A Message To Riders (August 2018)

Director Ernest Chrappah
Thank you for recognizing that DFHV is making the effort to be responsive to your feedback about Uber, Lyft, Via, limousine, and taxi services in the District of Columbia. As the summer comes to an end we ask you – members of the public – to share with us topics you will like to see in future correspondences with the for-hire ride industry. We appreciate your engagement with us through social media, Ask the Director, the telephone, and at community meetings. We are making progress in removing transit challenges so residents and visitors to the District are able to access a safe, affordable, and accessible ride of their choice.

Scooter Companies Are Trying To Rehabilitate Their Reputations As Cities Crack Down (8-23-18)

Photo by Andrew Liptak / The Verge

After flooding dozens of cities with tens of thousands of pay-per-minute electric two-wheelers, the bike and scooter companies have hit a snag: cities are increasingly passing new rules to regulate their use. As part of their effort to get into the good graces of regulators and lawmakers writing these rules, the scooter startups are rolling out new products and initiatives that emphasize charitable giving, outreach to low-income communities, and infrastructure improvements. It’s image rehabilitation 101.

Read Full Story Here (via The Verge)

A Day In The Life Of A Waymo Self-Driving Taxi (8-21-18)

Waymo is ready to start charging for its self-driving trips, but first, it needs to master the dreaded art of fleet management

In a nondescript depot in suburban Arizona, the future of transportation is getting a tune-up. This is where Waymo, the self-driving unit of Google parent Alphabet, houses its growing fleet of self-driving cars: hundreds of Chrysler Pacifica minivans fitted with highly advanced hardware and software that enables them to safely ride on public roads without a human driver behind the wheel.

For over a year, Waymo has been offering trips to the 400-plus members of its Early Rider program who use Waymo’s ride-hailing app to summon the minivans for free trips to school, the mall, the gym, or elsewhere within its suburban Phoenix service area. Soon, Waymo will make that service available to the general public and it will start charging money for it, too. At the outset, the company plans on offering fully autonomous rides with a Waymo employee in the car only as a chaperone. And when that happens, it will make history as the first fully driverless taxi service in the world.

Read Full Story Here (via The Verge)