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A nudge toward autonomy: a U.K. insurance company is offering a discount for Tesla drivers that turn on autonomous driving features. The insurer, Direct Line, is now offering a 5 percent discount for those willing to let go of the wheel, so to speak. LINK

G.M. Unveils Its Driverless Cars, Aiming to Lead the Pack LINK

  • The GM Investor Presentation LINK
  • George Hotz, the founder of open source self-driving car kit, picks apart GM’s investor deck. LINK

Lyft exec suggests they could dethrone Google Maps as the leader in routing technology, thanks to the data it gathers from its 800,000 rideshare drivers. LINK

Lyft expands its non-emergency medical transportation services. It’s doing so in partnership with healthcare transport platform, Circulation. LINK

Chinese bike sharing firm Hellobike has raised a US$350 million series D round from Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s financial services affiliate Ant Financial, electric vehicle developer WM Motor, Chengwei Capital and bike manufacturer Fujita. LINK

Indian ride-hail player Ola just launched its own dockless bike-sharing service Using the same app as they would hail a ride, Ola users can find the nearest dockless bike. LINK

Tucson’s Bike-sharing program offering free rides on Tuesdays in December LINK

Helmut Lang Using New York Taxi Drivers as Models to sell $125 T-shirts. In 1998  Helmut Lang was the first designer to use a taxi’s advertising space to promote a line. I wanted to buy the yellow hoodie but, sadly, it sold out. LINK

Uber in Japan is regulated by a taxi service, just as it is in the places in Europe where it hasn’t been banned. LINK

Uber attempts to build bridges with regulators by joining a public transport association LINK

London taxi industry looks to city hall for changes to be made to the cost structure. Industry reps said their business has fallen by 40 percent since Uber was given the green light by the city council eight months ago. LINK


At least 47 cities around the world are piloting self-driving cars LINK

VW unveils an electric van for its MOIA ride-sharing service.  It will launch in Hamburg in 2018 with about 200 vehicles. LINK

Nissan Motor Co. said it would start testing robotaxis on Japanese streets in March. LINK

A German government agency has removed Tesla’s Model S from the list of electric cars eligible for subsidies because it is not available in a version that falls within a 60,000 euro ($71,448) price limit. 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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