Transportation Network Companies

autonomous driving
News April 17, 2019
Driverless vehicles are inching closer to the possibility of cruising down Iowa highways, as the state House of Representatives recently joined the Iowa Senate in approving legislation to allow vehicles with driverless capabilities to operate without a human driver on state roads.   According to a...
bike-sharing services
News April 16, 2019
Ride-hailing company Lyft is in the process of removing thousands of electric bicycles in its bike-share programs in New York City, San Francisco and Washington D.C. due to a braking issue, the company announced this week.   In a blog post emailed to customers on Sunday, Lyft noted the company had...
ride-hailing service; ride-sharing service
News March 25, 2019
Residents of Vancouver, British Columbia, in Canada will soon be able to use a ride-hailing app on their smartphones with the launch of B.C.-based service Kater, the first ride-hailing service to roll out in the province ahead of Uber and Lyft.   According to a report from the Toronto Star, Kanter'...
Brian W. Budzynski
Article February 01, 2019
Corporations protect their investments. Seems obvious, doesn’t it?   In fact, it seems­—to me at least—so obvious that my default attitude toward any corporation is one of suspicion. To wit: I do not believe there is a company in the world with my human interest at the fore of its mission or...
transit services Uber app
News February 01, 2019
After announcing its intentions to get into public transit last April, Uber is preparing to launch its transit-related services in Denver.   According to a TechCrunch report, Uber is partnering with the Regional Transportation District and transit data provider Moovit so that residents of Denver...
Uber JUMP bike share

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News November 19, 2018
Uber is launching its JUMP bike-share service today in Seattle, rolling out 300 electric-assist bicycles to begin.   The ride-sharing company will continue to ramp up the number of red JUMP bikes on Seattle streets in the coming weeks. Uber is betting it can compete with Lime, the only remaining...
Leaders from both transit agencies and transportation network companies were on-hand at the APTA Annual Meeting to discuss present and future operations
News September 25, 2018
An increasingly important (and somewhat treacherous) topic in the transportation world is the question of whether mass transit and transportation network companies (TNCs) can operate in conjunction with one another, or, failing that, in, at least, something like mutually exclusive harmony.   In my...
New rules proposed for autonomous cars to pick up passengers in California
News April 09, 2018
The California Public Utilities Commission has issued a proposal that could potentially clear the way for companies engaged in autonomous vehicle development and deployment to offer rides to the general public without the need of a safety driver to be present in the vehicle. The Commission...
Automated vehicle ride-hailing service
News February 20, 2018
Waymo is preparing to launch a ride-hailing service similar to Uber’s, but with driverless cars.   The self-driving carmaker spun out of Google was approved on Jan. 24 to operate as a transportation network company (TNC) in Arizona. Waymo applied for the permit on Jan. 12. Its application contained...
autonomous transportation
News February 13, 2018
Next Transportation, which recently launched at the World Government Summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, introduced a new form of autonomous, electric transportation that uses swarming modular pods that connect and disconnect while transporting passengers, organizing riders based on upcoming...
transportation improvements
News January 31, 2018
Cincinnati officials have struck a major deal with Uber aimed at improving the region’s transportation system using the ride-sharing service’s data-gathering abilities as they create the Cincinnati Mobility Lab.   The lab will share data, conduct studies and talk with employers in order to craft...
Uber loses appeal bid in U.K. to overturn workers’ rights decision
News November 10, 2017
Uber lost its bid this week to overturn a decision by U.K. Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT), which determined that the company’ drivers deserved workers’ rights, such as minimum wage. This decision comes as the company continues to struggle against losing its license to operate in London.   Uber...
carpooling app
News November 06, 2017
The Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) has announced an expanded partnership with Scoop Technologies.   CCTA will utilize its transportation demand management program known as 511 Contra Costa to provide additional carpool incentives to Scoop drivers who carpool from or within the county...
Uber, Lyft and Ford’s Chariot are all in contention to spearhead the MicroTransit project
News October 27, 2017
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has begun to accept proposals for a pilot project known as MicroTransit, by which service vans will circulate through different zones rather than operate on fixed routes, to pick up passengers at “virtual” bus stops within minutes of...
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