You’ve most likely heard all the news coming out of Sin City… so I proud to present to you the “100% CES Free Edition” of This Week In Mobility. Thank you so much for reading.


How to Get Free Ride in 2018

  • Method 1: Shift tax dollars and refocus political priorities. French city shocks citizens by making transit free. LINK
  • Method 2: Buy a Pair of Sneakers. Adidas Partners with Berlin Transit. When worn, Sneakers acts as a valid ticket for the rest of the year. I’m going to buy one tomorrow, we report back next week. LINK
  • Method 3: Flat out refuse to pay. A drunk man takes a taxi across Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. Refuses to pay $2800 fare. LINK

Autonomous

  • Method 4: Be Bill Gates. Microsoft founder gets caught in San Francisco downpour. Gets free Zoox Robo Taxi ride. LINK
  • A startup called Amber will deploy driver-less cars in Holland this year—but they’ll move only by night. LINK

Uber

  • Uber agreed to pay “up to” $3 million to settle a proposed class-action lawsuit brought on behalf of 2,421 NYC drivers. Uber accused of docking excessive fees from their fares. How much is that after Lawyer fees? LINK
  • Travis selling a third of his stake in Uber for $1.4 billion. LINK

Who is buying Fiat Chrysler?

The Italian-American automakers’ sales are down 33% year over year, but this week on heavy trading volume shares surged more than 20%. How Gangster would it be if its actually Travis? LINK


Mobility is Local

  • Ride-sharing services banned by Perth, Australian Stadium. LINK
  • Ride-sharing services welcomed with open arms by Orlando, Florida Stadium. LINK

China

  • Chinese Ride-sharing service, Didi-Chuxing launches a bike-sharing service. LINK
  • Chinese Bike-sharing service, Mobike Chuxing, sells 10% stake in the new car-sharing unit to a Car Co. LINK
  • China expects smart cars with partially or fully autonomous functions to account for 50 percent of new vehicles sold in the country by 2020LINK
  • Ford CEO says China will take the lead in Electric Vehicle area LINK
  • More Chinese cities are accepting Mobile payment apps for subway and bus rides. LINK

Mapzen, the open source startup used by civic tech organizations, app developers, and government agencies, shuttersLINK

  • Transportation Department teams up with Waze on new safety initiative. LINK
Anthony Barba

About 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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