Most drivers in D.C. likely are familiar with protected bike lanes, set apart from car traffic by bollards or curbs. But during this year’s bike-to-work week, cyclists tried another tactic to draw attention to areas where the region’s infrastructure isn’t doing a good job of keeping people on bikes safe — human-protected bike lanes.
Over the last several months a handful of startups have dropped hundreds or thousands of electric scooters on the sidewalks in cities like San Francisco, Austin, and San Diego, allowing anyone who downloads an app to unlock and ride them across town for a small fee. It’s a radical – and controversial – experiment in urban mobility. But scooters could be just the beginning.
Lyft has come a long way since it was the pink-stache, barely-there alternative to ride-hailing king Uber. Following a fall from grace by Uber and a sequence of smart moves by Lyft—like treating its employees decently and buying carbon offsets for every single ride—the 2012 San Francisco-based upstart is now an industry leader.
Google wants to personalize and enhance the driving experience more than ever via its Android Automotive embedded operating system, and a big part of the excitement at its Google I/O 2018 developers’ conference this week is around its plans for the connected car, particularly around AI and voice-powered experiences.
Previewing what’s next for Android Auto, Google executives talked up visual templates for car dashboards that feature “a fresh new design [that] enables media apps to make their content more accessible,” as announced at I/O. The goal is to make browsable content visible as soon as an app is opened on the car dashboard.