Monthly Archives: May 2018

Uber Shutters Its Driverless-Car Operations in Arizona

CNET – May 23, 2018

Uber has decided to stop its self-driving car program in Arizona. The ride-hailing company said Wednesday that it will pull out of the state and that all its nearly 300 test drivers there will be terminated. The news was first reported by Arizona Republic. The move comes after one of Uber’s driverless cars killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona, in March while in full autonomous mode.


Lyft May Join the Party by Putting its Own Electric Scooters in San Francisco

Digital Trends – May 22, 2018

Already a partner in a bike-sharing scheme in Baltimore, Maryland, Lyft is now eyeing the launch of a scooter-sharing scheme in San Francisco. The news comes via The Information, which recently learned that Lyft representatives have been seeking advice from local transportation officials about the possibility of obtaining permits for such a scheme.

Electric Bus vs Autonomous Shuttle vs Ride Sharing: What is the Future of Public Transportation?

CleanTechnica – May 21, 2018

Cities are growing like never before. By 2035, more than 2 billion more people will have moved to cities, according to a report by The Guardian. Cities are already drowning in congestion from private cars, forcing cities like London to impose additional fees on cars entering city centers. Now US cities on both coasts — Boston and Seattle — are considering congestion charges of their own as a way to reduce the number of cars competing for space in those cities. Fewer cars would also help reduce carbon emissions.

How to Stay Competitive in the Autonomous Driving Revolution

Machine Design – May 21, 2018

The moving assembly line, automatic transmission, electronic fuel injection, and air bags—these innovations changed the automotive industry. Today they are vital to offering safe, efficient, affordable, and convenient vehicles to customers. In the digital age, there is a new opportunity to drive innovation with capabilities that will someday be as commonplace as the seat belt. The key to capturing this opportunity and remaining competitive in the digital age relies on manufacturers’ ability to shift their focus and investments into a new area entirely: data. There is also a push to improve driving experience with connected cars that share data in real-time through consistent connections to data centers and public cloud providers.

How to Build a Bike-Share System for People of All Abilities

Fast Company – May 18, 2018

MoGo, Detroit’s bike-share system, launched in 2017. But a couple years before, when it was still in the planning phases, Lisa Nuszkowsi, MoGo’s founder and executive director, got a call from John Waterman, who heads up a Ypsilanti-based nonprofit initiative called Programs to Educate All Cyclists. PEAC helps people with disabilities learn to ride bikes and use cycling as a means of empowerment and self-transportation, and Waterman wanted to know how Nuszkowski planned to make bike sharing accessible to people of all abilities. She proposed working with Waterman to find a solution, and the result of that collaboration–a fleet of adaptive bicycles–launched as a pilot program May 15.

HyreCar Brings Car Matchmaking Service To Twin Cities

Star Tribune – May 15, 2018

HyreCar has Twin Cities drivers who need wheels so they can work for Uber, Lyft or another ride-sharing company. Starting Tuesday, the California-based company will put them in touch. Call it the Airbnb of the ride-sharing business. In another innovation in the ever-evolving and expanding car-sharing industry, this service matches wannabe chauffeurs with people willing to rent out their private vehicles by the day, week or month.

Why Ford Will Thrive in the Sharing Economy

Motley Fool – May 14, 2018

Ford reported first-quarter 2018 earnings that showed improving financial conditions for the automaker. Ford has lagged the rest of the industry the last couple of years, so it is putting emphasis on cutting costs and freshening its vehicle lineup. However, the company is also investing in the future of mobility and setting itself up for auto industry leadership in a world that is reimagining how to get around.