Lyft Offering Ugly Christmas Sweater Rides In D.C. Area (12-15-17)

Friday was National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day and to celebrate, the rideshare company Lyft joined in on the fun by covering a few of its cars with holiday knitting – all to benefit a good cause.

“Merry Mode” is only available this weekend and only for app users in the D.C. region.

“When you pulled up in the car, people were shocked at first because they really don’t know what they’re getting when they order it,” Lyft driver Tino Mendez said.

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How Samsung Wants to Help Shape Autonomous Driving (12-14-17)

Just as its Galaxy smartphones serve as a platform for a wide universe of mobile tasks, Samsung is building out a whole new set of capabilities in another mobility platform: autos.

In its latest move, the Korean electronics giant has partnered with Renovo, a Silicon Valley startup whose software pulls together all the software needed for a commercial fleet of shared autonomous vehicles.

“The two have been working together since the beginning of this year on enabling the Smart Machines Group under the Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center to use Renovo’s Aware operating system in its first fleet of test vehicles in California,” according to the Korea Herald

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With Uber And Lyft Moving In, MWAA Reduces Number Of Cabs At Dulles (12-13-17)

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority voted Wednesday to reduce the number of cabs at Dulles Airport.

The numbers paint a grim picture. At Dulles, taxi drop offs are down 32 percent since 2015.

Uber and Lyft pick ups are up 71 percent in 2017. At Reagan they’re up 56 percent.

ABC7 Transportation Reporter Sam Sweeney has more in the video.

Holiday DUI Patrols Start In Arlington (12-13-17)

Drunk drivers are being targeted by Arlington Police during the holidays; do not drink and drive.

ARLINGTON, VA — This holiday season, the Arlington County Police Department is participating in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s “Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over” campaign to remind motorists about the dangers of drinking and driving.

Starting Dec. 13 and going through New Year’s Eve, Arlington police will be increasing the number of patrols, setting up roadblocks and using local media to reach out to all drivers.

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This ‘Dancing Queen’ Uber Driver Has the Best DC Ride Ever (12-12-17)

Meet Tuffa Riolo, who drives Uber and Lyft riders in his decked-out Ford Escape.

Tuffa Riolo didn’t start driving Uber for the extra cash. Heartbroken after separating from his wife in 2014, he was searching for something to keep himself busy outside of his real estate job. Almost 9,000 rides later, it’s become more than a job for this baby boomer: It’s about dancing and singing and strings of miniature red Solo Cup lights. Dozens of pastel Post-its push-pinned into Riolo’s black Ford Escape’s interior read: “Best Uber ever!” “I feel honored to be here right now.” “IDK how we didn’t crash!”

Since last winter, Riolo has incorporated the Solo Cup lights, artificial flowers, glow sticks, and photos—selfies with riders shrouded by the exclamation-point studded notes—to create a meticulously curated Uber experience. He spends up to 3 hours a week making sure everything is in the right place. Every new Post-it gets a spot in the backseat.

Riolo, who is originally from Egypt and now lives in Rockville, started keeping a pad and pen in the backseat as a nod to his previous job at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Northwest. But instead of writing notes or to-do lists for themselves, riders began leaving paper sentiments behind, so he thought, “I’m going to have fun with the people,” and turned the notes into wallpaper.

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