Here’s a short summary of what happened in the world of mobility, logistics & transportation this week:
Autonomous and electric: a dream come true for both the economy and the environment. California already got a head start after putting a requirement in place for all ride-sharing services to use electric vehicles in the future, a regulation that has gone under-appreciated. In order for the future of autonomy to move its way into electrification, automakers need to place a much bigger focus on both the production and sale of electric vehicles.
From leading player Waymo to the dark horse Baidu, Bloomberg breaks down all the players in the autonomous vehicle game. Take a look at the contenders from all sides: time of autonomy, annual budget, current vehicles, method of development and key partners. With self-driving cars, operating margins could be in the 20 percent range for these companies, only encouraging them to buckle down and shoot for gold.
Universal Basic Mobility: an economical, cultural, social dynamic…and even more importantly, a basic human right. The fight for UBM is growing, as cities start to see the importance of more convenient and affordable access to mobility for all members of their society. In the United States, UBM is emerging is the form of “Mobility-as-a-service (MaaS),” which will provide consumers with a sort of Netflix-inspired, monthly subscription to multiple mobility services on a single platform.
All your favorite childhood driving video games have now become a reality with Ford’s new patent. Mimicking games like Real Racing 3, Ford has developed a patent for two driving modes that will use a touchscreen device to steer your autonomous vehicle. While it sounds like your childhood dream-come-true, there are still issues that need to be worked out first in order to bring the idea to life.
General Motors came out on top over tech heavyweight, Waymo, walking away with a deal from Honda. Talks with Waymo fell through after the tech company refused to share substantial technology they’d already developed to run their autonomous vehicles. In their deal with GM, however, Honda gets an in-depth look at every step in the process and in the end, this partnership benefits both companies.
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Hero image source: GM takes next step toward future with self-driving vehicle manufacturing in Michigan