Dec 11, 2019

Former head of GM's Maven to lead Bolt Mobility

Julia Steyn is the new CEO of scooter company Bolt Mobility (Images courtesy of Bolt)

Julia Steyn, who ran GM's urban car-sharing service, Maven, until early this year, has been named CEO of Bolt Mobility, a Miami Beach-based electric scooter company co-founded by Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt.

Why it matters: Bolt's co-founders B. Sarah Haynes and Kamyar Kaviani will step aside as co-CEOs to make room for Steyn, whose urban mobility experience is expected to help the 1-year-old company improve and refine its business model. Renting scooters today, Bolt had intended to add a shared electric car to its lineup in 2020, but the company now says it has scrapped that plan.

"As cities continue to re-envision their transportation infrastructure to accommodate expansion, growing populations and increased congestion, micromobility solutions are even more vital," Steyn said in a statement.

The intrigue: The name of Steyn's new company is strikingly similar to the Chevrolet Bolt EV sold by her former employer.

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Editor's note: This story was updated to reflect that the 2020 car project promoted on its website is no longer a priority.

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Sony surprises CES with electric vehicle concept

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Sony made waves at CES in Las Vegas on Monday by unveiling an electric vehicle prototype under what the tech giant calls its "Vision-S" initiative.

Why it matters: It adds a deep-pocketed player to the competitive electric vehicle design and tech field.

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Ride-sharing of the future

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Auto companies, counterintuitively, are trying to get people to give up their cars — by making shared transportation more appealing with vehicles that recognize you, anticipate your needs and customize your ride.

Why it matters: Ride-hailing apps are making urban congestion steadily worse. In San Francisco, people spent 62% more time sitting in traffic in 2016 than in 2010. Uber and Lyft admitted they're part of the problem.

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The race to own the media experience in self-driving cars

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One of the big themes at CES this year has been the race to own the media experience when cars go driverless.

Why it matters: The complications around who will own the data, how connectivity will work and what "driverless" actually means haven't stopped companies from making big announcements this year.

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