Good morning from Quick Shift, where sharing mobility news is almost as trendy as sharing your car on the latest transportation app. — Katie Burke
Green light: The California Department of Motor Vehicles officially approved updated regulations that will allow manufacturers to test autonomous vehicles without a safety driver on public roads. A public notice will be published on the agency's site March 2, and companies may begin applying for permits. The first licenses will be issued April 2.
Green around the grilles: A patent published last week shows Waymo is working on ways to prevent carsickness in their self-driving cars. Meanwhile, Uber and Lyft customers have been using the services for rides to the hospital in an effort to lower their medical bills when they get sick.
- Could London, Singapore and Stockholm hold the answer to New York City's traffic problems?
- Chipmaker Broadcom's bid for rival Qualcomm just got even more complicated, with a secretive U.S. national security court weighing whether to block a potential merger.
- More companies set deadlines to introduce 5G connectivity.
- Toyota's venture capital arm expands its investments.
- Hyundai makes the case for fuel cell technology to power autonomous vehicles.
- Short-term bike rental company Gobee has left France after "mass destruction" of its fleet became "the new entertainment of underaged individuals."
- Car-sharing service Turo is heating up its legal battle with the San Francisco International Airport by countersuing in response to city officials banning the service.
- Ford has added Waze to its app portfolio for its Sync 3 infotainment system.
- A German court has ruled that local governments can ban diesel cars. In the U.S., Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will reportedly phase out diesel passenger cars by 2022.
- ... but perhaps this German hydrogen-powered train will be the next wave of the future.