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

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»

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»

Ford Fusion Hybrid Autonomous Vehicle
Ford promises autonomous cars for ride-sharing by 2021

We've spent a lot of time writing about (1) self-driving cars and (2) ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft. There's a very good reason for that: those trends are poised to have a massive impact on the auto industry and dramatically change the way we get around. Initially, the leaders in those...Read More»

Hot air balloons at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2012
Cars are so yesterday: try boat, balloon sharing, Uber says

Uber is on a quest to take over the world of transportation. Phase one of the company's efforts let car owners double as taxi drivers, using Uber's popular ride-hailing app. In China, the company is now moving on to phase two, where, quite literally, the sky's the limit. Before the end of the year...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»

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»

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»

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»

General Motors' Dan Ammann (center) with Lyft's John Zimmer (right) and Logan Green (left)
GM & Lyft Announce $500 Million Partnership To Build Autonomous Car Network & More

Follow the money: it's good advice for anyone who's curious about the future of politics, science, technology, or any other field. Today, General Motors and Lyft announced a new $500 million partnership that could hint at the future of the auto industry. If you remember GM's joint venture with the...Read More»

Uber driver (photo by Uber)
WTF: Uber Is Now Worth More Than GM

The ridesharing start-up known as Uber is in the midst of another round of fundraising, and if all goes as planned, early reports suggest that the company everyone loves to hate will be valued around $62.5 billion. That's significantly higher than General Motors, which clocks in around $55.6...Read More»

Audi on Demand
Audi On Demand Puts Audi In The Rental Car Business: R8 Spyder Available For $1285 Per Day

Rental cars are rarely nice. Online, rental companies may show images of sleek, sporty coupes, but when you get to the service desk, you're handed the keys to a frumpy sedan. And who knows if it's up to snuff? The folks at Audi clearly understand your pain, because they've just launched something...Read More»

UberCab app
Uber Updates Ridesharing App Following Sexual Assault Charges In Boston, Chicago

We weren't invited to Uber's New Year's Eve party, but we have to imagine that company execs were double-fisting the Dom Perignon to blot out the memory of 2014. A new upgrade to the ridesharing start-up's smartphone app may signal a more sober approach to doing business in 2015. BACKGROUND Uber's...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»

Uber's updated insurance policy as of March 14, 2014
Uber & Lyft Upgrade Insurance For Drivers: Is That Enough?

The way we travel is changing. Planet Earth's automotive fleet has begun the long, slow process of shifting from fossil fuels to electricity. Simultaneously, the future of car ownership is in question, as vehicle-sharing programs like Zipcar take off. Ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft have...Read More»

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