Here’s a short summary on the most newsworthy reads this week:
Ride-hailing startup Uber will be putting its autonomous vehicles back on the road for the first time since the accident in March, where one of its cars fatally struck a pedestrian. Uber has since put a stop to the testing of autonomous vehicles, but will now resume the program, this time with humans behind the wheel for safety. Uber said that it has added new safety features to the cars, as well as modifications to the dashboard screen to limit distractions.
German engineering students from the Technical University of Munich took home the top prize for the third time at SpaceX’s third annual pod competition. Its pod WARR Hyperloop was one of the three finalists in the segment for speed and self-propellent. Ultimately, WARR Hyperloop defeated its competition with its self-propelling pod reaching a top speed of 284 mph.
Electric scooter and bike sharing company Lime, a startup that has only been in business for a year, has managed to handle 6 million rides with its dockless transportation service. The company was also able to land $335 million in investments from Uber and Alphabet. With Uber wanting to tap into the electric scooter and bike community, it was the perfect partnership, and the ride-hailing startup has added the service to its app.
ReachNow, BMW’s car-sharing service app has added ride-hailing services to its resume. It aspires to be its customers one-stop-shop for all their transportation needs. The app offers options to rent cars by the minute, hour, or day. Unlike Uber or Lyft, ReachNow has a contract with a third party, which supplies the drivers, so although it may appear to be just another ride-hailing service, there are differences in the service ReachNow provides.