A non-profit consortium involving major carmakers, suppliers, IT firms, start-ups and other transportation stakeholders has been announced to explore the application of blockchain technology in a digital mobility ecosystem. Founding members include BMW, Bosch, Ford, General Motors, Groupe Renault, ZF, Accenture, Context Labs and IBM. The Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative (MOBI) aims to connect mobility Read More..
Volkswagen Group has announced direct investments of around 15 billion euros into e-mobility, autonomous driving, business digitalization and new mobility services in China, part of a 34 billion euro global program. This follows the corporate restructuring outlined recently by new chairman Dr Herbert Diess. At the Beijing auto show, the future vision for the Volkswagen Read More..
Toyota is launching a London-based business unit to support the development and adoption of new shared mobility and fleet management solutions in Europe. Toyota Connected Europe (TCEU) is to partner with Toyota Motor Europe, Toyota retailers and distributors on services and products for consumers, businesses, governments and other stakeholders. These will include ride-sharing, car-sharing and Read More..
DENSO Corporation has taken an equity stake in On The Road Co. Ltd., with a view to accelerating development of technologies for Mobility as a Service (MaaS). Its investment of around 160 million yen (about $1.5 million) gives it a stake of just under 15%. On The Road – like DENSO, based in Aichi prefecture, Read More..
ViaVan, a joint venture between Mercedes-Benz Vans and US tech start-up Via, has gone into operation in the center of London following its European launch a few weeks earlier in Amsterdam. New York-based Via has developed the software algorithms to calculate efficient real-time routes for riders to ‘pool’ their journeys in a shared, professionally-driven Mercedes-Benz Read More..
Ford Motor said Laura Merling, a Silicon Valley based technology executive, will lead the commercialization of theÂ autonomous vehicles it plans to introduce from 2021 onwards. Merling, who has worked at a range of technology companies in the course of herÂ career, will become vice president, autonomous vehicle solutions at Ford Smart Mobility, the unit that bundles Read More..
More Europeans will consider giving up at least one of their cars in the next 12 months, according to a survey on mobility trends. Already, 90 percent of all drivers have changed their driving habits for cost reasons, according to the European Transportation & Mobility Observatory, a study conducted by the Ipsos marketing institute and Read More..