Series A led by Paladin Capital

https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/HackTheBox_SeriesA_Image1-1.jpeg?w=749 Cybersecurity training startup Hack The Box, which emerged originally from Greece, has raised a Series A investment round of $10.6 million, led by Paladin Capital Group and joined by…

When wildfires rage close, Perimeter wants to tell you where to go

https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/image_6487327.jpg?w=454 Out the window, a fire is raging — and it’s moving ever closer. Confusion. Fear. A run for the car. Roads open and then suddenly closed by authorities. Traffic…

The Station: The biggest SPAC ever and reading the micromobility permit tea leaves

https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/the-station-scooter1.png The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every weekend in your inbox. Hi there,…

NGK Spark Plugs launches $100M corporate venture fund, will seek M&A opportunities

https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/GettyImages-527605103.jpg?w=600 NGK Spark Plug, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of automative spark plugs, announced a new $100 million fund to invest in startups and find potential merger and acquisition…

Cruise strikes deal to launch robotaxi service in Dubai

https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Cruise-Origin-Dubai.jpg?w=600 Cruise has expanded its robotaxi ambitions beyond San Francisco. The autonomous vehicle subsidiary of GM that also has backing from SoftBank Vision Fund, Microsoft and Honda, has struck a…

Nigerian fintech Appzone raises $10M for expansion and proprietary technology

https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Screenshot-141.png?w=680 Africa’s fintech space has gained proper attention over the past few years in investments but it is not news that startups still battle with offering high-quality products. However, they…