October 2021 Tech Updates
- Author: Kevin Chambers
- Date: October 31, 2021
News of large-scale investments in zero-emission transit keeps rolling in. Meanwhile, scrutiny of Uber, Lyft, and Tesla’s AV features continues.…
It's been another hard month. Let's get right to it.
"Via, the smallest of the city’s three ride-share providers after Uber and Lyft, has temporarily suspended its Chicago operations due to the coronavirus pandemic."
Baseball cards for the big players, with an analysis that includes the impacts of ? COVID-19
Incredulity that points to AVs moving into freight and fleets well before they reach cars.
"There is a rising tide of concern that state-of-the-art AI is heading toward a type of oligopoly, meaning that the markets served by AI will be dominated by a small number of firms."
Trustonomy: Your coined term of the day.
A good quick read for those who still think AVs are going to solve all our problems for us.
The race is on to get longer-lasting batteries on the streets. "Current electric vehicle batteries typically last 100,000 to 200,000 miles."
A regional transit provider in Sweden decides to develop its own e-fare system, "partly due to bad experiences with suppliers of ticketing solutions and partly due to a new national ticketing standard, BoB, which is owned by the public transport sector in Sweden."
Two universities "are studying the potential for micromobility services, such as shared bikes and e-scooters, to fill the void in mobility presented by COVID-19."
A key factor seems to be whether cities will actively support their survival.
"The scooter sharing industry is getting killed by COVID-19, but something better may emerge"
On Uber's investment in Lime and transfer of its Jump e-bike sharing service to Lime.
(That's the somewhat confusingly named Transit mobile device app.)
Google Maps adds an "accessible places" feature to its popular mobile device app.
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