Future of Transit

Why Volvo gave away the patent for their most important invention

Stumbled on this via the TIL subreddit. Volvo invented the three point speedbelt back in 1959 – then gave it away because saving lives was more important than profits. https://www.arnoldclark.com/newsroom/265-why-volvo-gave-away-the-patent-for-their-most-important-invention This is an important precedent for those currently working on the future of mobility. I trust that when saving lives is at stake, the likes…

An Uber Launch Party

Uber did battle in China. And Lost

Online news site Quartz is reporting a deal between Didi Chuxing and Uber that will see the two companies merge in China. Citing a widely circulated blogpost by Uber C.E.O Travis Kalanick on WeChat, the site reports that a deal is impending. It appears Uber finally ran out of steam in China, where the company…