Safr, Women-Only Rideshare, Set to Close Funding Round

  • Natalie Mattila
  • February 17, 2017
After a year of development — and two name changes — women’s-only rideshare Safr is ready to launch, and set to close its latest funding round “very soon,” Mobility Buzz has learned. Safr, still in beta testing, will launch in Boston on March 1, and plans to expand into other major U.S. cities later this […]

First Flying Car Will Not Bring Rideshare to the Skies, Yet

  • Emma Sandler
  • February 13, 2017
It’s official: The first commercially available flying car has arrived. But the high price point — $399,000, for the most basic option — makes it nearly impossible for the vehicles to ever be used as a ridesharing service. Dutch car manufacturer PAL-V (Personal Air and Land Vehicle) officially started the sales of its commercial models, the […]

Will Ford’s $1B AI Investment Change the Calculus for Driverless Cars?

  • Natalie Mattila
  • February 13, 2017
Artificial intelligence is coming to the transportation industry, as evidenced by Ford Motor Co.’s latest $1 billion investment in startup Argo AI, but will it spur utilization of driverless cars as a transportation service? While it doesn’t appear likely, at least for now, Ford has its eyes on the driverless prize, and looks to bring […]

Is it Worth Renting Zipcar’s New Uber-Dedicated Cars?

  • Emma Sandler
  • February 9, 2017
Boston residents now have the option of renting a Zipcar to use exclusively as an Uber driver, but is it worth it? Starting in Dorchester, Mass., a neighborhood of Boston, a dedicated Uber fleet of 10 four-door sedans will be available through Zipcar to rent for $12 an hour — plus an additional $7 monthly […]

RideCell, Provider of Mobility-as-a-Service, Beefs Up Team

  • Diana Asatryan
  • January 12, 2017
In the past year, mobility upstart RideCell has tripled in size, geared up with tech talent, and has started working on a new pilot for BMW’s ReachNow program. Resolution for 2017: further expansion and autonomous vehicles. “We are 60 people now, up from 20 a year ago, and we will be 200 at the end […]
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