Here’s a short summary of what happened in the world of mobility, logistics & transportation this week:
Alibaba is one of the world’s biggest technology enterprises. Now the Chinese juggernaut is continuing its push into the Asian mobility market with force: The Alibaba-backed bikesharing provider Hellobike just launched a carpooling-service across 300 cities in China and with more than 2 million drivers.
Volkswagen is fervently trying to catch up to its competitors when it comes to autonomous mobility. The German car manufacturing giant is apparently about to invest $1.7 billion into Ford’s self-driving subsidiary Argo. The two companies will share the ownership of Argo equally afterwards.
Alternative powertrains will be the norm in mobility sooner rather than later. And Germany’s southern state of Baden-Wurtemberg is actively researching hydrogen technology solutions (in German).
His latest tweet might have been the one too much. With the recent announcement that his company would produce 500.000 cars this year, the eccentric Tesla CEO might have violated his agreement with the SEC. Now the United States‘ Securities and Exchange Commission is pushing for legal actions against Musk.
Autonomous vehicles need standardised or smart infrastructure to work properly – and sometimes they still struggle with unprecedented situations. Waymo just released footage of their self-driving car navigating through a police controlled intersection.