Transportation

  • Lyft Pays $300,000 To Settle New York State Lawsuit

    Lyft Pays $300,000 To Settle New York State Lawsuit

    Lyft agreed today to pay New York State $300,000 to settle allegations that the on-demand ride service violated New York laws. Last summer NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and former NY Superintendent of Financial Services Benjamin Lawsky sued Lyft for operating illegally within the state. The suit (embedded below) alleged that Lyft was operating an unlicensed for-hire livery service… Read More

  • Driverless Cars Are Already Here Crunch Network

    Driverless Cars Are Already Here

    With big initiatives under way from Google, Apple, Daimler and more, the autonomous car is driving into view as the future of transportation. Whenever we imagine this technology, the reality always seems distant. Indeed, the dominant narrative of Silicon Valley companies’ development efforts is one of stealth, with eventual glitzy launches far in the future, following lengthy secret testing. Read More

  • Mapbox Raises $52.6M Led By DFJ To Be The “Map Layer” For All Apps

    Mapbox Raises $52.6M Led By DFJ To Be The “Map Layer” For All Apps

    With questions swirling over who may end up buying Nokia’s mapping division Here, a startup trying to disrupt it and other big boys like Google has raised some major funding. Mapbox, a developer of customizable maps used by third-party apps like Foursquare, Pinterest, Mapquest and 16,000 others, has raised $52.55 million in a Series B round of funding. The company claims that it’s… Read More

  • Uber Driver Deemed Employee By California Labor Commission

    Uber Driver Deemed Employee By California Labor Commission

    It would appear that the California Labor Commission has ruled that at least one Uber driver is an employee. As it stands now, Uber employs its drivers as third-party contractors, operating as a logistics company that provides access to customer demand and directions, transactions, etc. for the drivers. Uber has argued repeatedly in various courts that it is not a transportation or taxi… Read More

  • BloomThat Grows Beyond Flower Delivery To Gifts With $5.5M

    BloomThat Grows Beyond Flower Delivery To Gifts With $5.5M

    BloomThat wants to be the “Make someone happy” button. Open its app, choose between a few curated bouquets, and a beautiful flower arrangement is delivered to someone you care about in 90 minutes. Y Combinator fertilized the startup in 2013 before it raised $2.1 million from SV Angel and Ashton Kutcher’s A-Grade to blossom in the SF Bay Area. Now BloomThat has found roots in… Read More

  • SpaceX Is Hosting A Hyperloop Pod Competition And Will Build A Test Track

    SpaceX Is Hosting A Hyperloop Pod Competition And Will Build A Test Track

    SpaceX isn’t building a Hyperloop, the sci-fi transportation system that would use low-pressure, miles long tube track to essentially shoot transit pods between destinations at super-fast speeds. But it is encouraging others to build it, and today announced a design competition wherein others can submit their own ideas for the passenger-carrying pods themselves. The Pod competition is… Read More

  • This App Lets Belgians Get Take-Out When They’re Out And About

    This App Lets Belgians Get Take-Out When They’re Out And About

    Order stuff to your phone not your home is the pitch for this Belgian app, built for mobile carrier BASE by comms agency DDB — and launched last week in a test phase. Read More

  • Uber Hires Its First India President To Lead Its Business In The Country

    Uber Hires Its First India President To Lead Its Business In The Country

    India is Uber’s second largest market worldwide behind the U.S., and today the company showed its commitment to the South Asian market by appointing its first India President to head up its business there. Read More

  • Should Your Uber Driver Know Exactly Where You Are? They Could Soon

    Should Your Uber Driver Know Exactly Where You Are? They Could Soon

    “Where are you? I’m outside. Do you see me? Where should I meet you?” These kinds of frustrating calls with your Uber driver could be a thing of the past. Today Uber updated its privacy policy, saying it will now ask to pull people’s exact location while the app is running in the foreground or background. Read More

  • Urban Transportation Will Go All-Electric Sooner Than You Think Crunch Network

    Urban Transportation Will Go All-Electric Sooner Than You Think

    Think of the vehicle that will change urban transportation. If the image in your mind is not an electric bus, you’re thinking of the wrong vehicle. The electrification of the passenger vehicle has made headlines for good reason. Vehicles like the Tesla Model S and BMW i8 are beautiful and fast, and cars like the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf offer compelling value to commuters. But… Read More

  • Uber Adds New Features To Driver-Side App For Hearing Impaired Drivers

    Uber Adds New Features To Driver-Side App For Hearing Impaired Drivers

    Uber is making changes to its driver-side app to provide better functionality for deaf and hard of hearing driver partners. For years now, Uber’s driver-side app has used audio alerts to notify the driver when a passenger is waiting to be picked up. This put Uber’s deaf and hard of hearing drivers in the position of having to text their intended passenger to let them know that… Read More

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