Antioch lends support for regional driverless car micro transit plan

Antioch this week joined three other East Contra Costa County cities in throwing its support behind a preliminary plan to use driverless electric cars to shuttle passengers to public transportation and business hubs.

The City Council on Tuesday voted 4-1, with Tamisha Torres-Walker abstaining, to endorse a public-private partnership model that calls for Glydways Inc. to build a multimillion-dollar micro transit network in East Contra Costa. The planned system, to be privately financed, would complement bus and rail services in the region by 2030.

“We have a real project and transportation solution for East Contra Costa,” said Habib Shamskhou of

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How Driverless Electric Cars May Factor Into Public Transit

(TNS) — Pittsburg has hopped aboard a preliminary plan calling for a transit system that uses driverless electric cars to shuttle passengers to and from Bay Area BART, bus and Amtrak stations in East Contra Costa County.

The City Council on Monday unanimously agreed to support a public-private partnership model allowing Glydways Inc. to build a multimillion-dollar micro transit network that would complement current bus and rail services in the region and be fully operational by 2030. Brentwood, Oakley, Tri-Delta Transit and the Contra Costa County Transportation Authority have also agreed to support the project.

Under the agreement, Pittsburg will

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Driverless Truck Startup Plus Plans Hennessy SPAC Deal

Self-driving truck startup Plus is in talks to merge with special purpose acquisition company Hennessy Capital Investment Corp. V, according to people familiar with the matter, making it the latest autonomous vehicle maker seeking to go public via a blank-check firm.

Sequoia Capital China-backed Plus is set to have a valuation of more than $3 billion and raise $500 million to $600 million through the deal, which includes proceeds from the SPAC and new equity raised, one of the people said, asking not to be identified because the matter is private. BlackRock Inc. — already a Hennessy investor — is

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Tesla crash in Texas likely to be driverless

Two men died after a Tesla vehicle that authorities believe was operating without anyone in the driver’s seat crashed into a tree Saturday night north of Houston.

One of the men was in the front passenger’s seat and the other was in the back seat of the Tesla, which was travelling at high speed along a curve before it hit a tree around 11:25 pm local time, Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman said. “Our preliminary investigation is determining—but it’s not complete yet—that there was no one at the wheel of that vehicle,” the constable said. “We’re almost 99.9%

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