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How the ‘sharing economy’ leaves disabled Americans behind

The Hill – August 5, 2017

In July, the Americans with Disabilities Act observed its 27th anniversary. We should be proud of the progress our country has made in the last quarter century in expanding the circle of opportunity — economic, social and educational — for all Americans regardless of their physical or mental disability. Yet there are still pernicious corners of our economy and society where disabled Americans are shut out from the basic protections designed to ensure that most American of ideals: equality under the law.

Is Tesla Preparing to Roll Out its Ride Sharing Program With the Model 3?

The Drive – August 2, 2017

The Tesla Model 3 will be on the track to being a huge success if Tesla is able to pull off its launch correctly. With the technology baked into its long-range electric car, priced at $35,000 (or even less if you take into consideration all of the tax rebates available) and an even longer range model for $44,000, Tesla might be working its way towards launching their ride sharing service during the Model 3’s lifetime.

Lyft Wants to Compete in Arkansas Against Ride-Sharing Rival Uber

KATV – August 2, 2017

Arkansas taxi cab drivers could possibly have yet another competitor nearly three-1/2 years after Uber first arrived in the Natural State. San Francisco-based ridesharing company Lyft Inc., has filed an application with the Arkansas Public Service Commission to offer their ride-hailing service. Lyft, whose operations are now prohibited in Arkansas, was incorporated as a for profit company Lyft Drives Arkansas Inc. on May 1, according to business filings with the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office.

This Entrepreneur Is Changing The Game In The Sharing Economy

Forbes – July 31, 2017

Tem Açúcar is a social network for neighbors focused on the sharing economy model. Tem Açúcar is Portuguese for “do you have sugar?” cleverly named after the age old practice of sharing sugar with your neighbors. The concept is simple: on Tem Açúcar, hundreds of neighbors connect and, in just a few minutes, share different items and experiences.

How Uber, Airbnb or Lyft Could Put $1 Million in Your Retirement Plan

Fortune – July 29, 2017

Assuming that you’re using the side gig for something beyond basic survival, that extra dough could add up to something a lot more impressive, especially if you decide to skip brunch and invest it. To sketch out the idea, we started with Bankrate’s numbers and research from consumer lending startup Earnest, which recently separated out the average take for workers at peer-to-peer service platforms, like Uber, Lyft, Airbnb and others. Earnest’s findings are based on data from those working side gigs who applied for a loan on its platform.

Bikes, Balls, and Beds: All the Things You Can Use in China’s Frothy Sharing – No, Rental – Economy

Quartz – July 27, 2017

The practice of slapping the term “sharing” on a new business in China has become widespread in an economy that is flooded with venture capital for sharing startups. But many of these firms are barely borrowing from the principles that first shaped the sharing economy. The models are very different from, say, an Uber, where the business doesn’t own the cars on its platform but helps people coordinate online with other individuals to get rides.

Can Ford Fix New York City’s Transportation Crisis with a Crowdsourced Shuttle Bus?

The Verge – July 27, 2017

New York City is in the middle of a transportation nervous breakdown. Never before have city dwellers had so many options for getting around — subway, bus, bike, ferry, taxi, and every sharing app under the sun — and never have commutes been so hellacious. In the midst of all this chaos comes the Ford Motor Company, tossing one more transit option onto the pile in the hopes that it will help make the simple act of getting from Point A to Point B a little less suicide-inducing.