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Chart: Autonomous Cars Change Every Industry, Even Yours | Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang | Digital Business

Chart: Autonomous Cars Change Every Industry, Even Yours | Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang | Digital Business | AUTOnomous | Scoop.it
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Uber driver salary is less than $10 hour for half of US Uber drivers  

Uber driver salary is less than $10 hour for half of US Uber drivers   | AUTOnomous | Scoop.it
The median hourly pay with tip for Uber drivers in the U.S. is $14.73, according to a new study conducted by Ridester. That figure includes tips but doesn’t account for expenses like insurance, gas and car depreciation.
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Interesting, though I'd question the validity of information based on the sample size and research method. 

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Uber Cash Mobile Wallet Launches

Uber Cash Mobile Wallet Launches | AUTOnomous | Scoop.it
The transportation company that innovated payments by delivering the Uber experience is at it again — this time, by making it easier and more rewarding for its users to pay for products and services inside its growing ecosystem. Uber Cash launched today (Sept. 5), providing a closed-loop payment network that lets consumers easily add funds […]
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"Uber makes less money from a bike ride than from a trip in a car, according to Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi. However, he expects that to be offset if customers use the app to book trips on a more regular basis. In fact, the company has already seen this trend with cyclists in San Francisco.

That idea is presumably at play with Uber Cash: Provide a payment tie across the various Uber properties, further engaging consumers and making it harder for them to step away — especially if they have loyalty and point rewards awaiting them, and if they can make monthly budgets too.

Uber Cash could particularly make a difference in the hotly contested delivery space with Uber Eats."

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46 Corporations Working On Autonomous Vehicles

46 Corporations Working On Autonomous Vehicles | AUTOnomous | Scoop.it
Beyond trendy names like Tesla and Alphabet chasing self-driving cars, a host of auto brands and other tech heavyweights are also investing in autonomous R&D.
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46 Corporations + 10,000 startups

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46 Corporations + 10,000 startups

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LukeW | What Can Bike Sharing Apps Teach Us About Mobile On-boarding Design?

LukeW | What Can Bike Sharing Apps Teach Us About Mobile On-boarding Design? | AUTOnomous | Scoop.it
LukeW Ideation + Design provides resources for mobile and Web product design and strategy including presentations, workshops, articles, books and more on usability, interaction design and visual design.
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Let's see few months down the road how the sign up process impacts market share

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Uber Still Number One Global Ride-Hailing Company Despite Growing Competition: Report

Uber Still Number One Global Ride-Hailing Company Despite Growing Competition: Report | AUTOnomous | Scoop.it
Uber is still the leader in global ride hailing, according to analysis by ABI Research.
Karolina Maria Chachulska's insight:

Let's don't forget that most of those companies "competing for first place"  (Ola, Didi, 99, Uber, Grab) are in Masayoshi Son's Vision Fund portfolio.

 

Few interesting data points from this report: 

 

- "Lyft had the highest level of customer satisfaction among the companies surveyed, and the highest average net income, at $167 per monthly active user."

 

- "Uber currently operates in more than 70 countries, which is more than twice the number of countries of its closest rival, Didi Chuxing, according to ABI. The company also ranked in the top three for two other metrics used by analysts: Average net revenue per monthly active user and customer satisfaction."

 

- "Didi Chuxing, which bought Uber's Chinese operations in 2016, actually controls 52% of the global ride-hailing market, according to ABI. But the research firm noted that Didi hasn't expanded too far out of its home market of China, so it was ranked second."

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Ex-Apple engineer arrested on his way to China, charged with stealing company’s autonomous car secrets - The

Ex-Apple engineer arrested on his way to China, charged with stealing company’s autonomous car secrets - The | AUTOnomous | Scoop.it
Xiaolang Zhang is accused of downloading files that included engineering schematics and technical reports, authorities say.
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For about two years, Xiaolang Zhang was privy to information to which many in the tech world can only dream of having access: the inner workings of Apple’s secretive autonomous car research.  During the weekend, the former Apple engineer was arrested by U.S. authorities at San Jose International Airport while preparing to board a flight to China and charged with stealing proprietary information related to Apple’s self-driving car project. At the time of his arrest, he said he was working for a Chinese start-up that is also developing autonomous vehicles, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court in San Jose on Monday by the FBI and the U.S. attorney’s office.

Zhang, who started working at Apple in December 2015, was accused of downloading files that included engineering schematics and technical reports before leaving to work for Xiaopeng Motors, a Guangzhou-based company also known as XMotors, documents said. A statement Wednesday from XMotors said there was no indication that Zhang communicated sensitive information from Apple, the Reuters news agency reported. XMotors added it was informed of the case late last month and was working with local authorities on the probe.  As a hardware engineer on Apple’s autonomous vehicle development team, Zhang’s position granted him “broad access to secure and confidential internal databases containing trade secrets and intellectual property,” according to the complaint.  Aside from making general comments about its interest in developing self-driving technology, Apple hasn’t openly discussed its research, leaving many to wonder what exactly the company is working on. Information is even kept from a majority of the company’s employees. About 5,000 employees out of more than 135,000 are “disclosed” on the project, meaning they are working on the project or know details about it, the complaint said. Fewer people, about 2,700 “core employees,” have access to the project’s databases. According to the complaint, information about the project “is a closely guarded secret that has never been publicly revealed.”

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Zipcar monopolizes private parking lots, freezing out car-share rivals

Zipcar monopolizes private parking lots, freezing out car-share rivals | AUTOnomous | Scoop.it
City should forbid exclusive deals that stifle competition and consumer choice
Karolina Maria Chachulska's insight:

This single move from ZipCar simultaneously increase barriers to entry (for competitors) and optically increases otherwise low switching cost (for the clients) - measured in this case by inconvenience. Classic example of first mover advantage.   

"I quickly learned that nearly every parking garage had an exclusive contract that limited placement of car-share space to Zipcar. I fully understand and respect that Zipcar is far and away the largest car-share company and provides a source of revenue to the parking garages. However, I question why I, too, could not place cars in those garages with available space. "

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VW plans to launch an all-electric car-sharing service next year

VW plans to launch an all-electric car-sharing service next year | AUTOnomous | Scoop.it
Volkswagen Group is launching a car-sharing service called WE that only uses electric vehicles, following the lead of rivals such as Daimler and BMW that have operated their own on-demand car rental services for years. VW’s car-sharing service will launch in Germany next year and then expand …
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"The WE vehicle-on-demand platform will initially focus on car sharing, but eventually will include other modes of transportation, such as scooters. Volkswagen showed off two electric concepts in March, an e-scooter it calls the Streetmate and Cityskater, which the company describes as a 'last-mile electric street surfer'."

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Renault Prepares to Launch French Self-Driving Car Pilot Program

Renault Prepares to Launch French Self-Driving Car Pilot Program | AUTOnomous | Scoop.it
Renault is launching a pilot mobility services using self-driving cars in the French city of Rouen. Users will be able to hail an autonomous car via an app and ride on three designated routes. Renault hopes the service will complement Rouen's existing public transit system.
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Sounds like a small POC:

"The vehicles will operate on three routes covering a distance of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles),  in Rouen’s Technopôle du Madrillet business park, with 17 stops including one at a tram station." 

 

"Renault hopes to prove that autonomous cars and mobility services can complement an existing public transit system. Users will be able to connect to Rouen’s public transit system through a stop at the Technopôle tram station. But Renault expects its self-driving cars to fill in the gaps where public transit isn’t available. This so-called “last mile” use, getting passengers from a transit hub to their final destination, is often discussed as an important niche for mobility services. But the added convenience of these services means passengers may be tempted to use them in lieu of public transit for a full journey, where available."

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How two-wheelers are weaving their way into urban transport - Electric invasion

How two-wheelers are weaving their way into urban transport - Electric invasion | AUTOnomous | Scoop.it
THE streets of Beijing are thronged with two-wheeled contraptions. Some appear to be conventional petrol mopeds but as they zoom through red lights at pedestrian crossings their eerie silence and lack of exhaust reveals them as electric.
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"Whereas exports of regular bikes from China, Taiwan and Vietnam to the European Union fell by 15% between 2014 and 2016, e-bike exports more than doubled."

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Car-sharing: Car2go Revs up for a July Launch in Chicago

Car-sharing: Car2go Revs up for a July Launch in Chicago | AUTOnomous | Scoop.it
Car-sharing service Car2go is about to launch in its seventh U.S. city. From July, folks in Chicago will be able to rent cars from 29 cents a minute, whether for short trips or a ride further afield. There are rival car-sharing services in the Windy City, but Car2go claims to have one distinct advantage over them.
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Autonomous car nano-optics co TriEye raises $3m

Autonomous car nano-optics co TriEye raises $3m | AUTOnomous | Scoop.it

TriEye has developed a revolutionary visual sensory solution based on short-wave infra-red (SWIR) that has far-reaching implications for several industries including self-driving cars. The system provides an efficient sensory solution for difficult driving conditions including darkness, rain, mist and dust. The company says that SWIR based cameras allow much higher reliability and precision compared with other sensory solutions but are not used in vehicles because of their high cost.

Karolina Maria Chachulska's insight:

It would be interesting to understand what does significantly reduced cost mean. 

"TriEye has developed SWIR sensors to provide autonomous cars heightened visual capabilities in restricted visual conditions at significantly reduced cost." 

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It’s Time to Implement Stronger Autonomous Vehicle Testing Standards

It’s Time to Implement Stronger Autonomous Vehicle Testing Standards | AUTOnomous | Scoop.it
The widespread introduction of autonomous vehicles could potentially bring about many benefits, most importantly the benefit of improved safety. Autonomous vehicles are being tested in several states and provinces, California has been working with testing companies under a regulatory framework, whil
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Enterprise and Hyundai invest in $9M round for ‘Netflix of transportation’ app Migo –

Enterprise and Hyundai invest in $9M round for ‘Netflix of transportation’ app Migo – | AUTOnomous | Scoop.it
Seattle startup Migo is raising more cash to help grow its transportation search engine app across North America. The company announced a $9 million Series A investment round that included participation from Clayton Venture Partners, a venture capital firm run by Enterprise Holdings Inc., and…
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Cool - but sounds more like "Expedia for personal transportation" not Netflix.

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Self-Driving In Style: Amazon & Apple Patents Aim To Personalize Your Ride

Self-Driving In Style: Amazon & Apple Patents Aim To Personalize Your Ride | AUTOnomous | Scoop.it
New patents by Amazon and Apple envision autonomous vehicles that identify passengers and adjust to their preferences. One of the systems even detects when a passenger is feeling stressed.
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"Amazon’s “Passenger Profiles for Autonomous Vehicles” and Apple’s “Comfort Profiles for Vehicles” outline AV systems that would identify passengers and tailor a driving experience to their preferences.

Apple’s system also monitors passenger satisfaction via body signals in real-time."

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New York City Really Needs This Ride-Hailing Cap

New York City Really Needs This Ride-Hailing Cap | AUTOnomous | Scoop.it
City leaders need to reckon with the reality that sometimes shared ride services are not part of the answer to urban congestion, argues transportation researcher Bruce Schaller.
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Too bad the methodology used to arrive at the miles added has not been provided: 

"My report showed that in large, dense cities like New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, private ride services like UberX and Lyft add 2.8 new miles to city traffic for every mile in a personal auto taken off the road. Shared services such as UberPOOL and Lyft Shared Rides do not rectify this problem: These options only reduce new miles from 2.8 to 2.6 for every mile of personal auto taken off the road. "

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Walmart will chauffeur grocery shoppers in self-driving Waymo cars

Walmart will chauffeur grocery shoppers in self-driving Waymo cars | AUTOnomous | Scoop.it
Some customers picking up groceries in Chandler, Arizona, will get a free ride in a self-driving car.
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All cool, but since I am not even walking into the store - why would I ride there? 

 

"An exclusive group of customers who place grocery orders through Walmart.com will catch a ride from their home to the store in one of Waymo's self-driving Chrysler Pacifica vans. They won't even have to leave the air-conditioned comfort of the car, because a Walmart employee will bring their order to them."

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Driver for Uber and Lyft live-streamed hundreds of riders on Twitch without their consent

Driver for Uber and Lyft live-streamed hundreds of riders on Twitch without their consent | AUTOnomous | Scoop.it
An Uber and Lyft driver in St. Louis, Missouri has given around 700 rides since March 2018, and nearly all of them have been live-streamed on Twitch, without passenger consent. In a lengthy report, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch detailed the actions of Jason Gargac, a 32-year ride-hailing driver who took advantage of Missouri’s one-party consent laws to build up a Twitch following.
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Shocking on so many levels: from Missouri privacy laws to mental state and intentions of viewers. 

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At any given time in their lives, people have two dozen regular haunts - Human behaviour

At any given time in their lives, people have two dozen regular haunts - Human behaviour | AUTOnomous | Scoop.it
WHEN it comes to habitat, human beings are creatures of habit. It has been known for a long time that, whether his habitat is a village, a city or, for real globe-trotters, the planet itself, an individual person generally visits the same places regularly. The details, though, have been surprisingly obscure.
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"The study demonstrating this, just published in Nature Human Behaviour, does not offer any explanation for the limited location capacity it measures. But a statistical analysis carried out by the authors shows that it cannot be explained solely by constraints on time. Some other factor is at work."

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'Car share only' parking raises ire

'Car share only' parking raises ire | AUTOnomous | Scoop.it
New York
In a city where parking spots can be as hard to come by as "Hamilton" tickets, residents are at odds over a new arrangement that's taking away hundreds of public spaces and doling them out to companies that rent out cars by the hour.
In the past few weeks, New York City began repurposing 230 curbside spaces for the exclusive use of Enterprise CarShare and Zipcar. Street signs warn interlopers against parking in them; violators are ticketed and towed. An additional 55 spots in city-owned parking lots and 24 at public housing complexes also are being set aside for the companies.
Karolina Maria Chachulska's insight:

In theory great idea, In practice if the car share parking spaces are also distributed between multiple car sharing programs in the end it can make it difficult to park for everyone. 

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Volvo Launches M 'Mobility Brand,' Plans Car-Sharing Service

Volvo Launches M 'Mobility Brand,' Plans Car-Sharing Service | AUTOnomous | Scoop.it
Volvo is launching a new "mobility brand" called M that offers alternatives to car ownership.
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"Volvo will also try to distinguish its car-sharing service from competitors by focusing on how people use their cars. The automaker said it is developing "proprietary technology" to track users' specific needs and preferences, and try to customize the experience based on that. It's unclear how this will work in practice, however."

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Location data reveals troubling reality of distracted driving in United States

Location data reveals troubling reality of distracted driving in United States | AUTOnomous | Scoop.it
The study found that average phone use was 3.5 minutes per hour of driving.
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" distracted driving (...) is responsible for 26% of all collisions in the United States, according to the National Safety Council."

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Public transport is in decline in many wealthy cities - Missing the bus

Public transport is in decline in many wealthy cities - Missing the bus | AUTOnomous | Scoop.it

"(...) demand for mass public transport has weakened in so many rich-world cities at the same time that one-off explanations seem inadequate. Not long ago annual passenger growth of more than 2% was normal, and transport-watchers mused that the private car was on its uppers. The recent decline, which is bad enough on a year-to-year basis, looks even worse when set next to transport agencies’ forecasts. In New York, for example, bus trips in the first four months of this year were 7.6% lower than the transport agency expected. Something seems to be driving people off the trains and buses. But what?"

Karolina Maria Chachulska's insight:

"Public transport is holding up better in other rich countries, but not by much. In Toronto, adult trips have fallen every year since 2014 (the city made public transport free for young children, so their numbers are up). In London, bus journeys are down by 5% since the 2014-15 fiscal year. The London Underground has remained more popular, although in the year to March 2018 the number of Tube journeys fell by 19m, or 1.4%. That was despite annual population growth in London of about 1% and a 3.3% rise in employment in the past year. The Paris Metro carried only as many passengers in 2017 as it did in 2012. In Berlin, public transport journeys are growing about half as quickly as employment."

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How to stop the decline of public transport in rich countries - Off the rails

How to stop the decline of public transport in rich countries - Off the rails | AUTOnomous | Scoop.it
TO THOSE who have to squeeze onto the number 25 bus in London, or the A train in New York, the change might not be noticeable. But public transport is becoming less busy in those cities, and in others besides. Passenger numbers are flat or falling in almost every American metropolis, and in some Canadian and European ones, too.
Karolina Maria Chachulska's insight:

"Like it or not—and many people do not—mass public transport does some things very well. It provides a service for people who are too old, too young, too poor, too fearful or too drunk to drive or ride a bike. Trains and subways cause less pollution than cars and move people at far higher densities. The danger is that public transport could become a rump service, ever less popular and ever less good, partly because of its unpopularity. Fewer passengers mean fewer trains and buses, which leads to longer waits for those who persist with them. Cars, whether driven or driverless, will clog the roads."

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It’s Time to Implement Stronger Autonomous Vehicle Testing Standards

It’s Time to Implement Stronger Autonomous Vehicle Testing Standards | AUTOnomous | Scoop.it
The widespread introduction of autonomous vehicles could potentially bring about many benefits, most importantly the benefit of improved safety. Autonomous vehicles are being tested in several states and provinces, California has been working with testing companies under a regulatory framework, whil
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