Uber Rolls Out Location Sharing And Glowing Windshields (11-20-17)

Uber is trying to make it less annoying to find your driver.

The ride-hailing giant is rolling out new tools such as a live location feature and windshield colors. The efforts intend to improve the pick-up process, especially in crowded areas like the airport or a concert venue.

“The rendezvous point between rider and driver is one of the most stress inducing parts [of the trip]. Often times you’re on the street, it might be cold, you’re looking around. It could be dark,” Uber product lead Nundu Janakiram told CNN Tech. “Riders kept telling us that they were basically trying to verbally [describe] their GPS point.”

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Cities Warm Up to Designated Uber, Lyft Pick-Up Spots (11-16-17)

Some of the hottest real estate in cities right now is curbspace.

It’s in such demand that cities including Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Fort Lauderdale, Florida have unveiled test programs that rethink this precious resource.

The cities are replacing commercial parking spots with reserved pickup and dropoff areas for Uber and Lyft.

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Forbes 30 Under 30 – Law & Policy Presents: Travis Nembhard

Bachelor of Arts / Science, The State University of New York at Binghamton; Law Degree, Villanova University School of Law
Nembhard, 29.

Administrative Law Judge, DC Department of For-Hire Vehicles 

The youngest administrative law judge in Washington, D.C., Nembhard oversees hearings and mediations at the D.C. Department of For-Hire Vehicles, an agency he helped draft legislation to create as an aide to D. C. Council-member Mary Cheh. Nembhard also has a private legal practice devoted to assisting non-citizens with immigration issues.

Elementary School PTA Teams Up With Lyft To Get Parents To School, Too (11-14-17)

GAITHERSBURG, Md. – A Gaithersburg school is creating a first-of-its-kind fundraising partnership with ride-hailing service Lyft.

At Jones Lane Elementary School, many students come from the surrounding neighborhood. But a neighborhood six miles away also feeds into the school.

One parent told the Parent-Teacher Association about her struggles getting there without a car.

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D.C. Launches Services To Help Veterans Get Around Town, Start Their Own Businesses (11-9-17)

Washington, D.C., rolled out two new services to help those who’ve served our country. One will help low-income veterans get to doctor appointments and work, and the other will help veterans trying to launch their own businesses.

Richard White, 64, served in the Army and lives on his disability income. He finds it hard to get around using public transportation

“It’s very difficult when you try to use the bus,” he said. “Some of the people, you know, folks don’t give you a seat like they used to once upon a time, and then the weather – you’re waiting for a bus and it’s cold outside and that can be very harmful to your health.”

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