Articles tagged “car-sharing”

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Hollywood actors ditch restaurant jobs and embrace ride-sharing for cash

Salvador Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times

Ride-sharing is becoming an attractive employment and transportation alternative as long as there is some regulation, and the ride-sharing companies don't gouge riders. On the other hand, they won't succeed if they become to pricey.

7 years ago

Hertz learns from car-sharing startups, launches 24/7 self-serve service

Hertz learns from car-sharing startups, launches 24/7 self-serve service

Hertz is a brand that consumers already trust and it has a fleet that outsizes most car-sharing companies combined; this makes the traditional rental company a formidable competitor in the growing industry of on-demand cars.

7 years ago

Los Angeles and California disagree on legality of ride-sharing startups

The ride-sharing startups received the green light to operate statewide and are now caught in the middle of a state versus city regulation debate; however, it’s anticipated that LA’s new major will quick change rules in favor of innovation.

7 years ago

Berlin becomes world’s largest car-sharing city with new one-way routes

Berlin becomes world’s largest car-sharing city with new one-way routes

Car manufacturers are driving the revolution in car-sharing by catering to a new generation of city-dwellers that don’t want to own a car but the flexibility to easily rent one.

7 years ago

U.S. regulator says D.C. taxi rules may be too restrictive, sides with Uber

FTC has frowned upon restrictive taxicab regulations in Colorado and Alaska before and now it has shown its displeasure in high-profile DC market. This is a big moral win -- not an actual one, since FTC is in advisory capacity here for now -- for Uber and other such new companies.

7 years ago

Car sharing startup RelayRides acquires Wheelz for its unlocking technology

Car sharing startup RelayRides acquires Wheelz for its unlocking technology

The manual transfer of keys would be a major barrier to RelayRides’ growth while its competition like Zipcar and Getaround make it easy for users to independently unlock cars.

7 years ago

What a $24 billion car rental market means to the U.S. travel economy

What a $24 billion car rental market means to the U.S. travel economy

Samantha Shankman, Skift

Car rental companies don’t often air the details of market reach and regulatory issues, making Enterprise’s comments a broad but interesting overview of an industry that remains unaffected by the growing number of startups trying to disrupt it.

7 years ago

Car-sharing in South Florida spreads beyond big cities

Car-sharing in South Florida spreads beyond big cities

Angel Streeter, Sun Sentinel

Car-sharing is filling a gap and answering a need, and that's why it is going to grow and perhaps enter the mainstream.

7 years ago

Uber joins $1 billion valuation club with eBay-like growth

Sarah McBride, Reuters

Uber's growth is apparently in overdrive as investor Bill Gurley of Benchmark Capital says the car service's trajectory is faster than eBay's hyper-growth back in the day. Skeptics will say that rising stars can also become falling stars (hello Groupon), but Uber's regulatory issues, a key roadblock, likely will be removed over time.

7 years ago

Airport car rental startup FlightCar picks up $5.5 million

In addition to offering little incentive for a car owner to rent their car to a complete stranger, Flightcar received a cease and desist letter from SFO, the only airport the company operates at, one week before this funding announcement.

7 years ago

Uber’s delicate dance with legality is now an art form

Uber is obviously feeling some competitive heat, which is necessitating its expansion into ride-sharing.

7 years ago

Hertz on Demand and Zipcar face off over corporate car-sharing leadership

Hertz on Demand and Zipcar face off over corporate car-sharing leadership

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Both Hertz and Avis Budget now have their little ride-sharing subsdiaries to play with, and both are positioning themselves to tap into the business travel market.

7 years ago