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,...
Driving Down GHG Emissions with Carsharing

Driving Down GHG Emissions with Carsharing

Drive, ride or share? It’s a question more people are asking themselves as transportation options are rapidly evolving. But what does it mean for road congestion and the environment? In the first-ever North American one-way carsharing impact study, the Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC) reveals that car2go has a substantive impact on improving urban mobility and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. To read the rest of the article, visit...
Casual Carpooling: Saving Users Time & Money

Casual Carpooling: Saving Users Time & Money

Susan Shaheen, Co-Director, Transportation Sustainability Research Center and Adjunct Professor, UC Berkeley May 3, 2016 Casual carpooling is a user-run form of ridesharing in which riders connect with drivers usually nearby public transit hubs. While its exposure in the media has been limited compared to its shared-mobility counterparts like on-demand ridesharing and bikesharing, casual carpooling has been an option in some cities for more than thirty years. Despite existing for more than three decades, relatively little quantitative research has been conducted on the topic, perhaps due to casual carpooling’s informal nature. Recently, researchers at UC Berkeley’s Transportation Sustainability Research Center set out to gain a better understanding of the user characteristics and motivations for using casual carpooling in San Francisco. To read the rest of the article, visit:...
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,...
City of the future is closer, calmer than you think

City of the future is closer, calmer than you think

Marco della Cava, 12:28 p.m. EST November 13, 2015 SAN FRANCISCO – The city of the future has had countless fantasy blueprints, from The Jetsons’ pleasant hive of automated efficiency to Blade Runner’s dystopian tangle of urban chaos. But the reality is the city of future is closer than you think, as tech companies and automakers floor the pedal on projects ranging from cars that drive themselves to apps that aggregate transportation options. Conversations with mobility experts here and abroad paint a picture of an urban revolution that is already underway in a patchwork of cities from Seattle to Stockholm. “The main thing with automated and connected tech is to make sure it’s reliable first,” says Chris Hendrickson, director of the Traffic21 Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. “But the opportunities for change are impressive.” To read the rest of the story,...