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Great piece on the Future of Transportation & Mobility: Google, Uber, and the Evolution of Transportation-as-a-Service (Ben Thompson)

In the eight months since I wrote Cars and the Future, there has been an explosion in news about the future of transportation, much of it in the last few weeks:

  • Ford announced plans for its own car-sharing service built around self-driving Fords
  • Elon Musk penned a second master plan envisioning a future car-sharing service built around self-driving Teslas
  • Nutonomy launched a trial in Singapore of its own ride-sharing service built around Renault and Mitsubishi vehicles modified to be self-driving
  • Uber announced its own self-driving trial in Pittsburgh in partnership with Volvo. Uber alsoacquired self-driving startup Otto, founded by former members of Google’s self-driving team
  • And, speaking of Google, Alphabet executive David Drummond stepped down from Uber’s board a day before the company announced an expansion of its Waze-based ride-sharing service from Israel to Uber’s home city of San Francisco

Source: Google, Uber, and the Evolution of Transportation-as-a-Service – Stratechery by Ben Thompson

Some more Sci-Fi becoming Reality: Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Breaks Ground To Make Elon Musk’s Hyperloop A Reality (TechCrunch)

Plans to construct the beginnings of Elon Musk’s Hyperloop are now underway in Quay Valley, California. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) announced plans for a 5-mile test track late last year and is about to break ground on an initial framework for what HTT CEO Dirk Ahlborn hopes will become the U.S. transportation infrastructure of the future.

Musk first proposed the Hyperloop, a vacuum tube intended to speedily shoot passengers at 800 mph from city to city, in 2013…

 

Source: Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Breaks Ground To Make Elon Musk’s Hyperloop A Reality | TechCrunch

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