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Where the streets have no crosswalks | December 09, 2022
Activists are painting unsanctioned DIY crosswalks at intersections in cities like Seattle, itselectric won the L.A New mobility challenge and McLaren’s first EV is not what you might have expected.
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itselectric took home the title of winner for L.A. New Mobility Challenge this year! Hosted by CoMotion, this global event focuses on advanced and sustainable solutions for micromobility challenges / Benzinga
With the help of the University of Salford and blind associations across Europe, Dott has now entered the virtual reality testing phase to develop a global standardized e-scooter sound / ZAGDaily
Brompton Bikes of London has completed production of its one-millionth folding bike, 47 years after the first one was rolled out. It is soon to go on a world tour! / Forbes
Spin, an e-bicycle and e-scooter sharing company, is withdrawing from 10 US markets in response to low consumer demands, financial obstacles, and prohibitive regulations / TechCrunch
In an effort to increase traffic safety in pedestrian areas, e-scooter riders and cyclists will be permitted to park for free in car parking spaces in Berlin from January 1st, 2023 / ZAGDaily
Product Launches & Updates
With a battery capacity of 914 kWh, 1.7kWh efficiency per mile, and a charge time of 70% in 30 minutes, the Tesla Semi truck is way ahead of any other e-truck / The EV Universe
Aiming to revamp micromobility, LAVOIE, a subsidiary of McLaren Applied, is rolling out its first Series 1 electric scooter / Geeky Gadgets
Rad Power Bikes’ first-ever electric three-wheeler, the RadTrike, is now on the market for pre-orders! It is broadly appealing, safe, accessible, and approachable, claims the Seattle-based e-bicycle company / The Verge
Ridehailing, Carsharing & Delivery
BrightDrop has set foot in Canada, its first international market, with its newest customer DHL Express Canada, supplying BrightDrop Zevo electric delivery vans by next year / BrightDrop
Uber Eats will compensate the City of Chicago and its local restaurants with $10 million. The company unlawfully listed the restaurants in their food delivery apps without prior permission / TechCrunch
Autonomous vehicles and ride-sharing services vowed for improved micromobility and urban living, but city planner and urban designer Jeff Speck has a different opinion / Bloomberg
A simple 'Thank you' delivered through Alexa will give a $5 tip to your Amazon delivery driver by the company as a part of a promotional event. So, ready to say thank you at your next delivery? / TechCrunch
Investment & Deals
Buy-now-pay-later platform for auto repairs Bumper has announced an expanded £26.1 million series A financing supported by the financial arm of automaker Jaguar Land Rover / Tech.eu
To grow its e-cargo bike urban logistics business, Onomotion raised €21 million. The Berlin-based company Onomotion has developed cargo e-bikes with built-in protection from the elements and attachable containers as a scalable method of micromobility-powered urban logistics / TechCrunch
A deal between TuSimple and Navistar to build autonomous trucks ended. The trucks would have functioned at Level 4 autonomy, which allows for the controlled operation of vehicles without a driver / Reuters
Stockholm-based electric freight logistic startup, Einride, has raised $500 million in debt and equity funding. Funds will be used to expand the company's business across Europe and Asia / Axios
The smart mobility business AYES, located in Antwerp, has raised €1 million in pre-seed funding, accelerating the adoption of its smartphone camera-enabled software that aids the blind in crossing the street safely / Tech.eu
$20 million is raised by Loft Dynamics, formerly known as VRM Switzerland, to transform virtual reality pilot training. Craft Ventures, Sky Dayton, and Up Ventures, three American technology investors, are leading the company's first institutional investment / Newswire.ca
According to a press statement sent via email from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Amtrak received $4.3 billion from the infrastructure law this autumn, which is a portion of a total of $22 billion in supplementary financing over the following five years in addition to annual grant appropriations / Smart Cities Dive
The US Army will get $49.9 million from the autonomous truck firm Kodiak Robotics to assist in the development of self-driving vehicles for reconnaissance, surveillance, and other "high-risk" tasks / The Verge
Classified Cycling of Belgium kicks things up a notch with a €22 million financing and plans to reevaluate e-bike drivetrains. Cycling Olympians and World Champions, including Tom Boonen, Anna Van der Breggen, Andre Greipel, and Marcel Kittel were also present in the round, which is led by Active Partners / Tech.eu
Cities & Policy
In order to prevent a nationwide strike or lockout that was projected to cost the economy $2 billion a day, President Joe Biden signed legislation imposing a labor agreement on rail workers / Smart Cities Dive
America's streets are now being used as a testing ground for automated vehicles, but Congress and states are failing to protect the people who didn’t sign up for the trials / StreetBlogs USA
Most cities can't afford to build bicycle lanes or crosswalks, so activists and tactical urbanists have taken it upon themselves to create them. How come cities are removing their work? / Bloomberg
The EU rejected France's request to ban five more short-haul flights on routes with good train accessibility / Politico
The privately funded, $8 billion Brightline West project may remove 3 million automobiles annually from the severely trafficked I-15 corridor / Smart Cities Dive
New Products, Features, and Data Points
The first dedicated Waze app with real-time routing and navigation will be available for two new Renault vehicles / The Verge
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