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We explore ongoing shifts in how people and products move around an increasingly connected world with a particular focus on transit and logistic and the opportunities for sustainability while enabling mobility. 

On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to, for their impact on industry. Federal regulators have paved the way for Google offshoot Wing Aviation to begin drone delivery in the U.S., a small but significant step in advancing what...
Rocket Lab takes recycling to new heights
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. Klook, a Hong Kong-based travel activities and services company, announced Tuesday it received $225 million in Series D+ funding from the Softbank Vision Fund. This brings its total...
The on-demand scooter industry entered a new phase this year as investors and companies bet that the two-wheelers, at one time reserved for kids, may relieve traffic congestion and improve life in large cities.
They sound like terms from a science-fiction movie: Dark matter. Dark energy. An exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star. But there’s no need for a Universal Translator. Three scientists from the U.S. and Switzerland have...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. If you’ve wondered when you could book a private jet to any place in the world with an app, get your fingertips ready. As did Dubai-based aviation...
The biggest opportunity in space travel may be in the smallest end of the market.  With its seventh successful rocket launch into low-Earth orbit last week, Rocket Lab -- which is billing itself as...
Tesla is rolling out entertainment features for its vehicles -- while Wall Street questions the automaker’s profitability and critics continue to voice concerns surrounding its lofty self-driving goals.  Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted over...
Sound Businesses: Profiles of companies and business models we are keeping an eye on. The revenue opportunities in the rideshare boom don’t just live behind the wheel. Viraj Ratnalikar, founder of Car Quids, thought of an opportunity while watching cars drive...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. Zencargo, a freight forwarding firm that uses machine learning to improve how large shipping companies and their customers manage and move cargo, has closed a Series...
Uber and rival Lyft have set their sights on a not-so-hip crowd -- elderly passengers needing a ride to a medical appointment. The ride-hailing companies popular with millennials are making deeper inroads into...
That empty plastic bottle you threw in the recycling bin used to be in for a trip to another hemisphere. That changed in 2017, when China stopped accepting U.S. waste, disrupting the way the global recycling market...
Prince Harry, whose commitment to environmental protection was questioned after a few too many private jet trips, has started a company to help consumers make more eco-friendly travel decisions. Travalyst is the first initiative...
As one of the world’s most densely populated countries, Japan takes flying cars seriously. And having missed taking the lead on electric cars and ride-hailing services, the government is urging Japanese companies to pioneer electrical flying cars. 
The spark came when Rafael Jorda Siquier was still a teenager, in his first year at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Barcelona. With some friends, he had mounted a camera on a helium balloon and sent...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. Minieye, an autonomous-driving software developer based in China, announced on April 9 that it completed its Series B financing and received hundreds of millions of credit lines That means that...
Tel Aviv-based venture firm Maniv Mobility, backed by such automotive leaders as Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, Hyundai and Shell, aims to invest in early stage startups that will help create a new era of greener and cheaper mobility.
With the spread of sensors that help drivers see more, Hyundai Motor Co. is getting behind the idea that another nose might keep us safer. The South Korean car maker’s $7 million investment in...
Waymo pulled ahead in the robotaxi field with California allowing it to ferry passengers in its robot-controlled taxis. Still, the Alphabet unit has enough regulatory and safety hurdles to leap to push broad uptake of its autonomous...
Most car fresheners try masking bad smells, with pine or fruit aromas. But why not subtly change the way the driver perceives an odor, tricking the person into thinking the smell is pleasurable? And...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to, for their impact on industry. Middle Eastern ride-hailing app Careem is branching out into the fast-growing micromobility market by acquiring Cyacle, a United Arab Emirates-based...
Taiwan’s Gogoro unveiled its electric scooter rideshare app, as it seeks to keep its position as the country’s leader amid intensifying competition from larger competitors and overall weakness in the market.  Called GoShare, the...
Mogul, an online platform and mobile app for women, launched a new subscription recruitment tool to help companies discover and bring onboard more diverse talent for senior roles. Founded by coder Tiffany Pham in...
Amazon may be taking a huge step into India’s bustling food delivery market, seeking to improve its mixed record in deliveries. The largest online retailer is in talks to acquire Uber Eats’ operations in...
Sensors are everywhere -- on street lights, traffic signals, buried in electric substations -- taking the pulse of a city, measuring its vital statistics. Figuring out what to do with all of that information hasn’t been an...
Optimus Ride marks its debut week of running New York City’s first test of a driverless shuttle, and it’s had no shortage of passengers. Riders queued up at the stop sign along a yellow-colored...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. In India, the road to economic growth appears to be, well, the road itself. Roadis, a subsidiary of PSP Investment, the Public Sector Pension Investment Board,one of...
Lyft, trying to establish itself as the top ride sharing company leader for the disabled community, is boosting efforts to provide rides to visually-impaired riders of its autonomous cars. The No. 2 ride-hailing company...
When China banned the import of 24 types of solid waste last year, the action disrupted $5.6 billion in exports from the U.S. The ban also jumpstarted innovation in the U.S. waste management industry.
With robots doing jobs everywhere from factory floors to suburban lawns, putting them to work in space was a matter of time. For Japanese space start-up GITAI, that time is now. The company raised...
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