The self-driving whizzkid who stole trade secrets from Google just got 18 months in prison — now wants to sue Uber for $4B

It seems we hadn’t heard the last from the case in which Google‘s former head of self-driving stole trade secrets, joined Uber, and declared bankruptcy after getting sued left, right, and center. The autonomous vehicle whizkid, Anthony Levandowski, has now been handed an 18-month prison sentence for theft of those trade secrets, TechCrunch reports. The judge hearing the case said it was the “biggest trade secret crime [they] had ever seen.” [Read: Rallycross is going electric in 2021 with a chaotic new race series across Europe] US district attorneys working the case originally proposed a 27-month-long prison sentence, claiming that… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google,Uber...
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Rallycross is going electric in 2021 with a chaotic new race series across Europe

If you’ve ever watched Formula E and thought: “This is great, but is would be so much better with more mud,” then electric rallycross might be the motorsport for you. The motorsport’s governing body, the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) is launching the eRX2 series next year, which will see drivers battle it out around a multi-surface track (mud included) in a specially developed all-electric rallycross car. Race drivers will all use the same type of vehicle which is being developed by Spanish electric mobility company QEV Technologies and component maker OSM Olsberg. It’ll have a 32 kWh battery that’s… This story continues at The Next Web...
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Ewan McGregor rides an electric Harley length of South America in new Apple TV+ show

Apple TV+ has just officially announced a new show from actors Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman, which will document their 2019 trip as they ride electric Harley-Davidson LiveWires all the way from the tip of South America to Mexico. The show, called Long Way Up, will see the motorbiking duo cover 21,000 km (13,000 miles) over 100 days. Starting from the city of Ushuaia, McGregor and Boorman will encounter 13 countries and cross 16 borders on their way to the finish in Mexico. I’ve no doubt that Boorman and McGregor will complete the journey with much humor and humility. Having… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple TV,Apple...
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UK escooter trial on-hold after ‘underage’ teens ride 12MPH on 70MPH highway

Despite only launching escooter trial schemes about a month ago, one operator in the UK is scaling back following safety and misuse concerns. Middlesbrough in North East England got the country’s first escooter trial last month after Ben Houchen, the Conservative mayor of the area, campaigned to host the pilot, The Independent reports. However, things haven’t gone as well as he’d hoped and it’s leaving a question mark over the future of similar schemes in other parts of England. [Read: How Subaru created the blueprint for selling cars to LGBTQIA+ consumers] Since getting 50 escooters, supplied by mobility startup Ginger,… This story continues at The Next Web...
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Say hello to SHIFT, our new publication about the future of mobility tech

We are facing a global climate crisis. Our world is changing and so must we, whether we like it or not. We must transition to cleaner fuels and rethink how we move around our towns, cities, and countries to have less of an impact on the environment, whilst still providing accessibility for all. New mobility tech could help us reduce our environmental impact, improve road and city safety, and make how we get around in our daily lives more sustainable.  We can fire up an app and hail a ride to take us into town, where we can use another… This story continues at The Next Web...
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How Subaru created the blueprint for selling cars to LGBTQI+ consumers

When it comes to projecting our identity to the world, there are few products that do so as powerfully as cars. What we drive can tell the world more about who we are than where we live, where we went to school, or who our parents are. You are what you drive, as they say. This automotive extension of identity has only gotten more nuanced and intricate as vehicle technology has developed and cars have become more feature rich. Now, it seems that every brand of motor vehicle has a stereotype attached. It’s a phenomenon automotive marketers have long relied… This story continues at The Next Web...
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This Chinese EV maker is bringing its small affordable cars to truck-loving Texas

A Chinese electrical vehicle maker is looking to make a splash in the US by launching its small affordable EVs in truck-loving Texas… Good luck with that. Over the weekend, reports surfaced that Kandi Technologies Group will be bringing its K27 and K23 electric vehicles to a “limited area in Texas,” TechCrunch reports. The K27 — a 17.69 kWh battery EV with a range of up to 100 miles (around 160 km) — starts at $20,499 and would be eligible for $7,500 federal income tax credit. Meaning some Texans will be able to buy it for around $13,000 — assuming there are… This story continues at The Next Web...
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The modular eBussy is the Transformer minivan you’ve been waiting for

Is it a car? Is it a truck? Is it a van? Well, it’s all of them and more… Electric vehicles present a unique opportunity for carmakers to show off unique designs. As motors and batteries can easily be built into the floor pan of the vehicle it lets designers have a lot more freedom with what they plonk on top. Companies like General Motors and Rivian have developed what they call “skateboards,” which allow them to use the same power and drivetrain on a host of vehicles and change the body work depending on customer needs. However, one German… This story continues at The Next Web...
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Judge gives New York 45 days to pay benefits to Uber and Lyft drivers

Workers that rely on a gig economy, especially those that drive for the likes of ride-hailing app companies Uber and Lyft, have just won another landmark case in their quest to be recognized as full employees and not independent contractors. In New York earlier this week, a judge ruled that the state has to pull its finger out and pay Uber and Lyft drivers unemployment benefits, The New York Times reports. The judge hearing the case, LaShann DeArcy Hall, said there had been “an avoidable and inexcusable delay in the payment of unemployment insurance.” [Read: Europe’s most popular EV isn’t… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Uber...
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Europe’s most popular EV isn’t a Tesla, Nissan, or VW… what?

Scanning over the electric vehicle media, certain brand names are more prominent than others. Tesla is obviously mentioned frequently. Nissan — which has been in the EV game for 10 years — has also been in the press this week after launching its 300-mile range ‘Ariya.’ And there’s a lot of excitement around Ford’s upcoming electric truck offerings. But none of these brands make Europe‘s most popular EV when it comes to sales. That title goes to French carmaker Renault, and its affordable electric car the Zoé, according to figures reported by Bloomberg. Over the past six months, the Tesla… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Tesla...
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