The cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are both moving closer to enacting new regulations on short-term rentals, like those through the website Airbnb. Both cities will hold public hearings on the matter in the coming weeks. Under the new regulations, both cities would require hosts to get a license.
The Smart Cars that many Austinites have grown accustomed to seeing on city roadways—as part of the car-sharing service Car2go—are being replaced. The switch, which involves replacing the 300 Smart Cars with new Mercedes-Benz CLA and GLA compact vehicles, will decrease the amount of time it takes to open and start the vehicle thanks to faster computers built into the new vehicles that will communicate with users’ smartphone-based Car2go app.
In its latest stab at using data to create more efficient mass transit, transport app Citymapper is teaming with taxi-hailing app Gett to let travelers in London carpool using the city’s iconic black cabs.
Hanergy will integrate thin-film solar panels into over 10 million of MTbike’s products for a period spanning three years, to meet the electricity demands of its smart lock systems. MTbike isn’t the first bicycle firm that Hanergy has worked with, as it has had previous ventures with Mobike and 99 Bicycle, two other major companies in the industry.
It’s 10 years since Apple unleashed a surge of innovation that upended the mobile phone industry. Electric cars, with a little help from ride-hailing and self-driving technology, could be about to pull the same trick on Big Oil.
If limiting a sharing service in London sounds familiar, it should. In January, Airbnb started banning London-based hosts from renting out entire homes for more than 90 days per year without official consent from city councils, part of a move to “mollify” regulators. The rule had been in place since 2015, but was rarely enforced. In the nine months since the ban went into effect, Airbnb has reported a two-thirds reduction in London bookings of over 90 nights.
The Volkswagen Group says it intends on launching fully-autonomous ride-sharing vehicles in a handful of cities globally by 2021.
The folks at Lyft have been pondering the congestion problem in Los Angeles and they think they have a better — and far less expensive — solution LA’s chronic traffic woes. They propose fewer but more efficient lanes that take advantage of autonomous driving technology. Lyft, in cooperation with General Motors, has been conducting trials of self driving cars. Just this week, Alphabet, the parent company of Google, said it is ready to invest a $1 billion in Lyft.
Usually when you hear about shady stuff happening in the sharing economy it comes from the “labor” platforms, i.e., companies like Uber, Handy, and Postmates, that rely on the labor of independent contractors to make their businesses work.
The rise of the sharing economy — via Uber, Craigslist, Airbnb and other platforms — could help reduce the climate impact of dense urban areas, a new study suggests. Cities produce a rising share of the global greenhouse-gas emissions that cause climate change.