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Uber to Cover Its South African Drivers With Insurance in Case of Violence

Uber to Cover Its South African Drivers With Insurance in Case of Violence

Loni Prinsloo, Bloomberg

Sometimes you can do well by doing right. Uber is correct to offer insurance to its drivers in South African cities in case of their death or injury due to violent attacks or crime. That move should also help it woo more drivers to sign up.

2 years ago

Helsinki-Based Mobility App Aims to Make Personal Cars Obsolete

Helsinki-Based Mobility App Aims to Make Personal Cars Obsolete

Kati Pohjanpalo, Bloomberg

This sounds like an urban utopia. Will this mobility app really get car lovers to sell their vehicles? Or will it just be an option for people who were never going to buy cars in the first place?

2 years ago

Lyft Snaps Up Bike Rental Company Offering Citi Bike

Lyft Snaps Up Bike Rental Company Offering Citi Bike

Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg

Lyft's push into the bike rental business may prove to its executives how little overlap there is with ridesharing. Can Lyft handle a whole new set of challenges presented by politics and regulations?

2 years ago

Scooter Startups Believe They Can Become the Next Uber or Lyft

Scooter Startups Believe They Can Become the Next Uber or Lyft

Joshua Brustein, Bloomberg

Thinking you can revolutionize urban mobility is a start, but for these electric scooter startups that possibility seems far from the reality at the moment, if you ask us.

2 years ago

Lime Goes Beyond Scooters to Transit Pods for Streamlining Urban Mobility

Lime Goes Beyond Scooters to Transit Pods for Streamlining Urban Mobility

Joshua Brustein, Bloomberg

This sounds like a good idea, an electricity-powered car-like vehicle that shuttles people about town that's one-third the size of a parking space. And yet those parking spaces are paved with the skeletons of failed urban transit experiments.

2 years ago

Electric Scooters May Compete With Bikes — and Cars — on City Streets

Electric Scooters May Compete With Bikes — and Cars — on City Streets

Nathaniel Bullard, Bloomberg

Electric scooters may play a heightened role in the plethora of urban transport options for people and businesses. In places like Colombia, for example, they are already a popular transportation mode. As startups get into gear, larger ridesharing companies may bring them into the fold.

2 years ago

Uber Is Paying $100 Million to Buy an Electric Bicycle-Rental Company

Uber Is Paying $100 Million to Buy an Electric Bicycle-Rental Company

Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg

Can Uber disrupt the e-bike sharing industry as it has with ridesharing? And can Uber clear up any obstacles or objections to e-bike use in certain cities that have banned them?

2 years ago

FlixBus to Take Its Distinct Business Model to the U.S. to Compete With Megabus

FlixBus to Take Its Distinct Business Model to the U.S. to Compete With Megabus

Frank Jordans, Associated Press

A few years ago, higher-quality discount buses cropped up like weeds in the U.S. At first they were a breath of fresh air — we were thrilled to not be dying in a fire on the side of the highway, and there was Wi-Fi. But the novelty wore off and now it's just another jam-packed, snack-stained bus stuck in traffic. Is FlixBus bringing anything new to the table?

2 years ago

Uber Tests Express Pool Service to Compete With Public Transportation

Uber Tests Express Pool Service to Compete With Public Transportation

Tom Krisher, Associated Press

Uber has been working on ways to bridge the gaps in public transportation for years. Express Pool, which asks travelers to walk to Uber vehicles instead of getting picked up where they are, is the company's most visible attempt yet to crack the huge market of commuters in the U.S.

2 years ago

Trump’s Bad Approach to Transportation Laid Bare in Plans for Northeast Corridor Rail Network

Trump’s Bad Approach to Transportation Laid Bare in Plans for Northeast Corridor Rail Network

Mark Niquette, Bloomberg

This is an embarrassment on every level for U.S. infrastructure.

2 years ago

Bikesharing in China Lacks a Sustainable Business Model

Bikesharing in China Lacks a Sustainable Business Model

Adam Minter, Bloomberg

Bikesharing in China could use more structure, and that could help cities like Beijing meet their air quality goals, which is key for tourism. Racing to the bottom on price can't be the main priority.

3 years ago

London Tests Running Double Decker Buses Partly on Coffee Grounds

London Tests Running Double Decker Buses Partly on Coffee Grounds

Anna Hirtenstein, Bloomberg

Centuries ago, London was the first European city to embrace cafe culture. Now it hopes to be the first to put coffee grounds to use as biofuel mixed with diesel to power its iconic buses. We admire how the innovation keeps percolating.

3 years ago