Silicon Valley’s steady march toward self-driving cars took another step forward Friday as the ride-hailing company Lyft said its customers will be able to summon a driverless vehicle on some roads by the end of the year.
San Francisco is seeking funding for a small fleet of wheelchair accessible car-share vehicles, the San Francisco Examiner has learned. On Tuesday, car-sharing in The City was approved for a major expansion by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors, paving the way for up to 1,000 out of San Francisco’s 277,000 parking spaces to be dedicated solely to car-shares. However, car-share vehicles are not wheelchair accessible, prompting questions from at least one board member.
The whole notion of ride sharing taking the place of car ownership simply won’t work because it’s precisely the abundance of new cars sold every year that’s allowing ride-sharing services like Lyft and Uber to work so well.
Scandals and missteps at Uber have given Lyft a chance to catch up in the ride-sharing race. Could a bold bet on driverless cars help the pink-mustache startup take the lead?
Many state and local governments prohibit employees from using shared services like Airbnb for official travel, even though it often means they end up paying more.
On June 28, San Francisco’s Bay Area Bike Share became Ford GoBike. With the relaunch comes plans for a massive expansion that will eventually total 7,000 bikes in cities throughout the region. Last week, the East Bay got its first phase with 450 bikes at 43 stations in Oakland, Emeryville and Berkeley.
After months of reports about racial discrimination in the sharing economy—particularly (but not exclusively) among the home-sharers of Airbnb—the solution that emerged from this case is a significant milestone. The remedy package is a comprehensive blend of reparations plus education to ensure not only that Suh was justly compensated for her troubles, but also that Barker, who Airbnb also banned as a host, will cease troubling other people of color in the future. It was also a signal to other Airbnb hosts that it will no longer be so easy to discriminate against guests based on race—at least not in California.
Uber’s ride-hailing service in Russia will merge with a much larger competitor, Yandex, the companies announced Thursday, in a deal valued at $3.7 billion. The Russian search giant, which also has a taxi business, will claim majority ownership, and Tigran Khudaverdyan, the chief executive of Yandex’s taxi operations, will lead the new company.
The sharing economy has made it easier for communities to peer exchange anything from a spare bedroom in your house to car rides and bicycles. But the model doesn’t work for everything, as one umbrella-sharing startup learned the hard way. Just under three months after launch, China-based E Umbrella has reportedly lost almost all of its 300,000 umbrellas available to rent across 11 Chinese cities.
Let the bike races begin. In China, the race just heated up again with a $700 million financing of Beijing-based bike-sharing contender ofo, a startup in China’s vast sharing economy that lately has been focused on convenient, inexpensive and environmental friendly bike shares that rely on smartphone mobile apps for renting and GPS for tracking.