TechCrunch: Toyota partners with Getaround on car-sharing
TechCrunch: Lyft partners with JetBlue on rewards, app integration and JFK pickup zone
Carmakers continue to look at the future of transportation and invest in alternatives to individual ownership: Toyota is the latest to make a bet on a mobility model espoused by a startup, with a strategic investment in SF-based car sharing provider Getaround. Toyota’s investment also comes with integration with Getaround’s platform on the technology and finance side, incentivizing Toyota car owners to participate.
WSJ: Uber Overhaul Aims to Keep Users Inside the App
Lyft is partnering with JetBlue in a new arrangement that will see Lyft riders earn JetBlue loyalty rewards for using the service, as well as direct integration in the JetBlue mobile app, and a new pick-up and drop-off zone at Terminal 5 of NYC’s JFK airport. The tie-up is designed to give travelers a more comprehensive way to manage their trip from door to door, and to reward them for the convenience.
ABC News: Small-Time Airbnb Hosts Say NY Law Unfairly Targets Them
Uber Technologies Inc. is hoping customers will take a ride through its app and not just in its cars.
LVRJ: Lyft Line hopes to point people in the same direction
Jordan Reeves works for a nonprofit and his partner is a puppeteer. They say there's not a lot of spare income floating around their Brooklyn apartment. That's why they sometimes rent the place through Airbnb for extra cash when they're not there.
Refinery 29: Airbnb Takes A Stance Against Discrimination
Two strangers headed to the same destination will be able to jump into the same car — at a discounted cost — when Lyft Line debuts in Las Vegas on Nov. 10.
AT&T's McAtee: When Disruption Spurs Innovation and Investment
Airbnb sent out an email to their users on Saturday asking them to agree to a new "community commitment." Not doing so will result in the loss of your Airbnb account.
Washington Post: Alibaba’s Jack Ma Supports Internet Data Use in Fighting Crime
In America today, consumers are enjoying a new golden age of television. Choices are expanding, content is being created at unprecedented levels, and on-line distribution of video has become an unstoppable force driven by surging consumer demand.
The Verge: Uber’s self-driving truck company just completed its first shipment: 50,000 cans of Budweiser
China’s e-commerce titan, Jack Ma, has a message for would-be lawbreakers: Big data is watching you.
Washington Post: Michael Bloomberg’s plan to get cities ready for self-driving cars
In the early morning hours of October 20th, an 18-wheeler tractor trailer pulled into Colorado Springs, Colorado, bearing 50,000 frosty cans of Budweiser beer. Normally, this would not be a noteworthy occurrence, but this truck was driving itself, marking the first time that commercial cargo was shipped by a self-driving vehicle.
TechCrunch: Lyft tests Line memberships to help you save money
Self-driving cars are coming. Whether it's Tesla's Model 3 or Uber's automated ride-hailing service, many cities will probably start seeing these vehicles on the road in just a few years.
Wise: Blocking Uber’s innovation is not the American way
Lyft is testing out membership passes to let passengers ride for less money in November,the company announced on its blog today.
WSJ: New York Tries to Kill Airbnb
Attacks against Uber and similar companies demonstrate why America is lagging in innovation behind other countries. All too often, new products and new technologies are victims of attacks from governments slow to react to those advances and controlled by well-heeled interests.
Sanchez Gallardo: Elizabeth Warren Takes Marching Order From Unions
Uber and other companies in the sharing economy have had to spend millions fighting city and state regulators that try to stifle innovative services. Now New York has moved to crush the home-sharing service Airbnb in the city’s five boroughs.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren has carefully crafted an image of a fearless warrior fighting on behalf of the working class, protecting them from the greedy big businesses that put profits above consumers. Her crusades against Wall Street and big money donors are well documented and frequent. However, she has recently set her sights on Airbnb, casting serious doubt on her sincerity and commitment to defending the little guy, and raising concerns that she is siding with labor unions over consumers