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  • Cruise founder Kyle Vogt on why he joined forces with GM

    Cruise founder Kyle Vogt on why he joined forces with GM

    General Motors snapped up Silicon Valley-based Cruise Automation for more than $1 billion earlier this year with plans to plant its self-driving tech inside its own car brands. It was a fine move for GM, which has been aligning itself with several automotive ventures over the past year — including a partnership with Lyft, acquiring assets from the now defunct rideshare competitor Sidecar… Read More

  • Regulators order environmental impact study of Lyft Line and UberPOOL

    Regulators order environmental impact study of Lyft Line and UberPOOL

    Remember when a California regulatory agency tried to shut down carpooling services like UberPOOL and Lyft Line throughout the state? Well, you can breathe a sigh of relief. Two years after its initial threats, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has decided that the services are legal and can continue to operate. However, the CPUC has ordered Uber and Lyft to provide specifics… Read More

  • The 3 factors behind Uber and Lyft’s regulatory win in California Crunch Network

    The 3 factors behind Uber and Lyft’s regulatory win in California

    It’s a common gripe: Outdated regulations obstruct innovation; government regulators move too slowly or, worse, try to block technological progress. But when conditions are right, regulations can sometimes change quickly, often in a way that promotes innovation. That’s what happened in the case of ridesharing in California. Read More

  • One Sidecar, Up With A Twist Crunch Network

    One Sidecar, Up With A Twist

    I’m old enough that when someone says Sidecar, I immediately think of Cointreau, lemon juice and cognac, shaken and served up. What’s remarkable to me is that the folks at GM, one of the country’s most venerable industrial enterprises, heard “Sidecar” and instead saw an interesting enough opportunity to find $39 million in cash to buy a shuttered company. Read More

  • GM Unveils Maven, Its Big New Play In Car-Sharing Services

    GM Unveils Maven, Its Big New Play In Car-Sharing Services

    General Motors has taken the wraps off its latest move to put itself into the next generation of transportation. Today the company launched Maven, a new program that brings together the company’s various efforts in car-sharing services, along with a team of 40 from within the car technology industry and people brought in from Google, Zipcar and Sidecar to develop more sharing… Read More

  • Keep An Eye On Sidecar’s Patents

    Keep An Eye On Sidecar’s Patents

    A day after the news broke that General Motors was picking up assets from failed Uber competitor Sidecar, today the startup’s CEO finally confirmed the details directly in a blog post and provided a few more details about the deal. A “key component to the transaction,” writes CEO Sunil Paul, was Sidecar’s patents, for which GM has taken a license, but… Read More

  • GM Confirms Sidecar Acquisition As Auto Makers Take Tech Ambitions Up A Gear

    GM Confirms Sidecar Acquisition As Auto Makers Take Tech Ambitions Up A Gear

    Hot on the heels of its $500 million investment in transportation startup Lyft, General Motors has acquired select assets of Sidecar, a would-be Uber and Lyft competitor that went bust in December with a hint that this was not the end. The GM news, first reported by Bloomberg, was confirmed to TechCrunch directly by GM. “In connection with Sidecar ceasing operations, we can confirm that… Read More

  • Sidecar Is Calling It Quits On Rides And Deliveries

    Sidecar Is Calling It Quits On Rides And Deliveries

    Sidecar, the on-demand car service that was supposed to compete with Lyft and Uber, is shutting down at the end of this year, Sidecar CEO Sunil Paul wrote on Medium. In August, Sidecar basically threw in the towel on ride sharing and put a lot of effort into delivery services, with most of the company focusing on delivery-related services. But it looks like that didn’t work, either. Read More