Monthly Archives: December 2016

The Whatchamacallit Economy

The New York Times – December 16, 2016

It’s a hip, fast-growing sector of the economy, filled with headline-grabbing companies: Uber, Lyft, Airbnb, Task Rabbit. But there’s a gnawing problem: People aren’t sure what to call it. Many critics dislike the term most commonly used, the “sharing economy,” because there often isn’t much actual sharing going on. Others prefer to call it the on-demand economy, peer-to-peer economy, crowd-based economy, gig economy or collaborative economy.

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Mercedes-Benz Debuts Croove, Its Own Car-Sharing Network

TechCrunch – December 16, 2016

It’s become a well-trod refrain, but carmakers are looking at what comes after ownership, and car-sharing between individual owners and renters is one of those models. Mercedes-Benz has begun its own car-share service that adopts that approach – Croove, a platform that has now launched as a pilot in Munich, Germany.

How The Fast-Growing ‘Sharing Economy’ Can Benefit Those With Disabilities

The Huffington Post – December 14, 2016

An AARP study explored how to make the sharing economy more accessible to everyone, regardless of their health and mobility. To gain insights, we held a series of in-depth conversations with 43 adults who either have a disability themselves — resulting in impaired mobility, vision, or hearing — or care for someone with a disability.

California Tells Uber to Shut Down ‘Illegal’ Self-Driving Car Service in San Francisco

The Washington Post – December 14, 2016

Not even a full day after Uber launched its self-driving service in San Francisco did California regulators tell the company to shut it down. The California Department of Motor Vehicles threatened legal action, telling the company that it must first obtain a special permit to test autonomous vehicles on the state’s roadways.