Lyft and Aptiv Will Show Off Driverless Ride-Hailing at CES (1-2-18)

Ride-hailing startup Lyft Inc. and self-driving software company Aptiv Plc will show off a fully-automated ride-hailing service at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas later this month.

The “point-to-point” ride-hailing system will incorporate Lyft’s app with Aptiv’s automated driving platform, offering rides to attendees of the annual show, the companies said in a statement. Operating in complex areas like the Las Vegas Strip will “accelerate the availability of automated driving platforms for commercial applications,” the companies said.

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Uber And Lyft’s Top D.C. Destinations Of 2017 (1-2-18)

MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md., was among Uber and Lyft’s most-visited destinations in the region in 2017. (Evelyn Hockstein for The Washington Post)

MGM National Harbor has quickly joined the ranks of the D.C. region’s most popular Uber and Lyft destinations in 2017, a year after the bustling, $1.4 billion casino opened its doors in Prince George’s County.

After opening last December, the suburban Washington resort quickly became Maryland’s most profitable casino, with 6 million visitors in its first year.

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5 Ways To Ensure Your New Year’s Is Safe (12-28-17)

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The week between Christmas and New Year’s is one of the most fun and celebrated times of the year. It is also one of the most dangerous holidays of the year for drivers and passengers. Between Christmas and New Year’s Day, the average number of fatalities involving alcohol-impaired drivers increases by 34 percent in the U.S.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that during Christmas and New Year’s season, nearly 95 million Americans will be on the road traveling to visit family and friends. This elevated number of vehicles combined with an increased number of parties and celebrations often times leads to more impaired drivers on the roadways.

People are much more likely to drive impaired around Jan. 1 than during any other major holiday of the year.  In fact, almost half of all car crashes on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are due to an impaired driver.

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Ban Honking In D.C. (12-27-17)

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I loved the Dec. 21 The World article about the social impact of outlawing honking of car horns in Kathmandu in almost all circumstances [“Nepal’s policy triumph: Quiet in Kathmandu”]. In the D.C. area, perhaps we could take a lesson, implement similar measures and improve civility. The vehicle horn, the rude gestures, the aggressive driving and radical lane changes do not improve the flow of traffic or hasten the trip to one’s destination. But they do insult, enrage and incite equally uncivil reactions.

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The District’s Cabbies Are Struggling, So The City Is Giving Them Some Fares (12-23-17)

Richard White, 64, gets out of a cab at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in D.C. The same cab driver, James Grayton, 57, picked him up after the appointment. Cab drivers in D.C. are making ends meet by taking subsidized fares that the city is making available to low-income cancer patients, veterans, and foster care children. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

D.C. taxi drivers, struggling to hang on in an industry in decline, are getting a boost from the city in the form of subsidized fares.

They are ferrying foster children to school, taking cancer patients to treatment and helping veterans get to job interviews. The trips are subsidized by city programs designed to provide access to transportation for residents who are low-income and have special needs. The additional fares are a welcome source of income for cabbies, whose livelihoods have taken a hit with the rise of ride-hail services such as Uber and Lyft.

“Without these fares I would probably be out of business,” said David Turner, who has been driving a cab in D.C. for 15 years. “There is hardly any more flagging of cabs like there used to be. You don’t even see that anymore because everybody is going to the app now.”

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