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Audi wants more electrified vehicles to rent, may grow subscription service.
Silvercar currently operates in 26 airports and city centers across the continental United States. As its name implies, it maintains a fleet of silver-colored vehicles that can be reserved and rented via mobile device.. The all-Audi fleet include A4 sedans and A5 convertibles, as well as the Q5 and Q7 crossovers. Silvercar also oversees the Audi select monthly subscription service which launched in the Texas’ Dallas-Ft. Worth area last year.
audi  vwc  technology  subscription  finance  carsharing 
16 days ago by automotive
Beware the ethical car -
"On Tuesday, Lyft released a dataset for self-driving car development, along with a blog post. Here’s a snippet:
Avoidable collisions, single-occupant commuters, and vehicle emissions are choking our cities, while infrastructure strains under rapid urban growth.

And that translates to an efficient ecosystem of connected transit, bikes, scooters, and shared rides from drivers as well as self-driving cars. Solving the autonomous vehicle challenge is not just an option — it’s a necessity.

And then the CEO’s quote:
Not only can self-driving tech save two lives every single minute, it is essential to combat climate change by allowing people to ditch their cars for shared electric transportation. Lyft is committed to leading this transportation revolution.

Here’s what’s they’re doing: by co-opting the language of climate change, companies are going to try and make cars ethical.

Evidence so far

We should be wary. First, because ridesharing has already claimed to reduce emissions and traffic congestion, and has done the opposite.

See, Lyft claimed in 2015 that their service harmonized with public transit, rather than competed with it. That didn’t work out. Not only have they stolen trips from public transit, they’ve reduced support for transit and replaced walking & biking trips, too. They’ve increased traffic deaths by 2-3%, while increasing the number of cars on the streets.

Improved cars are a suspiciously convenient change agenda

California, eager to top its subsidy of mansions as blindingly regressive policy, decided to subsidize electric cars to the tune of $7,500 each, in the form of a tax credit. Tax credits, of course, are wealth transfer from some taxpayers to others: and in this case, we’re transferring our money to the deserving buyers of $90,000 sports cars.

That isn’t enough: we also allowed electric cars to drive in HOV lanes for years, until too many did so, traffic built up again, and the perk was removed.

While we subsidize the rich, we subsidize public transit less than almost everywhere else and make a grisly show of cracking down on fare evasion.

Space and selfishness

Lyft links to two articles in their blog post - one to a Washington Post ‘brand studio’ (sponsored, ghostwritten) article, and the other to The Atlantic. The Washington Post article is there to substantiate the climate change claim and here’s the crux of its argument:
Fulton’s analysis found little societal or environmental benefit from driverless vehicles unless they are both electric and shared.

Which brings us to the question of self-driving technology: will it be used for shared, communal transit like public transit works today, or will it be a way for rich people to have private luxury rooms?

All current signs point to the worse scenario. Here’s the carpooling, from the Washington Post article:
Carpooling peaked during the 1970s energy crisis, then dropped to 9 percent in 2014 from 20 percent in 1980.

Here’s what Elon Musk thinks of public transit.
“It’s a pain in the ass,” he continued. “That’s why everyone doesn’t like it. And there’s like a bunch of random strangers, one of who might be a serial killer, OK, great. And so that’s why people like individualized transport, that goes where you want, when you want.”

Would Musk encourage people to carpool in their self-driving Teslas? Do serial killers own Teslas? This hasn’t been an issue so far, because Tesla owners can drive by themselves in carpool lanes.

Or consider how people reacted to increasing vehicle efficiency, and were given the choice: save the environment, or bigger cars?
The global S.U.V. boom is a roadblock in the march toward cleaner cars that has been aided by advances in fuel-saving technology and hybrid or electric vehicles. Compared to smaller cars, S.U.V.s are less efficient, generally by about 30 percent.


Cars are a broken format. We shouldn’t give them a lifeline, or a new coat of paint, and society shouldn’t find a way to assuage the guilt that surrounds them.

Sure, cars should be electric. There are a lot of places in the world where transportation infrastructure isn’t sufficient and cars are the native transportation medium. Maybe they should be self-driving too, if the technology is safer than human drivers. Right now, it isn’t.

But to a large extent this is a zero-sum problem. Ridesharing already has substantially hurt public transit. The blue sky dream of self-driving cars is spawning galaxy-brain reckons like replacing the subway with underground highways, or replacing the subway with tunnels. These dreams are built around selfishness: they always offer private pods flying through space. Hyperloop promotional material portrays it as an alternative to being on the surface, with all those other people.

Avoiding climate catastrophe is obviously necessary, and we should consider all the options. But it’s hard to believe in car-centric solutions that don’t come with a vision of social and cultural change."
cars  carpooling  carsharing  lyft  uber  elonmusk  electriccars  transportation  transit  publictransit  climatechange  technology  technosolutionism  space  selfishness  society  globalwarming  ethics  ridesharing  california  subsidies  policy  highspeedrail  trains  hovlanes  suvs  emissions  hyperloop  tommacwright 
23 days ago by robertogreco
Dieser Ingenieur erfand das automatisierte Carsharing – vor 26 Jahren | NGIN Mobility
Jürgen Stüber – 5. Juli 2019 Kaum einer kennt die Firma, die heutige Bike-, Scooter- und Carsharing-Flotten in Bewegung hält. Die Technologie dazu kommt aus dem westfälischen Hinterland. via Pocket
IFTTT  Pocket  carsharing  fahrradio  mobilität 
5 weeks ago by hansdorsch
Ford's AV business gets insights from airlines
Make no mistake — Ford intends on keeping its wheels firmly on the ground. But airlines have know-how in maximizing the time planes spend in the sky, and they understand how to sell seats. That resembles the operational strategy Ford intends to deploy with self-driving vehicles — keeping cars on the road in both ride-hailing and delivery services around the clock. So company executives have spent extensive time benchmarking airlines.
fordc  technology  carsharing  ridesharing  mobility 
9 weeks ago by automotive
Car-sharing companies take free professional photos of your basic car
Early on, Turo saw "it wasn't just the volume of listings, it was about the quality," Tom Wang, Turo chief product officer, told me in a conversation earlier this year. This pushed the company to move from an intern who took some photos of cars to build out a global network of freelance photographers. "Guests [renters] expect it to be high quality, almost retail level," Wang said about car listings on its site. A main advantage of car-sharing sites over car renting agencies is knowing exactly which car – down to the make, model, year, and color – you'll be getting. 
technology  carsharing 
9 weeks ago by automotive
Uber’s Path of Destruction - American Affairs Journal
"ince it began operations in 2010, Uber has grown to the point where it now collects over $45 billion in gross passenger revenue, and it has seized a major share of the urban car service market. But the widespread belief that it is a highly innovative and successful company has no basis in economic reality.

An examination of Uber’s economics suggests that it has no hope of ever earning sustainable urban car service profits in competitive markets. Its costs are simply much higher than the market is willing to pay, as its nine years of massive losses indicate. Uber not only lacks powerful competitive advantages, but it is actually less efficient than the competitors it has been driving out of business.

Uber’s investors, however, never expected that their returns would come from superior efficiency in competitive markets. Uber pursued a “growth at all costs” strategy financed by a staggering $20 billion in investor funding. This funding subsidized fares and service levels that could not be matched by incumbents who had to cover costs out of actual passenger fares. Uber’s massive subsidies were explicitly anticompetitive—and are ultimately unsustainable—but they made the company enormously popular with passengers who enjoyed not having to pay the full cost of their service.

The resulting rapid growth was also intended to make Uber highly attractive to those segments of the investment world that believed explosive top-line growth was the only important determinant of how start-up companies should be valued. Investors focused narrow­ly on Uber’s revenue growth and only rarely considered whether the company could ever produce the profits that might someday repay the multibillion dollar subsidies.

Most public criticisms of Uber have focused on narrow behavioral and cultural issues, including deceptive advertising and pricing, algorithmic manipulation, driver exploitation, deep-seated misogyny among executives, and disregard of laws and business norms. Such criticisms are valid, but these problems are not fixable aberrations. They were the inevitable result of pursuing “growth at all costs” without having any ability to fund that growth out of positive cash flow. And while Uber has taken steps to reduce negative publicity, it has not done—and cannot do—anything that could suddenly pro­duce a sustainable, profitable business model.

Uber’s longer-term goal was to eliminate all meaningful competition and then profit from this quasi-monopoly power. While it has already begun using some of this artificial power to suppress driver wages, it has not achieved the Facebook- or Amazon-type “plat­form” power it hoped to exploit. Given that both sustainable profits and true industry dominance seemed unachievable, Uber’s investors de­cided to take the company public, based on the hope that enough gullible investors still believe that the compa­ny’s rapid growth and popularity are the result of powerfully effi­cient inno­vations and do not care about its inability to generate profits.

These beliefs about Uber’s corporate value were created entirely out of thin air. This is not a case of a company with a reasonably sound operating business that has managed to inflate stock market expectations a bit. This is a case of a massive valuation that has no relationship to any economic fundamentals. Uber has no competitive efficiency advantages, operates in an industry with few barriers to entry, and has lost more than $14 billion in the previous four years. But its narratives convinced most people in the media, invest­ment, and tech worlds that it is the most valuable transportation company on the planet and the second most valuable start-up IPO in U.S. history (after Facebook).

Uber is the breakthrough case where the public perception of a large new company was entirely created using the types of manufactured narratives typically employed in partisan political campaigns. Narrative construction is perhaps Uber’s greatest competitive strength. The company used these techniques to completely divert attention away from the massive subsidies that were the actual drivers of its popularity and growth. It successfully framed the entire public discussion around an emotive, “us-versus-them” battle between heroic innovators and corrupt regulators who were falsely blamed for all of the industry’s historic service problems. Uber’s desired framing—that it was fighting a moral battle on behalf of technological progress and economic freedom—was uncritically ac­cepted by the mainstream business and tech industry press, who then never bothered to analyze the firm’s actual economics or its anticompetitive behavior.

In reality, Uber’s platform does not include any technological breakthroughs, and Uber has done nothing to “disrupt” the eco­nomics of providing urban car services. What Uber has disrupted is the idea that competitive consumer and capital markets will maximize overall economic welfare by rewarding companies with superior efficiency. Its multibillion dollar subsidies completely distorted marketplace price and service signals, leading to a massive misallocation of resources. Uber’s most important innovation has been to produce staggering levels of private wealth without creating any sustainable benefits for consumers, workers, the cities they serve, or anyone else."
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10 weeks ago by robertogreco
GM Scales Back Maven Car-Sharing Business - WSJ
Maven is latest example of a traditional car maker facing challenges while moving into new transportation ventures
gm  maven  technology  carsharing 
12 weeks ago by automotive
Daimler and BMW's car-sharing service reportedly hacked in Chicago - Business Insider
"The Chicago Police Department was alerted by a car rental company that some of their vehicles may have been rented by deceptive or fraudulent means through a mobile app," the representative said. "Due to the information provided by the company, numerous vehicles have been recovered and persons of interest are being questioned. The Chicago Police Department is working with the company to determine whether there any other vehicles whose locations cannot be accounted for."
daimler  bmwc  technology  carsharing 
april 2019 by automotive
5 Jahre ohne eigenes Auto – chez @heibie
Tabellen zum Thema Carsharing via Kommentar von Lage der Nation Podcast
february 2019 by akawee
bcs-Studie | bcs Bundesverband CarSharing e.V.
Eine neue Studie des bcs zeigt: In innenstadtnahen Quartieren besitzen fast 80 Prozent der CarSharing-Kunden kein eigenes Auto mehr. Der Fahrzeugbestand der CarSharing-Haushalte ist im Vorher/Nachher-Vergleich um rund 62 Prozent gesunken. via Pocket
IFTTT  Pocket  carsharing  fahrradio  politik 
february 2019 by hansdorsch
GM appoints marketing veteran to lead Maven
GM is in the midst of growing Maven from a traditional vehicle sharing service such as Zipcar to peer-to-peer vehicle sharing, including the addition of allowing non-GM vehicles on its app-based platform. Those plans are not expected to change under Cordeiro.
gm  maven  technology  carsharing 
february 2019 by automotive | Dein Auto Abo

Dein neues Auto ist Cluno – monatlicher Fixpreis & alles drin, außer kompliziert
auto  car  mieten  rent  carsharing  wagen  leihwagen  abo  subscription 
february 2019 by sebbi
Zipcar-Honda partnership expands in California, Ohio | Auto Remarketing
The expansion will add hundreds of new Honda vehicles to Zipcar’s fleet, with a focus on boosting Zipcar’s university program in California and its service in Columbus, Ohio.
zipcar  hondac  honda  technology  carsharing 
january 2019 by automotive
RT : Niente più code al casello, neanche quando usi il : abbiamo integrato su tutte le auto della f…
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january 2019 by lgalli
Fiat Chrysler to pilot car-sharing, subscription for Jeep owners
The automaker is recruiting owners to rent out their vehicles through Turo, which lists 350,000 models on its platform and pitches itself as a a way for motorists to offset their car payments. Fiat Chrysler also is partnering with Avis Budget Group Inc. on a three-month subscription service that will let owners swap their Jeeps for other vehicles, such as a Ram pickup or Dodge Challenger, said Tim Kuniskis, head of the Jeep brand in North America. Both pilots start next week in Boston and will be limited to the first 100 owners who register for each.
fca  jeep  technology  carsharing 
january 2019 by automotive
Gave up car-lite life. Bought 2nd car for me and wife after we grew disillusioned with due to dirty and…
CarSharing  from twitter
december 2018 by VeloBusDriver

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