ADA turns 30, Panasonic’s new battery tech and delivery (data) woes – TipsClear

ADA turns 30, Panasonic’s new battery tech and delivery (data) woes – TipsClear

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Namaste and welcome back to The Station, a newspaper dedicated to all current and future methods and people moving from Point A to Point B.

Before we all get involved in mobility news and analysis of the week, I wanted to flag off an upcoming event that might be of interest to budding entrepreneurs. TC interrupted, that the BIG annual event we catch each fall, is virtual this year. I can’t tell you everything yet, except we put a lot of effort and technique into making this interactive and exciting. This is not going for some boring webinars.

We are adding a bunch of new events to disrupt this year, in which we are calling the pitch deck teardown. Top Venture Capitalists and Entrepreneurs 2020 participants will evaluate and suggest fixes for the pitch deck. Investors signing up for the pitch deck teardown include Elaine Lee of Cowboy Ventures, Charles Hudson with Venture Forward, Nico Bonatos of General Catalyst, Megan Quinn with Spark Capital, Cyan Bannister from Long Journey Ventures, Roelof Botha and Susan from Sequoia Lynn is included. Bbg.

Only pitch decks of registered interrupted attendees will be selected. Here’s how to complete the event and register.

The pitch deck teardown couldn’t come at a better time either. During our early-stage show last month, Jake Supper with Emergence Capital talked about the timing of your series A Fundraise. September is just that, a big month for investors to review the pitch deck.

OK then. Vamos.

Friendly reminder that you can reach out and email me anytime at kirsten.korosec@techcrunch.com to share ideas, criticisms, opinions or suggestions. You can also message me directly on Twitter – @kirstenkorosec

Micromobbin ‘

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This summer is becoming an important period for scooter companies for permits in a handful of markets. Cities learned one thing a year or two ago during a wave of electric scooters that hit the streets a few years ago. This time, city leaders are imposing more restrictions on e-scooters and limiting the number of companies allowed to operate in the urban area. This is a significant change, and one that raises bets for scooter companies.

The first was Paris, awarded with Dot, Lime And allows Tier to operate in the city. Now, Chicago has issued permits to Bird, Lime and Spin for its second pilot program. Chicago is limiting the use of scooters between 5 am and 10 am. And there are some areas, such as the Lakefront Trail, where scooters are prohibited.

Each scooter company is not limited to more than 3,333 devices, of which 50% must be deployed with equity priority sector. A new requirement for a second pilot is that all e-scooters must have locks, requiring riders to secure the scooter to a certain object to end the journey.

On a side note, Lyft did not apply for a scooter permit. I asked Lyft, why not? The company said it is focusing on expanding Chicago’s bike-sharing system device. The city made Divya the exclusive operator of Divya last year and now started expanding. The Divine system will eventually include 16,500 bikes and 800 stations. Here’s what Lyft has to say:

“We have spent the better part of last year working with communities in the South and West Sides of Chicago to prepare for new stations and e-bikes. To prioritize our work with CDOT to expand Divot and provide the highest possible experience for Divvy members, Lyft opted to submit an application that met the requests for this year’s scooter pilot. We are dedicated to the long-term success of micromobility in Chicago, and we look forward to combining the benefits of bikes and scooters with the city into a divine membership for future opportunities. “

In other micromobbin ‘news …

Bird On Friday, it is launching its shared e-scooter as a “special” operator in Yonkers, New York. The word “exclusive” is one of those buzzwords that gets tossed around a lot so I asked what it really meant. And Bird says that this is the only company to be issued a permit to work in Yonkers. So there you have it. The company’s fleet of next-generation Bird to Scooters will be available for rent from August 10.

Bird-Yonkers Scooter

Image Credit: Bird

RavelThe shared moped startup has ceased operations in New York City after two deaths on each other’s days. The startup’s blue moped had become a common sight in New York City. Revel, founded in March 2018 by Frank Reig and Paul Suhey, began with a pilot program in Brooklyn and later expanded to Queens. Revel has been on a fast-paced development track in its first 18 months of operation, expanding to Austin, Miami and Washington, D.C. In January, the company launched in Oakland and recently announced plans to expand to San Francisco this August.

The company said in a statement that it is reviewing its security measures and plans to return to New York.

Deal of the week

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The thorny relationship between China and the United States, in particular trade, has not slowed down the march of Chinese companies hoping to be listed on US-based exchanges. Li Auto is just the latest example, Rita Liao reported this week.

Li Auto is aiming for a growing Chinese middle class that aspires to drive cleaner, smarter and larger vehicles. Its first model, sold at a discounted price of 328,000 yuan, or $ 46,800, is a six-seater electric SUV, which began shipping late last year.

The five-year-old Chinese electric vehicle startup raised $ 1.1 billion through its debut on Nasdaq. Lee Auto has priced its IPO at $ 11.5 per share, which has fully diluted it to $ 10 billion. It raised an additional $ 380 million in concurrent private placement of shares to existing investors.

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Image credit: Li auto

Other deals that caught my attention this week…

Argo Ai It is now valued at $ 7.5 billion, which was confirmed on Thursday, almost two months after the VW Group finalized its $ 2.6 billion investment in an autonomous vehicle technology startup. You may remember that Argo came out from Ford in 2017 with $ 1 billion (spread over several years) in the back. Last year, VW announced that it was going to invest in Argo as well.

Under the deal finalized last month, Ford and VW have equally owned bets, which will be about 40% over time. The remaining equity sits with the co-founders of Argo as well as employees. The Argo board consists of two VW seats, two Ford seats and three Argo seats. Ford said that on Thursday, Volkswagen made a net profit of $ 3.5 billion from selling some of its Argo equity in the second quarter.

AUTO1 GroupThe European digital used car trading platform raised 255 million euros ($ 300 million) in the form of convertible notes. The round was led by Farallan Capital Management and Baupost Group, as well as existing investor Softbank Group.

Cargo.one, A Berlin-based startup that markets the market for air freight booking, closed a $ 18.6 million Series A funding round led by Index Ventures. Other participants of the round include Next 47 as well as former backers Crandum, Lufthansa Cargo and Point Nine Capital. Several angel investors also attended, including Tom Stafford of DST Global and Carlos Gonzalez-Cadenas, COO of GoCardless, and former chief product officer of Skyscanner.

Line man, A Thai food delivery platform that is a unit of Japanese chat app LINE Corp, raised $ 110 million from BRV Capital Management and merged with a local restaurant aggregator. As Reuters reported, Singapore-based Grab, Indonesia’s Go-Jek and Germany’s Delivery Hero SE’s Foodpanda are aiming to compete with Reuters, loading on capital.

FreightWavesThe freight data and analytics company raised $ 37 million in a round led by Kayne Partners Fund. Other investors include 8VC, Fontanalis Partners, Revolution Ventures, Heartest Ventures, Prologis Ventures, Story Ventures and Engage Ventures.

Theeb Rent-A-Car Looking into a possible initial public offering. Bloomberg reported that the Saudi Arabian rental company hired Saudi Francie Capital to advise on the IPO.

Toyota BluE is taking a 10% stake in Nexus, a company that makes electric drive modules. The investment is part of a deeper collaboration between the two companies.

Xpeng, Chinese electric vehicle startup and Tesla The rival that announced the $ 500 million Series C + round is being negotiated to raise approximately $ 300 million ahead of the initial public offering (IPO) in the United States. (Back to my earlier point about interest among Chinese companies on the list of US stock exchanges)

Delivery and data (breaches)

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If you haven’t noticed, delivery has been considered one of the big success stories emerging during the COVID-19 epidemic. I use the term “Dali” because it is not sunshine, roses and rainbows for the distribution industry or its users.

The demand for delivery services has increased due to the COVID-19 epidemic. This has helped Uber’s unprecedented consolidation as companies such as profitability.

However, there are challenges, including an area that perhaps deserves much attention. I am talking about data and privacy. Delivery companies, including a growing number of autonomous and teleoperated services, collect a ton of personal data from their customers. Valuable data such as home addresses and credit card numbers, which are sold on the dark web.

This week, our CyberCity editor Zack Whitaker called on two data breaches involving delivery companies. Was the first One of the biggest Online alcohol delivery services in the US and Canada, raising more than $ 68 million to date. Deliberately told Customer A hacker “receives” certain customer data. The hacker took the customer’s email address, date of birth, password using the robust BCScript algorithm and, in some cases, the delivery address.

Around 2.5 million Drizly accounts are believed to have been stolen. Here’s something to keep in mind, Drizy told TipsClear that no financial information was compromised. However, a listing on a Dark Web marketplace from a well-known vendor of stolen data claims otherwise. Certainly, TipsClear did not link it. But Whittaker took the screenshot and shared it.

Meanwhile, online shopping and delivery service Instacart is blaming customers who have recently reused passwords for account violations. Data Breach compromised 270,000 Instacart customers. The company published a statement late Thursday, stating that its investigation showed Instacart was “not compromised or breached”, but pointed to credential stuffing, where hackers stole from other broken sites Gets a list of usernames and passwords and makes their way to other accounts. .

Customers cannot take full responsibility. Instacart, as Whitaker notes, still does not support two-factor authentication, which – if customers had enabled – would begin to prevent account hacks.

Other Delivery News …

Flipkart, Which is owned by Walmart, started a hyperlocal service in the suburbs of Bangalore, after which the e-commerce group abruptly ended its previous entry into the category four years later.

The new service, named Flipkart Quick, uses a new location mapping technology framework within 90 minutes to deliver the company’s supply chain infrastructure and more than 2,000 products from grocery, parishables, smartphones, electronics goods and stationary items to customers.

It is electric

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Remember the days when electric vehicles were reported to Tesla, Nissan Leaf and Chevy Bolt? Times have changed and, well, stayed the same. Tesla is still in the headlines and this week is no different. (More on that later). But now, dozens of other electric vehicle models are coming to market. Upshot: Charging infrastructure is becoming more important. (Hey, not everyone has a garage)

This week, GM and Evo announced plans to add more than 2,700 new fast chargers. रोलआउट, जिसमें पांच साल लगेंगे, ईवो नेटवर्क के आकार को तीन गुना कर देगा। इन नए ईवीगो फास्ट चार्जिंग स्टेशनों में से पहला 2021 की शुरुआत में ग्राहकों के लिए उपलब्ध होगा।

कंपनियां किराने की दुकानों, खुदरा दुकानों, मनोरंजन केंद्रों, जैसे क्षेत्रों में उच्च यातायात क्षेत्रों को लक्षित कर रही हैं, जहां लोग आमतौर पर 15 से 30 मिनट बिताते हैं। कंपनियों ने कहा कि अक्षय ऊर्जा द्वारा संचालित स्टेशनों में 100 से 350 किलोवाट क्षमता वाली नई चार्जिंग तकनीक होगी।

चार्जिंग साझेदारी जीएम से अपनी इलेक्ट्रिक वाहन रणनीति के बारे में कई घोषणाओं का अनुसरण करती है। इस हफ्ते की शुरुआत में, जीएम ने कहा कि लगभग 3 मिलियन-वर्ग फुट के कारखाने पर स्टील का निर्माण शुरू हो गया है जो बड़े पैमाने पर अल्टियम बैटरी कोशिकाओं और पैक का उत्पादन करेगा। अल्टिमेट बैटरी, एक मॉड्यूलर प्रोपल्शन सिस्टम और इलेक्ट्रिक वाहन प्लेटफॉर्म के साथ, 2023 तक 20 इलेक्ट्रिक वाहनों को बाजार में लाने के लिए जीएम ‘रणनीति की आधारशिला है।

जीएम ने हाल ही में अपनी आगामी GMC हथौड़ा ईवी का एक वीडियो जारी किया और अगले सप्ताह कैडिलैक LYRIQ को प्रकट करने की योजना बनाई।

जीएम और इवीगो चार्जिंग

छवि क्रेडिट: जीएम / EVgo

इस सप्ताह अन्य इलेक्ट्रिक समाचार …

बीएमडब्ल्यू कहा कि यह 2023 तक अपने पोर्टफोलियो में 25 विद्युतीकृत मॉडल रखने की जर्मन ऑटोमेकर की योजनाओं के हिस्से के रूप में एक्स 1 कॉम्पैक्ट एसयूवी और 5 सीरीज के सभी इलेक्ट्रिक संस्करणों की पेशकश करेगा।

इलेक्ट्रिक ब्रांड्स एक VW बस-प्रेरित EV पर काम कर रहा है जिसे ड्राइव के माध्यम से eBussy कहा जाता है।

फिशर इंक। एक प्रस्तुति में पता चला है कि एसईसी के साथ दायर किया गया था कि वोक्सवैगन के साथ एक “आधारशिला समझौते” में देरी हुई है, द वर्ज ने रिपोर्ट किया। फिक्सर अपने आगामी इलेक्ट्रिक वाहनों के लिए वोक्सवैगन के मॉड्यूलर ईवी प्लेटफॉर्म का उपयोग करना चाहता है।

कंडी टेक्नोलॉजीज ग्रुप, चीनी इलेक्ट्रिक वाहन और पार्ट्स निर्माता, अपनी सहायक कंडी अमेरिका के माध्यम से संयुक्त राज्य अमेरिका में दो ईवीएस ला रहे हैं। संघीय प्रोत्साहन से पहले 30,000 डॉलर से कम कीमत वाले दो मॉडल संयुक्त राज्य अमेरिका में सबसे सस्ते ईवीएस होंगे।

ल्यूसिड मोटर्स अपने आगामी इलेक्ट्रिक वाहन, वायु के बारे में नया विवरण प्रदान किया। संक्षेप में, यह लक्जरी ईवी सेडान एक उन्नत ड्राइवर सहायता प्रणाली के लिए दर्जनों सेंसर, एक चालक निगरानी प्रणाली और एक ईथरनेट आधारित वास्तुकला – हार्डवेयर के साथ भरी हुई है, जो अपने प्रतिद्वंद्वियों से मेल खाने और यहां तक ​​कि पार करने का लक्ष्य रखती है।

ल्यूसिड के अनुसार, सभी में 32 सेंसर होंगे, जिसने अपने उन्नत ड्राइवर सहायता प्रणाली ड्रीमड्राइव को ब्रांड किया है। लिडार, एक सेंसर जो बहुत ध्यान देता है, वाहन पर होगा। लेकिन मैं हवा पर रडार सेंसर की संख्या से मारा गया था। सभी में पांच राडार होंगे, जिससे वाहन को रडार की 360 डिग्री कवरेज मिलेगी।

पैनासोनिक इस सप्ताह टेकक्रंच से पता चला कि यह “2170” लिथियम आयन कोशिकाओं के लिए नई बैटरी तकनीक विकसित करता है, जो टेस्ला को आपूर्ति और आपूर्ति करता है, एक परिवर्तन जो 5% से ऊर्जा घनत्व में सुधार करता है और महंगा कोबाल्ट सामग्री को कम करता है। पैनासोनिक द्वारा स्पार्क, नेवादा में टेस्ला के कारखाने में नई, उच्च ऊर्जा घनी 2170 कोशिकाओं का उत्पादन किया जाएगा। अगले पांच वर्षों में ऊर्जा घनत्व में 20% सुधार और कोबाल्ट मुक्त होने के लक्ष्य के साथ बैटरी तकनीक में सुधार जारी रहेगा।

Rivian के खुदरा रणनीति उभरने लगी है। कंपनी ने कहा है कि वह अपने स्टोरों के लिए मौजूदा इमारतों की पुनरावृत्ति और पुनरुत्थान करेगी, जब संभव हो इस हफ्ते, कंपनी ने कहा कि वह ऐतिहासिक लगुना बीच साउथ कोस्ट सिनेमा की खरीद का पीछा कर रही है। थिएटर की वर्तमान संरचना, 1935 में खोला गया था और अगस्त 2015 में अपने दरवाजे बंद करने तक शहर के एकमात्र सिनेमा के रूप में खड़ा था।

टेस्ला की चीन में बिक्री इसकी निचली रेखा के लिए महत्वपूर्ण होती जा रही है। इस सप्ताह एक एसईसी फाइलिंग से पता चलता है कि चीन में राजस्व 102.9% वर्ष-दर-वर्ष बढ़कर 1.4 बिलियन डॉलर हो गया। इसका मतलब यह है कि चीन अब इस तिमाही में टेस्ला के कुल राजस्व का 23.3% राजस्व अर्जित करता है, जबकि एक साल पहले इसी अवधि में यह लगभग 11% था।

टेस्ला ने भी इसी एसईसी फाइलिंग में खुलासा किया कि उसे सरकार से पेरोल-संबंधी लाभ प्राप्त हुए, धन जो कि अपने व्यवसाय पर कोरोनावायरस महामारी के प्रभाव को कम करने में मदद करते हैं, रॉयटर्स ने बताया।

टेस्ला की बात … सीईओ एलोन मस्क यह कहने के लिए मंगलवार की रात को ट्विटर पर ले जाया गया कि ऑटोमेकर अन्य सॉफ्टवेयर निर्माताओं के लिए “लाइसेंसिंग सॉफ़्टवेयर के लिए खुला और पावरट्रेन और बैटरी की आपूर्ति करेगा”। मस्क ने कहा कि इसमें ऑटोपायलट भी शामिल होगा, जो उन्नत ड्राइवर सहायता सॉफ्टवेयर है जो टेस्ला विभिन्न ड्राइविंग परिदृश्यों में बुद्धिमान क्रूज नियंत्रण प्रदान करने के लिए प्रदान करता है। इस पर कोई शब्द नहीं कि कोई कंपनियां काट रही हैं।

एडीए और गतिशीलता

विभिन्न प्रकार के विकलांग लोगों के समूह का चित्रण

छवि क्रेडिट: iStock / गेटी इमेज

1990 के विकलांग अधिनियम के अनुसार जिस तरह से इमारतों, व्यवसायों और कानूनों ने विभिन्न प्रकार के विकलांग लोगों को समायोजित किया है, दशकों तक वृद्धिशील परिवर्तनों का मार्ग प्रशस्त किया। रिपोर्टर डेविन कोल्डवे नोट के अनुसार, तकनीक पर कानून का प्रभाव गहरा रहा है।

अभी भी है बहुत काम करने के लिए। मैं आप सभी स्वायत्त वाहन इंजीनियरों, डिजाइनरों और संस्थापकों को देख रहा हूं।

यहाँ कुछ कहानियाँ हैं जो एडीए के प्रभाव को उजागर करती हैं।

एडीए और टेक पर कोल्डवे के अवलोकन के साथ शुरू करें। फिर स्ट्रीट्सब्लॉग की ओर बढ़ें, जो कि साइकिल में खोदता है, जो गतिशीलता सहायक उपकरणों के रूप में खेला जाता है। अंत में, Fable पर इस कहानी की जांच करें, एक स्टार्टअप जिसका उद्देश्य विकलांग लोगों की मांग पर परीक्षण और विकास सहायता प्रदान करके विकलांगता-समावेशी डिजाइन को आसान बनाना है।

अगले सप्ताह फिर से देखें।

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