ride-sharing

Student rideshare startup HopSkipDrive has confirmed a data breach involving the personal data of more than 155,000 drivers. Los Angeles-based HopSkipDrive offers an Uber-style rideshare service for children and teenagers.…

HopSkipDrive says personal data of 155,000 drivers stolen in data breach

U.S. ride-hailing company Lyft dropped its fourth-quarter financial results Tuesday, a report that showed a mixed bag of growth — that in the area of active riders failed to meet…

Lyft’s revenue growth masks active riders slippage

On-demand shuttle and software company Via has raised another $130 million, capital that has pushed its valuation to about $3.3 billion as demand from cities to update its legacy transit…

Via raises $130M to expand on-demand shuttle software business

Via is launching a new product designed to help cities plan how on-demand rides and fixed route transit, like buses and subways, can work together. This is the first time…

Cities have a new planning tool to fold ride-sharing into public transit systems

Getting children to school safely is a challenge nearly as old as public education. But rarely have entrepreneurs tackled the problem of updating and optimizing one of our largest transit…

Zūm CEO Ritu Narayan explains why equity and accessibility works for mobility services

Uber for Business, the business side of the consumer ridesharing service, has typically focused on helping companies track their Uber expenses, but during a pandemic, needs have changed. It’s no…

Uber for Business introduces a couple of commuting options to get to the office during the pandemic

Grab announced today that it has hired Peter Oey as its new chief financial officer. Prior to joining Grab, Oey was the chief financial officer at LegalZoom, an online legal…

Grab hires Peter Oey as its chief financial officer

A U.S District court judge has rejected Uber’s and Postmates’ request for a preliminary injunction against a California bill mandating how independent contractors are classified. The request was made as…

Judge rejects Uber and Postmates’ request for an injunction against California’s gig worker law

Uber’s U.S. Safety Report sets forth in some detail the number of fatal accidents, and the good news is that the overall rate per mile is about half the national…

Uber’s fatal accident tally shows low rates but excludes key numbers

Ridesharing and transportation platform Didi Chuxing announced today that it has formed a joint venture with BP, the British gas, oil and energy company, to build electric-vehicle charging infrastructure in…

Didi Chuxing and oil giant BP team up to build electric vehicle charging infrastructure in China

Didi Chuxing announced today that it has received from Toyota Motor Corporation new investment totaling $600 million. As part of the deal, the two companies will also set up a…

Toyota invests $600 million in Didi, with the two setting up a new joint venture for driver services

Earlier this spring, both Uber and Lyft introduced new safety features and policies following the death of a university student who was kidnapped and murdered after getting into a vehicle…

Lyft adds more safety features, including in-app emergency assistance, reminders to check the plate

Chanda Prescod-Weinstein is Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy and a Core Faculty Member in Women’s Studies at the University of New Hampshire. She is the lead “axion wrangler” and…

Decolonization and intersectionality in tech, with Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

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After much anticipation, Lyft stock hit the public markets last week, with a nearly 10% pop on its first day of trading. However, concerns over the company’s lofty valuation, deep losses and…

Talk Lyft’s stock market debut with TechCrunch writers

Ride-hailing startup Lyft may bear the distinction of having highest net loss of any maiden public company ever going public, but despite that, it made its debut in a high gear…

Lyft pops 21% on its first day of trading on Nasdaq after raising $2.2B in its IPO at a $24B valuation

Ridesharing startup Lyft, as expected, announced this morning that it is kicking off the roadshow for its IPO — setting the clock ticking for its IPO likely in the next two weeks.…

Lyft sets $62-68 price range for its IPO to raise up to $2.1B, will trade as LYFT on Nasdaq

Ridesharing service Lyft is today announcing its new plan to encourage repeat use: the launch of Lyft Rewards, a loyalty program for riders. The program, which will begin rolling out…

Lyft is launching a rider loyalty program in December

Ola, the arch-rival of Uber in India, has raised $50 million at a valuation of about $4.3 billion from Sailing Capital, a Hong Kong-based private equity firm, and the China-Eurasian…

Ola raises $50M at a $4.3B valuation from two Chinese funds

Uber announced today that it has hired Coca-Cola veteran Rebecca Messina to serve as its chief marketing officer. Messina is the first person to hold that title at Uber and…

Uber appoints Coca-Cola veteran Rebecca Messina as its chief marketing officer

Lyft, Uber and Via yesterday made an offer to succor New York City’s beleaguered taxi medallion owners: a $100M relief fund paid over five years to cover the plight of…

Rideshare companies offered New York $100M to drop proposed regulations

Shuttl, a service that lets Indian city dwellers find seats on multiple bus routes through one app, announced today that it has raised a $11 million Series B led by…

Bus-sharing app Shuttl gets $11M Series B from investors including Amazon India

Didi Chuxing’s inter-city carpooling service will resume night operations on a limited basis about a month after a female passenger was allegedly murdered by an unregistered driver who accessed the…

Didi will resume late night Hitch rides, but only allow drivers to pick up passengers of the same sex

While Uber has changed the way that many think about transportation, it’s also changed the way that many drunk people find their way home at night. Rather than haphazardly hailing…

Uber applies for patent that would detect drunk passengers

The lead academic behind an MIT CEEPR research paper which casts doubt on the sustainability of driving for Uber or Lyft has accepted Uber’s criticism of how driver income data…

MIT to revisit ride-sharing study after Uber rebuttal

Waze’s carpooling app for commuters is relaunching with a number of new features designed to make it easier and safer to use. The company says it will now allow people to…

Waze Carpool’s new app lets riders get more choosy about their drivers

As automakers continue to work on their strategies for the next generation of transportation, one of the biggies is making a change to its leadership structure. Ali Vahabzadeh, the CEO…

Chariot co-founder and CEO Ali Vahabzadeh left Ford at the beginning of February

After London sent ripple’s of shock through Silicon Valley last year, by denying Uber a renewal of its private hire vehicle license, the city’s transport regulator is doubling down on its…

London sets out safety-first plan for regulating ride-sharing

Uber has launched a new, lower-cost service in Nairobi called Uber Chap Chap. Made possible by using a fleet of fuel-efficient budget sedans, Uber Chap Chap (Swahili slang for “hurry,…

Uber launches a new lower-priced service called Chap Chap in Nairobi

French startup Heetch has an ambitious goal. The company wants to become the second ride-sharing service in France and in the other European countries where it operates. The startup just…

Heetch raises another $20 million to compete head-to-head with Uber in Europe