Lyft, GreatCall Expand Ride-Hailing Service For Seniors (11-15-18)

Dive Brief:

  • Lyft and health-tech company GreatCall have expanded their partnership on a ride-hailing service for seniors to the entire U.S. The service is designed to help older adults get to medical appointments, to the grocery store or just out for social activities.
  • The partners have tested GreatCall Rides for the past two years in Arizona, California and Florida, as well as the Chicago and Dallas metro areas, according to Home Health Care News.
  • Rather than using a smartphone app, customers can press “0” on their Jitterbug phones and tell an operator where they want to go, and a driver will pick them up just like with traditional ride-hailing services.

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Mary Barra Says G.M. Is ‘on Track’ to Roll Out Autonomous Vehicles Next Year (11-1-18)

Mary Barra spoke to Andrew Ross Sorkin at the Dealbook conference. CreditCreditMike Cohen for The New York Times.

Mary T. Barra, the chief executive of General Motors, said the company is “on track” to roll out a ride-sharing service in 2019 that would rely on autonomous vehicles, a development that would advance the already-heated race to bring a self-driving car to market.

“We’re on track, with our rate of learning, to be able to do that next year,” Ms. Barra said at DealBook’s Playing for the Long Term conference. She added that the company had a strategy to show how its vehicles are safer than human drivers. The vehicles can currently run safely at speeds of up to about 30 miles per hour, and the service will be limited to a small geographical area, Ms. Barra said.

(Check out the latest from the DealBook conference.)

She did not say where the service would operate but noted that the company has been testing in San Francisco.

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How Autonomous Vehicles Could Shape Future Development (11-11-18)

The greatest constraining factor to urban real estate development, ZOM Living CEO Greg West said, is parking. Building entrances for people to walk in is easy, he said, but constructing entrances and garages to store hundreds of cars is a major challenge.

If autonomous vehicles can drop people off at work and not have to remain parked there all day, he said it could open a world of opportunity for development.

“Ultimately what that means is developers will be able to build in urban places without any parking at all,” said West, speaking last week at the Dreamit x Bisnow Innovation Summit in Tampa.

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EV Sharing Program Comes To Fruition In Sacramento (11-5-18)

Envoy Technologies, a provider of shared, on-demand, community-based electric vehicles (EVs), has announced the first wave of live sites and vehicle deployments in Sacramento, Calif., under the Electrify America Green City initiative.

Envoy and Electrify America recently joined Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg at an event to unveil the EVs and outline the vision for future development. Electrify America is a Volkswagen subsidiary created to help fulfill funding requirements under the automaker’s Dieselgate settlement.

Under the Sac-to-Zero initiative, more than 20 Volkswagen e-Golf vehicles are now available across Sacramento at over 10 multifamily properties, each with an accompanying Level 2 charging station. The majority of these sites are in disadvantaged communities. Drivers can use the “Envoy There” mobile app to use vehicles for a myriad of uses.

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Uber-ing With A Child: Site Details Various Seat Laws Around DC, Nation (11-1-18)

The advent of ride-booking services like Lyft and Uber has raised questions about how parents can get around with their little ones safely and legally. (Getty Images/iStockphoto/MementoImage)

WASHINGTON — The advent of ride-booking (or “ride-sharing”) services, such as Lyft and Uber, has revolutionized how people earn money and, of course, how they get from point A to point B.

The answers, unfortunately, are not abundantly clear: Child-restraint guidelines vary nationwide.

“It can be a challenge to figure out what the rules are for transporting kids in a ride-share vehicle, as the laws vary from state to state,” said Justin Owens, a research scientist at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute’s Center for Vulnerable Road User Safety.

“Where the confusion comes in is that in most of those states, it is unclear whether those laws also include ride-share vehicles — if ride shares are counted as taxis or not.”

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