Astronauts on two wheels | May 06, 2022
Hookie’s Tardigrade looks like a Star-Wars speeder bike, autonomous robot taxi services have arrived in Beijing and e-scooters are transforming the city of Tel Aviv.
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Forget the moon rover; let’s put this two-wheeled vehicle on the moon! / Hookie
More than 1 million e-bikes are expected to be sold in the U.S. this year, according to industry predictions / Bicycling
There's a hidden cost to electric vehicle maintenance / Business News
Micromobility company Dott has expanded its partnership with CityMapper, adding its e-bikes and e-scooters to the Citymapper app in Europe / Intelligent Transport
Perch Mobility just launched a new pod for charging scooters in Austin / via Perch Mobility
The race to introduce bidirectional EV chargers / TechCrunch
Product Launches & Updates
This odd-looking touring trike doubles as RV and boat / via @betriton_amphibian
It's official: the F-150 Lightning is here! / The Verge
Grcic's Re:move electric tricycle is a sustainable vehicle for last-mile deliveries / Re:Move
Homegrown e-scooter manufacturer Dispatch ready to launch its first purpose-built scooter / Economic Times
Svitch MotoCorp plans to introduce CSR 762 Electric Scoote in India later in 2022 / Rideapart
Ridehailing, Carsharing, & Delivery
Beijing city officials have given Baidu and Pony.ai the green light to run their robotaxi services without safety drivers - the first of its kind in China / The Verge
Rideshare companies Uber and Lyft have both committed to paying legal fees should their drivers be sued for violating Oklahoma's abortion law / The Verge
If you’re a work-from-anywhere type of person, Ventje campers are perfect for you / The Verge
Uber Boat will be expanding its River Bus service on the Thames to Barking Riverside Pier, the most eastern stop on its RB1 route / Intelligent Transport
Investment & Deals
Neuron Mobility raised $43.5 million in a Series B round, bringing the company's total capital to $77.5 million / TechCrunch
Swvl, a company offering shared transportation for intercity and intracity trips in Egypt, has expanded into Turkey after acquiring Volt Lines, a B2B travel service provider / TechCrunch
Losses from Rivian investments hit Amazon and Ford / Finance Yahoo
Crow Bicycles has obtained its first investment round, which it will use to consolidate its international growth and expand its lightweight research capabilities / Bicycle Retailer
Dat Bike announced it had raised a $5.3 million in Series A funding round / TechCrunch
Swvl to acquire Zeelo, a UK startup, for an estimated $100 million / TechCrunch
Divergent Technologies raises $160 Million Series C in funding / PRNewswire
Cities & Policy
Tel Aviv's transformation is being led by e-scooters / Bloomberg
Sixteen states and many prominent climate activists sued the USPS for failing to consider the environmental impact of its plans to purchase 148,000 diesel trucks over the next decade. / The Verge
A company called Cavnue announced that a major highway in metro Detroit could be designed to accommodate autonomous vehicles / WXYZ
To prevent sidewalk riding, e-scooters from Voi in Oslo, Norway, use Drover AI's computer vision tech to detect whether a scooter is on the pavement, road or cycle lane / TechCrunch
The transit fund allows South Los Angeles residents to get $150 a month. / LA Times
Lime's new Gen4 e-scooters are now rolling out in Los Angeles, making it the world's biggest city with a full fleet of the new model / BizJournals
Private e-scooters may soon be allowed on public roadways in England / Bloomberg
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