202223 May

The Station, a weekly newsletter dedicated to transportation – TechCrunch

Summary

We had live demos from the likes of Arrival, Holoride, Nuro and Zoox, panels about everything from robotaxis and urban air mobility to electric vehicles and micromobility, an early-stage startup pitch competition, roundtable sessions, networking and even some news. One item that surprised me: One of the top vehicle designs he wants to be remembered for is the Chrysler Pacifica minivan, which he called an “unsung hero” and described as a “Swiss Army knife.” Swyft Cities, a startup that’s building autonomous gondola networks, won the mobility pitch-off and is now fast-tracked into the Battlefield 200 at TechCrunch Disrupt in October. VW Group CEO Herbert Diess provided a few more details about plans to increase its market share in the U.S. to 10% by the end of the decade, including that a new standalone factory with a capacity of about 300,000 vehicles a year will be built to support the new independent Scout brand. One result of this internet drama has been “#PoorElon” trending on Twitter this week, mostly by users who mocked the CEO for complaining about being attacked by Democrats — this from the richest man in the world — and also for siding with Republicans who they say probably won’t help the EV initiative. While we’re on the subject, Harley-Davidson’s Serial 1 e-bikes will apparently be integrated with Google’s software products, like digital security with pinpoint location accuracy, route planning and navigation and a real-time ride data dashboard.

Source: Techcrunch

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