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Best of the Week – CW 2

Jan 11, 2019

With CES happening in Las Vegas this week and one of their keynote talks being on the future of mobility, the top stories this weeks are quite CES-heavy.

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

Lyft offers rides in self-driving BMWs at CES

To show off their self-driving technology, Lyft partnered with British company Aptiv (who were also at the NMW18) to offer rides in its robot taxis during CES in Las Vegas. There was a safety driver present behind the wheel, but in comparison to other companies showing their new self-driving developments in separate lots, Lyft cars are taking to the streets and ferrying visitors to 20 preprogrammed destinations.

Read more about one journalists experience of being in the vehicle over at The Verge or watch their video below.

BMW CES News Part 2

In China, Alibaba’s Tmall Genie voice assistant will be available in-car to BMW customers by the end of the year. The voice assistant was developed by Alibaba’s AI product development wing, A.I. Labs. The integration of the intelligent cloud-based voice control service in the Chinese market opens up a variety of in-car entertainment and shopping options for BMW drivers while on the road.

“With the integration of Alibabas Tmall Genie in BMW vehicles in China we are adding a digital ecosystem, which will open up new possibilities that customers can access quickly and safely from the car. This development sees BMW reaching a new milestone in China in terms of intelligent connectivity between the customer’s vehicle and their digital touchpoints.”

– Dieter May, Senior Vice President Digital Services and Products at the BMW Group.

Alibaba voice assist
Alibaba voice assist

Uber’s Flying Car (Possibly)

Uber partner has revealed a full-scale model of its Nexus hybrid-electric air taxi that can take off and land vertically and seat five people at CES. Although this is not yet a working prototype, you might be flying to work in one of these flying taxis sooner than later, as Uber is keen on being the first to offer air taxi rides.

Unexpected mention: Harley Davidson at CES

The brand for dads and drug dealers has unexpectedly brought two new electric concepts to the CES. One is an electric bicycle and the other is an electric scooter. Harley-Davidson has also announced pricing and pre-order availability for LiveWire, its first electric production motorcycle.

Future Mobility for Hyundai

Hyundai revealed at the CES 2019 that it will base its future mobility concept on three key pillars: developments in Open Innovation, the company’s electric vehicle (EV) strategy, and its strategy to gain global leadership in connected mobility. For more information check out the full press release.

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