The Miles App is a ‘rewards program’ for ground-based transportation. The app tracks your every move in exchange for deals and discounts. I’m reading the App Store comments … users report that App gives fake gift cards. Good idea for someone to do right. LINK


In South Africa’s ‘Mafia-Like’ Taxi Industry, 11 people linked to the taxi industry were assassinated last week. Of all the assassinations in South Africa between 2000 and 2017, 43% were related to the taxi industry. LINK

  • FLASHBACK: A 21-year-old Taxify driver was found burned to death, trapped in the trunk of a burned car after he was “allegedly” attacked by meter taxi drivers in South Africa  LINK

Careem agrees to work with 2 Taxi Unions in Morocco. Tensions between Moroccan taxis and alternative transport may come to an end … Careem has signed a memorandum of understanding with two leading Moroccan taxi unions to allow taxi drivers to be hailed by the ridesharing app. Careem has more than 300,000 users in Morocco. LINK


VIDEO: GM‘s Maven Unveils Airbnb-style way for owners to rent out cars, but unlike Airbnb, GM keeps 40% of the Cheddar. LINK


Lime is demoing their scooters at Music Festivals to build hype in an effort to gain approval from the cities.  LINK

  • Uber could be in serious trouble if the emerging scooter-sharing market also cuts into its car-hailing business. LINK

Uber’s self-driving cars are returning to public streets in manual mode. That won’t help Uber test its self-driving car software, but it will help test political and public waters. LINK

  • MEANWHILE: Waymo has self-driven 8 million miles on public roads, plus over 5 billion miles in simulation. Waymo is now clocking 25K miles per day. LINK
  • … Multiple Apple vehicles spotted in the wild LINK

  • Uber driver makes $3,500 by covertly streaming hundreds of rides on Amazon’s live streaming video platform without rider consent. LINK
  • Uber drivers are pocketing $80 by using stock vomit photos and fraudulently charging customers a cleaning feeLINK
  • Uber drivers can make an extra $100 per month by selling passengers Twix. Uber announced its global exclusive partnership with in-car vending Machine startup CargoHonestly, how long before Uber moves this in-house? LINK

Austria will stop offering driving tests in Turkish. Turkish is reportedly the second-most-popular option. Austria will continue to offer the exam in English.  LINK


  • Ofo to lay off 70% of U.S. Workforce and Shut Down Operations in Multiple U.S. Cities LINK
  • Ofo shuts down Australia, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, India, and Israel. LINK
  • Ofo leaves Dallas … its bikes didn’t. LINK

  • According to the Wall Street Journal, Tesla reportedly asked some suppliers to return part of the money it’s paid them since 2016, including for past work. LINK
  • According to Needham & Co. analyst, 24% of Tesla Model 3 orders have been canceled. LINK

Welcome to the Resistance!! New York City digs up Trump mosaics that covered potholes.  LINK 

  • FLASHBACK: Make Potholes Great Again!! Artist raises $13,182 to fill NYC potholes with mosaics of pigeons, flowers & Trump. LINK
  • FLASHBACK: Domino’s Pizza is paying to fill potholes …. then advertising on them. Cities do not dig up ad-holes. LINK

  • Red-light cameras don’t reduce traffic accidents or improve public safety. LINK
  • Meet the Red-light camera making $45,000 a day. 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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