It’s not yet clear whether this system ultimately made it to Telsa’s production line, but the company’s patents are proof of its research to tackle the efficiency and cost questions that have surrounded the solar roof concept.
Southeast Asia continues to be a hot battleground for major transportation network companies, as well-financed players like Grab, Go-Jek, and Uber spend heavily for share in a developing market. Between them, Grab and Go-Jek have already raised more than $3B in 2017 to date (although the former has also just lost its engineering head).
Toyota has just been named as one of the investors in Singapore-based Grab’s ongoing Series G raise. A data partnership component will also see 100 Toyota vehicles deployed for data collection and sharing via Grab, which is also investing $100M to best Uber in Myanmar.
With a prior strategic investment in Uber (disclosed last May), Toyota joins Hillhouse Capital, Tiger Global, and Didi as investors with stakes in both ride-hailing rivals. Our business social graph highlights the growing overlap between Uber and Grab’s investor syndicates:
Our upcoming Uber Strategy Teardown will analyze the distribution of Uber’s hiring activity across contested regions like Southeast Asia. We’ll also be breaking down the company’s acquisitions, research initiatives, new CEO and more.
The original Silicon Valley
The semiconductor companies that gave Silicon Valley its original name have come a long way since the 1950s and 1960s. Just as Silicon Valley itself has mushroomed beyond the cluster of integrated circuit companies in Santa Clara Valley, so have chipmakers themselves expanded far beyond the mainframe and personal computer.