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[Week 3, Feb 2022] Mobility News Archive



  • Mobileye, Benteler EV Systems and Beep to launch 12-14 seats self-driving shuttle by 2024

(Source: Intel)

  • Waymo Via and C.H. Robinson to test automated trucks with safety drivers in Texas soon

  • Aurora partners with US Xpress to study best routes for autonomous trucks driving system

  • Chinese gov't approved Audi and FAW Group to build EV factory starting production in 2024

  • Volkswagen is talking with Huawei to acquire an autonomous driving unit

  • Tesla opens entire Superchargers in the Netherlands to all non-Tesla EV owners

  • Tesla Model X Refresh orders are delayed to July 2022 due to an issue in production ramp

  • Tesla recalls 579+ vehicles in the US with OTA due to Boombox function

  • Tesla's Autopilot to be reviewed by German regulators if its functions meet EU standard

  • 6.5M EVs were sold globally in 2021, YoY 109% increased; Tesla led the market with 14% share

  • Elon Musk donated $5.7B worth of Tesla shares to charity; the 2nd biggest US donor in 2021

  • Boring Company submitted a 6-mile long loop tunnel proposal to Miami, next to Las Vegas

  • Fisker started reservations for Pear, new urban EV model, with pricing at $30K

  • Fisker has 31K reservations for Ocean; its production is on track

  • Ford is considering a spin-off EV operations from its legacy business; the company still denies

  • Ford released CAD files for your own 3D Printing accessories compatible with Maverick pickup

  • Volvo Trucks had 42% of heavy all-electric trucks market share in Europe in 2021

  • General Motors to resume the production of Bolt EV, the model recalled due to fires, in April

  • GM and Cruise seek a petition for no-human-controlled self-driving operations from US gov't

  • Cruise to expand a self-driving delivery pilot with Walmart in Arizona

  • Jaguar Land Rover and Nvidia partner to develop AI for autonomous driving

  • Nissan to invest $500M in Mississippi plant for 2 new EV models, production starting in 2025

  • Polestar 5 to use bespoke lightweight bonded aluminum platform

  • Hyundai Motor Group brands tops in J.D. Power US vehicle Dependability Study

  • Volta Trucks raised $260M series C funding to launch Volta Zero production in late 2022

  • CelLink, a CA-based flex harness startup, raised $250M funding from auto industry

  • Motorq, a CA-based connected car API company, raised $40M series B funding

  • Volta to install DC fast-charging EV stalls to 500 more Walgreens across the US

  • Spending for EV charging at home will exceed $16B globally by 2026; $3.4B in 2021

  • Carbar, an Australian car subscription service startup, raised $29M funding

  • A ship, carrying 4K cars including Porsches and Volkswagens, caught fire in Atlantic Ocean


  • Baidu launched self-driving taxi service, still with human drivers, in downtown Shenzhen

  • Chinese gov't regulates food delivery platforms, Meituan and, to reduce service fees

  • Didi to layoff 20% of staff in major businesses mostly due to gov't cyber security regulation

  • DoorDash to increase McDonald's delivery fee up to 20% when drivers wait 4 min+ to pick up

  • ElectroMeccanica and Faction to test self-driving EVs for food delivery and on-demand riding

  • Mundimoto, a Spanish online motorcycle shop, raised $22.6M funding to expand in EU

  • Cogo, a Danish shared-mobility comparison tool, acquired eScoot, a shared-EV aggregator

  • Coast, a NY-based fuel & fleet management software startup, raised $27.5M Series A funding

  • RideCo, a Canadian on-demand transit tech firm for cities, raised $16M series A funding

  • Freterium, a Morocco-based comprehensive freight software startup, raised $4M seed funding


  • Ford and Volvo joined Redwood Materials' EV battery recycling program

  • Foxconn and Gogoro to open electric 2-wheeler and battery plant in Indonesia this year

  • Tesla to buy lithium spodumene concentrate from Liontown Resources starting in 2024


  • Joby Aviation's prototype aircraft crashed in testing; US NTSB is investigating

  • Joby Aviation and ANA airline partner to launch eVTOL air taxi service in Japan

  • Jared Isaacman purchased 3 more private rockets from Space X Polaris Program

  • Avolon and AirAsia signed MoU to lease 100 eVTOL aircrafts to launch in Asia

  • ALVA Yachts unveiled all-electric luxury solar catamaran, OCEAN ECO 60 Coupe

Reports & Articles

  • Nissan Sentra, Nissan Rogue Sport, Subaru Forester, Honda Accord, Toyota Prius and Prius Prime, Toyota RAV4 Prime, Kia Telluride, Honda Ridgeline, Ford Mustang Maha-E, Lexus RX rank best car of the year for 2022 according to Consumer Report - Read full article

  • A summary of AMA with Volkswagen CEO in Reddit: L3 autonomous driving still requires redundant Lidar perception; making huge investments in self-sufficient car software; working on entry level EVs with pricing around € 20K - Read full article

  • Ibex Investors predicts transportation industry will make changes in next 5 to 10 years than in the past 100 years with autonomous vehicles, and plans to invest $113M funding in early-stage mobility companies - Read full article

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