Verizon is taking the internet of things on the road with a new car sharing service . Is this a future business or a way to show off its network?
Car services that connect passengers and drivers by means of cell phone app have proved controversial with regulators and the traditional cab industry. In California, they won a big step to legitimacy.
Berlin-based GoEuro has just closed a $4 million seed round with impressive backers. Like its neighbour Waymate, the firm wants to make it simpler and clearer to book a multimodal journey. That’s no easy task.
Taxi-hailing apps are already starting to crowd the U.S. market, but the German myTaxi may just have an edge. It already has 2.3 million users, for one thing, but it also has a clever plan in mind.
The Massachusetts Division of Standards says there is no accepted standard for using GPS devices to set the price of transportation, and Uber should stop operating in the greater Boston area until such a standard emerges. Uber says it will forge ahead.
In the future, plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) will be offered in a variety of vehicle segments, with the vast majority on the road being small cars. Overall, between 2012 and 2017, more than 900,000 light-duty PEVs will be sold in the United States. This report predicts the growth and diversity of the electric vehicle (EV) market over the next five years. In addition to forecasting the market and its different segments, the report also examines car-sharing programs like Car2Go and smart transportation systems that, along with EVs, promise to change the nature of transportation in the 21st century.
Two peer-to-peer car sharing startups have launched in the Bay Area in recent months (there’s at least five here now), and there’s four peer-to-peer car sharing companies in France. Here’s my cheat sheet of a dozen companies offering websites to facilitate car sharing among neighbors.
Auto giant GM is making its first move into car sharing by partnering with San Francisco-based peer-to-peer car sharing startup RelayRides, using its communications system OnStar. RelayRides also says it is in advanced discussions with GM about an investment.
While many of you know this to be anecdotally true, here’s an official study on the trend: According to the University of California Transportation Center, car sharing leads to the reduction of personal vehicles owned.
Zimride, the startup that allows people to arrange shared car rides together, has been doing quite well with semi-private, paid networks since its 2007 launch. Now, the company is set to reach a much bigger audience with its first public platform and an in-app payment system.
Car-sharing companies highlight the fact that people only use their own cars less than 10 percent of the time. But when it comes to boats, owners use them even less, or about two weeks out of the year — that’s according to startup Nautical Monkey.
Car-sharing is the gateway drug of the growing trend of using the web to help people share “stuff.” According to a report from research firm Latitude called The Sharing Economy, people who try out car-sharing services are more likely to join in other web-based sharing services.
With Zipcar busy gobbling up car sharing competitors, a new generation of startups offering a peer-to-peer or distributed model of car sharing is taking shape. Here’s a snapshot of the next-gen car sharing landscape, comparing Spride Share, WhipCar and RelayRides.
AAA’s latest study on vehicle ownership costs reads like a case for fuel sippers, if not for deserting personal cars altogether in favor of alternatives like car-share networks, which often cover fuel, maintenance and insurance costs, and larger “mobility on demand” systems.
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