TGIF from your friends at Quick Shift! Here's all the mobility news you'll need to blast off into the weekend faster than a SpaceX satellite. — Katie Burke
Forging ahead. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is wasting no time in 2018. After rolling out a new express carpooling service — to mixed reviews — the executive tweeted a photo Thursday with Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda saying the two companies were growing their partnership on autonomous vehicles. Khosrowshahi says he wants to develop similar partnerships with other major automakers.
New parts, new problems. While self-driving cars may be a solution to a range of transportation woes, from traffic to car ownership costs, they come with their own issues. The delicate sensors required for autonomous driving make cars more difficult to wash, while this new steering wheel design aims to tackle the tricky handoff between human and machine control.
- Google rolls out AI to its ad offerings.
- UPS is working on its own electric delivery trucks, and DHL says Tesla's electric semi's are close to making financial sense.
- This autonomous vehicle demo got a little too close for comfort.
- Lyft finds success in the Big Apple.
- Mobileye is using transit app Moovit's data to improve autonomous vehicle navigation in cities.
- Audi's new tech could do away with toll passes (but not the charges).
- Chinese telecom company Huawei is forging partnerships globally to advance 5G networks, but is running into cybersecurity concerns.
- Paris wants to ban cars along one of its most busy thoroughfares, but a court just ruled that its illegal.
- This mapping company wants to open up city data so self-driving car companies don't own it all.