Insight into all things transportation and mobility, covering driverless vehicles, trends in public transportation, the rise of cycling, ride- and car-share, smart city developments, ITS, and more.
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BBL Ventures has opened the first Reverse Robotics Pitch for ExxonMobil. Interested applicants are invited to enter the challenge by March 29th for the chance at an invitation to Houston to participate in the reverse pitch the week of April 17. The prize for the winning challengers is $60,000 and eligibility for a commercial pilot.
Fair, a used-vehicle leasing subscription service led by auto retail heavyweights, is the latest company to catch SoftBank’s eye. The Japanese technology giant led Fair’s latest $385 million funding round.
Emerging trends in the auto and mobility space are transforming the way vehicles are designed and how people interact with them. CB Insights took a look at how the US’ biggest tech companies are capitalizing on these changes.
Honda has a new concept set to debut at CES in Las Vegas next month, an all-terrain vehicle fitted with autonomous bits meant to make off-road work easier, safer, and more efficient, so says the press release. The concept, called “Honda Autonomous Work Vehicle”, starts off innocently enough.
Volkswagen (VW) is buying a controlling stake in Volvo’s WirelessCar, a digital service developer specializing in connected driving, for 1.1 billion Swedish crowns ($122 million), the companies said on Wednesday.
Kia Motors will unveil a system that controls the vehicle through real-time emotional reactions. A Kia official said on January 3 that Kia Motors will introduce the world’s first Real-time Emotion Adaptive Driving, R.E.A.D. system at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
Nairobi’s reliance on motorcycles is hindering efforts to reduce carbon emissions, as manufacturers struggle to adapt to clean energy technology. But a new solar-powered three-wheeler could help clean up the city’s act.
An online dispute resolution platform for motor accident claims is expected to be launched in phases at the end of this year, Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon announced at the opening of the legal year on Monday.
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