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Alibaba’s Ambition For Autonomous Driving

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Alibaba remains firm in its commitment to autonomous driving. The Chinese e-commerce giant has set its sights this time on a company called DeepRoute.ai, currently dedicated to robotaxis but with aspirations to enter the world of urban logistics. In this way, the company founded by Jack Ma has led an investment of 300 million dollars together with the company Jeneration Capital Management and the car manufacturer Geely.

The CEO of DeepRoute.ai has stated that “much of the money will be invested to develop the technology, and the rest to expand the fleet” of its robotaxis, which currently operates with 70 with the goal of expanding it between 150 and 160. He also confirmed that its long-term strategy includes the development of autonomous city delivery trucks with a medium load capacity.

This new project underscores Alibaba’s ambition to establish itself in this type of Chinese tech sector, as it did previously with self-driving company AutoX, which focuses on robotaxis; and the manufacturer of electric vehicles, XPeng, one of Tesla’s great rivals along with Nio or Lucid Motors.

In addition to this, Alibaba also intends to manufacture autonomous delivery trucks with its logistics subsidiary Cainiao. All of this comes as automakers and tech companies are pouring billions into autonomous driving, aiming to take the lead in what many see as the future of mobility.

Lucid, the new Tesla?
On the other hand, Bank of America analyst John Murphy indicated that Lucid Motors, a company dedicated to the manufacture of electric vehicles, could represent a threat to other emerging companies such as Tesla . For Murphy, Lucid has many of the ingredients necessary for success, including its “innovative technology, compelling product, compelling brand, and impressive management.”

One of the differentiating aspects of Lucid is its autonomy, a key concept for buyers, given the difficulties with the charging infrastructure in most countries, and even in the United States. In particular, the limited edition Air Dream Edition can reach 830 kilometers on a full charge, which would surpass the Tesla Model S by almost 200 kilometers, which for years has dominated this section.

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Victim Killed In Green Lake County Car Crash Identified, Police Look For More Information

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Police have identified a man who was killed in a car crash on Highway 23 last month. Authorities, however, are still seeking more information about the deadly crash that also sent one person to a hospital.

Police Looking For Additional Information

A search continues for a witness or witnesses who may have information on the crash, which occurred near County Highway W. on Sept. 29 around 3:20 p.m. According to the Green Lake County Sheriff’s Office, a westbound black Jeep SUV crossed the center line and struck an eastbound white ford SUV head-on, Ripon Press reported.

Victims Identified

According to a crash report, the driver of the white SUV was identified as Appleton resident Steven Scott La Tour, 51. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Jessica Knueppel, 43, of Fon du Lac was the driver of the Jeep SUV. She was brought to ThedaCare Berlin for treatment.

According to the crash report, Kneuppel looked like she was under the influence of medications, drugs, or alcohol. She was tested to see if her blood contains drugs or alcohol and authorities are still waiting for the results.

Another Crash Happened The Same Day

A press release from Green Lake County Crime Stoppers stated that just 10 minutes earlier on the same day, another crash transpired which involved a red or maroon SUV.

The driver of the red or maroon SUV apparently left his car to check damages but eventually fled the scene, the report said.

Ripon Press quoted Green Lake County Chief Deputy Matthew Vande Kolk saying, “We are attempting to identify the occupants of the red or maroon SUV as we believe they may have information pertaining to the fatal traffic crash investigation.”

Any person who has any information regarding the fatal crash can contact 920-294-4134 Ext. 1151 to speak to a detective or send an email [email protected].

Tipsters may also receive a cash reward for any information that can lead to any eyewitnesses.

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Man Killed, Stepsons Critically Injured In Car Crash In Illinois

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A fundraising program has been launched after a family lost their father to a car crash. His two stepsons were critically injured in the same accident in Beach Park Friday evening.

Justin Moland, the coach of the Waukegan Panthers youth baseball team, said in a GoFundMe fundraiser that his players, Giovanny Rodriguez, his brother Alejandro and their stepfather, Jose Hernandez, were involved in the fatal car accident, reported ABC 7 Chicago.

Both Giovanny and Hernandez were a part of the team’s summer league championship season, Moland said. Alejandro played for Waukegan Savages age division team.

The car crash happened around 6:45 p.m. Friday on Green Bay Road north of Wadsworth Road in Beach Park.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Beach Park Fire Department were quick to react to the incident and found a crash involving four vehicles.

As per the preliminary investigation report, a 2017 Jeep Patriot, driven by a 50-year-old woman, tried to pass a truck, and then it hit a tractor and the jeep drove northbound in the lanes of Green Bay Road.

The jeep then crashed into a southbound 2014 Kia Soul, driven by Hernandez, 49, reported Lake & Mchenry County Scanner.

Hernandez was rushed to Vista Medical Center East in an ambulance in Waukegan where the medical examiner announced him dead.

Giovanny, Alejandro Critical

Giovanny and Alejandro suffered critical injuries, and are currently under observation. Moland said that Giovanny is currently in critical condition. He has broken bones and a head injury. Alejandro, on the other hand, suffered a severe concussion and other serious injuries.

The mother, Jackie, is devastated after the accident and loss of her husband, according to Moland.

He called Hernandez a “genuinely good person” who was always “willing to lend a helping hand and have a good time.”

Talking about Giovanny and Alejandro, he said that they are kind-hearted young men who light up a room with their smiles and attitude.

“The Waukegan Panthers team has been deeply affected by this tragedy,” Moland added.

The illegally passing Jeep also crashed into a Ford Explorer that was traveling southbound directly behind Hernandez’s Kia. The driver of the Ford, a 58-year-old woman, and a passenger, a 24-year-old man, were taken to Vista Medical Center East with minor injuries, police said.

The accident is currently being investigated by the Lake County Sheriff’s Technical Crash Investigations Unit.

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Florida Sheriff Seizes Marijuana Weighing 770 Pounds, Searches For Owner To Return It

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Florida Sheriff, Marijuana, Owner

In a bizarre incident, a Florida sheriff has made a public declaration in search of a legal owner of high-grade marijuana weighing 770- pounds, which has a street value of two million dollars, and have it returned.

The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office took to its official Facebook page Thursday to make the eccentric announcement.

“If you happened to have lost or misplaced approximately 770 pounds of high-grade marijuana and would like to have your property returned, please contact our Narcotics Agents and we will be more than happy to reunite you with your lost property!!” Sheriff Wayne Ivey wrote in the Facebook post.

The post came after the Brevard Sherrif’s Office Narcotics Agents seized 770-pounds of marijuana from a storage facility in Viera.

Seized marijuana

Seized marijuana. Credit: Facebook/Brevard County Sheriff’s Office 

In the unusual announcement, the Sheriff’s Office urged the person who owns the misplaced marijuana to step up and claim his property from the Criminal Investigative Services building on Gus Hipp Blvd in Rockledge. The Office also said that they would happily return the drugs and keep the marijuana in a safe place to return it undamaged.

Claim Your Property With No Strings Attached: Police To Owner

“So if the 770 lbs of marijuana belongs to you, all we need you to do is come down to our Criminal Investigative Services building on Gus Hipp Blvd in Rockledge and claim your property with absolutely no strings attached!! Once we properly identify you as the rightful owner we will gladly return your property and also make sure that both you and your property are kept in a secure area so that no one can try to rip you off!!,” Sheriff Wayne Ivey further wrote in the post.

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