Ford has created a subdivision called Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC to accelerate its self-driving car technology. With this new structure, the automaker will invest $4 billion in autonomous vehicles through 2023. The subdivision encompasses research and engineering, user experience, business strategy and development, self-driving systems integration, and other functions related to autonomous vehicles.
Earlier this year, there were rumors that GM was going to launch a car sharing service, allowing GM owners to rent out their personal vehicles to make some quick cash. Now, the company has confirmed it. GM is expanding Maven and will allow both owners and qualified lessees to rent out their vehicles.
The term “gig economy” came into use during the Great Recession to describe a work world dominated by “free-floating projects, consultancies, and part-time bits,” as journalist Tina Brown put it in 2009. It gained currency as Uber Technologies Inc., TaskRabbit Inc. (acquired by the IKEA Group Corp. last year) and other companies began to broker short stints of work via smartphone app. The perceived rise of such freelance, independent work has spurred much discussion of whether labor laws and employee benefits needed to be restructured in order to reflect the new reality of gig work. But the discussion has sometimes gotten ahead of on-the-ground reality.
CAD is evolving quickly due to innovations such as 5G, Internet of Things (IoT) technology, and artificial intelligence (AI). As a result, CAD is expected to increase safety, maximize comfort and stimulate business opportunities for a range of mobility services in the coming years. By 2020 an IoT network of around 50 billion objects is expected to exist worldwide, which will have a huge impact on connected mobility.
Autonomous vehicles that will outperform buses, cost less than Uber and travel faster than cars stuck in traffic today are two years away. Or 10. Or 30. But visions of the future they’ll bring have already crept into City Council meetings, political campaigns, state legislation and decisions about what cities should build today. That unnerves some transportation planners and transit advocates, who fear unrealistic hopes for driverless cars — and how soon they’ll get here — could lead cities to mortgage the present for something better they haven’t seen.
Ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft and car-sharing services like Zipcar are the most popular alternatives to car ownership, but no company has offered both types of service until now. BMW’s ReachNow mobility-services division is offering car sharing and ride hailing in one app, albeit only in its headquarters town of Seattle
Fresh off its purchase of the largest bike-share operator in the US, Lyft says it’s adding incentives and discounts to encourage more people to use bikes and scooters, especially to and from mass transit hubs. The goal is to get more people to abandon their personal cars in favor of mobility services owned and operated by the ride-sharing company.
Among sharing economy companies, trust is the very core of their business model. It is not limited to a risk-mitigation line item expense. Trust is about being sure that the very best people are fulfilling the promise of your brand service. These trusted folks are the face of your sharing economy brand. Strategic vetting can bring motivated, qualified and competent workers who burnish your brand. Fail to vet accurately or get it wrong, and you’re likely to get bad publicity and dissatisfied customers who take their business elsewhere and trash your brand on social media.
The Chinese bike-sharing startup has laid off employees across the board in North America—in marketing, communications, and engineering, among other teams, a source familiar with the matter told Quartz, as it dramatically pulls back its US operations. Ofo told team members on a call today that it is “going into sleep mode” in North America.
Harri Nieminen decided it was time to replace his car with an app. He had owned a car in Helsinki for the past nine years but recently found he’d lost the patience for parking on crowded city-center streets, especially in snowy months. His almost-new Opel Astra had been sitting mostly idle, so he decided to get rid of it. This lifestyle shift came about with the help of an app offering unlimited rides on public transit, access to city bikes, cheap short-distance taxis and rental cars—all for one monthly fee.