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|As Uber and Lyft fares surge, NYC taxis are becoming popular again|
MSN Money, August 27th
New York City taxis are coming to dethrone Uber and Lyft from e-hailing dominance.
|Amazon-backed electric-vehicle maker Rivian files to go public|
CNBC, August 27th
Rivian Automotive, an electric-vehicle start-up backed by Amazon, announced Friday that it has filed a confidential draft registration form for an IPO.
|Ideanomics acquires EV maker Via Motors in deal worth as much as $630M|
Freight Waves, August 30th
“Via Motors is changing last- and mid-mile delivery with innovative electric commercial vehicles that fleets can afford,” said Bob Purcell, CEO of Via Motors, in a statement. “Combining Via with Ideanomics facilitates significant synergies, while Ideanomics’ financial and personnel resources provide the backing we need to pursue an array of exciting growth prospects we have identified.
|Building a CASE for connected and autonomous vehicles with 5G connectivity|
Forbes, August 27th
Here are few topics as exciting as what the future of transportation will look like in the next five to 10 years. With 5G and connected, autonomous cars, everything from industry supply chains and vehicle ownership to the daily commute and in-vehicle experiences are poised to fundamentally transform.
|Subscribe to a car like your phone: A car subscription explainer|
CNET, August 29th
Nope, we’re not kidding. You absolutely can subscribe to a new car just like your iPhone, Samsung Galaxy or many other smartphones.
|Audi plots its future around mobility, not just EVs|
Green Car Reports, August 30th
Audi aspires to be more than just an automaker, aiming to use new technology to extract more revenue out of the cars it makes through mobility services.
|Humans emerge as secret weapon for autonomous vehicle startups|
Claims Journal, August 24th
Self-driving startups like Cruise and Pony.ai have begun testing their driverless cars in some parts of California in the past year, with an additional feature: Human operators.
|Meeting the growing demand for connected car data|
Forbes, August 28th
Analysts predict that worldwide sales of connected vehicles will reach 76.3 million units within two years, meaning nearly 70% of worldwide new light-duty cars and trucks will ship with embedded connectivity. In the U.S., that number climbs to 90%.
|Report shows East Valley seniors, ADA riders prefer autonomous vehicles|
Fronteras, August 30th
Federal Transit Administration report found seniors and riders certified under the Americans with Disabilities Act in the East Valley prefer autonomous vehicles, also called AVs, over traditional taxis or rideshare options.
|Mocean carshare rolls into Warner Center, bringing innovative and affordable mobility alternative to the San Fernando Valley|
Yahoo Finance, August 26th
MoceanLab, a future-focused mobility laboratory for Los Angeles, formally launched its Mocean Carshare service in Warner Center today, expanding the reach of its growing car sharing service to the San Fernando Valley for the first time.