City of Austin adding 330 EVs by 2020, Poland aims for 1 million EVs by 2025, $37/wk EV subscription service in Einhoven

In contrast to the rest of the automotive industry, the PEV industry supply chain is more horizontally structured (see Figure 9).27 PEVs use fewer components and typically require less collaboration between parts/component manufacturers and vehicle manufacturers, which means that parts manufacturers can be less specialized and that they can produce generic products to be used by many actors in the …

50 implications of self-driving cars and trucks, based on an MIT presentation

Geoff Nesnow reflects after an MIT presentation by Ryan Chin, CEO of Optimus Rides  As Uber rolls out its first self-driving taxis in Pittsburgh, Tesla and Mercedes roll out limited self-driving capabilities and cities around the world negotiate with companies who want to bring self-driving cars and trucks to their cities, I thought it might be interesting to think through the implications of …

On the incredible, shrinking cost of urban transportation

Not here yet, but venture capitalists have it in their sights.  By Alex Taussig, Partner at Lightspeed A few weeks ago, a Xoogler friend described his favorite brainstorming technique:  Take a major cost driver, and then design your product with the assumption that it goes to zero. I call this claim the “Big Ass Assumption” (BAA). The BAA that a critical cost …

Visualization of self-driving carpool fleet by fullness of car, Lisbon, Portugal

A fascinating new simulation finds that self-driving cars will re-form cities: 90% of cars will be eliminated, acres of land will open up, and commute times will drop 10%. A team of transportation scientists at the Organization for Cooperation and Development took data on actual trips in Lisbon, Portugal and looked at how a fleet of self-driving, shared “taxibots” would …