Station: Robotaxis roadblock and Tesla layoffs hit autopilot command

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Welcome back to The Station, your hub for all past, present and future means of moving people and packages from point A to point B.

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Happy July 4th to all Americans in the US and abroad. On this Independence Day, I thought a lot about freedom of movement – after all, this is a newsletter about mobility. I’m talking about the article on privileges and immunities in US Constitution, Article IV, Section 2, Clause 1.

The basic right of movement includes interstate travel. Consider revisiting the clause; I suspect this will get more attention in the post Rowe vs. Wade World.

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Since it’s a holiday weekend, I’ll be brief and sweet. See you next week.

Oh, one point to note. This week, our regular Founders Q&A series has gone a little further. Rebecca Bellan interview Fia Joneswho, at age 19, approached the founder and CEO of Rocket Lab. Peter Beck at a party and told him that she had an idea that would be a game changer for companions. She would be happy to tell him all about it… if he agreed to sign a non-disclosure agreement. Fia startup Astrix Astronautics.

As always, you can write to me at [email protected] share thoughts, critiques, opinions or advice. You can also send a direct message to @kirstenkorosec


Bird been going through quite a bit of drama lately, what with NYSE warns for trading at too low a share price and the need lay off 23% of the staff. CEO this week Travis Vanderzanden steps down as president he was replaced by Shane Torciana, Bird’s chief operating officer. VanderZanden will retain his position as CEO and Chairman of the Board.

Bo MobilityBritish manufacturer of e-scooters, recently launched new scooter with a one-piece frame that gives it a seamless, curvaceous look and provides a stable and smooth ride. The company was founded by former Formula 1 engineers, so it certainly has a promising future.

Dawn electric microbike – something between a scooter and a bicycle.

I have no idea if any of them are good, but targeted ads taught me what you can buy electric motorcycle taxi wholesale Alibaba.

GozemWest African super app, has raised $10 million expand your fleet of electric motorcycle taxis.

Global revenue from general mobilityincluding car rental, taxi and bike rental apps. generate $660 billion in annual revenue in 2030which is almost 40% more than the revenue received in 2020.

NumanGerman-Indian startup, uses Second generation batteries from Audi to bring electric rickshaws to India.

Poplar was selected as the mobility management program for the new launch of an ongoing scooter sharing program in Chicago. The company will share vehicle and ride data with the city so it can manage vehicle restrictions, parking rules, fairness zones, curb management solutions, and more. In other news Populus former Rotation Executive Director Ben Bear became an advisor to the company.

Why e-bike companies should give away their cars USB-C charging.

Great Britain is expansion of joint tests of scooters until May 2024!

Velotrica mobile startup led by Adam Zhang, co-founder of Lime, has launched its first e-bike. Discover 1. It has an upright riding posture so it’s comfortable to ride, has a range of 60 miles on a single charge, has a removable battery, and isn’t overly expensive at $1,399.

— Rebecca Bellan

Deal of the week

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Every time I drive an electric car on a long trip – it’s not a Tesla – I get frustrated with the charging infrastructure in the United States. Maybe this deal will change that.

I’m talking about Electrify America, a subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group. raise $450 million in a deal that includes its first outside investor as it aims to accelerate the deployment of ultra-fast charging stations in the US and Canada.

The deal, which values ​​North America’s largest ultra-fast electric vehicle charging network at $2.45 billion, includes more than $100 million from German industrial firm Siemens and additional capital from the VW Group.

Other deals that caught my attention…

Baikeyaa Pakistani bike-sharing and on-demand delivery startup, raised $10 million from existing backers Prosus Ventures, MEVP, Sarmayacar, Tharros and Ithaca Capital.

Clarios International, a Wisconsin-based manufacturer of low-voltage car batteries, has resumed its IPO. The company announced plans to raise up to $100 million. Notes Renaissance Capital this is likely a placeholder for a deal, and the company is estimated to be able to raise up to $1 billion.

Mottumotorcycle rental startup from São Paulo, attracted $30 million net worth in a Series B funding round. The company also received $10 million in debt financing.

Ideal IDprovider of identification solutions for e-ID, transport and smart cities, traceability, brand protection and payment, acquired City Stuff. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Dogma, drive now, pay later fintech startup specializing in car loans for electric cars, raised $18 million in a seed round led by San Francisco-based Human Capital and London-based Giant Ventures.

Zipp Mobility raised $6.1M Series A expand beyond Ireland into Europe.

Notable readings and other tidbits

Advanced driver assistance systems

Tesla gutted the data annotation command working on autopilotlaying off nearly 200 employees and closing the San Mateo, California office where they worked.

Autonomous vehicles

Cruise the robotic taxi stopped working and stopped on a street in San Francisco late on Tuesday evening. blocking traffic for a couple of hours until employees arrived and manually moved the autonomous vehicles.

Aurora, Luminar, UPS as well as Waymo belong to the group 34 autonomous vehicle developersCalifornian business organizations, as well as automotive and logistics companies that signed open letter to Governor Gavin Newsom to reconsider the California Department of Motor Vehicles’ 2015 ban on autonomous trucks in the state.

Waymo the most serious accident to date (which was not his fault) and which resulted in self-propelled truck could only result in moderate injury, but showed how unprepared local governments and law enforcement were to deal with the new technology.

Waymo announced a partnership with JB Hunt deliver goods to your customer Wafer in the pilot program.

Electric vehicles and batteries

CATL, China’s battery behemoth may not be a household name. But it should be. check it function on CATL and the person who controls it.

Cadillac The Celestiq, the Halo EV that will debut during Monterey Car Week in August, is reportedly priced at around $300,000. TechCrunch is looking at Big ambitions Cadillac for this low volume car.

Kanu may encounter more problems, this time on the factory side of things. It is reported by Tulsa World. that Canoo’s plans to build a plant in the Mid-America Industrial Park may be delayed due to unfavorable economic conditions.

Draco Motorselectric vehicle start-up has unveiled details of its 2,000-horsepower Draco Dragon Super SUV.

Hyundai viewed IONIK 6 sedanthe long-awaited sequel to the brand’s popular first battery-electric model, the IONIQ 5 SUV. The automaker won’t reveal details such as the IONIQ 6’s price range and production volume until the vehicle’s world premiere in July.

JD Force published his initial US quality study and found that battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids have more problems than the average car.

LFP batteries: Older, cheaper and safer battery technology already dominating China’s electric vehicle industry is now ready change battery production worldwide and boost EV sales in the United States, reports Jacqueline Trope in this in-depth TC+ review.

Nikola postponed the annual meeting until July 18, giving the company time shareholder lobby take action to raise funds to issue more shares of common stock.

Rivian opened its first three Electric vehicle fast charging sites in California and Colorado as part of the automaker’s bid to create an “adventure” network along interstate highways and at locations close to recreational activities appropriate to its customer base.

Tesla delivered 254,695 electric vehicles worldwide in the second quarter, drop by almost 18% compared to the previous period, such as supply chain restrictions, prolonged quarantine in China due to COVID-19, and problems related to the opening of factories in Berlin and Austin, have taken their toll on the company. The drop in QoQ was the first in two years.

Volkswagen Group published his I WOULD. AERO concept in China, which should serve as inspiration for the automaker’s flagship electric vehicle and the world’s first all-electric sedan next year.


BMW Group attracted Valeo to provide an advanced driver assistance system for the automaker’s new electric vehicle platform, scheduled to launch in 2025.

Updates right to repair law in Massachusetts prompted automakers in the face of Automotive Innovation Alliance file a lawsuit. Result delayed again. A federal judge set aside the decision last week – the third time since March that a long-awaited decision has been set aside.


Active investors demand Security and Exchange Commission interfere with Tesla shrink board.

Highson Motors appointed Sean Yadon commercial president. He will be responsible for the commercialization of the North American market while maintaining Hyzon’s strategic position in the production and sale of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

Owen Diazformer elevator operator Tesla The Fremont factory, which accused the company of racial discrimination, again compete with the automaker in a court.

Voltaelectric vehicle charging network designated Yifan Tang as Chief Technologist.

Woven Planets Holdingssubsidiary of Toyota Motor, hired John Absmeyer as Chief Technology Officer from July 25, 2022. He will report to Woven Planet CEO James Kuffner.

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