Daimler moves ever deeper into software and tech for urban mobility with its acquisition of these two startups.
Innovation and change in the mobile industry is driving demand for increased control of data and the user experience of location-based apps. New tools and approaches are emerging to meet this demand.
One-way driving is coming soon for the largest car sharing company, Zipcar.
The nature of hardware is changing. This will force long-term disruptions in optics, biotech, robotics, and elsewhere. Because of these changes, capturing new design skills is essential.
The sharing economy can take advantage of mobile, always-on connections and data analysis to help optimize our consumption. But there are still obstacles to overcome.
After pivoting from building electric cars to building car sharing tech for companies, startup Local Motion raises a round from Andreessen Horowitz and brings Steven Sinofsky onto its board.
A year-old startup aiming to be the Zipcar of India — Zoom — now has 50 cars in Bangalore being rented by the hour and day.
People my age are driving less than they ever have before. Sometimes I want a car, but that’s partly because car-sharing startups haven’t yet taken off in my neighborhood.
As our growing population competes for resources and space, car sharing may become more prevalent. We looked at how some of the biggest car- and ride-sharing companies that operate in the U.S. compare with each other.
The year is starting off not with a bang, but more like buckshot as we got news on topics from shared cars to streaming TV to a famous blogger striking out on his own. We package it all together for your listening enjoyment.
Avis Budget is buying Zipcar for $500 million in cash as it takes a big leap into the car-sharing market. Zipcar will get a big backer who can make it more efficient and help it grow.
A new startup from the founder of The Climate Corporation is looking to use driving data to remake the stodgy car insurance sector and is launching in Oregon on Wednesday.
Originally just targeted at college kids, Wheelz is expanding its peer-to-peer car sharing to San Francisco. While the city already has a plethora of sharing-centric, eco-based transportation options, the folks at Wheelz think they can make serious inroads with their approach.
Scoot Networks, which has created a network of shared electric scooters, officially launched to the public on Wednesday. One of the killer apps of the service caters to commuters looking to solve the last mile problem of their commutes.
Peer to peer car sharing is hot for investors, recently drawing interest from the funds of Eric Schmidt, Ashton Kutcher and Marissa Mayer, as well as Google, GM and Zipcar. But the sector is still emerging and has a lot of growing pains to go through.
The around 6 million subscribers to GM’s OnStar connected car service can now rent out their cars to other drivers via a deal between the auto giant and peer-to-peer car sharing startup RelayRides. The partnership was announced back in October of last year.
Car sharing company Zipcar has acquired a startup in Austria to help expand its presence in Europe, Zipcar’s CEO Scott Griffith tells me.
Zipcar tweaks its pricing (a sign of increasing competition), scientists peg the cost of climate change at $1,240 trillion, and there’s a new fuel cell outta an MIT lab that uses vanadium oxide as the anode to both generate and store energy. Today in cleantech!
Uber, the startup that has disrupted taxis everywhere with its on demand car service, plans to launch a new lower cost, and greener hybrid option for customers this week, according to the New York Times.
There’s definitely a generational shift going on as young folks care about fuel efficiency and environmental impacts, which makes them question the absolute need to own a car in the first place.
You may have noticed there’s a growing amount of alternative, tech-focused, ways to get around San Francisco these days. Why is San Francisco so chock-full of these services?
Good, but not great, growth has Wall Street punishing car sharing market leader Zipcar, which IPO’ed at $18 last year, zoomed to $28 and now sits at around ten bucks. But the question on many people’s minds is: What is Hertz doing?
A startup called Scoot Networks, which is looking to be the Zipcar for electric scooters, recently launched its beta service in San Francisco after being incubated out of the Greenstart program. For GigaOM TV’s latest Green Overdrive show, we go on a ride with Scoot.
Zagster aims to bring shared bikes to a campus, apartment complex, or hotel near you. The startup (once called CityRyde) just signed Cisco and Hyatt Hotels to install its shared bike service in their locations, CEO Timothy Ericson told attendees of TechStars Boston Demo Day.
The market was not in love with Zipcar’s Q1 earnings, which drove the share price down 10 percent this morning.
Feel like standard car sharing, via networks like Zipcar, is getting a bit old? Well, a startup called Scoot Networks is officially coming out of stealth on Wednesday at the Launch Festival in San Francisco and is announcing its Zipcar-style sharing network for electric scooters.
Zipcar’s recent investment in peer-to-peer car sharing startup Wheelz signals just how important college students are to the car sharing pioneer.
Automakers have cautiously been exploring car sharing. The inherent conflict is that if more people share cars, fewer people will buy cars. But at CES this week Daimler said it plans to expand its car-sharing service Car2Go to 12 more cities this year.
Zipcar turned its first quarter profit in a decade recently. Zipcar’s CEO, Scott Griffith, answers questions about the future of the company and the $10B global car sharing market.
Car sharing company Zipcar says it plans to offer cargo vans — Zipvan — in a pilot project in San Francisco in response to customers showing an interest in renting large Zipcars by the hour for moving stuff around cities.
Our GigaOM Pro Green IT analyst Adam Lesser reports: Zipcar reported its third quarter after the bell yesterday and finds itself getting hammered this morning, down 5 percent. Sadly, the street is missing the story. Zipcar is finally profitable. Period.
Peer-to-peer car sharing has emerged in select cities as a way for car owners to rent their vehicles to people in their neighborhood. But are car owners, drivers or the companies making money? The key will be that the economics pan out for everyone.
The concept of car sharing — where drivers can rent cars by the minute or hour from a company like Zipcar — has yet to reach mainstream status, but already, it’s emerged with a new format in certain cities. That’s peer-to-peer car sharing, where regular car owners rent out their personal vehicles to the community by the minute or hour and make money off of their car while providing a service to the community. The key to this concept taking off one day will be if the economics pan out — for the companies, the car owners and the drivers. Here are four important things to consider.
In a shift that’s analogous to the movement toward cloud computing, work is changing from a place to a network armed with collaboration tools, and this change raising questions about environmental impact. But are we underestimating the green benefits of new ways of working?
Zipcar co-founder and former CEO Robin Chase gives her insights into the importance of branding and her experience creating the car sharing company Zipcar.
The relationship between car sharing companies and automotive manufacturers bears scrutiny, says GigaOM Pro analyst Adam Lesser in his weekly column.
After the great market sell-off yesterday, stocks are rebounding slightly on Tuesday, including many of the greentech stocks that took a beating yesterday. But most of them are only up slightly. Here’s the latest:
While car sharing company Zipcar had a smash hit debut on the Nasdaq last month, how big of a market car sharing will become is still unclear — particularly to rental giant Enterprise.
A recent study found that mobile devices and apps can help drastically improve the appeal and usefulness of public and shared transit options, but only if companies and legislators take a cue from some of the good examples already out there.
Combine a year in which IPOs are back and car sharing is hot and what do you get? A smash hit success. Zipcar’s stock debuted on the Nasdaq Thursday at an eye-opening $30 per share, up over 60 percent from its offering price of $18.
On the eve of Zipcar’s Nasdaq debut on Thursday, the car sharing company priced its stock at $18 per share late Wednesday, well above the previous estimated range of $14 to $16 per share, and raising $174.24 million, far above Zipcar’s original estimate of $75 million.
Apparently, car sharing company Zipcar’s long-awaited IPO is not off! This week, Zipcar priced its IPO at between $14 and $16 per share for a planned run on the Nasdaq under the symbol ZIP. The company’s 8.3 million shares will net $89.2 million.
If you own a car but don’t use it much, growing numbers of startups are itching to help you rent it out. One of the latest ventures is Getaround, which aims to set itself apart with a recipe involving Facebook, smart phones, and green cars.
Zipcar had until the end of 2010 to decide if it wanted to buy majority share of Spanish car sharing company Avancar, which it invested $300,000 in for a minority share. The answer? Undecided. Zipcar has extended the option to buy majority share another year.
Car sharing is a particularly high capital business to be in. You might say “Duh,” but as of September 2010, Zipcar had 8,541 cars in its fleet, most of which it leases, but 1,692 of which it owns outright.
Over the course of 2010, a rich ecosystem of services, startups and innovations began to take shape around the idea of sharing cars and bikes. Here’s seven steps taken this year toward shared transportation:
The largest car sharing company in the U.S., Zipcar, said this morning it has raised $21 million in a Series G financing round. While that could sound like a good thing, it could also mean the company’s highly-anticipated IPO is on the rocks.
RelayRides, which aims to help people rent out their personal vehicles, launched today and said it raised its first round of investment from Google Ventures and August Capital. It’s part of a trend in which companies are using the web to help people share “stuff.”
BMW Group is breaking into car sharing with a new pilot project in Munich that will let customers rent any current BMW model by the hour. It fits into much larger trends of innovation around providing mobility as a service — and growing competition for Zipcar.
Zeitbyte is having its biggest week ever, as it has been chosen to distribute live and on-demand video streams of more than 100 runway shows during the week-long New York Fashion Week. Those runway shows are being made available both online and on mobile devices.
A connected car platform is finally emerging, and will be ruled by automakers, drivers, vehicle-focused startups and cell phones companies. And though it’s still too early for a crystal-clear picture, the connected car will undoubtedly give birth to innovative third-party applications — ones that can make driving a lot more efficient.
Zipcar’s path to the public market has become a bit more bumpy as its purchase of Streetcar, its largest rival in London, raises anti-competition concerns. The Office of Fair Trade (OFT) in the U.K. said Tuesday it couldn’t be confident that the acquisition wouldn’t stifle competition.
When it comes to car sharing, General Motors’ new venture capital arm, GM Ventures, wants to get some skin in the game. And according to GM Ventures President Jon Lauckner, Zipcar and GoLoco are two “interesting models.”
Zipcar, a Cambridge, Mass.-based startup with the country’s largest car sharing network, has scored a legal victory at home and stepped into a potential antitrust quagmire abroad, according to Zipcar’s latest filing with financial regulators ahead of its planned $75 million IPO.
Small business owners are still optimistic and confident, both in themselves and in their businesses, and if you were to ask any of them, they would each have unique lessons to share, things they know for sure. Here are some things that I know for sure:
ABI Research forecasts in a new report that apps for smartphone devices will give vehicle navigation systems a run for their money over the next five years — a trend that could make demand for connectivity a double-edged sword for green cars.
Zipcar officially filed for an up to $75 million IPO on Tuesday. It’s S-1 filing reveals potential challenges from antitrust authorities in the UK and information about how the company handles a flood of data about its vehicles and member services.
Zipcar, a decade old startup with the country’s largest car sharing network, has filed with regulators this morning to raise up to $75 million in an initial public offering.
Four years after setting up a car sharing service in London, England, Zipcar announced today that it has acquired the UK’s largest car sharing provider, Streetcar. Now Zipcar faces some questions about how to bridge technology gaps between different models.
Zipcar has bought London-based car-sharing firm Streetcar in its latest bid to expand across Europe, the companies announced this morning. The acquisition, valued at about $50 million, expands the size of Zipcar’s UK fleet more than fourfold, to 1,770 vehicles.
Zipcar bills its car-sharing service as a money saver. At the tail end of a recession, has Zipcar — which has said it aims to “cross over to profitability” in 2010, and eventually go public — seen users flock to its service?
Today, just ahead of releasing its 2010 earnings forecast, Daimler announced it will open its Austin, Texas car sharing network to all city residents next month. Dubbed car2go, it demonstrates a service that could play into a larger Mobility on Demand system.
The iPad could change the way vehicle networks operate and how consumers interact with organizations that offer alternatives to personal vehicle ownership. But a few hurdles stand between the device and a meaningful impact on vehicles’ software, entertainment, information and IT systems.
Zipcar has bought a minority stake in car sharing startup Avancar, with an option to increase its ownership share in the Barcelona,…
As part of its development of the National Broadband Plan, the FCC has started poking around TV broadcasters to find out how much spectrum they are using, and if any of it can be freed up for other commercial purposes.
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