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Auto industry nightmare: consumers are giving up cars for good
Auto industry nightmare: consumers are giving up cars for good

Unprecedented changes are taking place in today's auto industry. Companies old (e.g. Ford, Toyota) and new (e.g. Tesla, Waymo) are working overtime to make cars that run on battery power, drive themselves, and function as taxis. They're doing all that to prepare for a future 10 or 20 years down the...Read More»

Gig car-sharing
AAA gets into the car-sharing game with Gig

Yesterday, we wrote about J.D. Power's 2017 U.S. Tech Choice Study, which suggested that consumers may be fine with semi-autonomous features in their next cars, but aren't so interested in fully self-driving vehicles. One other interesting bit of news to come out of the study, though, was that...Read More»

Free2Move car-sharing service
Peugeot & Citroen begin their (long awaited?) return with car-sharing service

In April of last year, PSA Group announced plans to bring Peugeot and Citroen back to the U.S. market, along with the newer, more upscale DS brand. The first step of PSA's grand scheme was to take on car-sharing and ride-sharing giants like Uber and Zipcar. One year later, PSA has begun putting its...Read More»

BOOK by Cadillac
Cadillac launches BOOK, a $1,500-per-month car-sharing service

Within three months of taking the corner office at Cadillac, Johann de Nysschen announced plans to move the brand's longtime headquarters from Detroit to New York. Why did he do it? De Nysschen had been hired to reinvent General Motors' struggling luxury brand, and to achieve that goal, he wanted...Read More»

Uber driver (photo by Uber)
Want to work for Uber but don't have a car? GM will rent you one

Well, this is weird. Earlier this year, General Motors invested $500 million in ride-sharing service Lyft. Two months later, GM said that it would rent cars to prospective Lyft drivers for cheap--in some cases, even for free. Now, the automaker is making a similar offer to people who want to work...Read More»

Toyota's Smart Key Box for car-sharing
Toyota invests in car-sharing, may launch self-driving taxis soon

Like good investors, automakers are diversifying their portfolios. Thanks to self-driving software, urban congestion, and other factors, many companies believe that vehicle ownership will become less common in the coming decades. As a result, automakers have been putting their eggs in new and...Read More»

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Lynk & Co., Geely's new car brand aimed at Millennials

Three years ago, rumors suggested that Chinese automaker Geely planned to start selling cars in the U.S. in 2016--not under its Volvo brand, mind you, but under the Geely name. Well, here we are, almost to the end of 2016, and there's no sign of Americanized Geelys on the streets yet. But yesterday...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz F015 Luxury in Motion concept, 2015 Consumer Electronics Show
How will you get around in the future? Here are 3 possible scenarios

Our cars have changed a lot over the past hundred years, but some things have remained stubbornly consistent. For example: Most of us still buy new cars in person, at dealerships. Most of our cars still run on gasoline. We still have to drive the damn things ourselves, despite being promised robot...Read More»

2016 Tesla Model S
Elon Musk's master plan 2.0 includes a defense of Tesla Autopilot (also: hello, Tesla Semi!)

On July 10, Tesla's outspoken CEO, Elon Musk, tweeted about a "Top Secret Tesla Masterplan, Part 2". The world wondered: what will such a plan include? Will it be exciting enough to distract everyone from three high-profile investigations of the company's Autopilot software, which has been linked...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz autonomous-car interior concept at TecDay, Sunnyvale, California
Study: 400 million of us will share autonomous cars by 2030

General Motors and Uber are clamoring for fleets of autonomous cars to serve folks who don't own cars themselves. A new study from ABI Research suggests that they may be on to something that could give them a leg-up in the looming transportation shift. ABI analyzed a range of data from automakers...Read More»

PUMA prototype
What Does 'Mobility' Even Mean, And How Will It Affect Tomorrow's Cars?

Everywhere you turn, people in the automotive industry are talking about "mobility" -- or more often, "the future of mobility". That sounds awfully fancy and sophisticated, but what the heck does it mean? ALSO SEE: Tesla Model S By Radio Flyer: No Driver's License Required When you and I talk about...Read More»

GM launches personal mobility brand: Maven
GM Launches Maven Car-Sharing Service, Buys Remains Of Uber Competitor, Sidecar

Like many of us, General Motors believes that the field of personal transportation will see significant changes in the coming decades. As proof, over the past 48 hours, we've learned about GM initiatives on both the car-sharing and ride-sharing front. CAR-SHARING Car-sharing -- that is, allowing...Read More»

Zipcar
Who Uses Zipcar? Baby Boomers, That's Who

Some of you may have spent your long, Memorial Day weekend with friends and family. Others may have used the extra off-time to squeeze in a few overdue errands. And in either case, if you live in a large city, there's a chance you called on the services of Zipcar. We tend to think of car-sharing as...Read More»

Shift, a car-sharing alternative
Shift Is Like A Zipcar That Delivers Bikes & Tesla Model S Sedans

Have you ever thought to yourself, "You know, I'd consider joining Zipcar, but sometimes, all I need is a bike"? Or maybe, "I love the idea of car-sharing, but I only dig electric cars"? Shift may be just what you're looking for. Shift is a start-up transportation service based in Las Vegas...Read More»

Lyft car with trademark pink mustache (via Wikimedia)
Lyft's New Lyft Line Offers Carpools At Mass Transit Pricing

Taxi-esque car-sharing services like Uber and Lyft have made lots of headlines recently -- and lots of enemies, too. So far, most of those enemies have been cab companies and their drivers, who are (rightly) worried about the lack of regulation in the car-sharing industry and also (less rightly)...Read More»

Used car salesman
Zipcar & Other Car-Sharing Services Have Killed 500,000 Auto Sales: Study

Car-sharing services like Zipcar and RelayRides are poised to shake up the auto industry. On a macro-level, they represent a huge change in the way that we view and use automobiles. In more practical terms, they reduce the public's need to buy cars. How much of a reduction have they caused?...Read More»

Lyft car with trademark pink mustache (via Wikimedia)
Ridesharing Startups Lyft, Sidecar, And Uber Get The Green Light In California

A handful of trends have dramatically reshaped the auto industry over the past few years. Some, like hybrid and electric technology, are affecting the kinds of cars we drive, while others, like ridesharing, are having a more fundamental influence on our relationship with those vehicles. Though...Read More»

2013 Scion iQ EV hits the U.S.
Toyota Enters The Car-Sharing Biz With A Fleet Of Scion iQ Electric Cars

When Zipcar launched its car-sharing service nearly 14 years ago, many people shrugged. "Okay," they said, "that's an interesting alternative to rental cars, but it won't have any effect on the auto industry." Oh, how times change. Today, car-sharing is becoming big business. General Motors saw the...Read More»

OnStar partners with RelayRides on peer-to-peer car rentals
RelayRides Lets You Park For Free At The Airport

Every so often, we have to do something unpleasant -- something much worse than cleaning up after sick kids or vacuuming under the fridge. We have to admit we were wrong. And so, to anyone at RelayRides who happens to be reading this post: we apologize. When your company debuted in 2011, we laughed...Read More»

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