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Ford buys Electriphi to boost EV strategy
Ford has acquired Electriphi, the startup which provides charging management and fleet monitoring for electric vehicles. The purchase is part of Ford's $30bn strategy to lead its customers into the EV revolution. Ford is preparing to launch fully-electric versions of its two most popular commercial vehicles: the Transit van and F-150 pickup. Exact financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
New energy vehicle sales in China expected to surge
China is expecting sales of new energy vehicles (NEVs) to grow by over 40% annually. According to a Reuters report quoting a senior official at the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), NEV sales will grow 40% every year across the next five years. NEVs include electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and vehicles using hydrogen fuel cells. CAAM expects China to sell 2.7m NEVs in 2022.
Google developing a new way to classify skin tones
Google says it is working on a new method to classify skin tones. The Fitzpatrick Skin Type has been used by dermatologists since the 1970s. Google's aim is to help eliminate biases that have historically emerged in technology products. "We are working on alternative, more inclusive, measures that could be useful in the development of our products," a spokesperson told Reuters.
Quidny to start human trials for its mobile dialysis tool in 2022
New York-based startup Qidni Labs, has announced its plans to start human testing for its mobile dialysis tool in 2022. Qidni/D uses fewer fluids than traditional machines, making it much for portable. It has been successfully tested in sheep. “We see this device to be a bridge to a blood purification technology that allows the patients to be mobile,” says Morteza Ahmadi, CEO of Qidni Labs.
Spanish edtech Lingokids secures $40m in funding
Lingokids, the Spanish startup which offers "playlearning" for young children through its app, has raised $40m in new funding. It will use the cash to grow into other countries. The platform, which develops vocabulary, literacy, STEM skills, social and emotional skills for 2 to 8-year-olds, launched in 2016. Lingokids' CEO sys the firm wants "to break down educational barriers".
Alauda Aeronautics trials electric flying cars racing
The first test flight of the Alauda Airspeeder Mk3 has taken place in Australia. The electric multicopter, manufactured by Alauda Aeronautics, is four metres long, weighs 130kg and can reach speeds of 124mph. Alauda is planning a series of Formula One-style races later this year. Initially the aircraft will be piloted remotely, but Alauda hopes to have crewed races in due course.
Daimler sets new EV targets - report
Daimler is bringing forward the date it intends to launch many of its electric vehicle models, according to Manager Magazin. Most of its EVs were due to be rolled out in 2024 and 2025, but these launches are now slated for a year earlier. Petrol and diesel equivalents are also set to be ditched sooner. The changes are set to be made official before the summer break this year, said the report.
Google expands its kids online safety courses
Google will be updating its Be Internet Awesome curriculum, aimed at helping school-aged children learn to navigate the internet responsibly. The course is currently available in 30 countries and millions of kids use it every day, says Google. The updated version will include lessons on new topics such as online gaming, search engines, video consumption, online empathy and cyberbullying.
Kenyan foodtech startup Kune raises $1m pre-seed funding
Six-month-old Kenyan foodtech startup Kune has closed a $1 million pre-seed round to launch its on-demand food service in August. Kune delivers freshly made, ready-to-eat meals at arguably affordable prices. Kune combines cloud and dark kitchen concepts. The round was led by pan-African venture capital firm Launch Africa Ventures with participation from Century Oak Capital GmbH and Consonance.
FamPay lands $38m to help Indian teenagers access financial services
FamPay, a neobank aimed at Indian teenagers, has raised $38m in fresh funding. The platform allows teenagers to make online and offline payments. Opening a bank account can be difficult for young people in India. The Series A round was led by Elevation Capital, and also involved Sequoia Capital. FamPay says its ambition now is to expand the number of services it offers its customers.
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