Technology news items that caught our attention this week:
Waymo to launch robo-taxis in Europe: Link
Phoenix AZ as petri dish for autonomous driving: Link
Kroger is launching a fully driverless delivery service: Link
In the “Service, Maintenance, Repair” category: the US Army is using machine learning to predict when combat vehicles need repair: Link
Amazon to acquire online pharmacy PillPack: Link
Amazon plans start-up delivery service for its own packages: Link
Disney gains DOJ approval to acquire Fox assets: Link
CEORater Podcast: why we believe Disney will defeat Comcast in the quest for Fox: Link
Facebook launches Instagram Lite: Link
States agree not to fine Equifax over cyberbreach: Link
What Is A LiDAR System? Light Detection And Ranging (“LiDAR”) sensors are detection and survey systems to estimate the proximity of a target object. LiDAR sensor systems consist of four primary elements: 1.) Lasers 2.) Scanners 3.) Photodetector receivers 4.) GPS navigation systems. LiDAR systems enable autonomous vehicles (or robots), to observe the world with: a.) Continuous 360…
We visited the New England International Auto Show yesterday which included an impressive array of vehicles but was light on technology. Toyota’s Mirai fuel cell vehicle is essentially an EV where the electric motor is powered by hydrogen fuel cells rather than lithium-ion batteries. A couple of major obstacles as we see it. First and…
Cadillac‘s “BookbyCadillac” premium automobile subscription service (we refer to as AaaS), sits comfortably between the traditional car ownership model and the pure rideshare model (Uber, Lyft, Waymo). Priced at $1,500/month (plus $500 initiation fee), we don’t believe that Cadillac’s bundled subscription service is a good value – flexibility and convenience come at a price. Listen to CEORater Podcast Ep. 102 to learn more.
In other news, Uber completed its tender offer to an investor group led by SoftBank. Listen to CEORater Podcast Ep. 103 to learn more.
The Wall Street Journal published Uber’s financials.
Alphabet‘s Waymo unit is working with insurance startup Trov to insure Waymo’s autonomous vehicles. Read the Wall Street Journal article.
A bit of Simulation Theory, 1984, Minority Report and The Matrix. While autonomous vehicle technology is real – don’t believe the hype: Ep. 88: Autonomous Vehicles – Real Technology with A Dash of Hype:
Waymo is comfortably ahead of other autonomous OEMs in terms of self-driven vehicle miles traveled. Read more HERE.
As the automobile sector transitions to autonomous vehicles we decided to publish our thoughts on prospective segment winners and losers across the automotive ecosystem. Our analysis assumes that the Automotive OEMs have achieved a baseline level of autonomous capability. We expect for the OEMs to develop autonomous capability via a three-pronged approach: 1.) internal R&D, 2.)…
Look for our long-form report and podcast next week. Until then, here is our one page teaser..
CEORater Podcast Episode 80: Uber & Softbank; Augmented Reality (“AR”) in Retail