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Uber Freight HQ opens in Chicago

Uber announced in March that it would hire hundreds of Chicago-area Uber Freight workers ahead of plans to lease additional city office space, and this morning the ride-hailing giant revealed its long-term vision for the newly christened Uber Freight HQ. Uber said it has signed a 10-year lease on the Old Main Post Office in […]

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Scoop raises $60 million for carpool service

Americans inordinately drive to work. In point of fact, 76.4% of U.S. workers report commuting to the office alone, compared with the just 5.2% who say they take mass transit. Even in New York City, with its extensive transit and rail system and high levels of congestion, more than half of people get to their […]

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Lyft says ride-hailing price war with Uber is easing up

(Reuters) — Lyft on Wednesday said a price war with rival Uber was easing, boosting shares of both companies and allowing Lyft to raise its outlook for the year and forecast a faster path to profitability. Lyft said increased revenue per rider would lift both third-quarter sales and full-year revenue above Wall Street estimates. That […]

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Bird beefs up new escooter with a 50% larger battery

Just a few weeks after taking the wraps off of the Cruise, a two-seater electric bike with a 52-volt battery and an LCD screen, Bird today announced its second-generation escooter: the Bird Two. In addition to a long-lasting battery and a bevy of damage-detecting sensors, it features anti-theft encryption that protects against malicious hacks and […]

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GM’s Cruise delays driverless taxi service, plans to build country’s largest EV fast charger station

GM’s Cruise is postponing plans for a fully driverless taxi service, which it previously said would launch by year-end 2019. In a blog post published this morning on Medium, CEO Dan Ammann said performance and safety concerns necessitated the delay. He asserted that in order to address these issues, Cruise will “significantly” increase its testing […]

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FlixMobility raises $531 million for carpooling options on its AI-driven mobility platform

Germany’s FlixMobility has reportedly raised a $531 million venture capital round that values the company at more than $2 billion. The company issued a press release today announcing it had raised a large funding round, though it declined to reveal the amount. However, sources told Reuters that it was $531 million, easily the largest for […]

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Alphabet’s Waymo adds Wi-Fi to its driverless taxis

(Reuters) – Waymo is rolling out amenities to entice riders to use its self-driving taxis, creating a potential route to profitability in a money-losing industry. The Alphabet subsidiary is testing complimentary Wi-Fi in its robotaxis in greater Phoenix, where hundreds of the company’s identical, driverless minivans have been carrying paying riders since December. In late […]

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Bird Canada will roll out escooters to Alberta in July

Bird announced in May that it would outsource its escooter ridesharing business to entrepreneurs in countries outside the U.S. and Europe, and today it made good on that promise. The Santa Monica, California-based startup spotlighted Bird Canada, an independent company headed by Toronto Raptors, Moblicity, SiriusXM Canada founder John Bitove with financial backing from Relay […]

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Hopper expands price predictions to 270,000 hotels in 230 countries

Hopper, a Montreal startup that leverages AI and machine learning to suss out the best available travel rates, is expanding its pricing predictions to hotels around the globe. It today announced that the Hopper app now covers over 270,000 properties in 230 countries across 1,600 major cities, up from 200 hotels across 20 U.S. markets […]

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Bird’s Cruiser is a two-seater electric bike with a 52-volt battery and LCD screen

Bird, the Santa Monica, California-based mobility startup that in May unveiled Bird One, a $1,299 e-scooter architected with “industry-leading” battery life, today took the wraps off of another compact electric vehicle — albeit one with a slightly different form factor. Bird Cruiser, which is designed for sitting rather than standing and looks not unlike a […]

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