Next-Gen Mobility News, March 30th

Volume 27

What we got wrong about Uber and Lyft
New York Times, March 29th
Uber and some transportation experts once predicted that getting a ride with the tap of an app would help reduce traffic and increase riders’ use of public transportation.Instead, the opposite happened.
Volkswagen poised to change its name to ‘Voltswagen’ as it invests in electric vehicles
USA Today, March 29th
Volkswagen’s American division appears poised to change its name to “Voltswagen,” switching the “k” to a “t” in a nod toward the automaker’s investment in electric vehicles.
Hyundai just made it easier to opt in to usage-based insurance
Car and Driver, March 29th
Hyundai announced today that it is partnering with Verisk Data Exchange to give drivers the optional ability to send their information to insurance companies that offer usage-based insurance, or UBI.
Didi is raising money for self-driving unit at $6 billion value
MSN, March 29th
Ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing is raising new funds for its self-driving unit as China’s answer to Uber attempts to supercharge growth beyond its core businesses ahead of an anticipated initial public offering this year.
Electric Mercedes-Benz EQS sedan reveals cockpitdominated by massive Hyperscreen
Road Show, March 29th
Here’s the Mercedes-Benz EQS‘ ginormous Hyperscreen in all its glory. This weekend, the German luxury brand decided to show off the interior in full before the car’s debut on April 15. While we’ve had glimpses of the massive screen before, this is the first time we’ve seen the unit in its true setting: embedded into the dashboard.
Amazon triples Southern California delivery hubs to get packages out faster
The OC Register, March 26th
With an average of 3.1 million packages delivered daily, the e-commerce giant added 23 suburban hubs since late 2019, raising traffic and environmental concerns.
Accenture report finds enhanced last-mile delivery can reduce congestion and emissions in cities
Parcel and Postal Technology International, March 29th
A new study by Accenture in collaboration with Frontier Economics has revealed that by taking bold steps to transform how last-mile delivery ecosystems operate, post and parcel organizations, retailers and delivery companies could reduce harmful emissions and traffic congestion within cities.
Will self-driving cars disrupt the insurance industry?
Forbes, March 25th
Self-driving vehicles should ideally accomplish a few things: convenience for operators/owners of vehicles, cost reduction for commercial vehicles (no driver), and safer roads (fewer and less severe crashes).
The US is real close to screwing up electric vehicle charging forever
Vice, March 29th
There is no such thing as “the” EV charging network. It’s a complicated patchwork of plugs and proprietary software. And unless something changes, it’s only going to get worse.
Car Share Boston, an alternative to personal vehicle ownership,expanded in Boston
Patch, March 23rd
A successful pilot program has resulted in the expansion from 40 car-share parking spaces up to 250 on local streets and in municipal lots throughout Boston.
New York City taxis integrated into the Transit app
Smart Cities World, March 25th
Transit, the app used by New Yorkers to navigate public transit, has added support for yellow and green taxis, following integration with taxi mobility platform Curb.