A Tesla co-founder returns, TuSimple restructures again and Uber's stickiness strategy

A Tesla co-founder returns, TuSimple restructures again and Uber's stickiness strategy

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The CEO of the company was present at this annual shareholder meeting. Shared tidbits, thoughts and observations about the company. Some of the information was old, but there were some notable moments.

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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission requires that some of Tesla's tweets be monitored. The result: the Twitter sitter, as some have called it, must stay.

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Two reminders: Bikes aren't just for recreation and sports -- they can be a great way to get around. This is especially true of e-bikes. So don't listen to anyone who tells you that you are cheating by not riding a pushbike to work.

Remember that e-scooters and ebikes should be handled with care.

The news of an escooter catching on fire in a London house has been spreading. The scooter was purchased from Gumtree, a Craigslist type site. It was being charged inside when it caught fire. This is an e-scooter safety PSA!

On owning and storing your scooter. Here are a few things that you should know:

Purchase a scooter only from a company with a good reputation that uses batteries that meet global standards.

Charge batteries only when you are awake.

Batteries should not be disposed of in the household waste or recycling. Battery recycling services are available.

Avoid charging and storing e-scooters or e-bikes in areas that are close to escape routes, such as communal areas.

Now, let's move on to the latest news...

This subscription includes a GPS system integrated with LTE, a retrieval squad that will track your bike and call the police for you and an integrated GPS system. My question to the company is: Does the police -- who are very busy with the increased crime in big cities these days -- do anything at all to help people recover bikes?

About half of the residents of the Netherlands, Germany and Portugal said they want more parking spaces for micromobility and fewer parking spots for cars. Same.

New Zealand could be the first country in the world to support a campaign against
e-bike subsidies

Since before Lyft took over, the iconic bike-sharing system has been a mainstay in NYC and many other cities.

For the Chinese market, it is expected to cost about $14,000. This is about the same size as a Fiat 500 and could be a good solution for urban traders.

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Create and maintain high-quality public space, such as plazas and open streets, in neighborhoods with limited resources.

Consider an acquisition. Bolt, the European super app for transportation, is currently in acquisition discussions with Tier. Tier was also reportedly in M&A discussions with Lime but these talks have ended, Sifted reported, citing a company source. Tier did not respond to my email. The company has only confirmed it raised a convertible bond from a majority of its investors.

Lawrence Leuschner told TechCrunch that Tier is well-financed to reach profitability in 2023.

The company announced a special edition ebike to commemorate its 30th anniversary of building ebikes. The frame is a twin-frame design with a dual drive unit that's lighter, smaller and more powerful. It costs $6,499. This all-mountain motorcycle has compact controls, a minimalistic display and one-finger brake power.

Deal of the Week

Why not highlight dozens of deals this week worth hundreds of million dollars instead of just one?

In April, investors raised $402 million for automotive startups, an increase of about 2% over the previous month. This flat result is worth celebrating because investor activity has fallen since the start of the year.

In January, startups in the automotive industry raised $1.16 Billion. In February, the figure fell to $690.5 millions and $394.11 million.

It doesn't necessarily mean that everything is rainbows and unicorns. While the chaos around the Silicon Valley Bank has subsided, mobility startups continue to compete for investors' attention and capital in a world where other buzzy topics like generative AI are taking over.

These are the other deals that caught my eye this week.

Bird's stock closed Thursday at $0.11. Bird's stock ended Thursday at $0.11. Bird's stock began trading Friday on a 1/25-adjusted split basis. On May 1, approximately 286.8 millions shares of Class A Common Stock and 34.5million shares of Class X Common Stock were outstanding. Bird will hold approximately 11.5 million shares of Class A and 1.4 million shares of Class X after the reverse stock split.

BGF, an investor in a U.K. company that manufactures folding bikes, took a minority share of the equity capital raised by.

In a Series A round of funding from a group that includes Porsche Automobil Holdings, Qualcomm Ventures and VentureTech Alliance.

InfraBridge, a private equity firm. According to one source, the remote driving startup was valued at $500 million before raising capital. ConGlobal's CEO, who is also a client of the startup and owned by InfraBridge, joined the board.

A startup that creates automotive middleware. The amount of investment was not disclosed by the company.

Faurecia will retain 33.3% of the shares, while Michelin will hold the remaining 32.3%.

Since its launch in 2016, the program has generated more than 1,250 submissions on paper.


Other tidbits and notable reads

Autonomous vehicles

The global logistics network of the company. The lab will not operate under the Basic Research Institute.

Charge fares for fully automated robotaxi rides in San Francisco, at any time of day or night. Last week, the companies were granted the right to expand the service area and hours of robotaxis.

The autonomous vehicles of May are powered by the electric motors.

As it seeks to conserve cash and remain in business, the company is reorganizing its global workforce. The decision to keep the China subsidiary was one of the most interesting aspects of this second restructuring in six months. Exchange is a great way to get the most out of your money.

Batteries and charging for electric vehicles

To offset the growing grid demand.

Van. The new platform can support a wide range of sizes including full-size cargo vans, camper vans and luxury midsize vans. The first vans constructed on this platform are expected to hit the market in 2026.

The company plans to concentrate on the consumer electronics sector in order to raise the capital needed to commercialize automotive grade cells.

The system includes a driver monitoring device that detects eye movements and facial expressions around 13 times per sec. It also has an alert designed to prevent drivers and passengers from opening the car door in front bicyclists.

The latest in car tech

Explore how AR and VR work in a vehicle that is moving fast.

Owners of vehicles that are prone to theft have brought in around $200 million. TikTok's 'Kia Challenge,' which featured demonstrations of how to steal Kias in under 90 seconds with a USB cord, started the trend.

Based in Shanghai, China. Following a complaint of patent infringement from Ouster.

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As senior vice president for strategy and operations.

Develop the trucking product of the company

Elaine Paul leaves the top financial post on May 19. Lisa Blackwood Kapral, Lyft's Chief Accountant, will be the interim CFO until Brewer takes charge on July 10.

Heike Scheuble was appointed managing director of Mercedes-Benz Vans, and Jee-Seop Kim became head of customer service.

Ride-hailing services and other gig economies stuff

Logan Green, co-founder of the company, is a member of the board. They claim he did not address or rectify the dangerous conditions of rideshare drivers.

Now that Jay Inslee, the Governor of Washington State has signed HB1570, you have a legal right to a paid leave for family and medical reasons.

The company held its annual Go Get product event this week in New York City and the slew of announcements revealed a company that is looking to grow by expanding consumer groups and products that reach all members of a household. Early-stage startups are invited! Join the Startup Battlefield 200 Cohort at TechCrunch 2023. Apply Today