Toyota “smart key box” will facilitate carsharing

Cross-posted from Clean Technica, November 30th, 2016 by James Ayre  Following on practically every other major auto manufacturer out there entering the carsharing business, Toyota has apparently decided to as well. They’ve decided to do it a bit differently than most, though — with the use of a “Smart Key Box” being integral to the idea. This Bluetooth-enabled device will allow …

Uber, Lyft, and Ola are now competing on the in-car experience, allowing tailoring

Cross-posted from Recode, by JOHANA BHUIYAN@JMBOOYAH DEC 3, 2016 Lyft There is very little loyalty in ride-hail. In many markets, drivers work with multiple platforms and often accept the first request that comes in. Riders, on the other hand, typically choose a service based on price, availability and convenience. For years, Uber, Lyft and many of their counterparts around the globe …

Strategic action to deliver green, efficient and inclusive transport

Even conferences, academics and government staff are saying it:  action is now the priority. Much has been said, many studies have been launched, and numerous potential pathways have been identified. Now is the time for acting on what can make a difference in improving equitable and sustainable accessibility. This will require bold but straightforward decisions: for instance, if cities want …

GM Maven carsharing now in 13 cities: $8/hour for an SUV includes fuel, insurance. No application or membership fees.

GM Carsharing Service Maven Launches In Los Angeles, San Francisco, & Denver + existing Boston, Chicago, Jersey City (New Jersey), Baltimore, New York City, San Diego, Washington DC, Orlando (Florida), Detroit, and Ann Arbor (Michigan). Cross-posted from Clean Technica, November 20th, 2016 by James Ayre  GM’s carsharing service, Maven, has expanded into the Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Denver markets in recent …

City DOT vets and other leaders discuss future of urban transportation

By John Greenfield cross-posted from StreetsBlog Mendoza, Tolson, Klein, Kubly, and Treat at the Shared Use Summit. Photo: Shared-Use Mobilty Center Last week hundreds of civic leaders, entrepreneurs, and academics from across the U.S. convened in our city for the National Shared Mobility Summit, organized by the Chicago-based nonprofit the Shared-Use Mobility Center. This think tank focuses on practices and policies …

City of Austin adding 330 EVs by 2020, Poland aims for 1 million EVs by 2025, $37/wk EV subscription service in Einhoven

In contrast to the rest of the automotive industry, the PEV industry supply chain is more horizontally structured (see Figure 9).27 PEVs use fewer components and typically require less collaboration between parts/component manufacturers and vehicle manufacturers, which means that parts manufacturers can be less specialized and that they can produce generic products to be used by many actors in the …

50 implications of self-driving cars and trucks, based on an MIT presentation

Geoff Nesnow reflects after an MIT presentation by Ryan Chin, CEO of Optimus Rides  As Uber rolls out its first self-driving taxis in Pittsburgh, Tesla and Mercedes roll out limited self-driving capabilities and cities around the world negotiate with companies who want to bring self-driving cars and trucks to their cities, I thought it might be interesting to think through the implications of …

On the incredible, shrinking cost of urban transportation

Not here yet, but venture capitalists have it in their sights.  By Alex Taussig, Partner at Lightspeed A few weeks ago, a Xoogler friend described his favorite brainstorming technique:  Take a major cost driver, and then design your product with the assumption that it goes to zero. I call this claim the “Big Ass Assumption” (BAA). The BAA that a critical cost …

Visualization of self-driving carpool fleet by fullness of car, Lisbon, Portugal

A fascinating new simulation finds that self-driving cars will re-form cities: 90% of cars will be eliminated, acres of land will open up, and commute times will drop 10%. A team of transportation scientists at the Organization for Cooperation and Development took data on actual trips in Lisbon, Portugal and looked at how a fleet of self-driving, shared “taxibots” would …