Hello from Quick Shift and congratulations on making it this far through a busy mobility news week! We hope you have enough juice left (or at least a nearby fast-charging station) to power you to the weekend! — Katie Burke
The dockless invasion. San Francisco has had an influx of new residents this week, and it's not another wave of tech workers. Bird, Limebike and other short-term scooter and bike rental companies landed their fleets in the city, causing headaches for local regulators. As locals complained on Twitter, Slate pointed out the other riderless vehicle plague taking the nation and some say these same issues could apply to autonomous vehicles.
Grand opening. The American Center for Mobility, a federally designated test site for autonomous vehicles at the former General Motors Willow Run plant outside of Ann Arbor, Mich., officially opened Wednesday. With the collaboration of automakers, suppliers, tech companies and local government, the center is expected to play a major role in advancing the deployment of self-driving cars.
- Waze takes Los Angeles drivers down the road less traveled.
- Tesla to take the brunt of Chinese EV tariffs.
- U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., opposes current autonomous vehicle legislation, but that didn't stop him from taking a ride with Tesla's Autopilot.
- BMW launches subscription service.
- These Pittsburgh companies are collaborating to tackle 'edge cases' in autonomous driving.
- Ex-Google exec opens a school for AI.