通用为何5亿美元投资Uber在美国的对手?

好奇心日报 2016-01-07 15:45

通用5亿美元投资Uber的竞争对手Lyft,想要的决不止是钱,通用的目标在于联网的汽车租赁服务和无人车。

昨天,原通用公司的执行总裁玛丽·巴拉(Mary Barra)开始兼任公司董事长,对通用的发展策略有着更强的控制力。上台之后,她说“赚钱和新科技”是对公司最重要的事情。

同一天,Uber 在美国的竞争对手 Lyft 获得了 10 亿美元融资,一半来自通用汽车。尽管双方都还没透露具体合作的进展,但可以肯定,通用能给和想要的都决不止是钱。联网的汽车租赁服务和无人车,是通用的目标。Lyft 也有了更多对抗 Uber 的资源,比如越来越难卖掉的车。

玛丽·巴拉(Mary  Barra)

有趣的是,打车/租车服务和无人车出现的初期,通用汽车就参与进去,却硬是错过了。还找得回来吗?

通用汽车和卡内基梅隆大学合作改装的无人车雪弗兰 Tahoe,是 2007 年美国国防部第一届智能机器人挑战赛 DARPA Urban Challenge 的冠军。2 年后,通用汽车破产重组。这个项目后来被 Uber 接手。2015 年,这个打车应用花了 5500 万美元买下了卡内基梅隆大学的机器人实验室。

改装后的雪佛兰 Tahoe

而通用,现在也只好自己重新捡起无人驾驶技术。就在实验室被收购的同一年,通用汽车的自动驾驶技术试验场在底特律的郊区开始运作。

相比之下,Google 的无人车发展项目却连贯得多。2005 年,萨巴斯蒂安·特龙(Sebastian Thrun)带领斯坦福大学人工智能实验室的无人车项目,拿到了国防部机器人比赛的冠军,同时被 Google 看中。2010 年至 2011 年,Google 的无人车开始测试上路了。

而在这个时候,通用汽车还在和美国工会周旋,怎么才能在裁掉大批工人这事上少花点钱。曾在通用负责该技术研发的安全部门主管 John Capp 回忆,破产的节骨眼上,公司保守派占了上风。

到 2015 年,通用才把无人车项目单独拿出来,和其他汽车和科技公司正面竞争。他们从 2013 年开始研发的“超级巡航(Super Cruise)”的半自动驾驶技术,才搭载雪弗兰 Volt 上路测试,本来预计在 2016 年推出,但商用估计要等更久。

通用还一度想做 Uber 那样的打车服务。2011 年,通用汽车找到 2 个哈佛商学院学生创办网上租车服务 Relayride 。到今天这家公司也只有 55 个人。而同样在 2011 年推出打车服务的 Uber 现在已经进驻到全球 60 多个国家,每天的叫车量达到 200 万单。

傲慢的老牌底特律汽车公司,几乎错过了最近 20 年所有改变汽车行业的节点。而这次,他们想要追上来,看起来也丝毫不容易。

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caomingpeter

___Some Message Directly to Sebastian Thrun___ Sebastian Thrun, Do I have to remind you that you are the center on the fascism side in this war of anti-fascism v.s. fascism in a series of retaliatory facism crimes against human society, starting from a Stanford Campus Atrocity case [Stanford police case number: IR #04-111-0335; Victim: Peter Cao; Criminal Suspect: Gabriele Scheler]? the dire consequences out of such fascism crimes coming along with you have been disrupting human society for 11 years and counting; no doubt, there exists a very powerful fascism circle behind you both inside and outside of Stanford University, who had committed fascism crimes for your sake, centered on you, with your collaboration, and you are one of them; For years, I've witnessed fascism supporters jump out from the world of academia, education, science and technology, foreign affairs, politics, and even from the inside of judicial system, etc., so recently comes another set, led by German media group Bertelsmann, with Scottish investment firm Baillie Gifford, Emerson Collective - a charitable organization run by Steve Jobs' widow Laurene Powell Jobs - and Google Ventures joining as new investors, Particularly, Mr. Kay Krafft, chief executive of Bertelsmann Education Group___They can add some weight on you, but I am sure that not one of them can say that you are innocent in those fascism crimes (what's worse in this case is that we are all suffering from a corrupted judicial system, in addition to the fascism crimes coming along with you, Mr. Sebastian Thrun); such anti-humanity crimes coming along with you will not be tolerated anywhere in human society; when this decade long anti-humanity criminal case clarified, you will have to face moral and lawful consequences, accordingly; nobody can substitute you in this regard; I had told you this back in 2007, and I can tell you again today, Mr. Sebastian Thrun, that "Don't try to act as innocent"; Sincerely, Peter Cao

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caomingpeter

___Sebastian Thrun had purposefully conspired me in collateral with this criminal suspect Gabriele Scheler when I cautiously tried to approach him even though he clearly knew I was encouraged to contact him with valid reference from his bosses of Stanford Computer Science department; In March 2010, one day before I tried to file an important complaint at judicial authorities against an officer whos miscarriage of justice biased on Thrun, Thruns student Mr. David Stavens (also an Udacity cofounder) had gone to Stanford police and lied to police and falsely accused me in collateral with Thrun; ___So what kind of education had Mr. David Stavens received from Sebastian Thrun in Stanford Computer Science Department, other than computer science?

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caomingpeter

___Sebastian Thrun had purposefully conspired me in collateral with this criminal suspect Gabriele Scheler when I cautiously tried to approach him even though he clearly knew I was encouraged to contact him with valid reference from his bosses of Stanford Computer Science department; In March 2010, one day before I tried to file an important complaint at judicial authorities against an officer whos miscarriage of justice biased on Thrun, Thruns student Mr. David Stavens (also an Udacity cofounder) had gone to Stanford police and lied to police and falsely accused me in collateral with Thrun; ___So what kind of education had Mr. David Stavens received from Sebastian Thrun in Stanford Computer Science Department, other than computer science?

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caomingpeter

But, one thing this criminal suspect Gabriele Scheler, her fascism collaberal Udacity cofounder Sebastian Thrun and cowardice hidden judicial officers ZZZ/YYY/VVV who're miscarriage of justice dare not do is: Show me (as one of the primary victims to their fascism crimes) their recanted testimony and evidence that they used to disrupt our lives for over 10 years, and clarify the case with CONFRONTATION, as I challenged them all the time; And BY LAW, that's what they have to do___for fairness and for justice; =================================== At this stage, the most confusing part of this case is: __What are the real identities of judicial officers (namely ZZZ/YYY/VVV, who must have power of jurisdiction over civilians of Santa Clara County, including everybody in Stanford University) handling Sebastian Thruns case and this criminal suspect Gabriele Schelers recanted testimony? The point is: How could this campus atrocity case remain unclarified at judicial authorities for over 10 years? How did ZZZ/YYY/VVV rule this criminal case behind the scene? What had they done behind the scene; Why are they hiding from a victim as I am during these many years, despite my challenges to clarify the case with CONFRONTATION, all the time? By the way, would anyone of the above people, e.g. Kay Krafft, chief executive of Bertelsmann Education Group, feel honored to be related to fascism cirmes via his/her support on Udacity cofounder Sebastian Thrun who is the center on fascism side in a war against fascism crimes? ………………… P.S. ………………… — ZZZ/YYY/VVV are judicial officers (from Santa Clara DA? or from FBI? etc.), but not mafia, or are they? their practices as judicial officers have to withstand the scrutiny from the public; By law, they have to show us their real identities; they can't hide their real identities from us for ever;

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caomingpeter

___Would anybody or any organization listed in this article like to associate himself/herslef/itself with personnel associated with fascism crimes, the likes of Udacity cofounder Sebastian Thrun? I can reaffirm you ___German media group Bertelsmann, with Scottish investment firm Baillie Gifford, Emerson Collective - a charitable organization run by Steve Jobs' widow Laurene Powell Jobs(who happens to be a member of Stanford Board of Trustees Chaired by Mr. Steven A. Denning, while Stanford Board of Trustees chaired by Mr. Steven A. Denning is leading a retaliatory fascism coup in Stanford University for sake of Sebastian Thrun) - and Google Ventures joining as new investors___ that such fascism crimes coming along with Gabriele Scheler / Sebastian Thrun / ZZZ/YYY/VVV and now even Angela Merkel would not be tolerated anywhere in human society, and that you have chosen unwisely in alliance with Gabriele Scheler/Sebastian Thrun's side, and that you can play up Gabriele Scheler/Sebastian Thrun and retaliate on victims as much as you like at this moment, but your fame and credibility as moral majorities will be destructed, and when this decade long criminal case clarified eventually, you all will be despised as supporters to fascism crimes; If anyone disagree, especially those in my public challenge, please give us a candid answer right here on this board, which part in my statements is not base upon facts? Whats going on here? ___Equal opportunity and freedom of speech, please:) Isn't it a basic instinct that embedded into the spirits of us all to spontaneously fight against such anti-humanity crimes?

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caomingpeter

For years, I've witnessed fascism supporters jump out from every corner of the world, so here jump out another set, led by German media group Bertelsmann, with Scottish investment firm Baillie Gifford, Emerson Collective - a charitable organization run by Steve Jobs' widow Laurene Powell Jobs(who happens to be a member of Stanford Board of Trustees Chaired by Mr. Steven A. Denning, while Stanford Board of Trustees chaired by Mr. Steven A. Denning is leading a retaliatory fascism coup in Stanford University for sake of Sebastian Thrun) - and Google Ventures joining as new investors. So fascsim crimes coming along with Sebastian Thrun are now relevant to each one of the above people, and all of the above now have the responsibility to fight against such anti-humanity crimes and help us find out who ZZZ/YYY/VVV are; I have serious questions to ask them; By the way, would anyone of the above people, e.g. Kay Krafft, chief executive of Bertelsmann Education Group, feel honored to be related to fascism cirmes via his/her support on Udacity cofounder Sebastian Thrun who is the center on fascism side in a war against fascism crimes? ………………… P.S. ………………… — ZZZ/YYY/VVV are judicial officers (from Santa Clara DA? or from FBI? etc.), but not mafia, or are they? their practices as judicial officers have to withstand the scrutiny from the public; By law, they have to show us their real identities; they can't hide their real identities from us for ever;

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caomingpeter

___保护人生命和人的基本生存权利重于教学,经商或科研活动;没人愿与法西斯势力有瓜葛,任何人都有义务与法西斯做斗争;这里有人愿意尊重受害人的意愿,帮助我们澄清此案,并使 Sebastian Thrun 及其背后法西斯势力得到公正处理么? ___希望大家明辨是非,在此案未澄清前和那些法西斯份子没有认识到歧视谋害他人是有罪的之前, 莫要与Sebastian Thrun 一方法西斯势力混在一起,也莫要为这个法西斯份子Sebastian Thrun 宣扬造势; ___我所言都是他们不敢公开否认之事实;如果有人不同意,特别是我公开挑战的法西斯分子,请在此明辩;___机会均等,言论自由___

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caomingpeter

文中提到的 Udacity 其创始人 Sebastian Thrun 卷入了一系列危及人生命的法西斯犯罪案件,始于一个校园暴力案【斯坦福警察档案号: IR 04-111-0335;受害人: Peter Cao; 犯罪嫌疑人: Gabriele Scheler】Sebastian Thrun 一方 Fascism 在美国司法系统中极具势力,使得这个本来是非分明,证据明确,并经警察严肃调查过的校园暴力案 后来在美国司法系统中颠倒黑白,制造冤案以掩盖 Sebastian Thrun, Gabriele Scheler 一方所犯法西斯罪行;而至今那些后来制造冤案的司法官员(namely ZZZ/YYY/VVV, from Santa Clara DA? or from FBI? …)对受害人隐匿他们真实身份黑心办案,并对当事人掩盖案件材料,侵犯隐私,威胁恐吓,阴谋陷害,以阻止澄清案情,从而达到袒护 Sebastian Thrun 与 Gabriele Scheler一方法西斯犯罪的目的; Sebastian Thrun, Gabriele Scheler 和他们背后的 法西斯 份子行为有违人文主义基本准则 (against the basic principles of humanity), 他们应当受到法律制裁; ___有人能让大家知道那些后来处理本案司法官员(namely ZZZ/YYY/VVV, they must have power of jurisdiction over civilians of Santa Clara County, from Santa Clara DA? or from FBI? … ) 的真实身份么?我有严肃的问题要问他们;

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