LibreTaxi’s Roman Pushkin on why he made a free, open-source alternative to Uber and Lyft

On Shareable and P2P Foundation Blog, 25 June 2017 Nithin Coca: With all the controversy engulfing the global ride-hailing giant Uber, there is more attention on alternative platforms that meet people’s transportation needs and don’t have the company’s ethical baggage. One of the newest and most promising alternatives is LibreTaxi, founded by Roman Pushkin, a San Francisco-based developer and architect with a decade …

The Transit App (integrated with Uber now) makes transportation easier

By Cynthia Shahan, Clean Technica, 15 June 2017 Transportation systems never stay still. They are practically by definition and ever-evolving part of our society. As you may have noticed, ever-changing and expanding multimodal transportation systems are increasingly relying on apps, or connected to apps. In my recent experience of car-free weeks, I relied on multimodal systems and found it easy …

Smart Cities of the future will need an “integrated multi-modal transportation system” that will allow cities to manage, monitor, and optimize across both public and private modes of transportation. And building an efficient multi-modal transportation system will require technology that is on-demand, integrated and autonomous.

Building an efficient multi-modal transportation system with technology that is on-demand, integrated and autonomous: Is Ridecell a tool that will allow cities to manage, monitor, and optimize across both public and private modes of transportation, switching between on-demand and fixed route services? Remember when the primary way we’d get music was to go to a store and buy a CD? …

Lyft aims for 100% renewable energy & self-driving Bolt fleet

By Steve Hanley on Clean Technica June 16th, 2017. Originally published on Gas2. General Motors makes the Chevy Bolt, a fully electric car. General Motors also has a half billion dollar investment in Lyft, the on-demand taxi service that competes head to head with Uber. In the future, the Chevy Bolt may be the backbone of Lyft’s fleet of autonomous …

Car-sharing’s promise of clean cities

Originally stolen from euobserver.com By PETER TEFFER Would you hand in your car, if you knew that public transport in your city could be completely overhauled and made more attractive? Imagine if you could order a shared taxi with your smartphone, which would bring you door-to-door to your destination, without any transfers. You could book it in real-time, with a …

BlaBlaCar unveils BlaBlaLines, a new app for daily commutes

Romain Dillet, on Tech Crunch, 2 May 2017 Let’s say you live in one city and work in another. You tell BlaBlaCar that you’re regularly driving between these two cities. It doesn’t mean that you’ll have to accept riders every day, but it’ll make it easier for future rides.  Right now the service isn’t taking a cut. French startup BlaBlaCar …

Liberty Mobility Now is bringing an Uber-like ride-hailing service to rural Nebraska, Ohio, and elsewhere, filling a gap in transit needs for small urban and rural communities. 

By Mengui Sun, Christian Science Monitor, May 2017 APRIL 26, 2017 —In cities such as Boston or San Francisco, getting a ride around town from a Lyft or Uber has become somewhat intuitive for urban dwellers. Now one company is trying to see if that model will translate to rural America where giving rides to friends and neighbors has long …

When smart-city programs aren’t designed to correct social inequality, they end up furthering it. We need our platforms to be real democracies.

The technology that brought us Airbnb and Uber can do so much more.  From Grist.com, By Amelia Urry, 7 April 2017 There’s a problem with the sharing economy, says Julian Agyeman, an urban studies and environmental policy scholar at Tufts University. “While useful in some ways,” he says, “the concept of a ‘sharing economy’ limits this very human value — sharing — …