Once again the gig economy sounds like a recipe for labor unrest rather than a high-tech utopia. Companies like Uber will have to recognize unions and start bargaining with them sooner or later – if they want to survive.Read more
Such a deal will give Avis-Budget experience maintaining and deploying self-driving vehicles. It also puts it in a position to provide autonomous vehicles for ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft, and delivery services like GrubHub (NYSE: GRUB), Instacart, Parcel, and Shipt.
Delivery is going to be a huge market for self-driving vehicles because of the involvement of big retail. Walmart (NYSE: WMT) is planning to offer grocery delivery to 40% of the US population through services like Uber, Deliv, and Lyft. Target (NYSE: TGT) has bought the grocery delivery solution Shipt, and Kroger (NYSE: KR) is partnering with Instacart.Read more
“My reply was that we don’t need the public acceptance of autonomous vehicles at first,” Lutz said. “All we need is acceptance by the big fleets: Uber, Lyft, FedEx, UPS, the U.S. Postal Service, utility companies, delivery services.”
Simple economics will drive the change because automakers will cater to their biggest customers. Many regular cars will disappear because parts and maintenance for them will no longer be available.Read more
Jeep is planning to bring out a plug-in hybrid version of its iconic Wrangler in 2020, The Free Press reported. The Wrangler is the basic four-wheel-drive Jeep modeled on the iconic off-road vehicle that served America’s military in three wars.
The Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOG) alliance is vital to Chrysler’s future, because it provides access to autonomous vehicle technology, data, and expertise, without a lot of risks. Another alliance that Fiat Chrysler should seriously consider is one with Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA) which has vast amounts of expertise in electric and autonomous vehicle technology.Read more
Singapore is only the latest in a growing number of congested cities to try and restrict vehicles. London is planning a £10 ($13.17) charge for older vehicles, while Paris has banned many older vehicles completely, The Guardian reportedRead more
The Way’s purpose is: “To develop and promote the realization of a Godhead based on artificial intelligence and through understanding and worship of the Godhead contribute to the betterment of society.”Read more
Sports fans know that even the greatest winning streaks end sooner or later. The same can be said of stocks,Read more
Instead it is rideshare drivers; those hardworking immigrants and unemployed factory workers who make their living through Uber and Lyft that will make Pacifica a hit. As I noted last year the Pacifica seems designed for ridesharing. Some of its basic features include:Read more
There is a simple reason why traditional automakers will dominate the future of ground transportation: they have a lot of cash. Even vehicle manufacturers in trouble have a lot of money in the bank.Read more
The deal is potentially a big one because Waymo plans to deploy up to 600 self-driving Pacificas in Phoenix. A big winner here is Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (NYSE: FCAU) which will supply the vans and undoubtedly get a boost for its stock.Read more