California greenlights state’s first driverless taxi service, second in nation
Cruise Self-Driving Car A Cruise self-driving car is pictured Feb. 23, 2020, undergoing testing in the SoMa District of San Francisco. California officials on Thursday, June 2, 2022, greenlighted the launch of a fare-based ride-hailing business, operated by Cruise and featuring the driverless cars. (Dongyu Xu/Getty Images/iStockphoto)SAN FRANCISCO — The robotaxis are coming to a San Francisco street corner near you. We’re now the first and only company approved to operate a fared driverless ridehail service in a major U.S. city after receiving the Driverless Deployment Permit from @californiapuc! >> Related: Watch: Driverless vehicle pulls away from traffic stop, perplexes San Francisco policeThe first commercial robotaxi business in the nation was launched in 2020 by Alphabet-owned Waymo in Chandler, Arizona, the Times reported.wftv.com
House Republicans on Oversight Committee request Hunter Biden's financial information
Republicans on the House Oversight Committee are requesting more information about Hunter Biden and his associates. CBS News has obtained 14 letters sent by ranking member Rep. James Comer to numerous banks and the Tresury Department. CBS News senior investigtive correspondent Catherine Herridge has the latest.news.yahoo.com
GM says Cruise robo-car unit will be helmed by founder Vogt
DETROIT — (AP) — General Motors said Monday that Kyle Vogt will take over as CEO of its Cruise autonomous vehicle subsidiary, a company he helped found in 2013. A GM representative confirmed what Vogt posted on Twitter, that he had “once again” accepted the job as CEO of Cruise. The Detroit automaker announced in December that Ammann was leaving the company to be replaced by Vogt as interim CEO at Cruise. Cruise is operating a small fleet of autonomous-vehicle in San Francisco that it opened to the general public at the beginning of February. “Based on feedback from early users of our robo-taxi service, we’ve made something really special,” Vogt tweeted Monday.wftv.com
World’s biggest cruise ship ready to set sail from Florida
Royal Caribbean Wonder of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Cruise enthusiasts anxious to get up close and personal with the world’s largest passenger ship — your wait is almost over. On March 4, Royal Caribbean will debut its brand-new ship, Wonder of the Seas. READ: FDOT announces opening date for I-4 Ultimate express lanesThe 1,200 foot ship will embark from Fort Lauderdale on its maiden voyage. Royal Caribbean said on its website that Wonder will initially set sail from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale on seven-night excursions to the Caribbean and its own private island, CocoCay, in the Bahamas. pic.twitter.com/NbO0Pr8x6j — Royal Caribbean (@RoyalCaribbean) February 21, 2022Beginning in May, the cruise ship plans to head to Barcelona and Rome to kick off summer vacations in the Mediterranean.wftv.com
Bookings expected to increase as CDC eases travel warning for cruises
PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. — Cruise traffic is picking up at Port Canaveral, and experts say bookings are expected to ramp up even more now that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has eased its travel warning for cruising. The industry’s largest trade association calls the change from warning level four to level 3 a step in the right direction. He said he doesn’t believe that the level 4 warning instituted by the CDC on Dec. 30 accurately reflected what was going on. READ: Disney Wish inaugural sailing delayed from Port CanaveralPort Canaveral saw a drop in cruise traffic in January, but passenger counts are back up. Ships will continue to be assigned a color status of green, yellow, orange or red to indicate it’s COVID-19 status.wftv.com
CEO of GM's autonomous vehicle branch Cruise is leaving the company
A robot car of the General Motors subsidiary Cruise is on a test drive in 2019. Dan Ammann, CEO of General Motors autonomous vehicle branch Cruise, is leaving the company, GM announced Thursday. Cruise's President and CTO Kyle Vogt will take over as interim CEO, the company said. Additionally, Cruise will gain a new board member: Former Chairman and CEO of Northrop Grumman Wesley Bush, who is also a GM board member. GM said the leadership change comes along with plans to accelerate a strategy it laid out at its most recent Investor Day, with Cruise playing a key role in building out its autonomous vehicle platform.cnbc.com
CDC asks court to put Florida cruise ruling on hold after judge refuses
In a flurry of legal activity, attorneys for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have asked a federal appeals court to put on hold a U.S. district judge’s ruling that backed Florida in a fight about the cruise-ship industry.
Biden Administration takes cruise ship fight with Florida to appeals court
A battle between Florida and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about cruise-industry restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic went to an appeals court Tuesday, as federal-government attorneys also argued that a lower-court ruling should be put on hold.
Local cruise leaders work to get ships sailing by summer
PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. — Cruise industry leaders are still working to get ships sailing with passengers again by this summer. Royal Caribbean got approved for a trial cruise in Miami, and Canaveral Port Authority CEO Capt. John Murray said other companies are working on agreements to do something similar. Murray told Channel 9 the simulated sailings will involve a lot of testing and CDC oversight. Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, and click here to watch the latest news on your Smart TV.wftv.com
2 Royal Caribbean lines to resume Caribbean cruises in June
People line up to get on a Royal Caribbean International, Adventure of the Seas, relief boat that is sailing to Ft. Lauderdale, Sept. 28, In San Juan, Puerto Rico. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesMIAMI – Two Royal Caribbean cruises will resume in June, ending a yearlong hiatus, but passengers 18 and older must test negative for COVID-19 before getting on a ship. The company's Celebrity Cruises subsidiary said Friday that its Celebrity Millennium ship will relaunch on June 5 from St. Maarten. With the Caribbean such a popular destination, “It’s not entirely surprising to see both Celebrity and Royal Caribbean finding a way to return to the region,” said Colleen McDaniel, editor or Cruise Critic, a website that reviews cruises. Shares of Miami-based Royal Caribbean rose more than 2% Friday.
GM-backed Cruise to buy self-driving start-up Voyage
Cruise Chief Technology Officer Kyle Vogt (left) with Voyage CEO Oliver Cameron, who will join Cruise as part of an acquisition of the company. General Motors' majority-owned autonomous vehicle subsidiary Cruise has agreed to acquire Voyage, a self-driving car start-up that operated in retirement communities. The companies, which didn't disclose the terms of the deal, announced it Monday in a blog post by Voyage CEO Oliver Cameron, who will join Cruise as vice president of product. It's unclear how long Cruise will continue operating in the retirement communities. A majority of Voyage's 60 employees are expected to join Cruise, Wert said.cnbc.com
Cruise ship passengers recall deaths, confusion, quarantine
This July 2019 photo provided by Miguel Gonzalez, shows Margrit and Lucio Gonzalez with their granddaughter, Caylie Gonzalez, in Alaska. Lucio Gonzalez died of coronavirus.They put him on a ventilator for three weeks and two days, and after that he died, his widow said. (Miguel Gonzalez via AP)SAN FRANCISCO – The last vacation Margrit and Lucio Gonzalez took together began with an ominous delay: a medical emergency on the cruise ship they were set to board. One was Lucio Gonzalez, an athletic 73-year-old who had worked maintaining trails in the California Parks system for 25 years. But a few days after the trip ended, Lucio Gonzalez started feeling ill.
Norwegian Cruise Line suspends sailings through May
Norwegian Cruise Line is once again extending its suspension on sailings, this time through the end of May. Norwegian previously pushed back its return to sailing through the end of April less than a month ago. The company is also offering a 10% off coupon for those passengers if they have not already received one from a previously canceled cruise. Norwegian is also trying to figure out whether it will be able to resume any of its Alaska Cruises in 2021. Norwegian said it is “exploring several initiatives that may allow such cruises to continue” including asking the Canadian government to amend its suspension.
Canada bans cruise vessels until Feb. 28, 2022
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Carnival Cruise Line announces additional cancellations
Carnival Cruise Line on Friday announced more cancelations for the 2021 season. Earlier this month the cruise line had said it would extend its pause in operations until March 31, 2021, because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The cruise line made the announcement on Twitter and said that all U.S. departures through April 30 have been canceled. “In addition, we’ve moved the start date for Mardi Gras out of Port Canaveral to May 29, 2021,” the cruise line said. The cruise line added that those who are not able to take their trip are receiving a generous future cruise credit with an onboard credit package.
Cruise line becomes first to require passengers to get vaccine
Saga cruise line to require passengers to get vaccineUK-based Saga cruise lines is now the first cruise line in the world to require passengers to get a coronavirus vaccine in order to board. It announced passengers must be fully vaccinated, meaning they’ve received both does of the vaccine, 14 days before their departure. [TRENDING: What to know about Biden’s COVID-19 strategy | 2021 Bike Week will happen| Florida no longer releasing overdue vaccine numbers]The company is also pushing back resuming cruises from Apr. A Saga spokesman says their customers want the reassurance of the vaccine and to know others traveling with them will be vaccinated as well. The vaccine requirement comes as cruise lines struggle to resume operations, nearly a year after ceasing bookings in response to the pandemic.
Stocks making the biggest moves midday: Roku, Peloton, DraftKings, American Express and more
American Express — Shares of American Express jumped 3.5% in midday trading after JPMorgan issued an upbeat note on the payments company and advised investors to buy the stock. The Wall Street firm said it sees an upcoming surge in dining out post coronavirus. DraftKings – Shares of DraftKings dropped more than 4% after Berenberg initiated coverage on the sports-betting company with a sell rating. The Wall Street firm said investor expectations on the company are "overoptimistic" and shares are priced for perfection. State Street — Shares of State Street edged up nearly 1% after the company reported better-than-expected revenue for the fourth quarter.cnbc.com
GM teams up with Microsoft on driverless cars
This image provided by General Motors shows the new company logo. (General Motors via AP)DETROIT – General Motors is teaming up with Microsoft to accelerate its rollout of electric, self-driving cars. “Microsoft is a great addition to the team as we drive toward a future world of zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion,” said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. It wants to be seen as a clean vehicle company, rather than a builder of cloud-spewing gas-powered pickups and SUVs. GM scrapped its old square blue logo for a lower case gm surrounded by rounded corners and an ‘m’ that looks like an electrical plug.
Microsoft is investing and partnering with GM's Cruise on self-driving cars
Microsoft has entered into a long-term strategic relationship with General Motors and Cruise, the automaker's majority-owned autonomous car unit, to accelerate the commercialization of self-driving vehicles. In its announcement Tuesday, the companies said Microsoft will become the preferred cloud provider for GM and Cruise. The companies said they will work collaboratively on software and hardware engineering, cloud computing capabilities, manufacturing and partner ecosystem. "As Cruise and GM's preferred cloud, we will apply the power of Azure to help them scale and make autonomous transportation mainstream." Cruise will leverage Azure, Microsoft's cloud and edge computing platform, to commercialize its unique autonomous vehicle solutions at scale.cnbc.com
Royal Caribbean cancels cruises through end of April
Royal Caribbean is pushing back its plans to resume sailing. The company posted a statement on its website and social media accounts Monday announcing the suspension of sailing through April 30. Royal Caribbean is offering refunds or credits for a future cruise to customers affected by this suspension. 🔗 bit.ly/RCIOperationsUpdate Posted by Royal Caribbean International on Tuesday, January 12, 2021This comes despite the CDC lifting its no sail order at the end of October. [RELATED: Port Canaveral reports $18 million loss in budget year as cruise operations remain idled]Florida Today reports the biggest factor in the loss was the suspension of sailings.
GM's Cruise founder expects consolidation for makers of lidar self-driving vehicle sensors
"Their value is based on *projected* revenue that comes from *entirely overlapping* potential customers, with very little discount applied to future projections. The first three companies have announced SPAC deals but have not yet gone public. "Of course, it's certainly not unusual for startups to be valued based on future revenue projections, even in a highly competitive space," Vogt tweeted. "But I typically see private markets put a much larger discount on these future projections than what we see with these SPACs." Luminar went public last month through a SPAC deal with an enterprise value of $2.9 billion.cnbc.com
GM’s Cruise hires ex-Delta chief operating officer Gil West
Cruise, General Motors' majority-owned autonomous vehicle subsidiary, has hired former Delta Chief Operating Officer Gil West as its first COO, the company said Friday. West retired at the end of September after 12 years at the Atlanta-based airline. West started shortly before Delta's 2008 merger with Northwest and was named Delta's COO in 2014.cnbc.com
Miami Herald: Cruise industry "secretly funded disinformation campaign"
Miami Herald: Cruise industry "secretly funded disinformation campaign" New reporting from the Miami Herald reveals an association of cruise lines funded a "dark money" campaign to sway voters in Key West with alarming claims about referendums that would affect the cruise industry. Miami Herald reporter Taylor Dolven joins CBSN with the details.cbsnews.com
GM's Cruise to deploy fully driverless cars in San Francisco
The move announced Wednesday by GM-owned Cruise come two months after the company received California's permission to fully driverless cars in the state. “You’re seeing fully driverless technology out of the (research and development) phase and into the beginning of the journey to being a real commercial product," Cruise CEO Dan Ammann said Wednesday. California regulators also recently approved new rules allowing ride-hailing services to pick up passengers in self-driving cars, but Cruise isn't going down that road yet. Instead, Ammann pledged the company will move cautiously while dispatching up to five fully driverless cars into parts of San Francisco initially. Ammann declined to provide a timeline when asked if Cruise planned to use its driverless cars in ride-hailing service within San Francisco next year.
GM's Cruise begins testing autonomous vehicles without human drivers in San Francisco
Two self-driving Chevy Bolt EV cars are seen during a media event by Cruise, GM’s autonomous car unit, in San Francisco, California, U.S. November 28, 2017. Cruise, a majority-owned subsidiary of General Motors, has started testing self-driving vehicles without driver monitors in San Francisco, the company said Wednesday. The California-based company plans to begin testing a handful of vehicles, followed by a "very methodical and responsible" ramp-up across San Francisco, according to Cruise CEO Dan Ammann. While the vehicles will not have humans in the driver's seats, Cruise plans to maintain a safety operator in the passenger seat during the beginning of the testing, according to Cruise spokesman Ray Wert. Ammann declined to say when the company plans to launch a commercial autonomous vehicle business for passengers or cargo, citing "there's a lot more to come next year."cnbc.com
GM's Cruise plans to test unmanned self-driving cars this year in San Francisco
Cruise, a majority-owned subsidiary of General Motors, plans to begin testing unmanned autonomous vehicles by the end of this year in San Francisco. The company said Thursday it has received a permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles to remove the human backup drivers from its self-driving cars. "Before the end of the year, we'll be sending cars out onto the streets of SF — without gasoline and without anyone at the wheel," Cruise CEO Dan Ammann wrote in a Medium post. "Because safely removing the driver is the true benchmark of a self-driving car, and because burning fossil fuels is no way to build the future of transportation." Cruise is not the first company to receive such approval but it's a milestone in taking Cruise's privately operated fleet to a public level without having drivers — a goal of the company.cnbc.com
Self-driving car companies complain California test data may mislead
(Reuters) - Developers of self-driving cars are amping up criticism of a California reporting requirement on test data, saying the data could mislead, as the state prepares to release the latest results for 2019. The debate is taking on more importance amid delays in the rollout of self-driving vehicles and concerns over a lack of regulation and the prospects for profitability for the companies that make such vehicles. The focus on disengagements when a human driver must take manual control from a self-driving system and the backlash from self-driving companies have been growing since the California Department of Motor Vehicles began releasing annual disengagement reports five years ago. California requires all companies testing self-driving vehicles on public roads to submit an annual report on disengagements and what caused them, written in plain language.In 2018, the companies with the most miles between disengagements were Alphabet Incs (GOOGL.O) Waymo and Cruise. Self-driving companies say the disengagement data can draw unfair comparisons between companies and their self-driving technology.feeds.reuters.com
GM unveils Cruise Origin driverless shuttle
The driverless, electric shuttle, which GM is calling Origin, does not have manual controls such as pedals or a steering wheel. It is a production vehicle," Cruise CEO Dan Ammann said. Tuesday's event comes six months after Cruise delayed the launch of a commercial, self-driving vehicle service in San Francisco, which it had expected to deploy in 2019. Ammann, formerly president of GM, and GM CEO Mary Barra have said the launch of the company's self-driving vehicles would be "gated by safety." On Tuesday, Cruise did not give a specific timeline for start of production for Origin.cnbc.com
Huge cruise ship squeezes through Greek canal to claim record
Cruise passengers held their breath as a 22.5 meter wide cruise liner became the largest boat to pass through Greece's narrow Corinth Canal, according to its operator. (Courtesy Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines)(CNN) - Cruise passengers held their breath as a 22.5 meter wide cruise liner became the largest boat to pass through Greece's narrow Corinth Canal, according to its operator. The Corinth Canal is a tidal waterway connecting the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf, dividing the Pelopnnisos from mainland Greece. "Today Braemar made history as the longest-ever ship to cruise through the CorinthCanal," Fred Olsen cruise liners said on social media. At 6.3km (3.9 miles) long, the Corinth Canal shortens the sea route from Italian ports to the port of Athens.
GM Cruise delays launch of autonomous ride-share, adds to test fleet
Cruise, the subsidiary of General Motors developing self-driving vehicles and services, said Wednesday it is postponing a plan to launch an autonomous ride-share service by the end of 2019. Cruise CEO Dan Ammann announced the delay in launching an autonomous ride-share program through a post on Medium. Since late 2017, Ammann and General Motors have said they plan to have an autonomous ride-share service on the road by the end of 2019. Late last year, Waymo, Alphabet's autonomous vehicle division, launched its own commercial ride-share service in metropolitan Phoenix. "I feel very confident predicting autonomous robotaxis for Tesla next year," Musk told analysts in May.cnbc.com