Waymo Autonomous Taxi Fleet Looking into Commercialization

Waymo’s self-driving fleet of Chrysler Pacifica Hybrids, so far, has had about 400 people sign up and use the service. So far these rides have been free. Soon, however, Waymo may start charging for those trips that Phoenix area customers have been taking.

During an investor’s call Ruth Porat, CEO of parent company Alphabet, said that the company was looking into commercialization and that some customers are now paying for rides. But there weren’t many other details.

Waymo has gone outside the box and thought about ways to keep the service free—to the riders anyway. The trips would probably cost the same as Uber or Lyft according to Waymo. But Waymo is looking into a somewhat unconventional idea—getting your destination to pay for the trip.

Hyundai Earns Red Dot ‘Brand of the Year’ 2018

This honor adds to Hyundai’s praises this year for its imaginative and pioneering design. The Red Dot Award is one of the esteemed international design competitions the world over. The Brand of the Year Award is given to an auto maker that has demonstrated advanced and inspired design. t.

This summer Hyundai won several Red Dot Awards for other models. These models included their Solati Moving Hotel, Hyundai Pavilion, Genesis Gangnam, Genesis Sound Design, Pioneer Film and Safety Hologram. These innovations won Red Dots in all kinds of categories.

Hyundai was also recognized for its effort in other areas including Retail Design, Sound Design, Spatial Communication, Film and Animation and Interface and User Experience Design.

The Korean automaker has been recognized by other organizations. Hyundai is also among the best global brands according to Interbrand 2018. Interbrand is a brand consultancy. Hyundai, overall, is ranked 36th among the world-wide brands. It is ranked 6th among the top 10 automotive brands.

 

Google’s Larry Page is the Admiral of Flying Car Start-Ups

Google’s Larry Page made an investment of an undisclosed amount to Opener. A flying car company that just unveiled a single person, electric, vertical take-off and landing, air vehicle called BlackFly.

Page also owns part of Kitty Hawk, the company behind the single-seat air vehicle, Flyer. Opener claims the BlackFly can fly has a range of about 25 miles and can fly as fast as 62mph. In both vehicles the pilot uses a joystick to manipulate the air craft.

Opener has been operating in black out mode since its beginning in 2009. CEO Marcus Leng flew a prototype vehicle at his home in Ontario, Canada some years ago. Since this product display, company pilots have engaged in more than 1,400 flights and 12,000 miles flown. The company moved to Palo Alto, California, about four years ago.

Like their competitors Kitty Hawk, the BlackFly’s developers view air vehicles as a way to free customers from the hazards and congestion of conventional roadways.

Volvo Gets Greener

Automobile maker Volvo has introduced 15,000 solar units at an auto production line in Ghent, Belgium.

The Ghent office likewise makes utilization of wind to supply around 11 percent of its energy utilization, Volvo said in a declaration Thursday. A heating framework introduced in 2016 cut carbon discharges by 40 percent.

Renewables have provided the power at Volvo Cars’ European plants since 2008. The organization has said it needs its worldwide assembling tasks to be carbon neutral and completely electric autos to represent 50 percent of worldwide sales by 2025.

Volvo said in a statement that they want their goal is for their plants to be as efficient as possible.