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August 24, 2021

Volume 37

Norway shows us glimpse of the future as electric cars make gas-powered car sales vanish
Electrek, August 16th
Norway shows us yet another glimpse of the future as electric cars are making gas-powered car sales vanish in the market.
Uber, Lyft drivers fear they’ll be replaced by robotaxis
Tri-City Herald, August 9th
Self-driving technology group Argo AI, along with Ford and Lyft, announced last month that they would begin testing 1,000 self-driving ride-hail vehicles — nicknamed “robotaxis” — in Miami and Austin this winter. 
May Mobility announces launch of new on-demand AV shuttle in Michigan
Traffic Technology Today, August 16th
May Mobility, an innovative autonomous vehicle (AV) technology and shuttle operations company, in partnership with the City of Grand Rapids, Via and Gentex, have announced the launch of an on-demand AV shuttle service in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Last-mile delivery firms call lack of drivers their main concern
Freight Waves, August 11th
E-commerce is continuing its strong performance in 2021, but the companies responsible for getting those packages to consumer doorsteps continue to be plagued by challenges, including a lack of drivers.
An auto rental shortage sparked a boom in peer-to-peer car-sharing. Entrepreneurs are hopping on the trend
CNBC, August 10th
Travelers are turning to car-sharing platforms like Turo and GetAround as big car rental chains face shortages amid a rebound in travel this summer.
Why regulators love Nuro’s self-driving delivery vehicles
Tech Crunch, August 16th
Nuro’s delivery autonomous vehicles (AVs) don’t have a human driver on board. The company’s founders Dave Ferguson (president) and Jiajun Zhu’s (CEO) vision of a driverless delivery vehicle sought to do away with a lot of the stuff that is essential for a normal car to have, like doors and airbags and even a steering wheel. 
Nation’s largest self-driving electric shuttle network launches
The Hill, August 10th
The country’s biggest fleet of low-speed, self-driving electric shuttles hit the road on Tuesday in a major step forward for the electric vehicle sector.
Motional to begin testing autonomous vehicles in LA aspart of California expansion plan
Tech Crunch, August 10th
Motional, the autonomous vehicle company born out of a $4 billion joint venture with Aptiv and Hyundai, is expanding its presence in California by opening a new operations facility in Los Angeles to support testing on public roads, hiring more engineers and adding an office in Silicon Valley.
Self-driving car company to test a second autonomous vehicle in NYC
Streets Blog NYC, August 13th
Mobileye — a division of Intel — has been quietly operating one camera-covered AV car in the city since June, but this month, after the DOT moved to require a specific city-issued permit for such testing, the company revealed through a spokeswoman that it will double that fleet in September. 
Lyft promotion targets drivers’ parking ticket regrets
Adweek, August 12th
Lyft’s latest appeal taps into a universal pain point of drivers: You could have avoided that parking ticket by letting its drivers provide the ride.

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