Trendwatch Cities & Mobility: July 24, 2020

July 24th, 2020


The Guardian: Inside the World's Largest Urban Farm – Built on a Rooftop 

In Paris, urban farmers are trying a soil-free approach to agriculture that uses less space and fewer resources.

The Verge: TuSimple Finds a Partner to Help it Build a Fleet of Robot Semi Trucks 

Major US truck maker Navistar will also take a minority stake in the startup

Forbes: Amazon's Latest Acquisition Points To Automated Deliveries Via Robotaxis      

The acquisition of Zoox fits Amazon’s larger strategy and will likely lead to the adaptation of the Zoox robotaxi to a mobile Amazon locker for contactless urban deliveries.      

Reuters: Uber Acquires Public Transportation Software Company in Latest Transit Expansion     

Routematch provides technology to 550 transit agencies in North America and Australia for fixed-route operations, including payment processing, fleet management, route planning, tracking and scheduling.    

Bloomberg: Lessons from the Awkward Life and Death of the Segway

The “personal transporter” promised to change cities back in 2001. It didn’t. But its demise should be a warning for today’s urban mobility disrupters.

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