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Lyft to begin testing self-driving cars in San Francisco
Lyft to begin testing self-driving cars in San Francisco

Ride-sharing service Lyft says it plans to test self-driving vehicles on the streets of San Francisco, offering free rides to customers in exchange for their participation in the test. The company has long shared rival Uber’s ambitions of self-driving rideshare vehicles, and the latest plan...Read More»

Lyft car with trademark pink mustache (via Wikimedia)
Lyft expands operations to remote locales

Formerly limited to metro areas, ride-sharing is now coming to the countryside. Uber challenger Lyft has opened up its operations to an additional 32 states, meaning its services will now be available in 40 states. While those eight states included 79 percent of the country’s total...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV added to Maven car- and ride-sharing fleet in Los Angeles, California
Awkward: GM may get into the ridesharing game, despite partnerships with Lyft & Uber

In January 2016, General Motors announced a major partnership with Lyft--like, $500 million major. Before the year was through, GM had revealed that it was developing a fleet of self-driving taxis with Lyft; that it would rent cars to wannabe Lyft drivers on the cheap; and, weirdly, that it would...Read More»

Ford Transit Connect Hybrid taxi prototype
Safety doesn't take a back seat; buckle up in your next cab, Uber, or Lyft

Just because you're riding in the back seat doesn't mean you're any safer in a crash, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. A report released this week revealed that four out of five adults who admitted that they didn't buckle up in the back said they didn't buckle up in cabs or...Read More»

Gavel. Image: Brian Turner
Ohio judge orders drunk drivers to install Lyft, Uber on their smartphones

You might've heard of Judge Michael A. Cicconetti. Based in Painesville, Ohio, he's become widely known for meting out punishments that are often thoughtfully matched to the wrongs of the convicted. For example: He ordered a woman who abandoned 35 kittens in the woods to spend a night in the woods...Read More»

Uber driver (photo by Uber)
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»

From the INRIX Connected & Autonomous Vehicle Consumer Survey
Study: People don't trust self-driving cars from Uber or Lyft

Last September, we reported on a study showing that consumers would be interested in vehicles made by tech firms like Apple and Google. The gist was that decades-old car companies like Ford, General Motors, and Toyota could soon face stiff competition from auto industry newbies. Now, there's...Read More»

Earn Delta SkyMiles while riding Lyft
Earn Delta SkyMiles while catching a Lyft

We talk a good bit about the death of brand loyalty and how automakers often go to great lengths to keep customers in the fold. That's nothing compared to what airlines do, though, and now one of them has partnered with Lyft to make frequent fliers happy. Yes, for every dollar you spend on Lyft...Read More»

Lyft car with trademark pink mustache (via Wikimedia)
Waymo's new plan to undo Uber? Building self-driving cars for Lyft

In case you hadn't noticed, the relationship between Uber and Google spin-off, Waymo, has been tense the past few months. In February, Waymo filed suit against Uber, claiming that the ride-sharing giant has been using Waymo's proprietary technology to build self-driving cars. Worse, the engineer...Read More»

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick
Uber sued for unleashing 'Hell' on Lyft drivers

Uber has been experiencing its own brand of hell for the past several months. Complaints about mistreatment of female and LGBT employees, allegations of trade-secret theft, faulty self-driving software, its tone-deaf manchild CEO: headlines about these and other unsavory matters have fueled a...Read More»

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick
Uber, Lyft could cut NYC taxi fleet by 85 percent because they're more efficient

Love them or loathe them, there's no denying that companies like Uber and Lyft are attractive to many consumers. Unlike most taxi fleets, ride-sharing services are app-based, they provide detailed estimates of when a car will arrive, they facilitate carpooling to cut down on fares, and of course...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»

Lyft car with trademark pink mustache (via Wikimedia)
Sorry, Lyft drivers: you may be (nearly) out of a job in 5 years

Remember the gig economy and its glorious promise to free us from the tyranny of the 9-to-5 workplace? Well, unfortunately, one of the poster children of that economy, Lyft, is leaving gig-ers in the dust. Yesterday, Lyft co-founder John Zimmer posted a long article about the company's future...Read More»

New Ghostbusters Ecto-1
Today & Saturday, Lyft offers free rides in the Ghostbusters Ecto-1

Some people aren't very excited about the new Ghostbusters film. Others can barely contain their enthusiasm. And still others are, like, "Meh, I'll watch it on Netflix next time I'm sick." No matter where you fall on that spectrum, though, you can probably get fired up about this: today and...Read More»

Uber driver (photo by Uber)
Toyota & Uber take on GM & Lyft

Everyone is talking about "mobility" these days, especially forward-thinking folks in the auto industry. That's because car companies know that huge changes lie ahead, including electrification, autonomization, and the arrival of tech firms in the auto marketplace. (Looking at you, Apple, Google.)...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
GM & Lyft plan fleet of autonomous, electric Chevrolet Bolt taxis

In January, General Motors announced a $500 million partnership with ride-sharing service Lyft. Many wondered what the pairing might do for both companies and when it would begin bearing fruit. We got some answers in March, when GM announced that it would loan GM vehicles to Lyft drivers at a...Read More»

2014 Tesla Model S in China
China, UAE shift to autonomous cars, leaving the U.S. behind

The United States has a mature car culture. For decades, private individuals have bought vehicles, automakers have analyzed trends, and regulators have set guidelines for development of new models. Sounds good, right? But there's another way of looking at America's long history with cars: we've...Read More»

GM & Lyft launch Express Drive program
Want to drive for Lyft? GM will rent you a car for cheap

Back in January, General Motors and Lyft announced a brand new, $500 million partnership that will ultimately result in a network of autonomous cars for ride-sharing fans. But of course, those self-driving vehicles won't appear for several more years. In the meantime, GM plans to rent cars to...Read More»

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