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Uber And Lyft might be toast

Uber And Lyft might be toast

Uber and Lyft can’t survive the transition to autonomous ride-hailing without cooperation from car manufacturers. Uber and Lyft have nothing that car manufacturers need, so cooperation is unlikely to be forthcoming over the long term. The default scenario is bankruptcy; the best case scenario might be acquisition at a small fraction of current valuations. Introduction:(…)

GM’s Maven assembling building blocks for ride, delivery services

GM’s Maven assembling building blocks for ride, delivery services

General Motors Co’s Maven car sharing and rental unit is expanding its partnerships in ride and delivery services as parent GM considers whether to enter the on-demand mobility business now dominated by Uber Technologies and Lyft Inc. The trick will be not to alienate the two ride services startups, whose drivers are leasing thousands of GM(…)

Uber and Lyft grab more business from taxis and rental cars

Uber and Lyft grab more business from taxis and rental cars

Business travelers are increasingly turning to Uber and Lyft while taking fewer cabs and renting fewer cars. Money spent on rental cars and taxis each fell by two percent to 29 percent and eight percent, respectively. New data show business travelers are increasingly turning to Uber and Lyft while taking fewer cabs and renting fewer(…)

The sharing economy is failing for one simple reason – people can’t be trusted

The sharing economy is failing for one simple reason – people can’t be trusted

The inherent problem with many of the biggest players is that their business models are based on trust, yet they’re growing so quickly that they’re forgetting that. Earlier this month an article in the South China Morning Post underscored just how bizarre the world of business has become. A Chinese startup offering to lend umbrellas(…)

Cruise is running an autonomous ride-hailing service for employees in SF

Cruise is running an autonomous ride-hailing service for employees in SF

Cruise, the self-driving startup acquired by GM last year, is already operating a complete autonomous ride-hailing service in San Francisco for its employees. The service is called “Cruise Anywhere,” and it allows employees to use a smartphone app to get anywhere they need to go in SF, seven days a week. Cruise Anywhere is in(…)

Driverless-car outlook shifts as Intel takes over Mobileye

Driverless-car outlook shifts as Intel takes over Mobileye

About three years ago, the chip giant Intel seemed like a bystander in Silicon Valley’s race to develop self-driving cars. Google was zooming ahead, producing and testing autonomous cars of its own design and racking up millions of miles in test drives. Uber, the ride-hailing service, was close behind. Tesla introduced its Autopilot feature to(…)

Car-sharing in Russia is about to boom

Car-sharing in Russia is about to boom

At 17 million square kms, Russia is the largest country in the world. Or to put that in automotive terms: it would take two weeks to drive from one end of Russia to the other. This huge country has a huge capital, and both need a huge fleet. For the past few years, Moscow has(…)

TLPA to unveil national marketing campaign at 99th Annual Convention & Trade Show in Denver

TLPA to unveil national marketing campaign at 99th Annual Convention & Trade Show in Denver

The Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association (TLPA) will host its 99th Annual Convention & Trade Show from October 8-12 in Denver, Colorado, bringing together some of the world’s top fleet owners and industry vendors to share best business practices and to celebrate the trade group’s 100th anniversary. As part of this recognition of the first 100 years(…)

How AI, AR, and VR are making travel more convenient

How AI, AR, and VR are making travel more convenient

From 50 ways to leave your lover, as the song goes, to 750 types of shampoos, we live in an endless sea of choices. And although I haven’t been in the market for hair products in a while, I understand the appeal of picking a product that’s just right for you, even if the decision-making(…)

Chrysler and Kango announce first-of-its-kind Family Rideshare Service Partnership

Chrysler and Kango announce first-of-its-kind Family Rideshare Service Partnership

The Chrysler brand and Kango, an app-based, on-demand service providing safe, reliable rides and childcare for kids from preschool to high school, today announced a new partnership that will make available new Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans for use by eligible Kango drivers. In this first-of-a-kind partnership between a family rideshare service and an automaker in the(…)

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