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Along for the Ride - Issue #58

Heya friends -- Happy Friday! Welcome to subscribers old and new. This week we've got two reads of t
Along for the Ride - Issue #58
By Sarah Barnes • Issue #58 • View online
Heya friends – Happy Friday!
Welcome to subscribers old and new. This week we’ve got two reads of the week, a guest post (!) on CES, a lush job in the UK, and our usual round-up of policy, industry, and academic affairs.
Also a special shout-out to everybody who gave me feedback on the newsletter last week. I appreciate you a lot. You can always give me more this week, if you feel so inclined.
This week’s ask: if there are people in your life who you think would enjoy this round-up, forward it along. I will appreciate you an extra lot. Promise.
Now, without further delay, the news:

Read of the Week
Snapshots from CES
This week I am so excited because we’ve got a guest post from Sachin Seth (linkedin), who is based in the Bay Area at Tesla working on finance and product. With a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering and (!) MBA, safe to his knowledge base is a celebrated addition to the newsletter this week. His thoughts on CES below:
At its best, CES is a bellwether for automotive technology that you might someday get to experience. At its worst, it is a parade of gimmicky concepts that will never see the light of the day. 2020 was no different - there were a spate of flying cars, companies offering self-driven rides in their shuttles (having landed in Las Vegas ahead of the event to map out every inch of the driven surface), concept cars from Sony (yep, the walkman company), Fisker and Faraday, amongst others. The headlines felt no different from the ones in 2019.
And yet, a closer look revealed some key trends starting to emerge. The hardware underlying new mobility is beginning to get commoditized (LIDAR vs. camera isn’t as exciting of a discussion as it once was), companies are showing ever-longer videos of their autonomy software navigating complex edge-cases on the road, and the level of integration (building blocks → modules → full-blown car) is more seamless than ever.
Job of the Week!
Government and Policy
Research and Academia
That’s all from me folks. Have a beautiful weekend.
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