[Week 2, Mar 2022] Mobility News Archive

News

Automotive

  • BMW 2021 result preview: Deliveries (YoY +8.4%) and group revenues (+12.4%) were all up. Group net profit (YoY +223.1%) was a new all-time high

  • BMW, Qualcomm and Arriver to develop automated driving tech jointly

  • BMW acquired Alpina, a Buchloe tuning brand in collaboration for 60 years

  • Rivian 2021 result: A year-long net loss $4.7B; expects 25K vehicle production in 2022, a half of original expectation due to supply chain issues; 83K R1 net preorders in US & Canada; 100K EDV initial order from Amazon

  • Rivian to use LFP cells as standard packs for e-trucks, delivery vans & SUVs

  • Elon Musk vs. US SEC: Musk asked to terminate 2018 consent; SEC asked to distribute $40M to investors from the settlement

  • Lucid launched Tech Talks on YouTube; started with battery pack by CEO

  • XPeng started P5 smart EV sedan pre-orders in Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands and Sweden

  • GM and POSCO to invest $400M to build a cathode active material plant for EV battery in Quebec

  • GM and PG&E to test bidirectional charging between home and EVs as a backup power source

  • Stellantis suspends all exports to and imports from Russia

  • Toyota to reduce domestic production by up to 20% in Q2 due to chips and parts shortage

  • Volkswagen unveiled the production version of ID.Buzz and I.D Buzz Cargo, full-electric buses

  • Holoride to launch in-car VR system in Audi models in this summer

  • Aston Martin signed MoU with Britishvolt to develop battery cell tech for high-performance cars

  • Kodiak Robotics partners with Ceva Logistics for autonomous freight delivery in the US

  • Yamaha unveiled 6 new e-bikes with Switch On branding

Lastmile_Micromobility_Logistics

  • Uber raised Q1 profit guidance due to increasing demands for rides and food delivery

  • Uber rolls out a fuel surcharge to users due to a high gas price burden on drivers

  • Zoox acquired Strio.AI, a startup developing autonomous strawberry picking robot

  • Poni.ai, a robotaxi startup based in the US and China, is valued at $8.5B after new funding

  • Pony.ai to recall autonomous driving system on 3 vehicles after a crash in last year

(Source: Pony.ai)

  • Nvidia to invest $10M in Serve Robotics developing a sidewalk delivery robot service in CA

  • Nissan showcased e-4ORCE vehicle control, to be installed in Ariya EV, with ramen tray delivery

  • Swiggy, an Indian food delivery company, plans to file for IPO value at $1B in 1H 2023

  • Dance, a German-based e-bike subscription service, expanded business to more EU cities

  • Joco, previously a docked e-bike service in NYC, pivoted to lastmile delivery


Location_Technology

  • Intel's Mobileye confidentially field to go public in the US; concerning recent stock market volatility

  • Autobrains, developing self-learning for autonomous driving, raised $19M series C funding

  • Google Assistant together with ParkMobile help users pay parking fee via voice in 400 cities


Battery_Chips_Materials

  • Gogoro unveiled a swappable solid state EV battery prototype, co-developed with ProLogium

  • Swobbee, a Berlin-based battery swapping startup for micro-mobility vehicles, raised $6.5M series A funding

  • 2 different EV charging proposals in China: (Xiaomi) more high-power charging stations vs. (Geely) more battery swapping stations

  • Motiv's truck with ONE's battery hauling 3 Ton payload traveled 150 miles in a field testing


Aviation_Ocean_Space

  • ANA to launch a budget brand, AirJapan, in 2H 2023 for domestic and East Asian routes

  • NASA awarded SpaceX to provide 3 more Crew Dragon flying to International Space Station

  • NetJets, a private jet provider, ordered up to 150 eVTOLs from Lilium

  • Slingshot Aerospace, developing collision avoidance platform for satellites in space, raised $25M funding


Reports & Articles

  • The final rules of US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) with amendments has been signed. It is the first safety requirements for occupants in vehicles which do not have traditional manual controls with steering wheels and pedals by human driver, but have automated driving systems. - Read full article & official document

  • Drivers working for ride-hailing and food delivery platforms like Doordash, Uber and Lyft, are making less profit due to higher gas price - Read full article


More Readings...

  • Rental car giants embark on electric after pandemic bonanza (Reuters)

  • 'It's all coming at the worst time' How sky-high nickel price could hamper EV efforts (Emerging Tech Brew)

  • Gas prices are spiking. It's time for another look at plug-in hybrides (CNN Business)

  • More EVs, Fewer Emissions: How to maximize emission reductions by smart charging electric vehicles (RMI)

  • Toyota's Project ETA will help customers keep track of the vehicles they ordered (Autoevolution)

  • In it for the long haul: 5 steps to secure micromobility's future (Smartcitiesdive)


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