Next-Gen Mobility News, May 25th

May 25th, Volume 31 

Welcome to the next edition of our bi-weekly recap of the latest and greatest in connected and on-demand mobility.  If you’re not already receiving this email, you should be: Subscribe
   
California regulator adopts EV mandate for Uber, Lyft ride-hail fleets
Reuters, May 20th
California’s clean air regulator on Thursday adopted rules to mandate that nearly all trips on Uber’s and Lyft’s ride-hailing platforms have to be in electric vehicles over the next few years, the first such regulation by a U.S. state.
New Mobility Study shows how people use bike share, car share,and ride hail to get around Seattle
SDOT Blog, May 13th
A recent New Mobility Study gives us a better understanding of how people use ride hail, car share, bike share, and carpool or taxi apps to get around Seattle. 
‘Mobility As A Service’ concept promises to revolutionize transport accessibility
Forbes, May 23rd
Not everybody may have heard of the term ‘Mobility as a Service’ or MaaS, as it is referred to in the transport sector but if you’ve taken an Uber of late or even a regular taxi, there may be some familiarity with the basic concept.
Ford partnering with Amazon on connected cars
The Detroit Bureau, May 13th
Ford Motor Co. and Amazon Automotive are teaming up to provide new Ford car buyers the latest in connectivity services. The new partnership between Ford and Alexa offers drivers some new capabilities. Chief among the moves by the two companies is the rollout of Ford’s embedded Alexa technology. The two companies have been working together for nearly five years now.
Chinese startup Pony.ai can now test driverless vehicles in three California cities
Tech Crunch, May 21st
Chinese robotaxi startup Pony.ai has been given permission by California regulators to pilot its autonomous vehicles without a human safety driver behind the wheel in three cities.
Arrival taps HERE Technologies for electric-van routing
Freight Waves, May 19th
The routing of electric vehicles is extremely critical to maximize miles due to range limitations. Go too far out of route and that vehicle may not make it back to the depot at the end of the day. Arrival (NASDAQ: ARVL), which has burst onto the scene with its electric delivery vans, buses and soon-to-be-developed cars, has chosen HERE Technologies to solve that routing complexity.
EU regulator foresees first air taxis operating in 2024
DroneDJ, May 20th
Flights of air taxis in the European Union (EU) could begin as early as 2024, according to the head of Europe’s aviation safety administration.
Surging rental car prices are pushing people to car-sharing apps
AZ Family, May 13th
Amid an ongoing chip shortage for car manufacturers, rental prices are skyrocketing as people are forced to find creative ways to keep on the go.
Many drivers feel less safe sharing the road with autonomous cars
Auto Blog, May 24th
Although autonomous test vehicles are allowed on public roads in 38 states, plus Washington D.C., a survey from AAA and Harvard shows that many drivers don’t like the idea of sharing roads with these test vehicles. In fact, depending on the road and vehicle, 43% to 53% felt less safe having the test vehicles on the road.
Solving last mile delivery problems
Legal Reader, May 21st
Last mile delivery is the transport of products from a distributing center to the final destination safely. The ultimate aim of last mile logistics is always to bring the packages to the customer as quickly, reliably and affordably as possible. The most common mistake that companies make when it comes to delivery of the goods is that they do not take necessary steps to track the shipment. 
Connected cars to have strong impact on automotive equipment rental businesses
PR News Wire, May 14th
BizVibe has identified the increasing use of connected cars as a major trend for the automotive equipment rental industry. Car rental companies are turning to connected cars to enhance customer satisfaction, make logistics more efficient, and streamline the rental and return processes.