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19th December 2022

Weekly Brief: Auto Tech Start-Ups Feel the Chill of Economic Downturn

LiDAR maker Quanergy filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy just 10 months after going public via a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) called Citic Capital Acquisition Corp. Quanergy specializes in...

Commentary By Andrew Tolve

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12th December 2022

Weekly Brief: Uber’s Very Tiny Toe Back in Robo-Taxi Market

Uber once had grand designs to pioneer the robo-taxi industry. Instead, it limped into the market last week with a modest, daytime-only service in Las Vegas. Uber’s first robo-taxi...

Commentary By Andrew Tolve

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21st November 2022

Weekly Brief: Toyota Prius Steals EV Limelight at LA Auto Show

A fleet of new-fangled electric vehicles showed up at the Los Angeles Auto Show only to be outshined by the grandfather of the EV industry – the Toyota Prius....

Commentary By Andrew Tolve

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7th November 2022

Weekly Brief: Autonomous Tech Still Trapped on the Fiscal Ropes

In the wake of an earthquake, brace for aftershocks. Two weeks ago back-to-back seismic events rocked the autonomous vehicle industry. The first was news that Argo AI, one of...

Commentary By Andrew Tolve

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31st October 2022

Weekly Brief: Chief Twit’s Self-Driving Delusion Questioned

Tesla CEO Elon Musk completed his purchase of Twitter for $44Bn on Thursday. The world’s richest man, who calls himself a “free speech absolutist” now controls one of the...

Commentary By Andrew Tolve

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24th October 2022

Weekly Brief: Robo-Taxis Hoping not to be Stuck in ‘La La Land’

Robo-taxis are headed to La La Land. Waymo announced last week that Los Angeles will be its next ride-hailing market, following in the footsteps of Phoenix and San Francisco....

Commentary By Andrew Tolve

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11th October 2022

Weekly Brief: Uber Back in Robo-Taxis as Doubts Haunt AV Gamble

Uber is back in the robo-taxi race. The ride hailing giant announced plans last week to deploy robo-taxis across its ride hailing network in the US starting this year....

Commentary By Andrew Tolve

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19th September 2022

Weekly Brief: Auto Shows Not Yet Land of the Dinosaurs

The North American International Auto Show returned after two years of pandemic to its downtown home in Detroit last week, where showgoers were greeted by a giant, yellow, 61-foot-tall...

Commentary By Andrew Tolve

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12th September 2022

Weekly Brief: Partnerships Hoping to Boost EV and AV Adoption

Mercedes-Benz and Rivian have reached an agreement to build electric vans together in Europe, turning a budding rivalry into a strategic partnership. The two plan to jointly run a...

Commentary By Andrew Tolve

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18th July 2022

Weekly Brief: Autonomous Tech Under Safety Microscope

The California Public Utilities Commission may suspend or revoke Cruise’s driverless permit in San Francisco following accusations that the company has overlooked safety issues in its race to commercialize...

Commentary By Andrew Tolve

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5th July 2022

Weekly Brief: Tesla Sheds Autopilot Engineers as NHTSA Ramps Investigation

Tesla laid off nearly 200 workers last week and closed its office in San Mateo, California, where a dedicated team worked on Tesla’s advanced driver assistance system, Autopilot. Most...

Commentary By Andrew Tolve

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27th June 2022

Weekly Brief: Transportation Change is Happening in Fits-and-Starts

Cruise started charging for rides in its robo-taxis in San Francisco last week, marking the dawn of a new era for urban mobility for major US cities. Anyone in...

Commentary By Andrew Tolve

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