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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lyft and Uber are not replacing public transit — nor should they. These are the findings of a new report by the Shared-Use Mobility Center, an imprint of the Transit Cooperative Research Program at the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine.
Uber just unveiled six designs for uberAIR Skyports. The conceptual designs mark the first steps from industrial leaders to create infrastructure for high-volume operations of uberAIR networks in and around cities.
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.
For the first time, Lyft is disclosing internal market-share numbers, and they show its momentum isn’t letting up after it capitalized on Uber’s disastrous 2017. Lyft says it has 35 percent of the national ride-sharing market, up from 20 percent 18 months ago. That would represent growth of 75 percent.
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.