Connecting mobility from urban reality to the metaverse
VANCOUVER, BC and LISBON, PORTUGAL — (March 17, 2022) – TUGA Innovations, Inc. (CSE: TUGA) (FRA: DQ5) (OTC: TUGAF) (“TUGA Innovations,” or the “Company”), which is developing solutions to urban mobility challenges with the TUGA, a new type of Electric Vehicle (“EV”), is pleased to announce it is making the leap across the digital divide from urban mobility into the metaverse with the help of Company co-founders and digital visionaries António Câmara and Edmundo Nobre.
From the outset, the founders of TUGA Innovations saw the potential applicability for the integration of augmented reality (“AR”) and virtual reality (“VR”) through the power of artificial intelligence (“AI”). Today, with the emergence of the metaverse and the significant investment dollars being funneled into digital innovation, the founders of TUGA Innovations are pleased with their original conceptual strategy. Currently, the Company’s advanced planning encompasses a digitally enhanced all-electric urban vehicle combined with an AR/VR platform for use both within the vehicle and as an essential integrated component to the sales and marketing process.
The digital team brings substantial knowledge, expertise, and access to a broad industry network involved in metaverse development. The team members are pioneers in the digital innovation space as holders of several individual and joint technology patents and as project designer/implementors for several Fortune 500 companies. The team is creating intellectual property that will be held by TUGA Innovations and are extending their development efforts across all aspects of the business model as part of a larger goal to help create an advanced automotive platform.
The digital team is led by Messrs. Câmara and Nobre. Mr. Câmara currently also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for TUGA Innovations. Both he and Mr. Nobre are co-founders of TUGA Innovations along with John Hagie, Kraig Schultz, and César Barbosa.
António Câmara is a Professor at the New University of Lisbon. He was a visiting professor at Cornell University (1988-89) and at MIT (1998-99) and pioneered research on VR and AR and geographical information systems. He has authored more than 200 international publications. In 2000, he co-founded YDreams and was the company’s CEO until 2015. YDreams developed over 1500 projects in 40 countries for 50 Fortune 500 companies. YDreams Group’s holdings include three public companies: YDX and Ynvisible (both listed in Toronto and Frankfurt), and Azorean (listed in Euronext Paris). In 2016, he co-founded Aromni, an upcoming AR company. In 2018, he started the Explora initiative to stimulate students to develop their own research and product development projects. He has received twenty-one national and international awards during his career, including Premio Pessoa 2006 in Portugal, and one of the European Entrepreneur Awards by the European Union in 2009.
Edmundo Nobre obtained his BSc in Environmental Engineering at New University of Lisbon (1991) and was a visiting scientist at MIT Media Lab in the first quarter of 1999. Edmundo Nobre was a co-founder of the YDreams Group in 2000, including YDX (VR), Ynvisible (printed electronics), and Azorean (aquatic drones). He was also founder of Human Mobility (smart mobility) and AROMNI (AR). These companies have collectively generated significant sales and revenues in over 50 countries around the world. The work of his companies has been covered by Wired, Fast Company, Forbes, Business Week, Economist, Time, New York Times, Guardian, Liberation, El Pais, Huffington Post, Engadget, Tech Crunch, Cool Hunting, Gizmodo, CNN, CNBC, France 24 and many other international and national media.
Company CEO John Hagie notes, “We are delighted today to properly introduce António and Edmundo as the driving force behind our vision for a digital future. When we set out, the digital path forward was less than clear, but as investments into the metaverse have shown, the sector is only scratching the surface so far. Given that we have some of the most involved and experienced leaders in virtual reality on our team, it has been amazing to have our eyes opened to the application of this technology for our business. We look forward to unearthing new ways to market and sell, to introduce new audiences to our products, to activate new revenue streams, and to monetize and leverage our intellectual property. It’s a whole new world, and we are proud to have had the opportunity to position ourselves for a leading role in the future of the urban automotive sector.”
On behalf of the Board of Directors,
Chief Executive Officer & Director
TUGA Innovations, Inc.
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About TUGA Innovations, Inc. (CSE: TUGA) (FRA: DQ5) (OTC: TUGAF)
TUGA Innovations is a development-stage electric vehicle company undertaking the conception, design, and production of specialized EVs to improve the urban mobility experience. The Company is looking to reduce urban mobility difficulties by developing a three-wheeled, fully electric fore-and-aft 2-seat vehicle. The vehicle will be no wider than a motorcycle for agility and will have a patent pending expanding rear axle for high-speed stability. The vehicle will offer advanced connectivity technology to maximize safety, performance, environmental impact, comfort, maintenance, and navigation. The TUGA vehicle is being designed to deliver an estimated 160 km range, have an estimated top speed of 140km/hour with the comforts of a car, and with more protection than a motorcycle in an interchangeable multi-body, multi-function platform. Find out more at: https://tugainnovations.com/.
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