Technology Walmart invests in GM-owned autonomous car startup Cruise
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Walmart is signaling its commitment to autonomous deliveries with a newin self-driving company . The two already have a cozy relationship, having recently worked together on a in Scottsdale, Arizona. Walmart was so impressed with Cruise's "differentiated business, unique tech and unmatched driverless testing" that it decided to take part in the GM subsidiary's $2.75 billion funding round.
The investment will see Cruise become an important part of the retailer's "last mile delivery ecosystem" — industry parlance for the final journey from warehouse to customer. Walmart has struck additional partnerships on driverless deliveries with companies including Google's, and . Most of these involve limited trials, but Walmart is adamant that autonomous vehicles will play a bigger part in retail.
Oracle brings Autonomous Data Warehouse to the rest of us
With the new release, Oracle is expanding the appeal of the autonomous data warehouse to add end-to-end self-service experiences geared for business users.Oracle's move is very much in line with some of its rivals, such as Microsoft with Azure Synapse Analytics, and SAP with Data Warehouse Cloud, that have also broadened their cloud data warehouses to end-to-end services. But it is starkly differentiated from others like AWS, Snowflake, and Google, that are taking more portfolio-oriented or best-of-breed partner strategies.
"This investment is a marker for us – it shows our commitment to bringing the benefit of self-driving cars to our customers and business," Walmart chief John Furner noted in a blog post. "It’s no longer a question of if they’ll be scaled, but when."
Walmart's decision arrives just months after it announced its membership program,, in a bid to rival Amazon Prime. Both companies have a massive windfall in profits during the pandemic that could be put toward automating more parts of their operations. The two are also to their massive carbon footprints by investing in fleets. It helps that Cruise has committed to using all-electric cars supplied by GM in its network from the outset.
Baidu rolls out paid driverless taxi service in Beijing .
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese tech giant Baidu rolled out its paid driverless taxi service on Sunday, making it the first company to commercialize autonomous driving operations in China. Unlike previous Baidu autonomous driving demonstrations in Beijing, this was the first time there was no safety driver sitting behind the wheel. Instead, a safety member was seated in the front passenger seat to deal with any emergencies. Up to 10 Apollo “robotaxis”Unlike previous Baidu autonomous driving demonstrations in Beijing, this was the first time there was no safety driver sitting behind the wheel. Instead, a safety member was seated in the front passenger seat to deal with any emergencies.