Mpls and St. Paul Officials Discuss Airbnb Regulations

KMSP-TV – September 26, 2017

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.

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Car2go is Replacing Its Entire Smart Car Fleet—With Mercedes-Benzes

Community Impact Newspaper – September 26, 2017

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.

London’s Uber Ban a Warning to Airbnb

Hotel Management – September 22, 2017

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.

Lyft Proposal Would Slash Congestion in Los Angeles

Gas2 – September 19, 2017

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.