Root Insurance Preps for Self-Driving Cars, Eyes Rideshare Coverage

  • Natalie Mattila
  • April 18, 2017
Root Insurance is preparing to adapt its business model to continued innovation in the mobility sector — from ridesharing to autonomous cars, Mobility Buzz has learned. And it all starts with the company’s new program for Tesla owners. The program offers Tesla owners a discount if they use Autosteer — an updated feature of Tesla’s […]

Uber, Getaround Offer Carless Drivers With Alternative to Leasing

  • Natalie Mattila
  • April 17, 2017
As the auto industry shifts further away from traditional car ownership to a shared economy, there is a new incentive for carless Uber drivers, which allows drivers to rent out cars by the hour from Getaround’s platform. The cars are not made available through Getaround’s peer-to-peer carshare service, but are yet another offering through Uber’s […]

Farmers Insurance Evolves Its Time-Honored Model to Meet Mobility Demand

  • Natalie Mattila
  • April 11, 2017
As ridesharing has grown in popularity, auto insurance companies have expanded their efforts to meet the demand from drivers for coverage. Most auto insurance covers personal use and adds coverage for a portion of the time that drivers are signed in to a ridesharing app. However, the coverage is limited — only about $50,000 to $100,000, […]

Autonomous Cars to Decrease Vehicle Production, Volvo Says

  • William Hoffman
  • April 11, 2017
DALLAS — While mobility-as-a-service and autonomous vehicles are the future, General Motors Co. does not expect a “major impact” on car ownership for at least another 10 years, Harry Lightsey, GM’s executive director of global connected customers and public policy, said during a panel discussion at CBA Live. However, somewhere down the line, autonomous driving will […]

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 […]
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