The Mobility Report : № 46

Here are a few of the most interesting mobility ideas & transportation stories of the week.

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Transport for London(TfL) has increased Uber’s licensing fees from £3,000 to £3m in next five years. LINK

President Clinton awards $1M in seed funding to American students who created a Pakistani ride-sharing service for refugees & womenLINK

Long-distance ride-sharing service BlaBlaCar is now offering short-distance ride-sharing in Paris. LINK

Mystery Solved. Ford was behind the man disguised as a car seat‘driverless’ van stunt LINK

Sebastian Thrun, the original leader of Google’s self-driving car project, to help Lyft get engineers, Offer Flying Car Classes through UdacityLINK

Hedge fund buys taxi mogul’s 46 foreclosed medallions at 1990s prices; $8.56 million, or $186,000 per medallion. LINK

Audi launches its concierge styled car sharing service in Beijing. Customers use smartphones to book and someone brings the car to the customer. LINK

Word on the street is Alphabet in talks with Lyft about possible investment. LINK

AppyParking raises £2.25m. Available in 20 of the UK’s biggest cities they helps drivers find the nearest and cheapest on and off–street parking — with all restrictions and tariffs included. LINK

Ford and Deutsche Bahn collaborate on Bike Sharing. 3,200 Ford bikes will be made available via DB’s Call a Bike App. LINK

Electric car prototype is built for Africa’s rural roads. The aCar is tough and flexible enough to survive harsh conditions. LINK

Samsung sets up $300M automotive fund, pushing $89m to TTTech LINK

Renault and Philips predict a future where your car powers your house during a power outage. LINK

HD mapping Co. Ushr locks in $10M Series A funding. Forté Ventures led the investment round with participation from EnerTech Capital, Emerald Technology Ventures, and GM VenturesLINK

New Dubai traffic signs use emojis LINK

Dutch foundation, Veilig Verkeer Nederland (VNN) and TeamAlert, wants to ban men’s bikes with crossbars LINK

Anthony Barba

Anthony Barba

Anthony is the Mobility Report's editor. Originally from New York, he now lives with his family in Berlin. Mr. Barba's first car was a 1978 VW Scirocco.

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