Started by two former Uber Technologies Inc. employees, RideOS has raised $9 million led by venture firm Sequoia Capital and has reached a partnership agreement with Autonomic, a division of Ford Motor Co.
Autonomic and RideOS plan to sell software that gives routes and other dispatching instructions to fleets of autonomous cars.
RideOS isn’t set on selling just to self-driving fleets, either. Blumenberg, its technical chief, noted how the electric scooters that have flooded San Francisco need routing services as well. These scooters advise riders not to take large hills, but have no way to enforce that for now, making them potential RideOS customers.
Read the article at Bloomberg.
While mobility as a service – known in the fleet world as “MaaS” – is gaining traction among fleets in Europe, it’s widely believed that in the U.S. many are talking about it but only a few are doing much about it. FMW recently caught up with John Korte, vice president of Donlen’s mobility business development team, to ask him what his company is doing about it, both in the U.S. and overseas. Here’s a transcript of our interview with him, edited for clarity and economy.
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What kinds of products and services is Donlen offering to providers of mobility as a service that could also be used by traditional fleets?
At Donlen, over the last 12 to 18 months we’ve come up with several new products and services that are being utilized by ride-hailing and ride-sharing companies, three of which we could ultimately offer to our traditional corporate fleet clients.
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The Chinese government is readying a program that will make it possible to track citizens’ cars using RFID chips on July 1st. The program will be mandatory for new vehicle starting in 2019.
China already recognizes and tracks license plates with security checkpoint cameras in some regions. Facial recognition is common and the government has been rolling out a so-called “social credit” system, where citizens are rated by their finances, criminal behavior, and other factors.
“The Chinese government has gone all out to create a real surveillance state. [There’s] social credit, and facial recognition, and internet and telecom monitoring,” James Andrew Lewis, a senior vice president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies said.
Read the article at The Verge.
As automakers continue to innovate and incorporate new technologies into cars for the ultimate driving experience, new safety and cybersecurity challenges are emerging.
Connected and autonomous vehicles will be dictated by software, so it is critical that this software is safe and secure over the lifetime of the car. Consumer safety, costly recalls and brand reputation are at stake when a vehicle is compromised. For fleets, security is essential to ensuring that uptime and efficiency levels are as high as possible, and drivers must be confident that they are safe – in every sense – behind the wheel.
In response to this, BlackBerry has set out a seven-pillar recommendation for OEMs and the fleet industry to follow to try to ensure that cars can be made as safe and secure as possible.