You’ve all probably read a lot of the coverage about Waymo One, the company’s official public launch in Arizona. Here’s some nice recaps: Waymo
, The Atlantic
(my fav!), CNBC
Bloomberg argues that too few highway chargers are the last roadblock for electric vehicles. (Bloomberg
What’s a dock got to do with it?
Lyft announced they are investing $100m in New York’s Citibike program. More important than revenue from bikes (and pissing off Lime and Uber) is the prime real estate this will give them, enabling all of their services to thrive in the city with dedicated transport “hubs”
“After safety, our goal is to make a Tesla the most fun you could possibly have in a car.
” Picking-up on research from November which found CAVs could potentially turn into brothels, Tesla is at the helm of turning this idea into a reality. (Inverse
Starsky Robotics explain why they’re not using LiDAR for test driving - saying it is “superfluous when human teleoperator are present
”. The company wants to only partially automate the role of driving (IEEE Spectrum
Lyft files for a 2019 IPO. (WSJ
Back in action:
Uber wants to return to self-driving tests, this time with a slimmed down offering: the vehicles won’t operate at night or in wet weather, and they won’t exceed 25 m.p.h. (NYT
). Uber also hired a health safety regulator a week after Lyft announced a similar move. (AutoNews
Cruising for a bruising:
Cruise has the most number of collisions reported in California, compared to other self-driving companies. It could be because they are testing in trickier, more urban environments. (Business Insider