Tag: Mobility

Ford’s Chariot Program Didn’t Last Very Long

Chariot, Ford’s app-based shuttle service, has announced it will throw in the towel due to the rapidly changing “mobility landscape” of major cities. When the company launched in 2014 with Jim Hackett at the helm, it joined a bundle of “microtransit” firms hoping to undercut brands like Uber while providing a viable alternative to public transportation. […]

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Honda Dream Drive: In-car Shopping, Marketing, Gamification

Expanding on last year’s concept, Honda is reintroducing “Dream Drive” for this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Previously a platform intended to provide passengers with augmented and virtual reality experiences, Double D now focuses primarily on in-car purchases. In fact, the service seems identical to General Motors’ Marketplace. That’s right, Honda is entering the dark […]

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Let Mobility Die: Hyundai Showcases Dumb, Spider-legged Thing for CES 2019

Hyundai kicked off the New Year by teasing a concept vehicle it claims can tackle just about any terrain in a manner befitting Inspector Gadget. That’s because it’s time for the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which is the premiere event for showcasing half-baked and incomplete technological marvels in a desperate effort to titillate investors and tech […]

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Mobility startup Dott raises $23 million for its durable electric scooters and bikes

Urban transportation startup Dott announced today that it has raised $23 million in venture capital as the electric scooter and bike company prepares to launch its first pilot early next year. Founded in Amsterdam earlier this year by French expats Maxim Romain and Henri Moissinac, the company says its scooters are designed explicitly for urban use, […]

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Superpedestrian launches e-scooter designed to be smarter, cheaper, and more durable

As the global fight to bring mobility to sidewalks intensifies, Superpedestrian is rolling out a new e-scooter that targets the growing problems with rental scooters that are costly to repair and maintain. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the mobility company has been known for its electric bike technology. Now it’s entering the e-scooter market by targeting scooter […]

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Volvo Proudly Bringing No Cars to AutoMobility LA

Volvo has decided not to bring any vehicles to AutoMobility LA, the tech-focused preamble to the Los Angeles Auto Show. The reason? The brand says it’s not an auto show, despite the word auto being in the title. Volvo claims the industry is changing and so are the expectations of the people who use them. While […]

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How automotive supplier Valeo wants to accelerate autonomous vehicle development

A few weeks ago on the streets of Paris, auto parts giant Valeo unveiled its very own autonomous car. The Valeo Drive4U roamed the streets without the aid of a driver to demonstrate just how far such technology has come. While Valeo has no intention of getting into the car-building business, it is intent on […]

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What Does Ford Look Like As a Mobility Company?

These days, every automaker is in the midst of a metamorphosis, eager to emerge from their chrysalis as a “mobility company.” Even brands that don’t seem bent on completely revolutionizing their business model now use the term in reference to themselves. Ford, which has positioned itself as a mobility company ever since Mark Fields was steering […]

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Pilotless Pacifica Rides for Paying Customers Are Just a Month Away: Report

Waymo expects to quietly rolls out a commercial, autonomous ride-hailing service early next month, a new report claims, making it the first such service to open itself up to paying customers. The company, a subsidiary of Google parent Alphabet, has tested a fleet of driverless Chrysler Pacifica Hybrids in Arizona for some time, recently bringing […]

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GM’s Eyeing Your Tool Shed, Not Just Your Garage, for Revenue

If you’re a GM owner in one of three American cities, you’re already able to put your vehicle on the short-term rental market. Now, imagine if you could do the same for your lawnmower. And that kid of yours hardly ever uses his skateboard anymore. What about those rollerblades you picked up in 1992 but […]

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Moovit partners with Microsoft to provide public transit data for Azure Maps

Mobility data startup Moovit today announced that it is integrating its people-driven transportation platform into Microsoft’s Azure Maps. Tel Aviv-based Moovit has built a mapping tool for public transportation. The company uses crowdsourced data from millions of users to map routes for buses and metros around the world. It also leverages that data via a service […]

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Pontiac? General Motors’ New Vehicles Need a Name

Not to be outdone by Ford Motor Company’s Bay Area bikeshare program, General Motors has unveiled two new, two-wheeled vehicles that are sure to get any Camaro ZL1 owner’s pulse racing. We’ve poked fun at the Blue Oval’s non-car efforts of late, but entering the pedal-powered field is serious stuff for companies — stagnating new […]

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Berlin’s Tier raises $29 million to expand its electric scooter sharing service across Europe

Berlin-based electric scooter company Tier announced today it has raised $29 million as the company seeks to expand its on-demand mobility service. Tier will join a number of recent entries to the European market as competition begins to increase. U.S.-based Lime brought its scooters to France earlier this year, as did Bird. But the market is less […]

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Day-rate Disruptors: Rental Agencies Sure Seem Excited About Mobility

Car rentals have evolved rather dramatically in the new millennium. While you can still reserve over the phone before walking into an office to pick up the manager’s special for the agreed upon timeframe, alternatives are many. ZipCar transformed how some people get around an urban environment by allowing customers access to an array of […]

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Tesla Places Pointless ‘Self-Driving’ Option On Hiatus

Tesla Motors is abandoning the “fully self-driving” purchasing option on all of its vehicles. The option debuted in 2016 as a way to ensure your new car would be future-proofed and able to incorporate autonomous features. But those upgrades never really came — leaving customers who spent $8,000 angry enough to file a class-action lawsuit against […]

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One Way of Finding Customers: Pay People to Use Your Service

Ride-hailing company Lyft wants you to ditch your car — and hopefully give it up altogether. After rolling out a limited pilot project in Chicago last month, the company has launched a new initiative in 35 American and Canadian cities that compels drivers to leave their car untouched for 30 days. Lyft hopes to find 2,000 […]

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Mercedes-Benz’s Hideous New Mobility Concept Isn’t All That New

On Monday, Mercedes-Benz unveiled the Vision URBANETIC (styled in all caps by the manufacturer) — an all-electric, autonomous nightmare the company claims “answers the questions of future urban mobility.” The modular design is as versatile as it is ugly. But it’s an important example of the direction automakers are collectively heading. Despite autonomous vehicles being oversold by […]

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Trademark Foreshadows Launch of GM Subscription Service ‘DriveScription’

While we’ve bashed them for being one of the most expensive ways to acquire a vehicle, automotive subscription plans have becoming increasingly popular among premium nameplates. General Motors already has one exclusively for Cadillac but it appears that it’s setting up another for its less illustrious brands. Late last month, the automaker filed a trademark application […]

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