DC Cyclists Hoping For Crackdown On Safety Issues (8-3-18)

Some District cyclists are calling upon police to issue more accident reports and ticket more drivers parked in the bike lane — all in the name of safety.

General Motors Jumps Into Peer-To-Peer Car Sharing (7-24-18)

Helen H. Richardson | The Denver Post | Getty Images. A Chevy Volt and a GMC Acadia, parked on Little Raven Court, are available for car share through a new app from Maven in Denver.

Looking to make money renting out your car or truck?

General Motors thinks a lot of people are interested in making cash off their car, which is why the automaker announced Tuesday it is launching a peer-to-peer car-share business.

The business will operate under the company’s Maven brand, which already has a more traditional car-share business in several cities and more than 150,000 users.

For GM, expanding into peer-to-peer car sharing is the latest move to develop new revenue streams and business lines to complement the company’s core business, which is selling new vehicles.

Read Full Story Here (via CNBC)

It’s Too Soon to Regulate Self-Driving Cars, Says U.S. Safety Official

 

It’s premature to regulate the self-driving vehicles being tested by companies such as General Motors Co. and Waymo LLC, the U.S. government’s top auto safety official said.

“At this point the technology is so nascent I don’t think it is appropriate today to regulate this technology,” Heidi King, deputy administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said in an interview. “It’s not there yet, but each and every day we are open to identifying when the time is right.”

D.C. Officials To Stretch ‘Car Free Day’ Into Two Days (7-18-18)

In this Feb. 13, 2018 photo, a woman walks past a dockless bike parked outside of the Commerce Department in Washington. Shared bikes that can be left wherever the rider ends up are helping more people get access to the mode of transportation that reduces car traffic and increases exercise. But the dockless bikes are also producing some chaos with discarded bikes cluttering public spaces, blocking sidewalks and even placed in trees and lakes. Over the last year, startup companies have brought the bikes that don’t require docking stations into city after city in the U.S. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) kicked off a new season of anything-but-car travel Wednesday by approving funds for alternative transportation projects and accepting a plan to stretch this year’s “Car Free Day” into two days.

Read Full Story Here (via The Washington Times)

Here’s How Much Millennials Spend On Uber And Lyft In Major US Cities Every Month (7-14-18)

Millennials spend an average $110 a month on Uber in San Francisco. Spencer Platt/Getty
  • Between Uber and Lyft, millennials are spending upwards of $100 a month on ridesharing services in some cities.
  • Money managing app Empower surveyed 50,000 users across the US to determine how much millennials pay for Uber and Lyft per month in 29 cities.
  • Uber and Lyft were born in San Francisco and users there spend the most.

Getting around major metropolitan areas can be hard on foot and at times unbearable using underground transportation. Ridesharing apps like Uber and Lyft thrive in areas with a highly concentrated population — and some millennials are spending over $100 a month to use them.

Read Full Story Here (via Business Insider)