This Week In Mobility: № 56

By November 23, 2017Mobility Newsletter

Apple appears to be leasing a former Fiat Chrysler-owned proving grounds in Arizona to test autonomous vehicles, according to a source familiar with the matter. It’s the latest sign that the technology company isn’t done working on autonomous vehicles LINK

THIS WEEK IN UBER:

  • SoftBank Group has confirmed it is discussing buying Uber stake from Menlo and Benchmark at 30 percent discount to last funding round. LINK
  • Allegations of Rogue Conduct at Uber Delay Waymo Trial Again. Judge states, “I can no longer trust the words of the lawyers for Uber in this case.”   LINK
  • Four GOP senators are demanding more details from Uber about a cyberbreach the ride-hailing firm endured in which the accounts of 57 million users were compromised. LINK
  • Tel Aviv Court Bans UberDay and UberNight Israeli Pilot Service, which required passengers to pay the private drivers reimbursement fees for expenses, including fuel as a way to skirt the law. Injunction follows complaints by rival ride-hailing company Gett, the taxi drivers’ union, and Ministry of Transport  LINK
  • Uber gives away Krispy Kreme 36,000 free doughnuts on World Diabetes DayLINK

VIDEOTuSimple, a China-based autonomous truck technology startup backed by Nvidia, has raised $55 million in a Series C funding to to bring self-driving trucks to the U.S. LINK

Driverless cars could free millions of elderly and disabled who can’t leave home alone LINK 

Seniors to trial driverless shuttles at IRT Group aged care communities LINK


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Mom and pop auto dealers are looking to sell. The value of the average dealership is at a record high, but dramatic changes in the auto industry are forcing owners to examine their own future. Automakers are ramping up development of ride-sharing companies, autonomous-drive vehicles and electric models that may not require as much service, a key source of revenue. LINK

Have you seen the photos of the bicycle graveyard? Chinese bike share graveyard a monument to industry’s ‘arrogance’ If you click one link today its this one LINK

FLASHBACK to № 53: European cities are starting to push back against the chaos that can ensue when bikes go “dockless”. LINK

Interactive: Over 50% of peak hour NYC taxi trips would be faster as Citi Bike rides. LINK

The average NYC Transit bus travels 7.4 miles per hour LINK

17% quitting their jobs because of the commute LINK

VIDEO: Bloomberg gets a look inside Zoox’s Robo-Taxi. Founded in 2014, Zoox Inc. has raised more than $250 million. It has used this money to rethink the car altogether. This means no steering wheel, seats that face each other like those in a limo and a host of novel safety features that a true robotic car would need in order to communicate with other drivers and pedestrians to make its intentions clear. LINK


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Someone stole Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Mike Petersen’s personalized license plate, FREDOM2. (Does another Senator have FREDOM1?) LINK

FRED, a free all-electric shuttles service in San Diego can’t keep up with demand, so the city is investing $5.7 million over five years so that the service can remain free. LINK

Nickel Ride, Free all-electric shuttles service in Fort Myers in expanding to the South Cape hospitality district. The ride is paid for by sponsors, business owners, and advertisers. LINK

Mobility as a Real Estate selling point: new west London townhouses have private gardens, sunken patios, and personal car-charging points. LINK

Singapore aims to ramp up standards for autonomous vehicles with test centre LINK

This Week In Mobility: № 56

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