Fedex is the most recent company to release images of their autonomous delivery bots, designed in partnership with Pizza Hut and Walmart. Would have *loved* to be in those design sessions.
Remember last week how we included an opinion piece about how cars will soon need to respond to hand signals from the police? Well, Waymo just cracked that nut
). A short piece on how Waymo trained their vehicles to master the “left turn”. (Popular Science
And lastly, this week another Business Insider exclusive on one of Waymo’s leading women: their Head of Rider Support, Priscilla Knox. Safe to say there exists some (…paid) partnership between BI and Waymo..?
Is in advanced talks to buy Careem - for a brisk $3 billion USD. There were talks in 2018 of merging their operations in the Middle East. (Bloomberg
Nio sells a lifestyle:
The “Tesla of China” has a new clip on 60 minutes that shows how Nio’s member club in China does more than sell fancy electric cars, they also sell luxurious lifestyles. (CBS
VW invests in Argo.ai:
Argo.ai is Ford’s self-driving unit, and VW invests nearly $2 billion into it. (WSJ
Prior to going public later this Spring, Lyft is reducing its prices in an attempt to gain greater market share. (The Information
). Lyft also introduced their “Shared Saver” ride option in select cities this week. (Venture Beat
Mapping the way:
Toyota has announced a new partnership which will compile data from a fleet of autonomous vehicles to create more detailed HD maps. The programme will be based in Tokyo and utilize cameras. Highway HD maps cover less than 1% of the worldwide road network
. (Smart Cities Dive
Ride-sharing company that focuses on children’s travel raises $40 million USD. The app lets parents schedule rides for their children from vetted drivers. It will be interesting to see what their long-term objectives are with regards to self-driving.