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Hospitals are installing replica bus stops to help dementia patients feel more relaxed waiting for their appointments. Patients become more relaxed when seeing a bus stop because they are able to recall familiar landmarks from long term memory. One hospital is replicating a 1950s bus stop.  LINK

Tesla almost became part of Apple. Apple placed a bid for Tesla back in 2013 for around $240 a share which is actually more than Tesla’s current share price. Apple wanted Elon Musk to step away from Tesla but Musk was not ready to do that at that point. LINK

  • FLASHBACK: Elon Musk sued by cave rescuer he accused of being a pedophile LINK
  • FLASHBACK: Elon Musk sued by the SEC. LINK
  • FLASHBACK: Elon Musk’s ‘erratic behavior’ continues to rattle Wall Street. LINK

Volkswagen is testing anti-vomit technology for autonomous cars. VW is using red and green lights to indicate slow and fast movement…. they are also toying with the idea of moveable seats. One-third of all people are highly susceptible to motion sickness. LINK

Ai Weiwei sues VW for using refugee lifejacket artwork in their Ad. The legal battle surrounds his sprawling installation that sees the Kunsthal Charlottenborg’s façade packed with approximately 3,500 life jackets that were all salvaged from refugees in the island of Lesbos in Greece. The artwork was featured as the backdrop for a VW Polo campaign in October that same year. LINK

  • FLASHBACK: Mercedes-Benz is suing four artists, whose murals appeared in photographs the company posted on Instagram in 2018 because the artists have threatened to sue Mercedes for copyright infringement. The car company has since deleted the IG posts. LINK

You can soon use a Fitbit to pay for a subway or bus ride in NYC. The MTA’s contactless payment pilot program will also accept Google and Apple Pay. LINK

Ride-sharing passengers are begging for “Pine-Scent-Free Mode”. Many are allergic to air fresheners. Drivers say they’re just trying to provide a pleasant ride. LINK

  • FLASHBACK:  Uber is finally giving users its most requested feature: “Quiet Mode” LINK

Lyft passengers will no longer have to choose between “male” and “female” gender options. Now, they can select from the following:

  1. They/them/theirs
  2. She/her/hers
  3. He/him/his
  4. My pronoun isn’t listed
  5. Prefer not to say

Drivers will be able to see your preferred pronoun before asking, “Where are you going?”  LINK

“Hey Google, order food from …..” Google is connecting delivery apps like, Slice, and ChowNow with Google Assistant, Google Maps, and search results. LINK

Uber files paperwork with the FAA to begin testing food delivery via drones in San Diego. If approved, the service will be limited within the San Diego city limits and fly below 400 feet with a range of 3.5 miles. LINK

Washington DC considers training a group of 80 residents to report parking violations via an app. The proposal stems from the program which promotes a future of limited traffic-related deaths. The Washington Post calls “citizen cops” “a recipe for disaster.”  LINK

  • FLASHBACK: New Yorkers are rewarded with a share of fines for reporting idling trucks and buses. The number of fines rose from just 24 in 2017 to a staggering 1,038 in 2018. LINK
Anthony Barba

As the founder of mobility as a marketing consultancy pumpkin, Anthony helps brands utilize transportation to increase their competitive advantage & create new revenue streams. once gave TEDx talk on how the rise of the mafia in las vegas is connected to the future of mobility … then walked off stage to buy his daughter a Spider-Man action figure next door.

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