There’s no Google Maps for self-driving cars, so Mapper.ai is paying Uber & Lyft drivers $3 per mile, triple the $1 per mile the average driver is believed to earn, to help build it. In as little as 24 hours, Mapper will deliver a machine-readable map of any place on earth with public roads. LINK


Passengers are reporting Uber Scam In Brazil. Drivers leaving the meter running after drop-off. LINK

  • FLASHBACK:  Vomitgate continues …  Lyft driver charges Fargo couple $150 for vomit clean-up, his wife proves it’s a fraud by finding security video of driver buying nachos, popcorn, and applesauce. LINK

First, it was America’s best-selling electric car. Then it became the best-selling luxury car. Now Tesla’s Model 3 is becoming one of America’s best-selling sedans period. For the first time, an electric vehicle outsells all but a handful of Toyota and Honda cars in the US. LINK


VIDEO: Kanye West jumps on a table at Detroit college to rant about leaving Elon Musk alone. The following video contains strong language. LINK


REPORT: Nearly 1 In 4 workers have quit a job over a rough commute.  LINK

  • FLASHBACK: LinkedIn Now Lets You Search for Jobs by Commute Time LINK

VIDEO: Cargo raises $22 Million to sell snacks to Uber passengers. LINK

  • FLASHBACK: Uber drivers can make an extra $100 per month by selling passengers Twix. Uber announced its global exclusive partnership with in-car vending Machine startup Cargo. Honestly, how long before Uber moves this in-house? LINK

Honda is paying $750 million immediately and investing another $2 billion over 12 years in General Motors’ Cruise self-driving technology for a 5.7 percent stake. They will jointly develop autonomous vehicles for deployment in ride services fleets around the world. LINK


Ford wants standard alerts on self-driving cars for pedestrians. A light bar, located just above the windshield, uses three different light signals to indicate it is yielding, in active driving mode or preparing to accelerate from a stop.  LINK

  • FLASHBACK: In an effort to begin putting pedestrians at easeJaguar is testing googly eyes that follow pedestrians to reassure them that the car ‘sees’ them.  LINK

Ford Motor CompanyUber and Lyft have committed to support to SharedStreets, a new data platform designed to make it easier for the private sector to work with cities around the world and leverage data to improve urban mobility. SharedStreets is a project of the Open Transport Partnership, a non-profit organization that builds tools for public-private collaboration around transport data.  Funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies and a growing list of private-sector partners.  LINK


ClimaCell grabs $45M for weather data for Driverless Cars, bringing its venture capital haul to $65 million. Investors include Ford Smart Mobility and their current clients include ride-hailing app company ViaLINK


Shares in the luxury-car maker Aston Martin dropped below their IPO price on the first day of dealing in London on Wednesday. LINK

  • FLASHBACK:  Chinese parent company of Swedish automaker Volvo has postponed its planned IPOGeely is worried that President Trump’s trade war could impact Volvo’s valuation. LINK
  • FLASHBACK:  China’s Electric-vehicle maker Nio gets poor reception on IPOLINK

Paris to ban cars in the city center on the first Sunday of every month. Only those traveling on foot, rollerblades, bikes or scooters will be allowed access. However, local residents, delivery vehicles, public transport, and taxis will also be allowed to enter and leave via designated access points – although vehicles must limit their speed to 20km/h. LINK


Not-for-profit DAV Foundation has raised $24 million to build and develop a blockchain-based open network for autonomous vehicles. Of course, funding details have not been disclosed. LINK


Those signs telling you how fast you’re driving may be the Drug Enforcement Administration recording your license plate. The DEA is collecting information on everybody, not all of whom have been accused of a crime, in case they may one day commit a crime. LINK

Anthony Barba

About Anthony Barba

As the founder of mobility as a marketing consultancy pumpkin, Anthony helps brands utilize transportation to increase their competitive advantage & create new revenue streams. once gave TEDx talk on how the rise of the mafia in las vegas is connected to the future of mobility … then walked off stage to buy his daughter a Spider-Man action figure next door.

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