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  • Starship Technologies reaches delivery milestone August 20, 2019
    Starship Technologies has become the first autonomous delivery service to complete 100,000 commercial deliveries. The company made the announcement as it closed US$40m in Series A funding and revealed plans to expand its service to 100 university campuses around the world in the next 24 months. With the closing of this latest investment round, Starship […]
    John Thornton
  • Ricardo and EU to assess autonomous driving sector August 20, 2019
    With a focus on both personal mobility and goods transport over the decade to 2030, the study will provide insights for the European Investment Advisory Hub (EIAH) to direct financial resources to best deliver socio-economic benefits. Conducted over a six-month period, the research will assess the key technologies and dependencies, market demand drivers, future value […]
    John Thornton
  • ABB to provide smart chargers for electric buses in Singapore August 20, 2019
    ABB has won contracts to provide electric bus charging infrastructure to charge 40 single-deck electric buses that will hit the roads of Singapore in early 2020. The orders were received from BYD Singapore and ST Engineering Land Systems, two of the three companies awarded e-bus contracts by Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA). ABB’s scope of supply for […]
    John Thornton
  • Semi-autonomous e-scooter returns itself to charging stations August 20, 2019
    Unveiled by Segway-Ninebot at a product launch in Beijing, China, the KickScooter T60 will commence road testing in September and is expected to hit roads in the first quarter of 2020. According to Ninebot, the AI-driven scooter, which will be priced at close to £1,166 (US$1,420), will be used by ride-hailing companies such as Uber […]
    John Thornton
  • Lime and Uber partnership expands into Europe August 19, 2019
    Sustainable micro-mobility company Lime and ride-sharing technology platform Uber have announced the expansion of their partnership to include cities such as Prague, Warsaw and Stockholm. The three capitals are among the first wave of European markets to gain access to Lime electric scooters directly from within the Uber app. The European expansion is projected to […]
    John Thornton
  • London Gatwick Airport to trial robotic car parking August 19, 2019
    London Gatwick Airport has announced it will trial robotic car parking at its south terminal starting from this autumn. The new project, which is detailed in the airport’s new five-year £1.1bn (US$1.3bn) investment plan, is designed to offer passengers “all the benefits of valet parking, without the need to surrender their keys, and thus making […]
    John Thornton
  • BP Chargemaster rolls out ultra-fast EV chargers across UK August 19, 2019
    EV charging company, BP Chargemaster, has powered up its first 150kW ultra-fast EV chargers on a BP retail site, the first in a planned network of ultra-fast charging infrastructure stretching across the UK. Two chargers have commenced operation at BP’s retail site at Cranford near Heathrow airport, west of London. They are the first in […]
    John Thornton
  • UPS invests in autonomous trucking company TuSimple August 19, 2019
    UPS Ventures, the venture capital arm of UPS, has made a minority investment in autonomous driving company TuSimple. Both companies are testing self-driving tractor trailers on a route in Arizona to determine whether the vehicles can improve service and efficiency in the UPS network. This is an extension of the ongoing commercial relationship between UPS […]
    John Thornton
  • WeRide launches robo-taxi services JV in China August 19, 2019
    Chinese autonomous driving mobility company, WeRide, has announced the launch of a new joint venture company – WeRide RoboTaxi, together with transportation firms Baiyun Taxi Group and SCI (Guangzhou) Group. The new MaaS solution will be the first of is kind to operate in the Chinese tier one city of Guangzhou, and the project marks […]
    John Thornton
  • Some protected bike lanes leave city cyclists vulnerable to injury August 19, 2019
    Bike lanes separated from the roadway by physical barriers make cyclists feel safer and encourage more people to ride. However, a new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) shows that protected bike lanes vary in terms of injury risk. Factors such as the number of driveways or alleys intersecting the lanes and […]
    John Thornton