Best of the Week – CW 7

Feb 15, 2019

Here’s a short summary of what happened in the world of mobility, logistics & transportation this week:

To Infinity and Beyond

Elon Musk and SpaceX aren’t the only ones reaching for the stars. Sir Richard Branson and his company Virgin Galaxy want to enable commercial spaceflight. After their first successful flight in December 2018, Branson and Virgin are planning on launching a second test Apollo 11’s 50th anniversary – possibly with Branson as a passenger?!

Money, Money, Money

This week wasn’t just the week of one big investment, but of three! Japanese SoftBank invested $940 million in Nuro – a startup for driverless delivery vehicles. American star investors Sequoia Capital and retail giant Amazon poured $530 million into Aurora. The AV startup was founded by some of the very pioneers of self-driving technology who had worked at Google, Tesla and Uber. And e-scooter startup Lime raised an additional $310 million thus leading to a valuation of the company of $2.4 billion.

Touch ID and Face ID for Cars?

Apple’s patented touch and face sensors could gain a new use case in the near future: As a security booster for traditional car keys.

Tesla’s Model 3 is Finally Available in Europe – But Without One of its Core Features

Finally, Tesla’s model 3 has been shipped to many waiting European customers. The vehicle, however, lacks one of the core features that many people ordered: the autopilot. It is currently disabled as authorities didn’t give the necessary approval. Tesla officials are optimistic that they will be able to enable the autopilot soon, but bureaucracy might delay it further.

Airbus stops its A380-production

It was Airbus’ figurehead: The Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger jet. Now the manufacturer has to stop the production of its superjumbo as orders by its main customers – Emirates amongst them – dry up.

Image Source: Tesla