“The car companies have announced $300 billion that they’re investing in making EVs,” says Zoi. “There are going to be 160 new models over the next few years. This is going from crazy boutiques mall to mainstream and consumers are going to love it.”
Aurora CEO Chris Urmson says that there is this amazing opportunity to go and take the next step in democratizing transportation. Aurora, an independent autonomous vehicle technology startup, has secured over $530 million in funding led by Sequoia, Amazon, and T. Rowe Price.
If you look at Tesla they’re high-tech, they’re beautifully engineered, they’re very disruptive, and they’re premium price, but you only have to get inside a Tesla to recognize it’s not a really a luxury car, says Peter Rawlinson, CTO of Lucid Motors. “It’s a premium car but not true luxury.”
Autonomous is an enormous technology, says Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi. Following the unfortunate accident that happened last year in Arizona, Uber took a retreat from autonomous vehicles. However, Uber has taken that time to rebuild how they are building that product.
This is the year that many of the technological innovations that Ford has been working on will start to come out. Ford CEO Jim Hackett says that the vehicles of the future will be so intelligent that they could drive themselves.
After 30,000 real-world driverless Lyft test rides in Las Vegas consumers have rated it an amazing 4.95 Out of 5 says Lyft’s Chief Strategy Officer Raj Kapoor. He says that in the last 12 months the system’s gotten smarter and the ride has gotten smoother.
Lime monitors data from their scooters and bikes in real-time in order to ensure that all bikes are charged and available to riders. In fact, in 2018 Lime monitored 26 million scooter and bike trips worldwide according to their year-end report.
“We think the commercialization of autonomous driving for trucks will probably take place a lot sooner than it will take place in the passenger car vehicle sector,” says Richard Zhang, CFO of Full Truck Alliance.
The world’s leading automotive alliance, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, is spending a billion dollars over the next five years investing in technology-focused mobility startups. François Dossa, says that they are investing in technologies that will make the mobility of the future.
“Elon Musk has really pushed the industry to embrace electrification,” says former Ford CEO Mark…