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Didi Chuxing plans to expand into Mexico next year, say reports


Didi Chuxing, China’s ride-hailing company has plans to expand into Mexico next year, according to some media reports. The company has been in touch with the investment promotion bodies of the country during last month. The reports further say Didi will launch a smartphone app in Mexico and recruit local …

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nuTonomy and Lyft offering self-driving rides in Boston


nuTonomy and Lyft have announced that passengers in Boston’s Seaport district were able to experience self-driving rides on the Lyft network in nuTonomy vehicles. As the pilot progresses, select Boston passengers in Seaport area will be matched with nuTonomy self-driving vehicles when they request rides through the Lyft app. Both …

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Nissan and DeNA unveil “Easy Ride” brand for the new robo-vehicle mobility service

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Nissan and DeNA unveiled the Easy Ride brand for the new robo-vehicle mobility service being developed by the two companies jointly. The companies also announced plans for a field test with public participation to take place in the Minatomirai district of Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan from March 5, 2018, to …

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MOIA introducing its comprehensive ride pooling concept


MOIA, the mobility startup from the Volkswagen Group is introducing its comprehensive ride pooling concept. The self-designed MOIA car, that is fully electric and optimized for ride pooling services, will make its debut at TechCrunch in Berlin. The startup will also present its ride pooling ecosystem with the mission “One …

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Element to provide maintenance and accident services for Maven’s car-sharing fleet in US


General Motors’ Maven personal mobility initiative has chosen Element Fleet Management to provide maintenance and accident services for Maven’s fast-growing car-sharing fleet across the United States. Element will help Maven reduce vehicle costs and downtime, ensuring that vehicles are available for car-sharing as requested by Maven members.  It is known …

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Shared self-driving cars could cut demands for sedans in US to half by 2030


According to study by KPMG, self-driving cars from ride hailing services could cut demand for sedans in US to half by 2030. The firm used cellphone data to map commuter travel in three large U.S. cities –namely Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles-San Diego– and came up with this conclusion. The researchers have …

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Electrobit, Tomtom, TISA join forces to facilitate the deployment of dynamic location referencing for navigation and automated driving

The representatives of the founding members of the Open-LR association (from left to right): Oliver Jesorsky, Elektrobit; Sven Baselau and Klaus Lütkemeier, TomTom; Thomas Kusche-Knecevic, TISA; Tobias Engelen, Elektrobit; Ralf-Peter Schäfer and Andreas Erwig. TomTom Image source: Elektrobit (PRNewsfoto/OpenLR e.V.)

TomTom, Elektrobit and the Traveller Information Services Association (TISA), have founded the Open-LR e.V. Association in order to secure the future of the royalty free, OpenLR Standard for dynamic location referencing. OpenLR is an open standard for procedures and formats for the encoding, transmission, and decoding of local data irrespective of the …

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Volkswagen will invest more than € 34 billion on future technologies


Volkswagen working on its Transform 2025+ strategy has announced that it will invest more than EUR 34 billion on future technologies like electric mobility, autonomous driving, new mobility services and digitalization over the coming years. Most of this will go into the electrification and hybridization of all Group models. This …

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Lyft secured $1 billion in new funding led by Alphabet


The ride-hailing app Lyft has secured $1 billion in new funding led by Alphabet. The investment was made through Alphabet’s CapitalG venture capital arm.  The fresh funding has helped the company to increase its valuation by 50% to around $11 billion. Although the company still lags behind its arch-rival Uber …

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Daimler Mobility Services acquires German ride sharing startup, flinc


Daimler Mobility Services has announced the full acquisition of the Darmstadt-based flinc GmbH. flinc is the leading provider of door-to-door ridesharing for short- and medium-haul routes. The start-up launched the flinc platform for short-distance carpooling in 2011. Today, around half a million customers are registered with the platform. As the …

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