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Tech Weekly: Ghana to Get Drone Deliveries From Startup Zipline

Editorial Staff
Sep 2, 2022
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Welcome to the Tech Weekly, NEO’s regular news monitoring of key developments in the food and mobility tech industries.

This week’s highlights:

Tesla aims to have its self-driving technology ready and widely available by the end of 2022, CEO Elon Musk announced Monday. The company hopes to release the vehicles widely in the U.S. and Europe. But the timeline depends on regulatory approval. (New York Post)

Chinese tech giant Baidu said that its robotaxis have captured about 10 percent of the commuter market in Beijing’s suburbs. Baidu began offering free commuter robotaxi rides in October 2020 and received permission to charge fares in November 2021. However, a CNBC inspection of Baidu’s robotaxi app found that even as of Wednesday, rides remain heavily subsidized. (CNBC)

Africa-focused e-commerce firm Jumia Technologies is partnering with drone delivery startup Zipline to deliver household items to remote areas of Ghana. The venture will combine Zipline’s automated on-demand delivery system in San Francisco with Jumia’s distribution network so that customers in remote and rural areas can order and receive a variety of products. (Reuters)

Nissan will push more aggressively for electric cars to take advantage of new U.S. tax credits, the automaker said Friday. Joe Biden signed a landmark climate change and health care bill last month. The credits can be used to cover $7,500 of the cost of buying an electric car made in the United States. (The Independent)

Automotive component major Bosch India and German mobility and logistics software provider PTV Group have announced their partnership for digital mobility solutions. PTV Group’s software and application program interfaces (APIs) will be available through Bosch’s Mobility Marketplace, a one-stop platform for all digital and hardware mobility assets. (The Economic Times)

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