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