Inside Electric Vehicles - June 19th, 2019

Inside Electric Vehicles (Jun 19th, 2019)

Uber considering acquiring Mighty AI / Lime scooter issues / Volvo, Nvidia truck partnership

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1. Uber has explored an acquisition of Mighty AI to help boost its autonomous vehicle development efforts. The ride-hailing company has held talks with the Seattle-based startup that specializes in data annotation tools. However, the talks may not go anywhere as the reported acquisition price has not been discussed between the companies. Mighty AI has raised capital from Alphabet’s investment fund, GV, along with Intel Capital and Madrona Venture Group and also has clients outside of automotive, including Snap, which uses its tools. Uber sold about 14 percent of its Advanced Technologies Group (ATG) to SoftBank, Toyota and Denso. — THE INFORMATION

2. Lime has faced issues with the latest version of its custom-designed scooter, while Bird is running low on cash. The scooter was designed to be more durable for Lime’s shared electric scooter fleet. However, the new scooters have been plagued with issues, including broken or malfunctioning LED screens and difficult to repair brakes. The scooters, which are heavier than Lime’s original fleet, have proven to be difficult to carry around for “juicers” who charge them overnight. As a result, Lime has slowed down the rollout of these scooters. The Information’s Cory Weinberg also reported that Bird has less than $100 million left in the bank, although the company has plans to raise more capital by the end of the summer. — THE INFORMATION

3. Volvo will work with Nvidia to develop self-driving trucks. The automaker will use Nvidia’s Drive Pegasus platform to train, test and deploy a fleet of AI-powered self-driving trucks which will be used for public transportation, freight transport, recycling collection and other functionality. Development of this project will be held in both Gothenburg, Sweden and Silicon Valley. — ZDNET

4. Waymo is now testing autonomous Jaguar I-Pace vehicles on public roads. The vehicles have been spotted around Waymo headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. and come about a year after Alphabet’s self-driving unit said it would partner with Jaguar Land Rover to add some of the automaker’s vehicles to its autonomous fleet. Waymo has plans to eventually add up to 20,000 self-driving I-Pace vehicles to its self-driving fleet, starting in 2020. — TECHCRUNCH

5. The Tesla Arcade is coming to the automaker’s showrooms around the world, where the company will host demonstrations of new games being loaded into the vehicles’ touchscreens. Tesla is asking visitors RSVP before stopping in to experience the games. — FUTURISM

6. YouTuber Simone Giertz couldn’t wait until Tesla started selling a pickup truck, so she converted a Model 3 into a makeshift pick-up truck, using Ford and GMC parts. She calls it the “Truckla.” — YOUTUBE

7. People-focused computer vision system developer, Humanising Autonomy, raised a $5 million seed round from a group of investors, including Anthemis, Global Brain and Synapse Partners, among others. — TECHCRUNCH

8. Nio has started delivering its ES6 electric crossover in China. The vehicle is Nio’s second mass-market car. — CNET

9. Chinese automaker Geely has selected Zenuity as its preferred supplier of automated vehicle technology. Zenuity is a joint venture between Volvo and Veoneer. — REUTERS

10. Despite saying he was going to delete his account, Tesla CEO Elon Musk is back tweeting. He deleted the tweet that said he was going to delete his account. — TWITTER

This newsletter was written and curated by Johan Moreno. Johan is based out of Los Angeles, CA and has covered technology and automotive extensively for a variety of publications, including Forbes and The Orange County Register. Follow him on Twitter @dudejohan

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside), David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology), and Bobby Cherry (senior editor at Inside, who’s always on social media).

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