CES 2018 recap. Lyft investigates abuse. Autotech Ventures Q&A, part 2.
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In case you missed it, check out the CES 2018 recap from our on-the-ground analyst of the massive tech spectacle (and de facto auto tech convention). We cover developments from robotics and 3D printing to brain-machine and the ubiquitous voice interfaces.

Questions, answered

The second half of our Q&A with Quin Garcia of Autotech Ventures covers the transport value chain beyond autonomy and electrification: retail, commerce, insurance, parking, and more.

The Autotech team is bullish on tech-enabling parking solutions amid sustained demand for urban parking in the immediate term:

A few challenges facing tech hopefuls were also highlighted, including the example of faster-than-Amazon (but B&M distribution-dependent) spare part "jobbers."

Jump right into the fray (or start from the top if you missed the first half last week).

Keeping up with Masa

For our expert intelligence clients, we mapped out all of SoftBank's mobility and logistics bets to date, using this to glean what else might be in the crosshairs—and what that could mean for both automakers and startups.

Smelling exhaust

Setup for a strange joke, or an actual part of the Dieselgate scandal? You decide.

(Answer in the article links below.)

Have a great rest of the week!

Deal of the week

Ford today acquired two of its existing startup partners: microtransit tech provider TransLoc and transport cloud platform company Autonomic, with both slotting under its Smart Mobility unit.

The deals underscore Ford's deepening mobility push and herald a restructuring that includes a new "Ford X" incubator (sound familiar?) led by Autonomic's CEO. Both companies will integrate nicely with the Transportation Mobility Cloud platform that the automaker is building.

Fun tidbit: at our January 2017 Innovation Summit, notable investor Chamath Palihapitiya made an early reference to Ford and Autonomic's partnership as part of a larger discussion on the build, buy, or partner challenges facing automakers. Check out the clip below.

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Dissecting SoftBank’s empire-building in mobility and logistics (Expert Intelligence)
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Q&A: Quin Garcia, Managing Director, Autotech Ventures
A conversation on connecting startup innovation with corporate reach, as well as areas of interest in the auto tech space. Read the complete Q&A.
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Self-parking... slippers?

This week in Auto Tech
A curated mix of recent articles on auto tech financings, exits, announcements, hirings, partnerships & perspectives.

Deals & Funds
Guazi gets $1B. The Chinese used car trading platform raised its Series C from undisclosed investors. 
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Maxi Mobility nets $120M. Rakuten led the Series C into the Spanish ride-sharing operator of Cabify.

Blacklane pulls in $40M. ALFAHIM led the Series D for the Berlin-based luxe ride-hailing company.

Nexar nets $30M. Ibex Investors led the Series B into the AI dashcam company. 
China Money Network

brumbrum lands $12.3M. United Ventures led the Series A for the Italian online car reseller.

Carmudi secures $10M. The Southeast Asian online car classifieds company has raised its Series C from Tengelmann Ventures, HV Holtzbrinck Ventures, and Asia Pacific Internet Group.
Deal Street Asia

BeliMobilGue grabs $3.7M. Intudo Ventures led the seed round into the Indonesian online marketplace for used cars. 

Alfred attracts $1M. The Russian concierge car maintenance service raised a Seed round from several angel investors and VC funds. 
CB Insights

Citygoo closes $2.1M. Club Invest IDF, a group of French angel investors, invested in the French carpooling company.
CB Insights

UberEATS acquires Ando.The food-delivery arm of Uber has acquired the assets of Ando, which was founded by Momofuku founder David Chang.
The Verge

Ford's acquisitions. The American automaker expanded its Mobility team by acquiring Autonomic, which provides a cloud platform for various transportation solutions, and TransLoc, which provides microtransit tech solutions.


Waymo hits ATL. Alphabet's autonomous vehicle subsidiary is expanding its test sites to the Atlanta, Georgia metro area, as the company begins to target denser urban areas. (Any Amazon HQ2 bets?)

Waze, Payoneer partner for Waze Carpool. The carpool service is planning further expansion.
Fast Company

Apple expands AV fleet to 27. The tech giant has registered 24 additional Lexus RX test vehicles as it seeks to make up ground against AV competitors.

Didi launches bike-sharing, Taiwan. The Chinese ride-hailing giant introduced its own bike-sharing service within its app to compete with Mobike and Ofo. It also launched its first service outside mainland China, in Taiwan.
TechCrunch (service) / Tech In Asia (Taiwan)

oBike partners with Grab, Alibaba-Hellobike. The Singaporean bike-share company will begin processing payments using GrabPay and allow users to earn GrabRewards. Alibaba's Ant Financial affiliate is rumored to be participating in an upcoming $1B raise to Hellobike.
Tech in Asia (oBike-Grab) / TechNode (Alibaba-Hellobike)

Uber projections. CEO Dara Khosrowshahi sees Uber as profitable within 4 years, flying cars in the US within 10 years, and fully autonomous taxis 10 to 15 years out (pending sensor tech and 3D mapping development).
Bloomberg (profitability) / Bloomberg (flying cars)

Lyft investigates privacy violations. The company is investigating whether employees abused access clearances to track customers (reminiscent of Uber's "God View" scandal).
The Information

Ride-hailing specific vehicles. Automakers are weighing purpose-built vehicles for Uber and Lyft drivers.

Articles, Perspectives, & Studies
Better Place Plus Ten. Michael Granoff, founder of Maniv Mobility, reflects on the impacts of Better Place's failure. 

Paints to help AVs see. Jack Kaskey of Bloomberg explains the paints, sealants, and other coatings that autonomous cars will need to have.

10 monkeys and a Beetle. Volkswagen's diesel emissions manipulation scandal affected a diesel exhaust experiment conducted on monkeys watching cartoons.
NY Times

Lyft's economic impact report. The startup has released an analysis on driver earnings, mobility, and local spending impacts from its service.
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