Volvo buys premium app-based valet service Luxe and IKEA’s Place app for iOS previews furniture in your home. Enjoy this weekly feed of inspiring, interesting and intellectual articles and news, with a focus on disruption!
Car industry changing
China’s vice minister of industry and IT, Xin Guobin, has revealed that the country is planning a ban on sales of fossil fuel vehicles. The timeframe is not official but France and the UK are both aiming for 2040…
On a related note Volvo bought Luxe, an app based valet service, saying “Our vision is a future in which technology simplifies life so you never have to stop at a petrol station, go to a car wash or even take your car in for service ever again. The acquisition of Luxe is a step towards realizing that ambition. I look forward to working closely with the highly talented team at Luxe who created its advanced technology from the ground up”. Things sure are on the cusp of disruption in the transport industry!!
More on the disruption of the car and oil industry in the next feed.
Political landscape changing too
Facebook has revealed that Russian agents spent about $100k on thousands of ads on Facebook from June 2015 to May 2017. The volumes themselves not that interesting but what this means for the future political landscape sure is! Theoretically, if interest is high enough a other nation can steer the outcome of national elections. Terrifying!!
Ikea has launched an AR app, allowing you to neatly place their furniture in your home to see how it would look and fit. Simultaneously Ikea is prepping for more online shopping, opening up their first pick up point stores. Test in your app–buy–online–pick-up later. How much does this change logistics for IKEA and will you still be able to get furniture same/next day??