Google Is Driving a Blurry Line With Waze Carpool Pilot

Google Is Driving a Blurry Line With Waze Carpool Pilot

By: Katy Steinmetz Aug. 31, 2016 When news broke that Google has been pilot testing a ride-sharing program through the Waze app, some were surprised to read that the company “doesn’t plan to vet” drivers. Instead the company would depend on a user-review system, as the pilot expands around San Francisco. But how is that possible, when competitors like Uber and Lyft have to do background checks on their drivers and many city officials have insisted that they should be fingerprinting them too? The answer is that there is a legal distinction between what Uber and Lyft do and what transportation experts call “true ride-sharing.” And there are hints that Google has been taking pains to make their pilot look like the latter. To read the full article,...
The speed bumps on the road to the self-driving car future

The speed bumps on the road to the self-driving car future

STEVE MERTL Apr. 26, 2016 A sense of inevitability has set in around the introduction of automated vehicles (AVs). Some automation, such as automatic emergency braking and lane-departure correction, is already available on many cars. Tesla’s Model S even offers a fairly advanced auto-pilot feature. The idea of driverless cars makes enthusiasts queasy but proponents say safety, environmental and economic benefits will become obvious so quickly that the adoption rate will outstrip even that of information technology. To read the full article, visit:...
How the Daily Commute Is Going to Change

How the Daily Commute Is Going to Change

By ALEJANDRO LAZO April 24, 2016 The modern commute may be heading for a big upgrade, thanks to carpool ride-sharing services and advances in automotive electronics and smart transportation systems. Ride-sharing firms Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. are experimenting with carpooling services that are changing how people get to work. Both companies, best known for providing a fleet of private drivers that can be matched to individual passengers through their smartphones, have introduced technology that groups strangers as passengers—thus saving commuters money—by using algorithms that match distances and times of trips with other people going to similar places or in similar directions. Read the full article at:...
Are Uber and Lyft helping or hurting the environment?

Are Uber and Lyft helping or hurting the environment?

Kate Galbraith Thursday 21 January 2016 Are on-demand ride services like Uber and Lyft good or bad for the environment? It’s an increasingly urgent question as the services proliferate, but the answer is currently unclear . The companies have held their data close and are only now beginning to share, making it hard to assess critical questions like how people would have gotten to their destinations if Uber and Lyft did not exist. To read the rest of the article,...
Self-Driving Cars May Get Here Before We’re Ready

Self-Driving Cars May Get Here Before We’re Ready

By RACHEL ABRAMS JAN. 21, 2016 SOMETIME in the future — although no one quite knows when — your morning commute may look something like this: Open an app, summon a car and wait for the arrival of a driverless vehicle that will whisk you to work like a ghost chauffeur. For many of the automakers and technology companies gathering at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week, the big question is not whether such an event could become a reality, but whether we are ready. The short answer: We are not. To read the rest of the article,...