Lighting the way:
Last week we had snazzy lights from JLR, and this week Ford utilises lights to advance communication with pedestrians and cyclists too. (Youtube
Self-driving truck start-up Ike has just raised $52 million. (Tech Crunch
). But if you think that’s anything to write home about Aurora raised $530m in a round led by Amazon and Sequoia. (CNBC
). Meanwhile SoftBanks’ Vision Fund (w/ large investments in Uber, WeWork, etc.) is draining - and quickly. (WSJ
Toyota has unveiled a new car subscription service, Kinto. “The company is planning to introduce a service this fall that will award points to customers based on how they drive.
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Waymo’s adopted family:
Added to the long list of companies in partnership with Waymo is Renault-Nissan Mitsubishi. Neither party has confirmed or denied this partnership is real, but the internet is excited at the very least.
). More speculation curtesy of The Street
Lyft is now allowing passengers to opt for hybrid and electric vehicles via ‘Green Mode’. The company will invest heavily in their driver rental program, Express Drive, so that “thousands” of EVs are added to the fleet. Drivers will pay lower rental fees when choosing an EV. (WSJ
A look at Optimus Ride (I appreciate their desire for puns, at the very least)
, which is a golf-cart sized AV that later this year will shuttle residents of a $1.4b mixed-use development around Reston, Virginia. (The Verge