Groupe PSA launched its Free2Move “mobility aggregation platform” Tuesday in Seattle. The smartphone app lets users compare car sharing services such as Car2Go, Zipcar to determine which works best for them at a certain time. Free2Move says it will introduce bike sharing over the next 60 days for the Seattle app users from Ofo Bike, Lime Bike and Spin Bike.
Alphabet’s Waymo plans to launch a ride-sharing service with autonomous vehicles if it can patch one major flaw: its self-driving vans reportedly have difficulty making left turns.
TaskRabbit’s fate illustrates Silicon Valley’s unbounded idealism when it comes to optimizing everything. The company was a catalyst for “collaborative consumption,” a movement in which everyone would share their homes, their vehicles and their time. In a seminal TED talk, Rachel Botsman declared that the currency of the new economy was trust, not money. PwC predicted that TaskRabbit and its sharing economy peers would comprise a $335 billion market by 2025.
A new kind of bike share has popped up in many U.S. cities in recent months, and it’s most noticeable for what it’s missing: a designated place to park the bikes.
Chrysler and Kango are expanding their ride-sharing service partnership to a second market this fall. The automaker is joining with the app-based, on-demand service providing rides and childcare for kids from preschool to high school in both San Francisco (the original market) and now Los Angeles.
What a rotten week for Uber. It is not a pretty picture, and if past experience is any guide (think Enron) it could get much worse now that the feeding frenzy has started. The biggest mistake supply chain leaders could make right now, however, would be to paint the whole concept of “uberization” with the same brush that we’re using on former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick. Sharing economy business models, a.k.a. uberization, are booming, and prospects for continued expansion look excellent.
Ikea, the Swedish home goods retailer, said on Thursday that it had agreed to acquire TaskRabbit, a company known for, among other things, sending tool-wielding workers to rescue customers befuddled by build-it-yourself furniture kits.
Ride sharing services have been in the news lately in ways that are both challenging and promising for the industry’s future. Uber has been banned in London and is likely to pull out of Montreal and other cities in Canada’s Quebec province, because of new regulations that it feels are too stringent. But there is progress on developing autonomous vehicles that can ultimately make the companies more profitable and their services potentially more affordable — at the expense of drivers whose jobs will eventually be eliminated or at least scaled back.
Ford announced today that it will work with Lyft to deploy its self-driving cars on the ride-hail service’s platform by 2021. On the surface, it’s yet another announcement about two companies partnering on driverless cars (snooze). But it’s bigger news than it seems for two reasons: it’s the first sign that Ford won’t be going it completely alone on autonomous driving; and it’s a possible wrinkle in the preexisting relationship between Lyft and Ford’s biggest rival, General Motors.
More and more Tesla vehicles are predicted to hit the road in the coming years — and that may give the company a serious edge in the competition to develop better, smarter self-driving cars.