BMW and Daimler compete not only in car sales, but with dueling car-sharing services. BMW has DriveNow (and a U.S. version, ReachNow) and Daimler has Car2Go. But could these rival services become one?
General Motors Co’s Maven car sharing and rental unit is expanding its partnerships in ride and delivery services as parent GM considers whether to enter the on-demand mobility business now dominated by Uber Technologies and Lyft Inc.
Red, Brown and Purple line trains were stopped at the Fullerton station for three hours during the morning rush Tuesday after a man jumped into the path of a train in an apparent suicide, according to police and fire officials. Trains were halted until 9:30 a.m. as detectives and fire crews finished working the scene, officials said. Shuttle buses were deployed but huge crowds of people trying to get to work had few options. Some people turned up to work hours late, after trying to navigate a new, impromptu system of buses and shuttles. If they looked on apps for Uber or Lyft, they were met with surge pricing that could have been as much as five times the normal fare.
The current hype about autonomous vehicle is accompanied by a surge of interest from shared mobility operators. Ridesharing providers such as Uber, Lyft and Didi are investing heavily into AV technology. Earlier this year, Uber announced its partnership with Daimler to bring self-driving technology to the market. Didi has opened up an artificial intelligence lab in Mountain View, the backyard of many autonomous vehicle competitors. Lyft’s collaboration with GM is well known and this month they announced an investment from Jaguar Landrover to bring autonomous connected vehicles on the road.
In China the “sharing economy” has taken off of late. But many of its supposedly innovative business concepts are nothing more than “gimmicks,” said the People’s Daily, the mouthpiece of the ruling Chinese Communist party, in a commentary published today (Aug. 15). It also argued such services need to be more regulated—which suggests they likely will be in the near future.
Uber has been enduring horrendous press for almost a year, the latest bad news being tied to a lawsuit from investors against former CEO Travis Kalanick. Meanwhile, smaller rival Lyft has been quietly reaping the gains of Uber’s journey from controversial-but-envied company to veritable Silicon Valley pariah. Lyft head of product Taggart Matthiesen told Recode that Lyft “saw a 60 percent increase in passenger activations” in response to the first #DeleteUber protest.
The Philippines on Monday suspended the accreditation and operation of Uber for one month, in a decision that followed a government crackdown on unregistered drivers offering app-based ride-hailing services.
Taxi app Uber will improve conditions for its British drivers with changes including in-app tipping, after criticism from lawmakers and unions for not giving them more rights.
The Amtrak national passenger rail system said it is working with rideshare company Lyft to offer Amtrak riders discounts on Lyft rides to and from train stations. Rail customers can now use Amtrak’s mobile app to access the Lyft app to request a ride, and new users of Lyft will receive $5 off for each of their first four Lyft rides by using an Amtrak promotional code.
Between ride sharing, bike sharing, car sharing, walkability and automated vehicles, the future of the car has never been so uncertain. Designers are looking at the mausoleums we build for them and asking themselves what the parking garage can be used for next.