How Autonomous Vehicles Will Transform Cities and Suburbs by Ending Traffic Jams, Parking Problems and Road Rage (12-6-18)

The emerging technology of autonomous vehicles (AVs)—cars and shuttle buses that, through the miracle of artificial intelligence, can drive themselves with no human at the wheel—could go far in eliminating traffic congestion, parking problems and road rage. ILLUSTRATION BY ALEX FINE

Rush hour in Singapore, a crowded island city of nearly 6 million people, is much like rush hour in almost every major city in the world: a living hell of clogged highways and stressed-out drivers. The dilemma, if left alone, will only get worse if, as is expected, Singapore adds a million more residents in the next decade. But city planners have no intention of leaving it alone. They have in mind a solution that is radical and all-encompassing: to replace car ownership with ride-sharing.

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Parents Using Ride Sharing Apps For Kids’ Transportation (12-6-18)

(WTHR) — One of the struggles of being a busy parent with busy kids: transportation.

2017 survey found many parents with children between ages 6 and 17 have a hard time managing the logistics of getting their kids to various activities. Forty percent of those surveyed said they spend more than five hours per week driving their kids around. Of those parents, a third said they spend more than 10 hours each week driving their kids.

Mobile app developers are working to alleviate some of that stress with ride sharing apps similar to Uber or Lyft, but geared toward kids.

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Lyft Unveils Its Most-Visited Properties In D.C. (12-5-18)

Flickr/Tom Finzel The Kennedy Center on D.C.’s waterfront

Ride-sharing services have revolutionized the way D.C. residents and visitors get to dinner, concerts and other events, and new awards from Lyft shed light on which properties are benefiting most. Lyft Wednesday announced its fourth annual Lyftie awards, given to the most-visited destinations in the city, and 14th Street and U Street were big winners.

 

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Lyft Just Capped A Year Of Milestones: 1 Billion Rides, $15 Billion Valuation, 80 Percent Of The Bike-Share Market (11-28-18)

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Not every company can go up against the biggest kid on the playground and hold its own–but Lyft has done that and more.

The second-biggest ride-hailing company in America has faced cease-and-desist letters from local governments, lawsuits, and political and regulatory battles in addition to its never-ending mano-a-mano with chief rival Uber. But by September 2018, six years after Lyft launched, the San Francisco ride-hailing company, which is now valued at $15 billion with approximately 35 percent of the ride-hail market, announced it hit over 1 billion rides.

“If you look back to the first four or five years of Lyft, we were in survival mode–the odds were stacked against us. But now we’ve increased market share significantly, we’ve raised the resources to build out the team we need, and we finally have a year that we’re able to be in offense mode,” says John Zimmer, co-founder and president of Lyft.

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