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Alibaba hits the gas on mobility as its bike sharing service adds carpooling

Carpooling is heralded to be environmentally friendly and money-saving, but in smog-stricken China, the transportation option became a source of public concerns after two female passengers got murdered during their lifts with Didi Chuxing drivers. The ride-hailing app has suspended its Hitch service to this date under government command, and its peers were also directed to step up safety measures for their own offerings. The regulatory crackdown led to a shortage of cheap rides with strangers in...
Tags: Transportation, Messenger, Asia, China, Tech, Automotive, Alibaba, Transport, Tencent, Mobile Payments, Alipay, Alibaba Group, Ant Financial, Online Payments, Jack Ma, Carsharing


You don’t need a licence to drive the Citroën Ami One

Citroën seems to have it the nail on the head by calling its Ami One a ‘disruptive all-electric object’, and not a car. Barely 2.5 meters long, the Ami One stems from an idea that traveling is an activity, and a car should only be as permanent as the need of that activity. The video above makes a pretty bold claim by saying that YOU choose how long you want (to rent) your car. Five minutes, five hours, five days…months , or even five years. This sounds like a gimmick, but think about the fact ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Design, Future, Car, Automotive, Citroën, Ami One


On-demand shuttle startup Via enters South American market

Via, the on-demand shuttle startup backed by Daimler, has expanded into South America. The company launched a service  in Goiânia, Brazil with HP Transportes Coletivos, one of the country’s largest public transportation operators. Via says the service called CityBus 2.0 is the first on-demand shuttle system operated by a public transit operator to launch in Latin America. Users are able to use an app to  request a ride in 11 districts around the city. Base fares are R$2.50, or $0.68. Via’s serv...
Tags: TC, Transportation, New York, Los Angeles, Tech, Automotive, Brazil, South America, Orange County, Latin America, Daimler, Mercedes Benz, Citybus, Chicago Washington, Goiânia Brazil, HP Transportes Coletivos


Lyft reportedly plans to debut on Nasdaq next month

Ride-hailing company Lyft plans to file its initial public offering in March, possibly beating rival Uber to the milestone. Two reports, one from , the other from , indicate Lyft plans to list its shares on Nasdaq next month. The WSJ, citing unnamed sources, reported Lyft may make the filing public as early as next week. Reuters also reported that the ride-hailing company plans to launch the roadshow for its IPO during the week of March 18. Lyft spokeswoman Alexandra LaManna said the compan...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Ipo, Tech, Canada, Automotive, United States, Transport, Commuting, SEC, Carsharing, WSJ, Reuters, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, JPMorgan Chase Co


Uber fixes bug that exposed third-party app secrets

Uber has fixed a bug that allowed access to the secret developer tokens of any app that integrated with the ride-sharing service, according to the security researchers who discovered the flaw. In a blog post, Anand Prakash and Manisha Sangwan explained that a vulnerable developer endpoint on Uber’s back-end systems — since locked down — was mistakenly spitting back client secrets and server tokens for apps authorized by the Uber account owner. Client secrets and server tokens are considered h...
Tags: Security, Uber, Apps, India, Tech, Hack, Automotive, United States, Internet Security, Transport, Commuting, Carsharing, Bangalore, Founder, Anand Prakash, Prakash


Tesla’s top attorney leaves after two months on job due to ‘poor cultural fit’

Tesla’s general counsel, a veteran trial lawyer, has been replaced with a company insider just two months after taking the post. Dane Butswinkas, who was named Tesla general counsel in December, is leaving the company, Tesla confirmed. Jonathan Chang, who was most recently vice president of legal at Tesla, has taken over the general counsel position. Butswinkas is returning to the Washington D.C. law firm Williams & Connolly, where he had worked for nearly 30 years. Wednesday is his last day ...
Tags: Apple, TC, Transportation, Europe, Washington, China, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, United States, Automotive Industry, Vice President, Financial Services, Musk, Chang, Jonathan


Porsche Taycan production forecast may be ‘conservative’

Porsche’s production forecast for its first all-electric vehicle may be too conservative, the company’s head of production said this week. Porsche has targeted 20,000 Taycan electric vehicles for the first year of production. But interest in the vehicle could push those estimates higher, Albrecht Reimold, Porsche’s board member in charge of production, said in an internally produced Q&A. Reimold didn’t provide a specific figure. In the interview, Reimold was asked about the company’s new factory...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Tech, Automotive, Porsche, Electric Cars, Cnet, Oliver Blume, Wirtschaftswoche, Zuffenhausen Germany, Reimold, Porsche North America, Klaus Zellmer, Zellmer, Electrify America, Tesla Porsche


Audi’s new V2I feature helps drivers hit every green light

Audi has added a new feature to the vehicle-to-infrastructure technology embedded in its newer models that’s designed to help drivers catch every green light. The tech, called GLOSA or Green Light Optimized Speed Advisory, is part of the automaker’s built-in traffic light-reading technology. And Audi says it’s the first automaker to include this GLOSA feature in its cars. It all began in 2016 when Audi launched traffic light information, a system that enables the car to  communicate with the ...
Tags: Transportation, Washington, Virginia, Cars, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Traffic, Automotive, United States, Transport, Dallas, Las Vegas, Audi, Orlando, Volkswagen Group


Flipkart co-founder Sachin Bansal invests $92M in Ola

The money is starting to flow from India’s largest startup exit. Ola has added a major name to its ongoing financing round after it confirmed that Flipkart co-founder Sachin Bansal has invested 650 crore INR (around $92 million) into the Indian ride-hailing business. The deal rumored in January when Paper.vc, an intelligence service that sifts through company filings in India, noticed that Bansal had committed to investing 150 crore. Today, eight-year-old Ola not only confirmed the pairing...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, Uber, Asia, India, Funding, Entrepreneur, Tech, Walmart, Ceo, Economy, Companies, Automotive, United States, Asia Pacific, Retailers


Nissan’s old Leaf batteries can power this smart pop-up camper for one week

Nissan has turned its old Leaf batteries into an off-grid camping companion. The automaker’s Nissan Energy subsidiary worked with camper manufacturer Opus to create the ultimate “smart” pop-up trailer that integrates cells recovered from its first-generation electric vehicles to provide off-grid power. Add in one to two recharges of the accompanying 400W solar panel accessory and campers can listen to tunes and use their smartphones and other devices, including a microwave, for about 7 days, ...
Tags: Transportation, UK, Cars, Tech, Smartphones, Automotive, United Kingdom, Transport, Nissan, Microwave, Opus, Francisco Carranza, Air Opus, Nissan Energy


The ProCarSaver is your car’s very own black-box

The Black Box plays a very important role in every aircraft. Given how complex (and incredibly expensive) aircrafts are, even a small malfunction can have large ramifications, causing everlasting losses and damages. The function of this black box is to gather every single bit of data during the flight and comprehensively present it to anyone surveying the data to see where the malfunction occurred. This black box helps engineers and technicians understand exactly where the malfunction occurred...
Tags: Deals, Design, Automotive, Popular, Product Design, Random, BLUECAL, ProCarSaver


Nissan unveils incredible solar-powered mobile workshop for woodworkers

Over the years, we’ve seen thousands of unique van conversions, but Nissan has taken the van-loving world by storm with its new NV300 concept van — a mobile workshop for woodworking professionals. The amazing design, which was a collaboration between Nissan and UK-based firm Studio Hardie, is fully-functioning mobile woodworking studio that can be taken off grid, letting wood-loving artisans find inspiration anywhere they choose. What’s more, the van runs on solar power and its tools are powere...
Tags: Europe, UK, Design, Automotive, Gallery, Electric Vehicles, Innovation, Energy Efficiency, Belgium, Solar Power, Nissan, Sustainable Design, Mondrian, Hardie, Van Conversion, Brussels Motor Show


Amazon leads $700M round in electric automaker Rivian

Rivian, the electric automaker that debut its first two vehicles just three months ago, has raised $700 million in a round led by Amazon . The news follows a report earlier this week by Reuters that GM and Amazon were in talks to invest in the electric vehicle company. “We’re inspired by Rivian’s vision for the future of electric transportation,” Amazon CEO Worldwide Consumer Jeff Wilke said in a statement. “RJ has built an impressive organization, with a product portfolio and technology to ma...
Tags: Amazon, Transportation, Florida, UK, Tech, Automotive, United States, Electric Vehicles, Gm, San Jose, Michigan, La Auto Show, Mitsubishi, Reuters, Chrysler Corporation, Irvine California


A Scooter for us Big-Kids!

It’s likely that you will associate the word ‘scooter’ with your childhood, where hours were spent gliding around on the two-wheeled contraptions. But, why should kids have all the fun? Qui is a redesigned electric scooter that has been designed with the desire to alter how the scooter’ feels in the public mind’.At first glance you will see how this is far from the simple scooter that you may have grown up with; Qui carriers a sleek yet muscular design that is packed full of intuitive design fea...
Tags: Design, Automotive, Electric Scooter, Product Design, Mak, Rice Mak


Uber Freight snags Airbnb, Box veterans as it eyes global expansion

Uber Freight, which helps truck drivers connect with shipping companies, has made two high-profile hires this month as it continues to scale up its app and plans for a global expansion. The company has hired Andrew Smith, one of Box’s early employees, to head up global sales at  Uber Freight , and Bar Ifrach, formerly of Airbnb, to lead its marketplace team, TechCrunch has learned. Smith had a 10-year run at Box, where he was most recently vice president of field and commercial sales for Nort...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Texas, San Francisco, Tech, Chicago, Automotive, Transport, Airbnb, Smith, Data Scientist, Ron, U S Department of Transportation, Andrew Smith, Waymo, Lior Ron


Flectr’s Award-winning bike-reflectors are back with color variants!

You may remember the FLECTR 360 OMNI from last year. The German Design Award and Eurobike 2018 Award-winning sticker promised to make bicycling safer without any extra effort than installing these film-based, adhesive reflectors on your bicycle rim. Using a microprismatic film, these stickers reflect ambient light in all directions with full intensity, making them instantly visible. Just attach them on the rims of your bike and they enhance your visibility manifold, making your otherwise silen...
Tags: Deals, Design, Automotive, Popular, Product Design, Random, Jorg Neugebauer, Kai Wiehagen, Kai Wiehagen Jorg NeugebauerClick, FLECTR, FLECTR 360 CL


The Ultimate Cycling Helmet?!

Cycling can be a dangerous mode of transport, whether it’s due to the adrenaline-fueled decent down a treacherous trail, or the vulnerability during the morning commute. Because of this, rider safety is something to be taken very seriously! The Ventoux Hybrid Helmet ingeniously bridges the gap between the comfortable and lightweight open-face and the all-head protection focused full-face to create a product that incorporates the best features of both these products!The slim and lightweight desig...
Tags: Design, Automotive, Product Design, Jean-Baptiste Petricoul, Ventoux Hybrid Helmet, Jean Baptiste Petricoul Protected, Petricoul


Tesla ‘Dog mode’ and ‘Sentry mode’ are now live to guard your car and pets

Tesla has officially released two features for its electric vehicles aimed at protecting what owners love: their car and pets, as the company looks to leverage its ability to deliver a continuous stream of new capabilities via over-the-air software updates. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been tweeting about these two features, known as Dog mode and Sentry mode for weeks. And now, they’re here for electric vehicles equipped with Enhanced Autopilot and built after August 2017. Dog mode is meant to acc...
Tags: Transportation, Elon Musk, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Tesla Model S, Tesla Autopilot, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Cabin Overheat Prevention


The Life Knight brings the hospital to the injured

Think about it. When you deploy an ambulance, you’re essentially making two trips. One, to the patient, and the second, to the hospital after collecting the patient. This 2x journey is often the difference between life and death, and a problem that the Life Knight wants to solve.Designed to be deployed in areas with no access to medical care, i.e., disaster-struck zones or medically underdeveloped areas, the Life Knight is a moving hospital that reaches its destination and opens up into a full-f...
Tags: Transportation, Design, Medical, Hospital, Automotive, Ambulance, Red Dot Awards: Design Concept, Red Dot Concept 2018, Baojun Li, Life Knight, Mingliang Song, Zhifei Tian


Check out the first interior view of Honda’s Urban EV prototype

Honda has been teasing its all-electric urban vehicle in 2017, when the automaker showed off its vision of the future — that had a distinct 1970s first generation Civic flare. Now, two years later a production version of the Urban EV is nearly here. And the automaker is finally giving a glimpse —albeit the tiniest of peeks — of the Urban EV’s interior. The full reveal of the Urban EV will come next month at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. And from there, it won’t be long before the electric vehicle ...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Electric Vehicle, Europe, Tech, Automotive, Transport, Automotive Industry, Honda, Driver, Electric Cars, Honda Motor Co, Takahiro Hachigo, Frankfurt Motor Show Honda, Urban EV Concept, Urban Ev


Autonomous truck startup TuSimple hits unicorn status in latest round

Another autonomous vehicle unicorn has joined the herd. TuSimple, a self-driving truck startup running daily routes for customers in Arizona, has raised $95 million in a Series D funding round led by Sina Corp. as the company prepares to scale up its commercial autonomous fleet to more than 50 trucks by June. The startup, which launched in 2015 and has operations in San Diego and Tucson, Arizona, has a post-money of $1.095 billion (aka unicorn status). TuSimple has raised $178 million to date...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Uber, Hong Kong, Texas, China, Tech, Tesla, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Arizona, Shanghai, San Diego, Nvidia, Self-driving Cars, Weibo


Is This the Future of Logistics?

Franken is a modular logistics platform that has been designed with the intention of revolutionizing how robots are used within the manufacturing sector. Franken features an extremely flexible modular design that centers around a two-wheeled mainframe. This section can function independently, as it travels around in a Segway-like fashion; this makes it ideal for carrying small parcels or, with the addition of grips, even people!For larger objects and parcels, two of these mainframes can come tog...
Tags: Design, Automotive, Franken, Dawn Studio


Test Drive: 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor

Off-roading in Utah, the truck offers impressive performance and comfort During our test drive of the 2019 Ford Raptor, we got airborne in a truck that tips the scales at nearly three tons. Perhaps even more astounding is that when the vehicle’s four wheels touched back to earth, the sensation was akin to landing on a mattress. With confidence soaring, we circled a dirt track …
Tags: Utah, Design, Cars, Automotive, Ford, Driving, Trucks, Pickup Trucks, Test Drives, Auto Design


BeliMobilGue raises $10M for its used-car sales platform in Indonesia

BeliMobilGue, a used car sales platform in Indonesia, has fueled up with a $10 million Series round for the race to dominate the automotive market in Southeast Asia’s largest economy. The company was started in 2017 as a joint venture between Europe’s Frontier Car Group (FCG) and Intudo Ventures, a VC firm focused on Indonesia. BeliMobilGue said today that the capital came from FCG and new investors, which include Tunas Toyota — the authorized dealership for Toyota cars in Indonesia. It’s ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Ecommerce, Asia, Europe, Balderton Capital, Indonesia, Finance, Southeast Asia, Africa, Companies, Automotive, Toyota, Java, Latin America, Partech Ventures


Freedom EV: free/open replacement firmware for your electric vehicle -- including a Tesla

Freedom EV is a free/open software stack intended to replace the software in your electric vehicle, it's been tested on a Tesla Model X and should work on a Model S, if you can get root. Electric vehicles are very exciting but the same informatics and versatility that make them exciting also invite manufacturers to add all kinds of antifeatures (like batteries with plenty of charge remaining that refuse to power a vehicle because you've only paid for so much electricity; to say nothing of t...
Tags: Videos, Video, Floss, News, Youtube, Tesla, Intel, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Linux, Electric, Github, ARM, MCU, Freedomev, Got Root


Daily Crunch: SoftBank bets big on autonomous delivery

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here: 1. SoftBank’s next bet: $940M into autonomous delivery startup Nuro Nuro has raised $940 million in financing from the SoftBank Vision Fund, a whopping amount that will be used to expand its delivery service, add new partners, hire employees and scale up its fleet of self-driving bots. The autonomous ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Spotify, Saudi Arabia, Softbank, Tech, Getty Images, Netflix, Automotive, Va, Health Records, Jeff Bezos, Sunday Times, Equity, Instacart, Mobile World Congress


Softbank’s next bet: $940M into autonomous delivery startup Nuro

Nuro, the autonomous delivery startup, has raised $940 million in financing from the Softbank Vision Fund, a whopping amount that will be used to expand its delivery service, add new partners, hire employees and scale up its fleet of self-driving bots. Nuro has raised more than $1 billion from partners including SoftBank, Greylock Partners and Gaorong Capital. “We’ve spent the last two and a half years building an amazing team, launching our first unmanned service, working with incredible ...
Tags: Transportation, Softbank, Tech, Automotive, Arizona, Toyota, Self-driving Cars, Robotics, Greylock Partners, Kroger, Phoenix, Starship Technologies, Ike, Dave Ferguson, SoftBank Vision Fund, SoftBank Investment Advisers


Transportation Weekly: Amazon’s secret acquisition and all the AV feels

Welcome to Transportation Weekly; I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. I cover all the ways people and goods move from Point A to Point B — today and in the future — whether it’s by bike, bus, scooter, car, train, truck, robotaxi or rocket. Sure, let’s include hyperloop and eVTOLs, or air taxis, too. Yup, another transportation newsletter. But I promise this one will be different. Here’s how. Newsletters can be great mediums for curated news — a place...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Transportation, Uber, Twitter, Europe, Elon Musk, Mexico, Boston, Virginia, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Mit, Palo Alto


One of Tesla’s biggest investors upped its stake by more than $30M

Baillie Gifford  & Co., the second-biggest shareholder of Tesla stock and the , has increased its stake in the electric automaker and energy storage company. A regulator filing posted Friday shows Baillie increased its stake in Tesla from 7.64 percent at the end of the third quarter to 7.71 percent at the end of the fourth quarter. That doesn’t sound like much. But it translates into Baillie purchasing nearly 109,000 Tesla shares in the fourth quarter. That pencils out to a ballpark of $32 mi...
Tags: Elon Musk, UK, China, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Cnbc, Tesla Model S, Baillie Gifford, NIO, Baillie Gifford Co, CEO Elon Musk Tesla, Baillie


Autonomous cars are driving the reinvention of IP protection

Lucas Dahlin Contributor Lucas Dahlin is an associate in Goodwin’s Intellectual Property group. He focuses his practice on complex intellectual property matters, with a particular experience in patent and trade-secret litigation. Julius Jefferson Contributor Julius Jefferson is an associate in Goodwin’s IP Litigation group. Prior to joining Goodwin, he clerked for judges of the District of Delaware and of the Eastern Di...
Tags: TC, Column, Congress, Tech, Automotive, Autonomous Vehicles, Pfizer, Intellectual Property, Delaware, Goodwin, Julius, Darryl, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Quo Vadis, Lucas Dahlin, Julius Jefferson