Aston Martin just gave us a first look at its new DBX SUV that will take on Bentley and Lamborghini
- Aston Martin confirmed on Tuesday that is upcoming luxury SUV will be called the DBX.
- Unlike Aston Martin's GT cars and sports cars, the DBX is built in a new factory at St. Athan in Wales as opposed to company headquarters in Gaydon, England.
- Aston Martin first introduced the idea of the DBX to the world at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in the form of a two-door electric crossover coupe.
- The Aston Martin DBX concept car from 2015.
- Aston Martin While Aston hasn't confirmed the off-roaders powertrain, it'll probably be more conventional than the all-electric unit that powered by the concept car.
- Especially since the factory where the DBX is slated to built is the "Home of Electrification" for Aston Martin.
- Official pricing for the Aston Martin DBX has not been announced.
Faraday Future: the rise and fall of the electric car startup
- In reality, the mysterious company turned out to be Faraday Future, an automotive startup funded by Chinese billionaire (and LeEco founder) Jia Yueting.
- It announced plans to build a $1 billion factory in the Nevada desert, and it promised that its cars would create a “third internet living space” when they eventually hit the road.
- Building a car company from scratch isn’t easy — just look at how much effort it took to get Tesla to where it is today — and by all accounts, Jia didn’t make it any easier for Faraday Future.
- What began as a story about an American automotive startup has turned into one about a troubled company with many ties to China, which deepened as Faraday Future came up against its biggest crisis yet.
'Red light district on the move': Self-driving cars open up a whole world of on-the-go activities — including sex
- Roving brothels could be the new norm once fully self-driving cars hit the streets, according to new research into their effect on the future of urban tourism.
- Fast Company, who first reported on the paper this week, points out that more than half of Americans have had sex in a car, according to the Journal of Sex Research.
- Without the need for actual driving — or a steering wheel, pedals, and everything involved — autonomous cars have more room for other activities, from roving restaurants to bars or hotels.
7 reasons why traveling by train is better than flying
- The conductors, attendants, dining car staff, and station workers I've met while traveling by train in the US have been funny, kind, helpful, and generous.
- They are interesting people I want to hang out with, like the sleeping car attendant on my first cross-country train trip, who could have taken retirement but kept working because it let him go from his home in Upstate New York to see shows at Yoshi's jazz club in Oakland.
- A partial list of people I've met on the train: a ballet dancer who was afraid to fly, a woman on her way to visit her internet friends in person for the first time, a woman who wanted her kids to see the places they learned about in school, and a college professor taking a break from England to travel the western US.
Lime to expand from scooters to shared cars in Seattle
- Lime already has its shared bicycle and scooter fleets in cities around the country, but it’s not stopping there: starting this week, the company is rolling out a fleet of shared Lime cars in Seattle as part of its new “LimePod” service, with a goal of having 1,500 cars in the city by early next year, via Bloomberg.
- Similar to the scooters and bikes, LimePod users will be able to pay $1 to unlock a car, and then 40 cents per minute of use on top of that for driving around.
- Seattle may just be the start of LimePod’s ambitions, though — Toby Sun, Lime’s CEO, commented to Bloomberg that the company is already in talks with a city in California to bring LimePod there, too, with the company confirming to The Verge that it has plans to expand to more markets throughout 2019.
Lime is debuting its line of shareable vehicles in Seattle this week
- Lime, the well-funded startup known for its fleet of brightly colored dockless bicycles and electric scooters, has a new way for its customers to get around: cars.
- Beginning this week, Lime users in Seattle will be able to reserve a “LimePod,” a Lime-branded 2018 Fiat 500, within the Lime mobile app.
- There will be 50 cars available to start as part of the company’s initial rollout.
- Lime will roll out 50 “LimePods” in Seattle this week.
- The company plans to unleash additional shareable cars in California early next year.
- LimePods will be available to order in the Lime mobile app.
- The company is expanding rapidly, most recently releasing a fleet of e-scooters and bikes in Australia, as well as making notable hires on what seems like a weekly basis.
- In July, the company hired Peter Dempster from ReachNow to lead the LimePod initiative out of Seattle.
RideCell expands funding round to $60 million
- RideCell, a transportation software startup, has doubled its previously announced Series B funding round to $60 million, a sign that investors believe demand for cloud-based mobility platforms will grow as more companies try to scale up car-sharing, ride-hailing and even, robotaxi businesses.
- The company, which has developed a platform designed to help car-sharing, ride-sharing, and autonomous technology companies manage their vehicles, announced it raised $28 million in May. Activate Capital led this round; its co-founder and managing director Raj Atluru has joined RideCell’s board.
- Nearly half a dozen other companies had already invested in the Series B round, including Cox Automotive, Initialized Capital, Denso, Penske, Deutsche Bahn and Mitsui.
- RideCell acquired self-driving car company Auro in October 2017.
- The company’s real world trials will start on Ford Fusion vehicle platforms equipped with Auro’s autonomous driving system.
Waymo will reportedly launch a commercial driverless car service in Phoenix
- Only weeks after obtaining a permit to test autonomous vehicles in California without a safety driver behind the wheel, Google spinoff Waymo is reportedly gearing up to launch a commercial taxi service that’ll go head to head with Lyft, Uber, and other ride-hailing incumbents.
- As for the Waymo’s expansion plans, a source tells Bloomberg that the company plans to slowly establish routes in major metropolitan areas across the U.S. It’s just beginning to experiment with pricing models, but it will reportedly offer “straightforward” fares when the service launches that are “competitive” with Uber and Lyft.
- (Uber recently petitioned Pennsylvania for permission to resume self-driving car testing on public roads.) Separately, Tesla’s Autopilot driver-assistance system has been blamed for a number of fender benders, including one earlier this year in which a Tesla Model S collided with a parked Culver City fire truck.
Ridecell extends funding round for autonomous ride-hailing platform to $60 million
- Ridecell clients like the University of California, Berkeley and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, meanwhile, tap the service to ensure their shuttles don’t run half empty.
- (It also recently applied for an e-scooter permit in San Francisco.) In 2017, Ridecell bought California-based driverless shuttles developer Auro Robotics, which Trivedi said will enable it to conduct tests of its autonomous product suite in private properties like theme parks, business parks, resorts, and retirement communities.
- Ridecell recently obtained a permit to deploy the shuttles on public roads in California.
- They’ll ferry passengers to and from geofenced locations at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour as part of its autonomous operations platform, which can send shuttles back to a garage for routine maintenance, deploy support vehicles to address problems in the field, and manage who can board the shuttles.
Hagel says Trump 'let down our country' by skipping cemetery visit
- Trump, who was in Paris to commemorate the centennial of the end of World War I with other world leaders, has faced criticism for not attending the Saturday trip to the cemetery.
- Officially, the reason for scrapping the journey to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial came down to safety: the President's Marine One helicopter cannot fly in low cloud cover, a decision that is made by military and security officials and not the President.
- But there did not appear to be a backup plan and the President did not make any statements of regret at not being able to visit the cemetery.
- The White House defended the President's decision not to travel by car, saying such a trip would have required closures to Parisian roadways on short notice.
- On Sunday, Trump visited the Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial, where more than 1,500 American soldiers are buried.