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The European micromobility company Wind has presented a new electric scooter with an integrated helmet. Known as Wind 3.0, these new scooters are now part of the company's fleet before entering the UK's e-scooter testing program.
The helmets and scooters are cleaned daily, the company said. Even so, Wind advises users to wipe the attached helmet before putting on.
To use the helmet, users scan and unlock the scooter with the app and select the "Unlock helmet" function. The helmet is released by lifting the helmet case. Once users are done with the scooter, they will take a photo with the app to confirm that the device is locked and the helmet has been returned.
The Wind 3.0 has other new features designed to make it safer and more robust, including double hand brakes, electric front and rear wheel brakes, a non-slip platform, and larger and wider foam tires that won't burst.
Other micromobbin messages that caught my attention …
bird A new feature has been added that allows account holders to add four more drivers even if those people don't have the Bird app. The idea is to make it easier for a group of friends to rent a couple of bird scooters, even if only one of them has an account. It's a practical feature, but I wonder how Bird prevents abuse and handles liability.
Leap Bicycles continue to appear under the Lime app – this time in Berlin. Jump's bright red motorcycles and scooters had disappeared from the streets of the city after Uber unloaded the micromobility company over $ 170 million in a complex donation round to Lime. When the jump bikes were finally discovered, they were in a recycling yard, where more than 20,000 of them were piled up waiting to be killed.
New, unused jump bikes were stowed away. Lime has added these jump bikes in cities like Denver, London, Paris, Rochester, Minnesota, Seattle, and Washington, DC. Lime has also started integrating jump bikes into its own app. Users previously had to go to the Uber app to use the jump bikes that Lime had brought back to certain cities.
More jump bikes are to be expected. We hear that the next city will be Munich.
ScootRoute, a navigation app for scooter and e-bike users, is now available in all 50 states. ScootRoute, founded by Meghan Braley, is a voice-activated navigation app that combines three different map technologies to accommodate the nuances of micro-mobility. Drivers can personalize the app based on their preferences such as gradient tolerances, traffic, maximum speed and type of road. The free app is available for Android and iOS.
offer of the week
It's been a quiet week for mobility – at least on the business side. A standout point was Tesla's 5-for-1 stock split. A small portion of the envelope arithmetic would value Tesla's stock at around $ 297 after the split.
How far has the company's share price come in two years? You may recall CEO Elon Musk infamously tweeted two years ago that he had "secured the funding" and was considering taking Tesla private for $ 420 per share.
Tesla then released an email Musk sent to employees describing his reasons for backing out a few weeks later and announcing that the company would remain public. This, of course, caught the attention of the US Securities and Exchange Commission, which later accused Musk of securities fraud. The parties reached an agreement without admitting any wrongdoing. As part of the settlement, Tesla agreed to add two independent directors and Musk would step down as chairman for three years.
Tesla stock hit a 52-week low of $ 211 in August 2019. The stock has since risen 650%, pushing stock prices north of $ 1,650. Tesla now has a market capitalization of more than $ 300 billion, making it one of the most valuable companies in the world.
Other notable offers …
bestThe Alibaba-backed company is aiming for a Hong Kong listing for its express and freight delivery businesses, according to Reuters. The company went public in 2017 and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
Electronic Transaction Consultants CorporationAlign Capital Partners, a private equity firm, has acquired a transportation services company that offers toll and congestion management.
High definition vehicle insuranceFounded by Esurance co-founder Chuck Wallace and former VC Reid Spitz, the commercial auto insurance company raised $ 16 million in Series A funding led by 8VC and Munich Re Ventures, with additional participation from Qualcomm Ventures and Autotech Ventures.
WejoThe connected car data company raised $ 12 million from a mix of new and current investors. The round was chaired by DIP Capital LLP. The UK Government's Future Fund also participated. The company said the funds will be used for the next stage of development, a future that includes new global automotive partnerships.
A little bird
We hear things but we are not selfish. We share.
This may not be the biggest news in the world, but I will submit it here. I heard that Aurora brought in a consultant who had direct experience in delivery and logistics. Gloria Boyland, Vice President of Operations and Service Support at FedEx, is now an advisor to the full-stack automated driving launch. Her LinkedIn profile confirmed the rumor.
Boyland is also a member of the US DOT Advisory Committee on Automation in Transportation.
The move further clarifies Aurora's intention to track and prioritize delivery and logistics. Aurora is developing a full-stack solution for self-driving vehicles called the "driver". Since its launch in 2017, Aurora has said its "driver" can be applied to any vehicle. However, Aurora's partnerships and public commentary for the first two years focused on the robot axis rather than logistics.
A conversation with Karl Iagnemma
The Hyundai Motor Group and Aptiv PLC announced in September 2019 that they were establishing a joint venture to develop series-ready level 4 self-driving systems for marketing. Last year the joint venture was referred to as the Hyundai-Aptiv joint venture. It wasn't exactly catchy.
Welp, this week the company revealed its official name and brand identity: Motional. I'm not one of those reporting new brand names, and neither have I. But I spoke to Karl Iagnemma, who is the President and CEO of Motional and has a long history in the world of automated vehicle technology.
Here are some interesting points that came up in our conversation. First, a quick reminder that Aptiv brought the team and technology, plus Hyundai, $ 1.6 billion in cash and $ 400 million in engineering services to the joint venture. Motional announced that it will test fully driverless systems from 2020. The technology will be available for robot taxi providers and fleet operators from 2022.
The company also released a survey that found that nearly one in five Americans (19%) are more interested in self-driving vehicles than they were before the pandemic, and the majority of Americans (60%) are considering what transportation options they have to get around social Solve problems distancing. More than 70% of respondents said the risk of infection is a real concern for their transportation decisions, and more than three in four (76%) said their concerns about the safety of public spaces have also increased.
OK, to Iagnemma.
To the survey results…. “I think driverless, on the surface I see it as a huge safety benefit, and I think our survey data shows that a lot of people think the same way. In my opinion, sharing is an open question, but one that we can address in the medium term. "
On the technology stack (Remember, Aptiv, formerly Delphi, acquired Carnegie Mellon University spin-off, Ottomatika, and Iagnemma's company nuTonomy.) … “Motional technology is new to our next generation platform we call Gen One System, come together. It is currently being tested in several cities on the go. I don't think you saw it.
A few years have passed since the takeover. Of course there are elements of the nuTonomy code base, elements of the Ottomatika code base. But we took the best of everything we had, put together and obviously added a lot. There has been a lot of new construction and a lot more attention has been paid to the security system. The state-of-the-art system we are testing is called Gen One. "
More on the pile … "I would just characterize it as definitely a combination where we used the best elements of both code-code bases and are fully integrated, and we've built quite a bit on that." For the past 18 months, the main focus has been on security and industrialization. So code and security systems that are easier to test. These are the systems that ensure that a driverless product is still a safe product. "
What does it take to be successful as an AV company? “I think you need three key elements to be successful today and I believe that the joint venture is in the spade. You need the software development skills, the OEM relationship, which I think is now widely recognized as essential, and then access to more than a billion dollars in capital, which is kind of the price of a ticket. "
What makes Motional unique … “Our DNA is OEM, and it's Tier 1. I don't know of any other company in the industry that has this level of expertise – the Tier 1 drawing. They know that tier companies are actually developing, integrating, and validating the core technology People think OEMs do that, but they actually don't. It's the tier members of the world that do that. "
“Also, many of our competitors are focused in North America, and North America is a great market. However, our footprint is North America and Asia like Singapore and Seoul which are growing rapidly. And I think that flexibility will be very valuable to us when we think about going to market. "
Notable readings and other goodies
This is where I wedge in all of the other transportation goodies that caught my eye. Let's dive in.
Automated vehicle technology
I called this section autonomous vehicles. I try "automated vehicle technology" after reading an argument that urges the term in a text by a founder. Reader what do you think I'll have this founder represented in next week's newsletter if that person agrees to let me share their full arguments. You know who you are, so hold out your hand.
In the meantime, I'll pay careful attention to the difference between the levels of automation.
For example, GM's active hands-free driver assistance system known as Super Cruise is not in the same category as the fully automated vehicle technology developed by Argo AI, Aurora, Cruise and Waymo.
Speaking of Super Cruise, who knew that this feature, which was limited to the Cadillac brand, was only "free" for three years? Motor Trend reports that after a three year trial period, customers must pay a fee to keep Super Cruise running. Motor1 later reported that the test for Super Cruise had been extended for an additional year for 2018 Cadillac CT6 owners.
According to Bloomberg, Daimler will pay around $ 2.2 billion to solve diesel emissions problems in the United States resulting from years of government scrutiny of vehicle pollution.
Faraday future has not yet produced a series vehicle. However, it has succeeded in producing several prototypes, one of which will soon be on the auction block.
HyperionThe California-based company, which focuses on the generation, storage and propulsion of hydrogen, unveiled its Protion Hyperion XP-1, a sleek and fast vehicle with a hydrogen-electric powertrain.
According to the company, the first vehicle marks the culmination of nearly a decade of development, testing and research in hydrogen technology by over 200 researchers and scientists. It has some awesome stats on range, charge, and acceleration. The XP-1 has a range of 1,000 miles and can be charged at public stations in less than five minutes. It can also go from 0 to 60 mph in less than 2.2 seconds.
Hyundai started a special EV brand called Ioniq with a plan to bring three all-electric vehicles to market over the next four years. The Ioniq brand is part of the Korean automaker's broader strategy to sell 1 million battery electric vehicles and acquire a 10% share of the EV market by 2025.
Lucid Motors Teasers and nuggets about the upcoming fully electric Air sedan have been published for months. This week, Lucid finally announced that it has an estimated EPA range of 517 miles. The automaker said the estimated EPA range was verified by FEV North America, Inc., an independent company that conducted the test in Auburn Hills, Michigan.
Nikola Motor announced an order for 2,500 garbage trucks from Republic Services. With this order, full production delivery is expected to begin in 2023. On-road testing is expected to begin in early 2022.
Rivian urged a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Tesla on the grounds that two of the three claims in the case did not contain sufficient trade secret theft and poaching talent allegations and were instead an attempt to slander its reputation and its own recruiting efforts to affect.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk admitted that the company was "embarrassingly late" in adopting a layer of security known as two-factor authentication for its mobile app. Despite these regrets, there is still no timeline other than a "final validation".
Hail and share
Lyft A profit was reported for the second quarter this week, and the big hard-to-ignore aspect was that COVID-19 hit driver numbers. It's not that surprising. Uber also saw a similar decrease in trips in the second quarter.
Lyft revenue declined from $ 867.3 million, or 61%, for the quarter, and adjusted net loss for the second quarter was $ 265.8 million, which is worse than the adjusted net loss of $ 197.3 million a year earlier .
Despite the decline, Lyft is sticking to its previous goal of achieving quarterly adjusted profitability by the fourth period of 2021. Meeting the target in this uncertain era of COVID-19 is news in itself. What caught our attention, however, was Lyft's claim that it would hit that milestone even with fewer drivers than before.
Ridecell Inc.. announced that KINTO Share, a joint mobility program for Toyota Sweden, has selected the Ridecell High-Yield Mobility Platform to conduct its mobility operations.
Over and Lyft have lost their offer to postpone an injunction that will force the two mobile app companies to reclassify drivers as employees. A California Supreme Court judge on Thursday denied the companies' motion to postpone the August 20 enforcement order.
The decision creates the conditions for litigation and will most likely require both companies to temporarily cease operations in California if they cannot extend their stay. Both companies are appealing.
over has partnered with St. Louis Metro Transit to launch an on-demand public transportation service in St. Louis. The new service is called Via Metro STL. The on-demand sharing shuttle company also launched a service with Niagara Region Transit in West Niagara, Canada.
What3wordsThe location technology company has partnered with the Middle East company Careem.
Daimler has a long article on how artificial intelligence is changing work and personal life.
David Zipper, who writes for Bloomberg's CityLab, unpacks America's flawed approach to auto safety technology in this remarkable read, "The Lifesaving Technology Nobody Wants."
Two Polestar ratings
Okay, these aren't quite the road trip worthy SUVs we tested earlier this summer, but the Polestar 2 is too interesting to ignore.
theinformationsuperhighway senior editor Matt Burns spent some time at Polestar 2. As he put it, "I can't stress enough how good the Polestar 2 feels and that's probably due to its close relationship with Volvo."
The big upside is that it's great, and yet Burns kind of got in conflict.
The Polestar 2 is more comfortable, apparently better built and has a better infotainment system than the Tesla Model 3, writes Burns. But then comes the punch line: "In all traditional automotive metrics, it's a better car, and yet I have a hard time recommending it to the Tesla Model 3."
I saw the Polestar 2 but didn't drive it so we'll have to rely on Burns' words for now. Its big problem is that, despite all these advantages, the Tesla Model 3 has an ecosystem like its charging infrastructure that Polestar simply does not offer.
But what is that? Burns also tested the Polestar 1, the hybrid grand tourer that I also spent some time in. The bottom line: Polestar 1 is a fantastic vehicle full of stupid flaws, but one thing is true: the hybrid powertrain in the Polestar 1 is brilliant. It's spectacular and points to a future where cars can change their identities to better suit a driver's tastes.