Elon Musk Says Tesla Will Become One Of World’s Largest AI Companies, Hints Google Is Far Ahead

  • “Responding on Twitter, CEO Elon Musk said he believes Tesla will become one of the largest AI companies in the world. This is in relation to Tesla’s autonomous vehicle approach. Musk said “…it turns out that the only way to solve self-driving is to solve a big part of real-world AI,” when responding about Tesla’s self-driving work.
  • It seems Musk believes Google is also advancing in AI. While not naming them directly, he said, “A company whose name rhymes with Shmoogle is pretty far ahead,” in reference to artificial intelligence. Google has created such software as DeepMind and AlphaGo, impressive demonstrations of AI in real-world and theoretical situations.”


Via raises $200 million to optimize ride-sharing routes with AI

  • “Transportation startup Via today announced that it has raised $200 million in series E financing, bringing its total raised to over $500 million at a $2.25 billion valuation — more than double its $1 billion valuation in 2017.
  • To date, the company says it has provided over 70 million rides around the world, up from 50 million as of July 2019.
  • a report from Edison Trends found that consumer spending on ride-sharing plummeted up to 21% in the seven-day period ending March 16, with further declines likely”


Self-driving cars begin transporting groceries to Texas homes

  • “Two Kroger markets in Houston are rolling out a self-driving car program, in which orders can be placed online and delivered right to your home without a driver.
  • The delivery service was conceived by the robotics company Nuro, founded by two ex-Google employees. Kroger and Nuro began working together last year for a trial run in Scottsdale, Ariz., before they started this year’s expansion.”