Monthly Archives: July 2018

Ford Creates Autonomous Vehicle Subdivision

Motor Trend – July 24, 2018

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.


GM’s New Car-Sharing Program Allows Owners to Rent Their Vehicles

Engadget – July 24, 2018

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.

Maybe the Gig Economy Never Was What It Used to Be

Bloomberg – July 22, 2018

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.

Connected and Automated Driving to be Showcased at 2018 ITS World Congress

Traffic Technology Today – July 20, 2018

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.

Pave Over the Subway? Cities Face Tough Bets on Driverless Cars

The New York Times – July 20, 2018

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.

Lyft Will Offer Discounts to People Who Use Bikes and Scooters to Connect to Transit

The Verge – July 16, 2018

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.

A Foundation of Trust is How the Sharing Economy Thrives

Entrepreneur – July 17, 2018

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.

How Helsinki Arrived at the Future of Urban Travel First

Bloomberg – July 15, 2018

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.