This Autonomous Vehicle Could Revolutionize Ridesharing
How companies and nonprofits are working together to expand access to micromobility, and autonomous vehicles continue to take off in all sectors.
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One of the biggest hurdles to getting more people to embrace micromobility is affordability and ubiquity. Local nonprofits and e-bike companies are teaming up to initiate more people into the electric bike revolution. | The Verge
Seventy percent of people are willing to use micromobility vehicles for their commute - although that figure varies by country. | McKinsey
Especially important during the holidays: not all shoppers use cars! | Bloomberg
Superpedestrian launched its first fleet of 150 seated e-scooters in Baltimore, giving people with disabilities and older riders and safe and comfortable transportation option. | GlobalNewswire
Ridehailing & Last Mile Delivery
Ok, Arrival, we see you! Arrival is creating an electric car specifically for rideshare drivers, and will be designed in partnership with Uber drivers. It’s anticipated to come out in Q3 2022. | Engadget
Lyft is finally getting into the food delivery game, partnering with Olo and its dispatch feature to facilitate delivery across Olo’s network of delivery brands. | RestaurantDive
The corner grocery store and bodega is getting a high-tech makeover. | The Atlantic
In anticipation of a busy holiday season, Uber’s announced the expansion of its same-day local delivery business into more cities, with more features for customers. | The Verge
DoorDash’s top food orders of 2021. While people still couldn’t quit french fries and chicken nuggets, they did branch out into new cuisines like avocado eggrolls and spicy pasta! | Bake
Investments and Deals
Aurora Innovation Inc., a self-driving truck company, announced the launch of a pilot program with Uber Freight to transport goods in Texas and integrate autonomous trucking into Freight’s shipping platform. | Reuters
Motional, a driverless tech company, announced a partnership with Uber to launch autonomous delivery in Santa Monica. Uber Eats customers will be able to order restaurant meal kits for delivery via Motional’s all-electric Hyundai Ioniq 5’s robotaxis by early 2022. | TechCrunch
Cities & Policy
You know what won’t speed, won’t get pulled over by the police, and shouldn’t kill pedestrians? Autonomous vehicles. | Slate
If San Francisco streets were ski runs. | Safe Roads
Boston onboards a new ‘Chief of Streets’ to help move the city beyond car-centric transportation. | SmartCitiesDive
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