Cars

Car-Sharing Startups BlaBlaCar and Turo Use NonTraditional Strategies to Boost Usage

Car-Sharing Startups BlaBlaCar and Turo Use NonTraditional Strategies to Boost Usage

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Car-sharing marketplaces are finding that partnerships with automotive leasing companies and insurers may be a more cost-effective way to get the word out about their services than using traditional digital marketing efforts.

2 months ago

Audi Will Buy Luxury-Car Rental Service Silvercar

Audi Will Buy Luxury-Car Rental Service Silvercar

Christoph Rauwald, Bloomberg

Silvercar has core devotees, especially younger car renters, but it's far from a household name. We'll see if Audi tries to scale the business or keeps it small.

2 months ago

Uber Will Soon Release Findings of Sexual Harassment Investigation

Uber Will Soon Release Findings of Sexual Harassment Investigation

Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg

Some are saying the recent "Delete Uber" campaign is hurting the company more than it has let on. Unfortunately for Uber, there are no quick fixes for a fundamentally problematic corporate culture.

2 months ago

Attempted Hack of Baidu Is Latest Twist in Driverless Car Drama

Attempted Hack of Baidu Is Latest Twist in Driverless Car Drama

Tom Mackenzie, Bloomberg

Between the Google/Waymo lawsuit against Uber over allegedly pilfered driverless car technology and now the apparent bid by hackers to exploit Baidu's intellectual property related to self-driving cars, it is even more apparent that there are enormous stakes in this sector.

2 months ago

Uber Rivals in Dubai and China Form Alliance to Compete

Uber Rivals in Dubai and China Form Alliance to Compete

Bloomberg

While Uber is facing its own internal struggles, rivals are teaming up in China and Dubai although Yidao in China confronts problems of its own. There will be a ton of maneuvering around the world before the pecking order is really established.

2 months ago

Uber President Resigns and Takes Shot at Current Leadership

Uber President Resigns and Takes Shot at Current Leadership

Olga R. Rodriguez, Associated Press

The ride-hailing company had hired Jeff Jones from retailer Target to improve Uber’s reputation. He says, “The beliefs and approach to leadership that have guided my career are inconsistent with what I saw and experienced at Uber." Ouch.

2 months ago

Can Tech Bros Navigate Austin’s SXSW Without the Help of Uber?

Can Tech Bros Navigate Austin’s SXSW Without the Help of Uber?

Joshua Brustein, Bloomberg

In this new era of regulation-light, consumer-hostile rule changes, Uber and Lyft probably won't have to wait long to get their way in the state of Texas.

3 months ago

Hertz’s Latest Twist Is Adding Private Driver Services From Blacklane

Hertz’s Latest Twist Is Adding Private Driver Services From Blacklane

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Everyone has had a rental car nightmare — lost bookings, mysterious dents, or surprise fees. But rental car companies now face a nightmare of their own in fierce car-sharing competition. Expect Hertz's Blacklane deal to be one of many initiatives as it copes.

3 months ago

Why Uber May Have Outgrown Its Founding CEO

Why Uber May Have Outgrown Its Founding CEO

Joe Nocera, Bloomberg

The rough-and-tumble approach of Travis Kalanick was indulged in the company's early days. But customers, drivers, employees, and investors have different expectations from a multi-billion-dollar global company.

3 months ago

Uber CEO’s Year Gets Worse as Leaked Video Highlights Conflict With Drivers

Uber CEO’s Year Gets Worse as Leaked Video Highlights Conflict With Drivers

Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg

Uber's CEO took a ride with a driver, who told him, “You’re dropping the prices.” The CEO gruffly replied that Uber doesn't owe drivers a living. That's true. But the company also shouldn't mislead drivers into thinking their net income will typically be higher than the minimum wage.

3 months ago

Uber Appoints Former Attorney General Holder to Review Sexual Harassment Suit

Uber Appoints Former Attorney General Holder to Review Sexual Harassment Suit

Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg

Silicon Valley is certainly keeping former Attorney General Eric J. Holder very busy these days.

3 months ago

Avis Ups Its Ridesharing Partnerships as Pressure Increases on Car Rentals

Avis Ups Its Ridesharing Partnerships as Pressure Increases on Car Rentals

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

For Avis Budget Group, strong overseas returns aren't offsetting weakness in the Americas. Through its partnerships with services like Uber and Didi, it's looking for another way to make money with its fleet when rental demand flags.

3 months ago