The conventional wisdom on Uber and Lyft is that the ride-hail services are shortcuts for rich people, who take advantage of venture capital-subsidized rides at the expense of struggling gig economy workers. Parts of that narrative are probably true. But a UCLA urban planning dissertation published this spring that looked at Uber and Lyft riders and drivers in the County of Los Angeles shows that the tale takes some interesting turns.
Toyota is getting into the ridesharing game. The automaker is launching its first service in Honolulu, Hawaii. Called Hui, it will offer customers 50 vehicles at 25 stations spread throughout the city. It’s operated by Servco — Toyota’s distributor in Hawaii — and works with an app (iOS and Android) that reserves the vehicles and manages accounts. You can choose from a decent range of cars, too, among them the Toyota Prius, Prius Prime, and Camry XSE, as well as the Lexus RX 350 and RX F Sport.
It’s easy to think that technology companies have a corner on the driverless-car market. After all, Tesla and Alphabet’s Waymo attract most of the attention surrounding semi-autonomous and autonomous vehicles. Meanwhile, General Motors (NYSE:GM) has already built some of the earliest and most advanced versions of driverless cars on the roads. This old automaker has been heavily investing in driverless cars over the past several years and has made huge headway so far. In fact, Navigant Research, a company that keeps track of who’s leading the pack, consistently ranks GM as a driverless-car leader.
Motorcycles are small, easy to park, zip through dense traffic and have lower emissions than cars. In parts of Asia and Africa, they’re transportation staples. But ridesharing services in the United States have mostly steered clear of motorcycles. There may not be enough motorcycle drivers to serve riders: U.S. purchases of motorcycles—not much relied on for commuting— hover around 500,000 annually; 88% of Americans own cars. Meanwhile, motorcycle-based ridesharing services in Asia and Africa, where motortaxis already thrive, are expanding.
A new generation of gig workers and entrepreneurs heads to the local library to keep overhead low and opportunity high. Morris County, N.J., lies about 25 miles west of New York City, offering affordable suburban living in the shadow of Big Apple enterprise. The proximity may fuel aspirations and dreams, making northern New Jersey a popular place to start a business or work remotely. To keep pace with regional residents’ expectations, 38 public libraries in Morris, Somerset and Warren counties banded together as a consortium, the Morris Automated Information Network. MAIN invests in technology upgrades that benefit the community, while keeping an eye on workers who may seek to establish themselves locally rather than commute to the crowded city.
Governors are ideally where the leadership should be coming from on the thorny issues surrounding autonomous vehicles, the NGA report found. Governor-led coordination between states and localities could improve mobility for seniors, people with disabilities and the economically underserved; lower emissions by reducing congestion; and boost worker productivity through shorter commutes.
With the ability to earn $4,000 per month in tips depending on the location and group size, locals who are active in their communities are using GuruWalk to provide for their families while giving travelers a unique experience. Born in Valencia, Spain in early 2017, GuruWalk recently raised about $175,000 (150K euros) from private investors, and is looking to have 100,000 bookings per month by the end of 2019.
A decade ago a pair of San Francisco roommates decided to make rent money by using air mattresses to turn their place into a bed-and-breakfast when a conference in the city made hotel rooms scarce. The brainwave led to the creation of Airbnb, a start-up now valued at more than US$30 billion which boasts millions of places to stay in more than 191 countries, from flats and villas to castles and treehouses. Here are some key facts about the sharing-economy star, which has sent tremors through the hotel industry.
Volvo’s growing mobility brand is in the early stages of developing an on-demand car sharing service named M designed to give motorists a convenient, dependable alternative to owning a vehicle. The company wants to learn more about its user base in order to stand out from the competition by providing a better service tailored to each driver’s unique needs.
With the decline in car ownership for young people and the increased interest in all-electric vehicles, VW is announcing a new all-electric car-sharing platform called ‘WE’ that will launch next year. Volkswagen says that the first electric vehicle-on-demand services for the ‘WE’ platform will launch in Germany in 2019 and it will be extended “to major cities in Europe, North America and Asia as early as 2020.”