Advancements in autonomous and electric vehicle technologies are changing the automotive industry, disrupting the responsibilities of OEMs, and providing a new means of social impact for the community. That being said, Autonomous Vehicles Silicon Valley will recognize dynamic, cutting-edge startups, municipalities, vehicle manufacturers, retail companies, non-for-profit organizations, or suppliers that contribute to the greater good through a product or service that benefits the community at the Social Impact Awards! Check out the nominees below and vote for the company that you believe is embracing social impact.
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Aurrigo teams up with Blind Veterans UK
Aurrigo, a company based in the UK which develops and deploys autonomous vehicles across the globe, has joined forces with Blind Veterans UK to launch the first driverless pods trial for disabled people, showcasing how autonomous technology can deliver improved mobility and independence for people with health conditions and disabilities.
The driverless pod was developed and designed to best suit the needs of those who are blind or vision impaired. It is hoped that the pods could provide a long-term solution to improve the independence of people that have mobility issues.
May Mobility launches driverless shuttles in Grand Rapids, MI
May Mobility, a Ann Arbor-based driverless shuttle company recently launched four, six passenger autonomous shuttles in Grand Rapids, Detroit to operate alongside the downtown bus route to address congestion issues in the growing community.
Supported by the city of Grand Rapids as well as a the Grand Rapids Autonomous Mobility Initiative, the one year pilot program creates an alternative, greener mode of transportation to tackle the city’s growing traffic concerns.
Voyage raises $31 million to bring driverless taxis to communities
Voyage, an autonomous vehicle start-up, announced in September that they have raised $31 million to bring driverless taxis to communities and to increase fleet currently operating in a 4,000-resident retirement community in San Jose, California, as well as The Villages, 125,000-resident retirement city in Florida.
Partnering with these communities, Voyage is “solving essential, everyday transportation needs for community residents”.
Optimus Ride driverless shuttles launch in Brooklyn Navy Yard
Optimus Ride, a self-driving vehicle technology start-up, launched its free driverless shuttle service inside a geo-fenced area at the Brooklyn Navy Yard to transport over 500 passengers daily, seven days a week.
The ship yard has more than 400 manufacturing businesses and 10,000 employees onsite and the six driverless shuttles will act as a connection point for thousands of commuters in the area, now transporting passengers inside a 1-mile area between the NYC Ferry stop at Dock 72 and the Yard’s Cumberland Gate at Flushing Avenue.
Rivian to create 1,000+ new jobs in Illinois
Rivian, an EV manufacturing company, recently acquired a former Mistubishi factory for $16 million to produce electric-powered pickup trucks and SUVs for the luxury market. Since then, Amazon has ordered 100,000 delivery trucks to be produced in the plant which will create over 1,000 jobs, as well as additional business opportunities. Not only is Rivian working to reduce carbon emissions in vehicles of the future, but they’re also creating jobs and opportunities in the community.
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