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Ohio judge orders drunk drivers to install Lyft, Uber on their smartphones
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»

Revenue projections for the passenger economy through 2050 (via Strategy Analytics)
Study: Self-driving cars will be a $7 trillion industry by 2050

In the 1960s, it was plastics. In the 1990s, it was ecommerce. And in the 2040s, many of the world's movers and shakers will likely be working on autonomous cars--at least according to one new study. That study is called Accelerating the Future: The Economic Impact of the Emerging Passenger...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»

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»

Volvo Drive Me autonomous car pilot project in Gothenburg, Sweden
Study: Within 15 years, 25 percent of travel will be in shared, electric, self-driving cars

If you follow car news at all, you've heard plenty about electrification, self-driving software, and shared vehicles. The three are on a collision course that could upend the auto industry and dramatically affect the way we get around in the near future. In fact, analysts at the Boston Consulting...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»

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»

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