Mobility

Tech, Regulatory Snags Slow GM Plan for Robo-Taxis

July 01, 2019 at 1:50 AM

Regulatory and technical issues make it unlikely that General Motors Co. will meet its target of launching a driverless-taxi service by the end of this year, Automotive News says.

MicroSnap: Flexible Pods for Last-Mile Transport

July 01, 2019 at 1:26 AM

Mobility visionary Rinspeed AG’s new MicroSNAP concept features self-driving, electric mini-“skateboards” that carry a wide variety of plug-in pods for last mile transport of people or goods.

Five More Japanese Carmakers Join Toyota-Softbank Venture

June 28, 2019 at 1:42 AM

Monet Technologies Corp., the 8-month-old joint venture between Softbank and Toyota to develop autonomous ride-hailing and delivery services, has signed up five more Japanese carmakers.

VW Launches EV Car-Sharing Service in Germany

June 27, 2019 at 10:21 AM

Volkswagen AG has launched its “WeShare” car-sharing program in Berlin with a fleet of 1,500 all-electric Golf small cars.   Some 500 e-up! electric city cars will be added later this year.

Boeing Partners with Air Taxi Startup

June 27, 2019 at 7:28 AM

Aerospace giant Boeing Co. has formed a strategic partnership with Silicon Valley-based startup Kitty Hawk Corp. to commercialize air taxi applications.

Apple Buys Autonomous-Driving Startup Drive.ai

June 26, 2019 at 12:09 AM

Apple Inc. confirms it has acquired Drive.ai, a struggling Silicon Valley-based developer of artificial intelligence-based software for self-driving vehicles.

Baidu Leads Wave of Autonomous-Car Tests in China

June 25, 2019 at 3:25 PM

Changsha and Guangzhou have approved testing licenses for about 70 autonomous vehicles spread among 10 companies.

PSA Tests Short-Term Subscription Service

June 24, 2019 at 9:01 AM

PSA Group's Free2move mobility unit has begun pilot tests of a vehicle subscription service in France.

Beijing Opens Bicycle Highway

June 21, 2019 at 5:27 PM

China has opened its first bicycle highway, a 4-mile road that connects Beijing’s Huilongguan residential area to its Shangdi industrial zone.

Russia’s Yandex to Test Autonomous Cars with No Drivers

June 21, 2019 at 1:17 PM

Russian internet and ride-hailing provider Yandex NV says it will begin commercial service in August with five self-driving cars that don’t have a backup driver on board, Automotive News reports.

Waymo Teams with Renault-Nissan in France and Japan

June 20, 2019 at 7:32 AM

Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo unit has signed deals with alliance partners Renault SA and Nissan Motor Co. to explore driverless mobility services in France and Japan.

Rolls-Royce Buys Siemens Electric Aircraft Business

June 19, 2019 at 7:53 AM

Aircraft engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce Holdings plc has agreed to buy Siemens AG’s eAicraft unit, which is developing electric propulsion systems for air taxis and mid-range jets.