This Week In Mobility: № 67

UBER:

  • Who lost and who lost more in Waymo v. Uber SPOILER: Otto employees  LINK
  • Travis claims out-of-court settlement vindicates him. Says to Forbes “No trade secrets ever came to Uber. Our sole objective was to hire the most talented scientists and engineers”  LINK 
  • Female Uber drivers earn 7% less because they drive more slowly and in less lucrative patches, a study found. LINK
  • Despite a sexual harassment scandal, #DeleteUber movement, the resignation of Travis, and the Waymo lawsuit – UBER continues to boost ridership and revenue. LINK
  • Uber Eats, currently generates around 10% of Uber’s gross revenue in the fourth quarter of last year.  LINK

DOCK-LESS “KICK SCOOTER” SHARING
And this is all in one week folks! I’m bracing for the Berlin clones in 2024.

  • Former VP of growth at Uber raised $15 million. Steals Kalanick successful strategy and launches in city without asking permission. Send LinkedIn message to Mayor asking forgiveness. His name, Travis. LINK
  • Bike-sharing startup LimeBike launches Kick Scooters Sharing LINK
  • Bike-sharing startup Spin launches Kick Scooters Sharing LINK

DIDI

  • Plans to build an electric, autonomous ride-sharing service with Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi.  LINK
  • Partners with SoftBank to provide platform services for Japanese taxi industry. The partnership will utilize DiDi’s advanced AI technologies to build ride-hailing platforms to enhance efficiency for both taxi operators and drivers.  LINK
  • Testing two self-driving vehicles on public roads for several months, putting the ride-hailing group further ahead in the race to develop autonomous taxis than had been believed. LINK

MAVEN

  • GM’s Maven car-sharing comes to Toronto amid stiff competition LINK
  • Maven CEO Julia Steyn pens essay proclaiming the future of urban mobility is sharing.  LINK
  • I love articles about how people work. Here’s one about how Maven CEO dresses for work and Hamptons. LINK

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Elon Musk still doesn’t think LIDAR is necessary for fully driver-less cars. Tesla is banking on cameras as the key hardware component in the long term to autonomous vehicle development. LINK

NYC Mayor de Blasio will revive his failed bid to regulate companies like Uber — four days after a 61-year-old livery driver who blamed lawmakers for his financial ruin killed himself in front of City Hall.  LINK

  • In 2013, there were 47,000 for-hire vehicles in the city. Today there are nearly 130,000. The number of yellow taxis has remained about the same.

VIDEO: Huge Avalanche Triggered by British Columbia Transportation Workers on the Trans-Canada Highway on Friday to reduce the snow load in the Lanark showshed area. LINK

President Trump donated his fourth quarter salary to the Department of Transportation. The $100,000 donation will help fund grants for projects that “address critical infrastructures facing our nation’s highways, bridges and ports.” LINK

Facing EU penalties over poor air quality, Germany has said it wants to test free public transport in Bonn, Essen, Reutlingen, Mannheim and one of Germany’s most heavily polluted cities, Herrenberg. Government scheme to encourage people to leave their cars at home LINK

Porsche Audi will jointly develop a common EV platform that will find its way into several models from 2021 and beyond. LINK

Ride-Hailing is making public transit worse and Deepening Social and Economic Inequity. LINK

73 Mind-Blowing Implications of Driver-less Cars LINK

Privatizing Roads Was a Great Idea. Not Anymore.  Just ask Mike Pence: Private investors spent years racking up debt on the Indiana road. In 2014, they filed for bankruptcy.  LINK

A tremendous victory for Uber. Google had proposed a $1B settlement early on that was rejected. LINK

 

This Week In Mobility: № 67

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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