Amazoox, TuSimple seeks $250M and the next e-scooter battleground – TipsClear

Amazoox, TuSimple seeks $250M and the next e-scooter battleground – TipsClear

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Usually this place is where I discuss about a specific event and emerging transportation trend. This week, all take a pause to recall Jessie Coombs, who was officially and posthumously announced by a woman to hold the fastest land speed record.

The Guinness Book of World Records this week certified that a record speed of 522.783 mph achieved Combus on August 27, 2019 in the Alward Desert of Oregon. Comb died after his vehicle crashed during that run. This marks the first time a new record has been set in this category in more than 40 years. Kitty O’Neill set the record in 1976 with her 512.7 mph set.

Here you have Jessie, the fastest woman on earth.

Did anyone have trouble keeping in mind all of this week’s deals, virtual automotive disclosures and policy decisions? Yes. me too. Let’s do it. Vamos.

Micromobbin ‘

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Some cities are emerging as new battlegrounds for the shared e-scooter market. New York City is a big city.

This week, the New York City Council approved a bill that would require the New York Department of Transportation to create a pilot program for operating shared electric scooters in the city. The DOT now has until 15 October 2020 to issue a request for proposals to participate in the shared e-scooter pilot program.

The pilot program should be launched by 1 March 2021. NY Council will continue to work with the DOT to determine where to install the pilot (this is the critical part). If the pilot program limits the service sector, it could prove to be a failure, many e-scooter companies and advocates told me. We know that this does not include Manhattan. He leaves four other burrows.

Just about every e-scooter company – and many other lesser-known players – are planning to apply for a permit. The next nine months promise a lot of lobbying activity. According to our sources these firms are already busy. stay tuned!

The NY city council also approved two laws regarding the use of privately owned electric bikes and scooters.

Meanwhile, Apple has finally added a new biking feature to Maps. The latest version of iOS is bringing a host of new features to Maps, including a dedicated bicycle option that will optimize paths for cyclists and even let users know that the route includes challenging hills or not. Apple Maps involves public changes and iterations in previous iterations. But according to Apple’s senior director Stacy Lisick, the biking option has been the most requested.

Deal of the week

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Amazoooooxxxxx. Zamazon? It’s now that if you missed it, Amazon acquired Zox.

For months now there have been rumors, speculations and reports about the fate of a self-driving vehicle startup. The WSJ had its first report in May that Amazon was in talks to acquire the self-driving company.

The official announcement, which was released on Friday morning, does not reveal much about the terms of the deal except that Zoux CEO Eicha Evans and co-founder and CTO Jessie Levinson will continue to lead Zox As a standalone business.

As you might expect, a financial figure in sight was zero. The Financial Times put the deal at $ 1.2 billion and the information pegged it at “over $ 1 billion”. Either way, the acquisition was worth less than the $ 3.2 billion that Zox had acquired two years earlier.

It was not a secret that Zox was struggling to raise a big enough round. As I have said many times before, there are ambitions like Zoox that require a mountain of capital. And by mountain I mean 1 billion dollars north. The company is not just building a full self-driving stack – essentially a suite of hardware and software replacing a human driver. It took on the design and development of a new bidirectional electric vehicle with no steering wheel. And It also plans to operate a ride-hailing service.

The upshot: Zox doesn’t have a lot of options. Many automakers, Tier 1 suppliers and tech companies had already formed their various alliances and partnerships, leaving the jocks on their own. Adventuress It certainly has resources to help hit its lofty goals. Namely, if Amazon does not change those goals for Zox. For now, Amazon remains publicly glued to Zox’s mission to build and operate a fleet of robotics.

And we can expect more Amazon flexing in the transportation industry. E-commerce announced a $ 2 billion Climate Pledge Fund this week to invest in sustainable technologies and services, which will help the company reach its commitment to have net-zero carbon in its operations by 2040. Some of that coin will go towards automation and transportation. .

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Other deals that got our attention….

Self driving truck startup TuSimple Several sources told me that investment bank Morgan Stanley has hired to help raise $ 250 million. Morgan Stanley recently sent an informational packet to potential investors, which I also looked at, providing a snapshot of the company and overview of its business model, as well as stating that the company is ready to succeed. . TuSimple has raised approximately $ 298 million with a valuation of over $ 1 billion. Its backers include Weibo, China’s largest microblogging site, operators of Hong Kong-based investment firm Composite Capital, Nvidia, UPS, CDH Investments, Lavender Capital and Tier 1 supplier Mando Corporation.

Adam KogtechRaised $ 2 million from Mobillion Ventures, an Israeli automotive software startup, the company said. Mobillion is an early-stage fund that invests in smart mobility, focusing on subsequent innovation in Israel and the global market.

Of amazon A $ 575 million investment in the UK’s food distribution startup Delveru has been approved by the country’s competition regulator. The investment, which was announced more than a year ago, gave Amazon a 16% stake in Deliveroo. Now that the CMA has tentatively approved the deal, it is open for public comments until 10 July. The final decision is expected on 6 August.

Cazoo, Used the British online car market, raised £ 25 million, worth more than $ 1 billion. Draper joins existing investors in the Esprit Round, a group that includes DMG Ventures and General Catalyst. Cazoo has raised more than £ 200 million so far.

DriveU.auto, An Israeli startup that exited video transmission technology company LiveU, came out secretly with $ 4 million in new funding. The startup has developed a connectivity platform for telecommunications. The funding round was led by Zohar Zisapel, co-founder of RAD Group and involved the participation of two Lantern Venture Partners, Yigel Jacoby, Kedan Capital and other private investors. Francisco Partners is an existing shareholder.

Lucid motors According to information disclosed in a new lawsuit, it relinquished majority ownership of Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, in exchange for a $ 1.3 billion investment it closed last year. Wired Middle East reported that PIF took a 67% stake. However, it is For the first time, an acknowledgment from the company has been made public.

Shift Technologies, Insurance Acquisition Corp., an online used car marketplace, the Blanc-Czech company, is in talks to merge with Bloomberg. The deal aims for Shift to exceed $ 500 million.

Third wave automationA startup, which is developing autonomous forklift technology, secretly emerged with $ 15 million in equity financing, VentureBeat reported.

Volkswagen Negotiations are underway to buy European Mobility Group, a French car rental company with a market capitalization of 390 million euros ($ 441 million) and net debt exceeding 1 billion euros, Reuters reported.

truckin ‘

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There has been a lot of increase in trucks this week, so I thought, lets dig in a bit. There is a big trendy discussion of how Robotaxis is OUT and autonomous class 8 truck IN. This move towards trucking has actually been happening for some time.

The niche subcategory in the autonomous vehicle industry was vacant in 2015 when TuSimple was founded. Then came Otto, a self-driving truck startup. Uber’s The acquisition of Otto in 2016 certainly drew some attention to the sector. But several other startups had also thrown their respective hats into the trucking ring, including Embark and now Default Stars Robotics. Today, this sub-industry includes Ike, Kodiak Robotics and Waymo .

This week, Amazon-backed Aurora received some press for its “shift” based on interviews with co-founder Sterling Anderson during the Information Autonomous Vehicle Summit.

Let’s be clear, the company has been publicly talking about trucks since at least October 2019. It is noteworthy that Anderson shared more about his work with trucks and was clearly bullish on the potential in the market. Together, his comments suggest that the company is prioritizing the development of autonomous trucks over cars.

But the company designed a full self-driving stack, which meant a wide range of applications, not just passenger cars. In a tweet after the interview, Anderson summarized his entire approach.

We are forced by a product path that goes from mid mile to last mile to mobility services.

If you can swing it technically, it is the best unit economics of the largest market (today) and the lowest level of service requirements with smaller, but faster growing markets with more challenging unit economics and service needs. Allows an elegant transition with levels “

In other truck news…

California Air Resource Board Today, a new rule has been adopted to take out the most polluting vehicles on the road. Will require rules Truck manufacturers turn from diesel trucks and vans to electric zero-emission trucks starting in 2024. By 2045, every new truck sold in California will have zero-emissions.

Russian-Finnish Company Zyfra Autonomous Mining Dump Trucks is using 5G technology to replace the Wi-Fi / mesh network used for CNET’s roadshow reports.

Notable reeds and other tidbits

AVS, ride-hailing, electric vehicles and more!

Autonomous Vehicles…

Sister is fucking Saturday (today) said that its on-demand Robotaxi service would start picking up passengers in Shanghai, China. The company said in a press release that passengers can start requesting free on-demand rides on autonomous vehicles at Shanghai’s Automobile Exhibition Center, local business districts, metro stations and hotels to cover Shanghai’s Automobile Exhibition Center , The company said in a press release.

Lyft Self-driving is using data collected from drivers on its ride-hailing app to accelerate the development of cars. The Lyft’s Level 5 self-driving car program is using data to create 3D maps, understand human driving patterns, and improve simulation tests. The program is taking data from select vehicles in its Express Drive program, which provides rental cars and SUVs to drivers on its platform as an alternative to options such as long-term leasing.

Waymo And Volvo Car Group announced an “exclusive” partnership Thursday to integrate Waymo’s self-driving software into a new electric vehicle designed for ride-hailing. Not a ton of detail about the deal or what “exclusive” means. We know that Volvo and Uber still have a partnership. Waymo के साथ सौदे में अपने सेल्फ ड्राइविंग स्टैक को “सभी नई गतिशीलता-केंद्रित इलेक्ट्रिक वाहन प्लेटफ़ॉर्म पर सवारी करने वाली सेवाओं के लिए एकीकृत करना” शामिल है। साझेदारी में वोल्वो कार समूह के तहत अन्य सहायक कंपनियां भी शामिल हैं, जिसमें इलेक्ट्रिक प्रदर्शन ब्रांड पोलस्टार और लिन्क एंड कंपनी इंटरनेशनल शामिल हैं, एक बिंदु जो कि वोल्वो कार समूह सीटीओ हेनरिक ग्रीन ने विशेष रूप से अपने तैयार बयान में नोट किया है।

मर्सिडीज बेंज और एनवीडिया ने “सॉफ्टवेयर-परिभाषित” वाहनों को बाजार में लाने के लिए एक साझेदारी की घोषणा की। ऑटोमेकर की अगली पीढ़ी के वाहनों में एनवीडिया के ड्राइव एजीएक्स ओरिन कंप्यूटर सिस्टम-ऑन-ए-चिप पर आधारित एक सॉफ्टवेयर-केंद्रित कंप्यूटिंग वास्तुकला होगी। अंतर्निहित वास्तुकला मर्सिडीज वाहनों में मानक होगा, 2024 के अंत में कुछ समय के लिए शुरू होगा।

यह इलेक्ट्रिक है …

सेब ने उन मानचित्रों के लिए एक रूटिंग सुविधा जोड़ी है जो इलेक्ट्रिक वाहन मालिकों के लिए डिज़ाइन किए गए हैं। EV रूटिंग फीचर, जो कि iOS के नवीनतम संस्करण में उपलब्ध होगा उपयोगकर्ता के इलेक्ट्रिक वाहन के मार्ग के अनुरूप चार्जिंग स्टेशन दिखाएं। टेकक्रंच के रोमैन दिललेट को इस सुविधा के बारे में कुछ और जानकारी मिली। वह मुझे बताता है कि उपयोगकर्ता ऐप में अपने कार मॉडल को दर्ज करने में सक्षम होंगे, जो स्टॉप प्रदान करेगा। उपयोगकर्ता पर टैप कर सकते हैं यह देखने के लिए बंद हो जाता है कि चार्जिंग स्टेशन मुफ्त है या नहीं। सिडेनोट पर, ऐप्पल एक फीचर भी जारी कर रहा है, जो आपको अपना फोन उठाने और अपने स्थान को परिष्कृत करने के लिए सड़क पर इमारतों को स्कैन करने के लिए प्रेरित करेगा। टीउनकी सुविधा लुक अराउंड पर आधारित है, एक Google स्ट्रीट दृश्य-प्रेरित सुविधा जो आपको चारों ओर देखने की सुविधा देती है जैसे कि आप नीचे सड़क पर चल रहे थे।

पहुचना एक शून्य-उत्सर्जन बस का पता चला, कंपनी में एक प्रमुख इलेक्ट्रिक परिवहन कंपनी बनने के लिए अगला कदम, वर्ज ने बताया।

आर्स टेक्नीका अधिक लोगों को इलेक्ट्रिक कार खरीदने के लिए ओहियो शहर की योजना में खोदता है। सुझाव: यह काम किया।

लॉर्ड्सटाउन मोटर्स चार-इन-व्हील हब मोटर्स के साथ एक इलेक्ट्रिक पिकअप ट्रक प्रोटोटाइप का अनावरण किया और वाणिज्यिक बाजार में ठेकेदारों और अन्य खरीदारों को आकर्षित करने के उद्देश्य से सभी को कुछ अन्य विशेषताएं प्रदान कीं। ओहियो स्टार्टअप को एंड्योरेंस नामक इलेक्ट्रिक पिकअप ट्रक के बारे में अधिक जानकारी नहीं है। लेकिन हम कुछ और बिट्स को जानते हैं जैसे कि $ 52,500 बेस प्राइस और कुछ पार्टनरशिप।

Tesla सीईओ एलोन मस्क ने ट्विटर पर कहा कि 15 सितंबर “टेस्ला शेयरहोल्डर मीटिंग एंड बैटरी डे” के लिए “टेंटेटिव डेट” है, जिसमें सामान्य शेयरधारक मीटिंग के साथ-साथ बैटरी के लिए ऑटोमेकर के सेल प्रोडक्शन सिस्टम का एक टूर भी शामिल होगा जो इसे प्रदान करता है अपने वाहनों के लिए शक्ति।

की बात हो रही Tesla … राष्ट्रीय राजमार्ग यातायात सुरक्षा प्रशासन ने टेस्ला के पुराने मॉडल एस वाहनों पर टचस्क्रीन के असफल होने के आरोपों की प्रारंभिक जांच की है।

सवारी …

Lyft अमेरिका के न्याय विभाग के एक मुकदमे को निपटाने के लिए सहमत हो गए हैं, जिसमें आरोप लगाया गया है कि रैडशेयरिंग कंपनी विकलांग लोगों के खिलाफ भेदभाव करती है – विशेष रूप से उन लोगों को जो व्हीलचेयर या वॉकर का इस्तेमाल करते हैं।

विविध …

वर्णमाला के सिडकुल की लैब ने अपने स्मार्ट सिटी के कुछ विचारों को बड़े पैमाने पर निर्माण, सस्ती विद्युतीकरण और मशीन सीखने और कम्प्यूटेशन डिजाइन के साथ अनुकूलित उपकरण बनाने पर ध्यान केंद्रित करने की योजना बनाई है।

फोर्ड मिशिगन सेंट्रल ब्रुकलिन स्थित न्यूलैब के साथ संपर्क, स्वायत्तता और विद्युतीकरण से संबंधित जटिल परिवहन उद्योग की समस्याओं को सुलझाने पर केंद्रित दो “इनोवेशन स्टूडियो” को शुरू करने के लिए सहयोग कर रहा है। फोर्ड द्वारा प्रायोजित एक कॉर्पोरेट स्टूडियो मैक्रो गतिशीलता मुद्दों को संबोधित करने के लिए इस गर्मी को बंद कर देगा। एक दूसरा नागरिक स्टूडियो मिशिगन सेंट्रल स्टेशन के आसपास के इलाकों में अधिक तात्कालिक गतिशीलता मुद्दों पर ध्यान केंद्रित करेगा। 2018 में, फोर्ड ने कॉर्कटाउन में 1.2 मिलियन वर्ग फीट का अधिग्रहण किया, जो कि ऐतिहासिक मिशिगन सेंट्रल स्टेशन सहित डेट्रायट का सबसे पुराना पड़ोस है, जिसमें मिशिगन सेंट्रल नामक एक नया गतिशीलता नवाचार जिला स्थापित करने की योजना है। पहला कार्य स्थान 2022 में मिशिगन सेंट्रल के भीतर खुलने की उम्मीद है।

जीएम C8 कार्वेट प्रोटोटाइप के लिए 3 डी प्रिंटिंग में बदल गया। अंत में, वाहन का 75% 3 डी प्रिंट किया गया था, कार और ड्राइवर ने सूचना दी।

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