IDEO wants to turn your car into a small-scale public transportation option

April 3, 2017 by  
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A new car-sharing vision may help ease congestion in metropolitan areas lacking mass transportation options. Cities like New York City and London have a decent public transportation system, but if you’ve ever tried to commute in a city like Los Angeles , you probably pray for a better way. California’s Ideo, a design company, offers one such alternative. Their latest concept looks past major infrastructure programs to an expanded view of the automobile sharing model as a means of reducing all of the negative affects of too many cars on the roads. Rather than focus on large public transit programs, IDEO’s latest project matches the current focus on making driving not only easier, but safer. And then expands on that concept by showcasing how an autonomous car can not only bring improvements to its owner’s life, but also help other community members get from point a to b and even raise a few bucks. Related: VW unveils the all-electric autonomous Microbus of the future The owner of the autonomous vehicle can choose to ride solo or even make a few extra dollars by picking up other passengers along the way – which is probably something some Uber and Lyft drivers already do today. Taking communal sharing one step further, the autonomous vehicle can also be rented out like a Zipcar to other people; the renters can even reduce the cost of the rental by agreeing to run errands for the owner of the car. Imagine that you’re renting the car to go on a grocery run, but while you’re there you pick up a few groceries for the car’s owner as well, which would lower the overall cost of the rental. Today car’s generally only serves their owners and the owner’s contacts, but IDEO’s concept would change that by making the car a public resource, similar to a bus or train but on a much smaller scale. Riders can use an app to book a ride, like with UberPOOL. Another big difference between this and other car-sharing programs comes down to a few simple settings that make the environment a bit more discrete. + IDEO All images @IDEO

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GM invests $500 million in Lyft to create a network of autonomous vehicles

January 29, 2016 by  
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The battle between major ride sharing rivals, Uber and Lyft is about to get even hotter, thanks to General Motors. GM has announced a new alliance with Lyft to create an integrated network of on-demand autonomous vehicles in the U.S. GM is planning to invest $500 million in the ride sharing service as part of a bet on a future where mobility is increasingly less focused on traditional car ownership. Read the rest of GM invests $500 million in Lyft to create a network of autonomous vehicles

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Lyft and Uber Can Now Legally Give You a Ride to San Francisco International Airport

October 24, 2014 by  
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Lyft and Uber can now legally pick you up or drop you off at San Francisco’s International Airport as both companies have just signed a new agreement with the airport. This is big news since prior to the signed agreements, for-hire vehicles operating at the airport without permission were considered to be trespassing. Now, if you need a ride to the airport or a ride to your hotel after your land at SFO, a Lyft or Uber driver can help you without getting in trouble. Read the rest of Lyft and Uber Can Now Legally Give You a Ride to San Francisco International Airport Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: airport , lyft , ride-sharing , San Francisco , san francisco international airport , sidecar , taxi , taxi drivers , taxis , Uber

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