Good morning from Quick Shift, where our week is taking off like a drone without geofencing. Grab a cup of coffee and check out the latest headlines below. --Shiraz Ahmed
The parking pickle: Transportation analytics company Inrix, in a report on the total cost of car ownership, finds that parking is the unexpected leader, with drivers spending $3,000 a year on average finding a place to put their vehicles. That's one reason why companies are eyeing autonomous parking capabilities to sell in cars. After all, why spend money and time on this tedious chore?
- Google's Waze is OK with routing cars up this notorious Los Angeles incline.
- Nissan has a partner to help it jump ahead in the robotaxi business. Ford Motor Co. is also holding tight to its 2021 robotaxi launch goal.
- The maker of Post-it Notes (and everything else) is developing an electric, autonomous car product portfolio.
- This e-bike is BYOB: bring your own battery.
- Ford patents a weird loungelike car cabin.
- Tesla crash exposes a gap in the carmaker's use of data.
- Waymo looks to do driverless testing in California.