Trump’s Trade War could disrupt the electric scooter boom. Techcrunched the numbers and theorized that the average scooter is costing around $400 to import and sell. Tariffs would tack on another $100 per scooter. LINK 


Wi-Fi in the road? Kansas City tech start-up, Integrated Roadways, is wiring pavement for safety — and … wait for it …. advertising!  LINK 


Saudi car dealers gear up for women “hit the roads.”  LINK


Tesla sues ex-employee for theft and hacking. But he says he’s a whistleblower that warned investors that 1,100 damaged battery modules were installed in Model 3 cars that are on the road today. LINK

  • FLASHBACK Elon Musk alleges saboteur could have been working with short sellers, oil and gas companies or “the multitude of big gas/diesel car company competitors. LINK

Uber will start paying some drivers up-to $20 a week to switch to electric carsLINK


San Francisco will make those guerrilla bike lane a permanent fixture. LINK

  • FLASHBACK A group of San Francisco bikers is taking matters into its own hands, using a very simple tool–traffic cones and creating guerrilla bike lanes to show cities how easy it is to make streets safer. LINK

One Tesla Model 3 could net $120k a year for its owner as an autonomous Uber “Driver”LINK

  • FLASHBACK: A mysterious new player pays $22 million for 131 NYC Taxi medallions. LINK

Toyota donates $100,000 to an open-source simulator for autonomous driving. The code is hosted on Github, in case you’re interested in poking around. LINK


VW’s fledgling Moia mobility unit is betting on the rise of self-driving cars to deliver on its plan to catch up with ride-hailing leaders like Uber without burning through piles of cash.  Moia is planning a pilot program in Hamburg involving hundreds of on-demand shuttles. Will Moia compete with or complement Hamburg’s traditional taxi services?  LINK

  • FLASHBACK: Gett, a partner of Volkswagen, has agreed to buy U.S. rival Juno for $250 million. LINK
  • FLASHBACK: Gett is struggling to raise new funds as Volkswagen Group leans toward backing Moia. LINK

How long before “Golf Cart Sharing” becomes a thing? Well, if it does, Denver wants no part of it. LINK


New Jersey man paddleboards across Hudson River dressed in a suit to get to interviewLINK

Florida man rides on hood of a car going 70 mph on I-95, he was not wearing a suit. No word if he was in route to an interview. LINK

  • FLASHBACK: LinkedIn Now Lets You Search for Jobs by Commute Time LINK

Summit, New Jersey is changing street designs for safer texting and walking. Mayor believes the city is attracting millennials who “don’t really want to be driving around.”LINK


Uber 2.0 won a big battle in London. However, here are some more places in the world where you will struggle to hitch a ride with Uber LINK


Blacks face longer wait times on Uber, Lyft than other races – worse for taxis, UCLA study says LINK

  • FLASHBACK: Black-Owned Ride-Sharing App aims for those underserved or frustrated by longer wait times LINK

Veyo, Connecticut’s non-emergency medical transportation contractor, has been fined $4,000 for having Medicaid patients waiting over an hour for pick-ups, or not showing up at all. LINK

  • FLASHBACK: Officials with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare says Veyo, the company tapped by the state to transport Medicaid patients for non-emergency services, is ending its $70 million contract with the stateLINK
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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