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How to win in the autonomous taxi space

How to win in the autonomous taxi space

The promise of self-driving cars is to create a world where anyone, anywhere can summon a car and travel safely to their destination, at close to zero cost. Mobility is a space that has traditionally been operated by city governments at low cost for low convenience, or by private companies at a high cost for(…)

Japan trials driverless cars to help elderly people get around in rural areas

Japan trials driverless cars to help elderly people get around in rural areas

As the annual rice harvest begins this month in the Japanese town of Nishikata, the combines that usually putter along the sleepy roads lining its rice fields are giving way to a vehicle residents have never before seen, a driverless shuttle bus. Japan is starting to experiment with self-driving buses in rural communities such as(…)

BlaBlaCar expands its commuting pilot in France

BlaBlaCar expands its commuting pilot in France

As confirmed by BlaBlaCar at the New Mobility World exhibition at IAA 2017 in Frankfurt, and as reported by FleetEurope, BlaBlaCar is extending its pilot scheme for commuting via rideshare from the French cities of Reims and Toulouse to the Île de France region (Paris and environs). The service, called BlaBlaLines, is dedicated to medium-(…)

Arval launches carpooling and bikesharing in France

Arval launches carpooling and bikesharing in France

Arval France is expanding its mobility offer by partnering with carpool specialist WayzUp and cycle-sharing specialists Cyclez and SVMS. The lease company’s new offers will be launched on 16 September, the start of the European Mobility Week. The carpooling solution developed with WayzUp is aimed at the commute between home and work. Employees will be able(…)

Clever and climate-friendly: 20 Toyota Mirai for Hamburg

Clever and climate-friendly: 20 Toyota Mirai for Hamburg

Last week in Hamburg was a milestone for fuel cell mobility. The first 20 (out of a total 35) Toyota Mirai were handed over to the CleverShuttle ridesharing service. This makes it the world’s largest fleet of fuel-cell vehicles run by a single operator. The CleverShuttle ridesharing service, will now launch in Hamburg (following Berlin,(…)

We need to stop pretending that the autonomous car is imminent: Tap the brakes!

We need to stop pretending that the autonomous car is imminent: Tap the brakes!

It’s time to face some challenging realities when it comes to autonomous cars. While consensus seems to imply that the future of driving is nearly upon us, even a relatively cursory check of some of the necessary enablers for truly autonomous automobiles would suggest otherwise. From security concerns to high costs to missing infrastructure to(…)

How Barcelona is reducing daily car journeys

How Barcelona is reducing daily car journeys

Nick Michell spoke to Mercedes Vidal Lago, Councillor for Mobility in Barcelona, about the city’s plans to reduce car journeys and encourage increased walking and cycling How much of a problem is air pollution in Barcelona in relation to motorised-vehicles? “Today Barcelona clearly exceeds the thresholds recommended by the World Health Organisation both for nitrogen dioxide(…)

US House ‘Bipartisan’ Robot Car Bill threatens highway safety, Consumer Watchdog warns

US House ‘Bipartisan’ Robot Car Bill threatens highway safety, Consumer Watchdog warns

A bill covering autonomous vehicles that the House of Representatives rushed to pass today threatens highway safety and leaves a regulatory void rather than enacting necessary protections, Consumer Watchdog warned today. The bill, passed on a voice vote, under rules to expedite consideration, was being touted in some quarters as an example of new-found Congressional(…)

Metropia launches online carpooling service In Houston to match carless Harvey victims with willing drivers

Metropia launches online carpooling service In Houston to match carless Harvey victims with willing drivers

Metropia Inc., innovators of traffic congestion management platforms, today announced the launch of its online carpool pairing service to provide post-Harvey support to Houstonians who lost their vehicles to floodwaters. An estimated 500,000 vehicles were destroyed in the flooding brought by Hurricane Harvey. As schools and offices reopen, the countless car-dependent Houstonians left without easy(…)

Redesigning Uber for Business

Redesigning Uber for Business

When I joined Uber for Business three years ago, we were a very small and scrappy group with a clear mission: to simplify ground transportation for business travelers. We realized that a lot of people were already using Uber on business trips, and we wanted to develop products and experiences that spoke directly to those(…)

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