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Walmart customers who order groceries online can get a driverless Waymo to the store to pick up their order. LINK

A Japanese firm is selling ad space on commuters’ armpits. The ad co is also looking for young attractive armpit models. Men need not apply. LINK

Vancouver’s Public Transit is dead set on having a celebrity spokes man. I would have advised them on hiring a spokes woman considering …. regardless Seth Rogen is now the new voice of Vancouver’s commute. LINK

  • FLASHBACK: Morgan Freeman sexual harassment allegations puts Vancouver transit deal on hold LINK

WhatsApp & Mobility

  • Indian Railways to Share Live Running Status via WhatsApp. LINK
  • Passengers can now send pictures of dirty rail stations to Indian Railways on WhatsApp. LINK

Lyft rides hailed through the Southwest app won’t earn you miles, but Southwest thinks that’s a very good idea. We’re going to see a lot more of this in the near future. Which Airline will be first? LINK

Lithuania’s National Cyber-security center “strongly” urges people not to install Russian taxi app because it may be snooping on users. The Yandex taxi app requires access to microphone and camera and local network and more. LINK

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A New York startup wants to save L train riders with fancy Mercedes vans and breakfast bars. For $155 a month you can ride to work, but only one-way. You’ll need to find a way home. LINK

  • FLASHBACK: This New Yorker wants to save L train riders with a Gondola. LINK

Man legally changes gender to get cheaper car insurance. LINK Honda will pay EV owners in California to charge when energy demand is low. LINK

Didi Chuxing says it employs 3.9 million retired soldiers as drivers. 98% are getting a five-star (out of five) review. LINK

  • FLASHBACK: Chinese military veterans’ rally for better welfare ends as armed police move in. Chinese President Xi Jinping promised to tackle the issue LINK

VW may recall 124,500 electric cars due to cadmium in chargers. The carmaker says carcinogenic substance poses no threat to drivers. LINK

Reverend Al Sharpton, Founder of the National Action Network along with other civil rights groups joined Uber and Lyft in opposing proposed legislation to limit the amount of ride-sharing vehicles in New York City. For a little perspective, In 2017 Uber and Lyft cars outnumber yellow cabs in NYC 4 to 1 LINK

  • FLASHBACK: VIDEO: Uber is a paid sponsor of Al Sharpton’s National Action Network. 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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