Neon green bikes soon might be found all over Golden Valley, expected to become the first city in the state to adopt dockless bike sharing ahead of similar plans previously announced by Minneapolis. Officials with the west metro suburb plan to sign an agreement March 20 with LimeBike, a Bay Area-based bike-share company. Once that happens, 500 dockless bikes could be deployed in the city in April.
Today, the world stands at the brink of what is widely deemed to be among the most significant disruptions in the history of transportation i.e. autonomous vehicles. PriceWaterhouseCoopers’ forecast suggests that by 2030, over one in three kilometers driven in the US, Europe, and China is likely to include sharing concepts. It also goes on to add that user preferences will observe a shift towards autonomous mobility with the share of autonomous driving in overall traffic increasing to at least 40% by 2030. These statistics imply that corporations too are ready to leave behind the conventional Transportation-as-an-Asset model and embrace the modern business model called Transportation-as-a-Service (TaaS) instead.
Car ownership is so yesterday. In the next decade, automobiles will be seen as an on-demand service instead of a big-ticket purchase you lovingly polish on the weekends—and 80% of car sales will be to fleet management companies rather than individual consumers. This is according to Jaime Moreno, chief executive of Mormedi, a strategic design consultancy that works in the transport sector.
Plans advanced for a proposed passenger rail line between Minneapolis and Duluth this week after federal regulators determined it will not significantly affect the environment along its 152-mile route. Those in favor of the line said it would help connect people to various destinations, while decreasing car use along Interstate 35 between Minneapolis and Duluth. People opposing the project said it would be a waste of public funds and there would be little demand for the service.
BMW AG would like to start offering up the back seat on motorbikes and scooters to get around congested cities — if the issue of helmets can be solved. “This is definitely an option, but we haven’t found the solution for the second helmet yet,” Peter Schwarzenbauer, who heads BMW’s Mini, Rolls-Royce and motorcycle brands, said in an interview at the Geneva International Motor Show. “There’s the issue of sizing and then re-using helmets in the summer heat — it’s not ideal.”
Fleets have undergone a remarkable technological evolution in the past five years. Traditional vehicle fleets like taxis, law enforcement vehicles, maintenance vehicles, rental vehicles and more have been digitally upgraded to meet the needs of their owners. Through the collection, connection and analysis of extensive digital data about a fleet’s operation, those who manage these traditional fleets have gained significant insight into the utilization, efficiency and even misuse of their vehicles.
Uber has been sending self-driving trucks on delivery runs across Arizona since November, the first step in what promises to be a freight transportation revolution that could radically reshape the jobs of long-haul truckers.
At the Geneva Motor Show, a show that’s traditionally about hot sports cars, Renault decided to emphasize its driverless future. The Renault EZ-GO is an electric autonomous car that people can flag down from a fixed or mobile location in small groups of up to six people or on their own. The EZ-GO is envisioned to be available on demand via an app but also at permanent stations throughout a city.
As usual, you never have to look very far to find somebody in the media, the government or both, attacking ride-sharing and the gig economy in general. The two biggest targets of their ire are Uber and Lyft, of course, since they’ve done the most damage to the old-school business model of cab companies, their unions and the politicians to whom they donate quite heavily. But we’ve been learning more lately about precisely where these attacks are actually coming from and how they seem to show up in such a miraculously organized and orchestrated fashion.
Uber wants to get you from your home to your doctor’s office — and you won’t even need to open the Uber app. The company announced Thursday that it’s teaming up with health care organizations to provide transportation for patients going to and from medical appointments. The rides can be scheduled for patients through doctor’s offices, by receptionists or other staffers. And they can be booked for immediate pickup or up to 30 days in advance. That means patients without a smartphone — who wouldn’t be able to use Uber otherwise — can become Uber customers.