Catalyst Companies mid-year review: Uber, Adobe, AI, & more!
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Mid-2016 review: Catalyst Companies hosts 5 live events, releases 5 research artifacts, and holds 10 council calls
From calls with Uber and Adobe, to tackling topics like food waste and AI, to live events at BMW and Hallmark’s headquarters, this year has been busy for Catalyst Companies and its members. During the first half of 2016, the council enhanced its analysis of the Collaborative Economy by delving deeper into trends like the Autonomous World and innovation strategies. These important topics have driven Catalyst Companies to create many new resources that help our members along their program development, including a “Use Case Playbook” based on Collaborative Economy business models, a research report and infographic on the industrial impacts of self-driving cars, and an updated Honeycomb 3.0 vendor framework. See the full list of 2016 member events, session calls, and resources on our blog.
72% of Americans have used a sharing service, reports Pew Research Center
To examine the scope and impact of the Collaborative Economy, Pew Research Center conducted its first survey devoted to its broader impacts and consumer use of related technologies. According to its research, nearly three-quarters of Americans have used a shared, collaborative or on-demand online service. Pew also uncovered that some Americans are avid users of these services (21% have used four or more services), but a greater share has had little to no exposure to these platforms and services (28%). Ride-hailing apps are one of the most visible services in the new digital economy with Pew reporting 15% of U.S. adults have used a ride-hailing app. More survey findings on PewResearch.org.
Autonomous taxi startup nuTonomy raises $16 million in Series A funding
Futurism reports that nuTonomy, an autonomous taxi startup that recently entered Singapore, has raised $16 million in Series A funding led by Highland Capital Partners. The company, in a race with heavyweights such as Uber, GM, and Alphabet Inc., vows to bring self-driving taxis to the road by 2018. The autonomous startup currently runs a fleet of R&D vehicles in Singapore and is the first private company approved to test on public roads. nuTonomy is also testing in Michigan and in the UK, where they have partnered up with Jaguar Land Rover. Find additional details of the funding and nuTonomy’s plans for self-driving taxis here.
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