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When we end up in self-driving cars watching adsGoogle will make billions. LINK

  • FLASHBACK TWiM № 37: Audi is convinced that our future autonomous world will include passengers being bombarded with advertisements and it’s their job to be an adblockerLINK

Qatar pulls out of subsidizing Washington DC’s mass transit to keep it open after Hockey Playoff game. LINK

Uber is subsidizing Washington DC’s mass transit to keep it open after Hockey Playoff game ….  just days after city council was looking to raise the tax on ridesharing. LINK

  • FLASHBACK: Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund invests in UberLINK

The next billion-dollar businesses In autonomous cars?  Safety & Compliance. LINK


Waymo Offers Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, a Ride in a Fully Driverless Car. When Will He Accept?  LINK

Uber shutting down self-driving operations in Arizona. LINK

  • FLASHBACK № 74Arizona governor and Uber kept self-driving program secret, emails reveal LINK

Toyota’s approach to autonomous vehicles looks more sensible after Uber’s self-driving tragedy. LINK


I’d be culpably careless if I don’t cover the Royal Wedding … Prince Harry drove Meghan Markle to their reception in a silver-blue Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero.  The vehicle was originally manufactured in 1968 and has since been converted to electric power.  LINK


Michael Cohen’s Russian born taxi business partner, Евгений Наумович Фридман, flips ….  agreed to cooperate with investigators. Starting with his father’s taxi fleet, Mister Фридман began with 60 yellow cabs and expanded to 900 by 2015. LINK

  • FLASHBACK № 72: Taxi companies owned by Michael Cohen … of D. Trump Stormy D pay off fame … just got hit with nearly $80,000 in new claims for unpaid taxes, according to records filed in New York  LINK

The dirty truth coming for self-driving cars. Trash, odors, and bodily fluids. Will autonomous rideshares be ready for our mess? LINK

The self-driving car revolution needs . . . rental car companies? Someone’s gotta do the dirty work. LINK


Ford automated driving development partner Argo.AI is open to working with other OEMs.  Despite a 1 billion investment it turns out that Ford doesn’t have an exclusive on the work being done there.  LINK

Ford is falling behind in the autonomous driving push, Piper Jaffray says in downgrading the automaker LINK


Of course, Japan is planning a Hello Kitty Bullet TrainLINK

The Amazing Psychology of Japanese Train Stations… Dog whistles to reduce teen loiteringmood lighting to reduce suicide by jumping in front of trains… which sadly happens once a day in Japan. LINK


The Transport Minister of Malta has announced a partnership with blockchain startup Omnitude to improve Public Transport Service LINK


DiDi removes creepy passenger attractiveness ratings after woman’s murder. LINK


Estonia is the first in the world to offer Free public transit … 24 hours a day, seven days a week. LINK

City in Indiana gives students free public transportation this summer. LINK

An energy drink I’ve never heard of is giving out free helicopter rides for London commuters this week.  Now we all know them.  Ahhhh … the power of Mobility-as-Marketing LINK


Boosted Boards founders launch a scooter-sharing service in DCLINK

Lyft is eyeing its own electric Scooter service in San Francisco  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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