mobility

  • Ford’s new “hub” beneath the World Trade Center highlights a transportation future beyond cars

    Ford opened a location that it’s calling the FordHub in the Westfield World Trade Center mall this week — but you won’t be able to buy any cars there. Instead, the location includes a large screen highlighting different ways (bike, subway and otherwise) to reach New York City landmarks, a ramp-and-marble model that illustrates the idea of traffic congestion and another… Read More

  • Volvo creates a car sharing unit

    Volvo creates a car sharing unit

    Volvo announced that it’s joining other automakers in creating a business unit devoted to car sharing. The new shared mobility unit will be based on Sunfleet, a car sharing service that Volvo has run since 1998. So after nearly two decades, Volvo should be pretty comfortable with the service. The new unit will expand Sunfleet globally. Right now, it only operates in 50 cities in Sweden… Read More

  • URB-E’s newest foldable electric scooter cuts the price to $899

    URB-E is a foldable electric scooter that first launched in prototype-form back at CES in January 2014. Last year we checked out a version that could carry an adult up to 20 miles at a speed of 15 MPH. While we liked the vehicle, we though the $1,499 price point was a bit too prohibitive for it to truly become mainstream. So now the company is back with a much more affordable version, that… Read More

  • Watch Plug and Play’s winter summit demo days here

    Watch Plug and Play’s winter summit demo days here

    Plug and Play, the international corporate innovation and venture capital firm, is holding its Winter Summit Demo Day this week in Silicon Valley. At the two-day event, dozens of startups that have come through one of Plug and Play’s many accelerator programs will pitch their products and services to executives at corporations and early-stage investors who may be interested in working… Read More

  • Carmaker + ridesharing roundup

    Carmaker + ridesharing roundup

    Auto manufacturers are realizing that the future of transportation is not going to be one person, one car. It’s going to be ridesharing, ridehailing and public transit — and these vehicles may not even require drivers. So most major manufacturers have made a turn toward becoming “mobility companies.” It’s been a quick turn, though. In just the first half of… Read More

  • Whill raises $17.5M Series B for its high-tech motorized wheelchairs

    Whill raises $17.5M Series B for its high-tech motorized wheelchairs

    Whill, a startup dedicated to building better wheelchairs and mobility devices, plans to enter the European market after raising a $17.5 million Series B. The round was led by Eight Road Ventures with participation from other investors including Mirai Creation Investment Limited Partnership and Golden Asia Fund II. Read More

  • TechCrunch Tokyo 2012 Winner Whill’s Sleek Wheelchair Alternative Is Ready For Pre-Orders

    TechCrunch Tokyo 2012 Winner Whill’s Sleek Wheelchair Alternative Is Ready For Pre-Orders

    Founded by former Sony, Olympus and Toyota engineers, TechCrunch Tokyo 2012 grand prize winning hardware startup Whill not only wants to redesign the wheelchair, but also combat stigma by creating sleek and modern mobility devices. The company’s first retail model, the Whill Type-A, is now available for pre-orders and will be ready for delivery within the U.S. early next year. Read More

  • RIM Zeroes In On Separation Of Work And Play In BlackBerry OS 10: Will That Fly With The BYOD Generation?

    RIM Zeroes In On Separation Of Work And Play In BlackBerry OS 10: Will That Fly With The BYOD Generation?

    On stage at CTIA’s MobileCon keynote today, RIM’s Jeff Gadway gave on on-stage demo of the upcoming BlackBerry 10 operating system. It emphasized that RIM’s goal with BB10 is to provide something for everyone: a social, entertainment platform for consumers and a secure environment to make IT managers happy. But can a mobile OS these days have its cake and eat it, too, in the… Read More

  • STAVI: Japan Gets New Mobility Robot

    We’ve covered quite a few mobility robots from Japan in the past months, and now Sanwa Hitech [JP] is presenting yet another model. Their so-called Stavi (short for “Standing Vehicle”) is a successor to the RODEM, a robot that we covered in June this year. The Stavi can be used while standing, and it can also be accessed easily by persons sitting in wheel chairs (see the… Read More

  • Videos: Mobile robot RODEM

    There’s certainly no shortage of so-called mobility robots, but major Japanese robot maker tmsuk‘s offering seems to be quite cool. In fact, the RODEM (short for “Robot De Enjoy Mobility”) is being pitched as a mix between robot, wheelchair and ultra-small vehicle (or “Universal Vehicle” [JP, PDF], in tmsuk’s marketing language). Read More

  • Sanyo Katana Eclipse on the way, launches on Bell Mobility

    The Sanyo Katana was just one of those phones that just stayed on the shelves for way longer than anyone expected. But why? Sure, it had some pretty well-marketed TTY features, but that’s nothing unique. Oh – and it was Dr. Turk’s phone on Scrubs. Whatever the cause, it’s one of the few phones that Sprint might still pitch at you two years after launch. Well… Read More