Auto makers designing with on-demand in mind. “Face-to-face social seating” is a thing now.
Jaguar is taking an each-way bet on the autonomous driving debate, with the Future Type concept boasting on-demand autonomous capability. So if it actually existed, you would be able to drive it and it would be able to drive you.
Source: Jaguar reveals Future-Type concept – Car News | CarsGuide
Lyft is partnering with yet another self-driving car startup — this time with Drive.ai in the San Francisco Bay Area — to launch a pilot program that will shuttle ride-sharing customers to their destinations in vehicles controlled by artificial intelligence, not humans.
Source: Lyft is bringing another self-driving car pilot program to the Bay Area – The Verge
Another take on the GrubHub trial.
On day two of Lawson v. GrubHub, plaintiff Raef Lawson returned to the stand to testify about his experience driving for GrubHub. GrubHub is defending its practices of employing delivery drivers as 1099 contractors. Lawson is seeking reimbursement for underpaid wages, expenses and other damages, which amounts to just $586.56, according to estimates by his lawyer, Shannon Liss-Riordan. In his testimony, Lawson described GrubHub’s scheduling block system, which required drivers to commit to a certain perio
Source: Ex-GrubHub driver testifies on ‘ghost orders’ and the acceptance rate hustle | TechCrunch
A GrubHub attorney attempted to discredit a delivery driver Wednesday in a California federal bench trial over his claims that the company shorted his pay by misclassifying him as an independent contractor, pressing him on whether he signed up to work for GrubHub just to sue.
Source: GrubHub Aims To Discredit Driver In ‘Gig Economy’ Trial – Law360
The Seattle Department of Transportation doesn’t want to wait for all those details to shake out, however. Published yesterday, SDOT’s New Mobility Playbook looks at the potential good and bad of emerging transportation and establishes goals for integration into Seattle’s existing network without compromising the agency’s stated values of safety for all road users, social justice, environmental health, satisfaction and dignity for customers, and more.
Source: Seattle Has a New “Playbook” for Handling Transportation Changes – Next City
Local programming will support local stylemaking and services.
Brightcove (NASDAQ: BCOV), the leading provider of cloud services for video, announced today Margaret Richard, the creator and host of the PBS fitness show Body Electric since 1984, is leveraging the Brightcove video platform to deliver a Video on Demand (VOD) service to her loyal audience
Source: Fitness Guru Launches Video On Demand Service Using Brightcove Video Platform | Business Wire
Favor is an on-demand delivery service that operates in Texas. Much like Postmates, the service lets users order food (as well as other stuff) from their favorite restaurants and has runners pick it up and deliver it to the end-user. The company has today announced the close of a $22 million Series B financing round led by existing investor S3 Ventures. Moreover, Favor says that the company has achieved profitability (overall profitability; not unit-economic profitability) as of this year.
Source: Favor, the on-demand service focused on Texas, picks up $22 million Series B | TechCrunch
Looking across transportation networks, including bikes and taxis, gives Migo users an easy cost comparison. The business will be tough, because it’s the ability to book a ride/vehicle that matters to the consumer. Migo offers that booking capability. Like flight price comparison, there may be a market here.
Funneling the growing list of transportation companies into one app, the Migo search engine has launched a new ride search, comparison and hailing program for Seattle and Portland.
Source: Launch of Migo search engine provides on-demand rides in Seattle and Portland – Transportation Today
Going public will require a ruthless reduction in costs to get Uber near profitability.
Uber Technologies Inc.’s new chief executive, Dara Khosrowshahi, said the ride-hailing company could go public in as soon as 18 months, setting the stage for one of the most highly anticipated initial public offerings.
Source: New Uber CEO Says Company Could Go Public in 18 Months – WSJ
Khosrowshahi is a smart choice for Uber. He’s dealt with monetizing travel-related services amidst intense competition, earning plaudits from his employees and investors. At Uber, Khosrowshahi will likely refocus around consumer-services and partnering to bring Uber into the fulfillment of mobility needs in complex transactions. For example, tying Uber into travel planning and B2C services (delivery), areas he mastered at Expedia. After a lot of bad days, this is a good one for Uber.
Source: Uber’s C.E.O. Pick, Dara Khosrowshahi, Steps Into Brighter Spotlight – The New York Times