Mobility Buzz Pivots to Cover Evolution of Mobility Finance

  • Natalie Mattila
  • May 4, 2017
In true startup fashion, we are pivoting Mobility Buzz to focus on the financing and insuring of alternative transportation. As such, Mobility Buzz, a Royal Media venture, is adopting a new name, Mobility Finance, and reside at mobilityfinance.net. Readers will see the changes go into effect over the next day or so. We started Mobility Buzz to delve […]

Maven Launches New Rental Service to Accelerate Gig Economy

  • Natalie Mattila
  • May 3, 2017
Maven — General Motors Co.’s mobility services platform — launched a new service today, to offer rideshare and delivery drivers an alternative to leasing. Through the new program, called Maven Gig, drivers can rent the vehicles for $229 per week. The fee includes insurance (minus deductibles), maintenance, and unlimited miles, according to a company press release. The […]

BMW Speeds Carshare Access With App Upgrade

  • Larissa Padden
  • May 3, 2017
BMW North America LLC’s ReachNow mobility services program rolled out a “major software update” in April called ReachNow Fastlane, which reduced the company’s time between reservation and unlocking a car to less than 15 seconds — 4 times faster than before, Steve Banfield, the mobility service’s chief executive, told Mobility Buzz. The update “radically improved how […]

2 Rideshare Startups Seeking Fleet Financing

  • Natalie Mattila
  • April 25, 2017
As more rideshare services launch, the market for strategic partnerships becomes increasingly competitive. And the biggest challenge to success in the carshare, rideshare, or on-demand rental market is having fleet financing and insurance partnerships in place, Julian Espiritu, managing director of consultancy firm Abrams Carsharing Advisors, told Mobility Buzz. For entrepreneurs, qualifying for fleet financing […]

Will Getaround Expand Toyota Lease Incentive Program With $45MM Funding?

  • Natalie Mattila
  • April 21, 2017
Getaround plans to open up its peer-to-peer carsharing platform to five additional markets this year, including potentially New York, thanks — in part — to the $45 million it raised in Series C funding, Mobility Buzz has learned. The expansions will mark 2017 as Getaround’s biggest expansion year, Jacqueline Tanzella, director of marketing communications at Getaround, told Mobility Buzz. The […]
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