SPLT Sketches Plans to Add Carshare Model to Prep for Autonomous Future

  • Natalie Mattila
  • May 24, 2017
SAN DIEGO — There is “a lot of money” in fleet management, which is why SPLT is planning another shift in its business model to include carsharing, Kristin Welch, the startup’s head of business development and corporate strategy, said at Auto Finance Innovation 2017 last week. “We are working with a large European fleet company […]

Will BlaBlaCar’s Short-Distance Carpooling Include Leasing Incentives?

  • Natalie Mattila
  • May 9, 2017
BlaBlaCar launched a new app and service — BlaBlaLines — designed for short-distance carpooling and daily commutes so that carpoolers can leave their car at home. The service will be launched progressively, but was initially made available to Android users in select French cities last week. The new service comes just one month after BlaBlaCar […]

Is the Rideshare Market Too Saturated for Startups to Succeed?

  • Natalie Mattila
  • April 19, 2017
In the overcrowded ridesharing market, the question of whether the industry will remain open to new players has vexed startups and investors since Uber launched seven years ago. But that unanswered question has not stopped rideshare startups from trying (and many failing) to conquer the market. These days there are carpool apps for any taste: […]

BlaBlaCar Inks Deal to Offer Leasing for ‘Most Active’ Carpoolers

  • Natalie Mattila
  • April 6, 2017
If you are a long-distance carpooler in France, you could benefit from a discount on your next car lease. But there’s a catch. You have to be one of BlaBlaCar’s French “Ambassadors” — the platform’s most active members — to access the car-as-a-service package. BlaBlaCar, a long-distance carpooling startup, sealed a deal with leasing company […]