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Say Goodbye to Bulky Trucks for Last Mile Delivery
Engineering around the elements and how big companies are ditching traditional delivery for micromobility delivery options.
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Using big, bulky trucks to deliver goods is becoming a thing of the past - especially in dense, urban cities. | h/t Bman
Bird expands its micromobility line with three new products, including a new e-bike, e-scooter, and Birdie Glow - a kick-powered scooter with light-up wheels for kids. | BusinessWire
An unforeseen consequence of the popularity of micromobility? Availability of bikes and docking areas! | The New York Times
E-bike riders prevented 10,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere in 2021. | Bird
Ridehailing & Last Mile Delivery
Sidewalk robots are coming to a city near you. | TechCrunch
Delivery robots may still have a ways to go before they master difficult winters. | h/t Irene DB
The founder of Jet.com is betting big on cloud kitchens, but using food trucks to finish the food before it gets to the delivery site to keep it fresh. | Quartz
Investments and Deals
Via, a transit-tech start-up connecting public mobility systems to passengers, has raised an additional $130 million in funding and plans to use it to fund expansion, hire employees, and improve its products. | Reuters
CloudTrucks, which sells business management software to truck owner-operators, recently raised a $115 million Series B. It plans on using the funding for hiring employees and improve its digital integration. | TechCrunch
Take a listen to our friend Harry’s Campbell The Rideshare Guy’s interview with CloudTrucks CEO and co-founder Tobenna Arodiogbu here.
Cities & Policy
Government is finally catching on that e-bikes can substantially lower emissions - if enough people can afford to get one. | Bloomberg
How should autonomous vehicles interact with cars, cyclists, and pedestrians? Argo seeks to create guidelines around safety and AVs. | Argo.AI
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New Products, Features and Data Points
Are you still waiting for that Tesla you ordered in February to be delivered? Don’t worry, Tesla’s been hard at work… making child-sized ATVs. | CNN
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