Uber, Lyft to Provide Free & Discounted Trips to Polling Places on Election Day (10-14-18)

Ride-hailing company Uber joined Lyft this month in planning to provide free rides to users who need help getting to polling places for Election Day.

As political campaigns enter the last stretch of the midterm season, Uber and Lyft are serious about getting voters to the ballot box on Nov. 6.

Ride-hailing company Uber announced it’s offering free rides for Uber users who need transportation to their polling places on Election Day.

The company will display a “Get to the Polls” button on the Uber app to help users find their designated polling place and allow users to book a free ride. The company has also partnered with the nonprofit civic engagement group When We All Vote to distribute voter registration information via the Uber app and help drivers and riders register to vote.

“Using our technology and resources, we can help make it easier for every Uber rider in the U.S. to get to their polling place at the push of a button,” Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in a company statement on Oct. 4.

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New EV Charging Corridor Launches Between D.C. and Boston (9-10-18)

Nissan and EVgo have completed their plan to connect the cities of Boston and Washington, D.C., with a series of nine electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging stations with 52 fast chargers in total.

The “I-95 Fast Charging ARC” is designed to give EV owners peace of mind and convenience when traveling the 500 miles between the two cities, according to EVgo.

Each station can charge up to four or more EVs simultaneously at a power output of 50 kW. The stations have also been designed and constructed to adapt to future advances in EV technology, including pre-wiring for higher charging outputs to allow easy upgrading to 150 kW fast chargers.

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Pepco Unveils $15M Transportation Electrification Program for DC (9-10-18)

Dive Brief:

  • Pepco, the sole electric distribution company in the District of Columbia, last week unveiled a $15 million transportation program aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of the city’s drivers and making charging infrastructure available to all residents.
  • D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has made the growth of electrified transportation options a priority for the city, noting that the transportation sector contributes more than 20% of the District’s carbon emissions. Plug-in vehicles (PIV) represent approximately 0.23% of the market, according to Pepco, compared with the national average of 1.2%.
  • Of the 310,000 vehicles registered in D.C., only about 720 are PIV. Reaching the 40,000 PIVs predicted to be on D.C. roads by 2030 will require more than 1,000 Level 2 charging plugs and 76 DC Fast Chargers, the utility said.

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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.

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