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California Regulators Are Fining Uber, Lyft, And SideCar

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/california-cpuc-uber-lyft-sidecar-2012-11

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The California Public Utilities Commission has cited and fined Uber, Lyft, and SideCar, three San Francisco-based startups offering on-demand transportation through mobile apps, TechCrunch reports.

Lyft and SideCar, which let any car owner sign up as drivers to offer rides, received fines of $20,000, the companies told TechCrunch. Uber, which contracts with professional limo drivers, maintains that it’s not subject to regulation by the PUC, which already regulates its drivers.

The commission is classifying the companies as “charter-party carriers.”

The companies argue that such rules don’t apply to them, because they’re offering an Internet-based service to connect riders and drivers.

The city of San Francisco has generally proven friendlier to its local startups. It’s formed a “collaborative consumption” task force to come up with a framework for handling ride-sharing services and other new businesses like Airbnb which run up against older regulations.

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Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 news No Comments

7 Short-Term Car Rental Agencies Everyone Should Bookmark

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/save-cash-with-short-term-car-rentals-2012-11

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Owning a car costs an average of $8,776 annually, according to the American Automobile Association. That is based on 15,000 miles of driving and includes fuel, insurance, maintenance and depreciation.

Car rental companies will rent wheels by the month for as little as $589, according to Orbitz, which amounts to $7,068 per year — not including fuel, which is a major cost.

If you want to skip the bus, but still save on transportation costs, you could consider using a short-term vehicle rental service.

These vehicles are rented by the hour (or sometimes by the minute) and the rental company picks up all the usual costs of car ownership.

Short-term vehicle rental is an emerging trend that is currently only available in select big cities, but it is expanding. Here are the major operators:

Car2Go

This subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler, rents tiny Smartcars for 38 cents per minute or $13.99 per hour. You also pay a one-time $35 membership fee.

Renters can book one of the two-seaters online, or use a membership card to open and drive off in any of the blue-and-white painted cars they find parked around town.

Car2go pays for gas and when renters are done using the car, they simply park in any designated space, usually located downtown or in heavily trafficked areas, and walk away.

Car2go currently operates in six North American cities and a dozen European cities.

Zipcar

This company operates like car2Go, except it rents more than 30 different types of vehicles.

Rates vary by location and plan, but in San Francisco, for instance, the occasional driver plan requires a $60 annual fee, $25 application fee and hourly rates of about $8.50.

Zipcar operates in 20 major U.S. cities as well as Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain and Austria.

DriveNow

This is a joint venture led by BMW that features the German automaker’s all-electric ActiveE sedan.

Renters pay a one-time membership fee of $39 and, after picking up the car at a DriveNow station, $12 for the first 30 minutes and 32 cents for additional minutes for a one-hour rate of $21.60.

DriveNow is available in four German cities and San Francisco.

Modo

Modo is a car-sharing co-op that requires a $20 initial registration, fee plus $50 per year and $7.50 per hour for rentals.

Renters pre-book vehicles in half-hour increments and pay penalties for late returns, cancellations and no-shows.

Modo rents a variety of vehicles, but only in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Hertz on Demand

This service is an hourly offering of the world’s largest car rental company. It requires no annual fees and charges hourly rates ranging from $5 in Boston to $8 in San Antonio.

Renters pick up and drop off vehicles, which include Nissan’s Sentra, as well as Chevy Cruze and Malibu models, at designated Hertz On Demand locations.

Hertz On Demand is in a dozen U.S. cities as well as the United Kingdom, France, Spain and Germany.

Scoot

This startup charges $10 to join and $5 per month, plus $5 per hour to rent two-wheeled electric scooters, complete with helmets.

The service is available only in San Francisco and environs, and the scooters are only suitable for single passengers traveling at less than highway speed.

Breaking Down the Cost

The average adult spends just under an hour driving daily, according to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

Based on average short-term rates of about $12 hourly, the typical adult driver could spend $4,380 per year on short-term rentals, which is less than half ! the cost of owning a car, while still driving the same amount.

Hourly car renters sacrifice some convenience and still must pay for parking tickets, lost membership cards and other incidentals.

But, for people who live where short-term rentals are available, drive the average amount or less, and don’t need a car at their beck and call, short-term rentals appear to offer an inexpensive way to get around.

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Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 news No Comments

Lexus’ Latest Hybrid Concept Gets More Power And A New Look For Its Sydney Debut

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/lexus-debuts-blue-sports-lf-cc-concept-2012-10

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The Paris Motor Show just wrapped up, and now automakers have moved south to Sydney, where the Australian International Motor Show starts tomorrow.

For the occasion, Lexus is continuing its tour of the LF-CC, its high-end hybrid concept. First revealed in Detroit in January, the LF-LC is back with an update.

The latest take on the concept is the LF-LC Blue, a sports version with a new color and a more powerful battery pack and engine to pump out 500 bhp.

Other than that, it’s the same car, but it’s still worth a closer look.

Here’s the LF-LC in red at its Detroit debut.

Not much has changed since then, but it’s still a good looking car.

For Australia, Lexus went with ‘Opal Blue.’

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Thursday, October 18th, 2012 news No Comments

Google Street View car fleet gets ready to conquer (and map) the world

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/10/15/visualized-google-street-view-car-fleet-gets-ready-to-conquer-the-world/

Visualized Google Street View car fleet gets ready to conquer and map the world

Ever wonder how Google can make such grandiose claims for the sheer amount of Street View imagery it collects? Here’s how. Google’s Masrur Odinaev has posted a snapshot of a central mapping car parking lot that shows dozens of the camera-equipped Subaru Imprezas amassed ahead of future runs. While it already represents more Street View cars in one place than anyone outside of Google would normally ever see, what’s most impressive is remembering that this addresses just a portion of the entire vehicle mix — aside from the local cars you don’t see in the photo, there are extra units worldwide providing street-level coverage alongside tricycles and underwater expeditions. Odinaev’s look reminds us just how much effort is needed to make Street View a common feature — and that there are are legions of Google staffers whose low-profile work goes a long way towards making our navigation easier.

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A Ford Executive Says Oracle Sent Him A Letter Trashing Salesforce.com (F, ORCL, CRM)

Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/businessinsider/~3/4MXoBh5gEck/ford-scott-monty-oracle-salesforce-com-2012-10

Scott Monty, Ford

Scott Monty, the top social-media executive at Ford, said that he got two letters from Oracle trashing enterprise-software archrival Salesforce.com.

He posted one of the letters, which appeared to be mailed from Oracle’s Troy, Mich. office, on Facebook.

The unsigned missive contained printouts of news stories about Salesforce.com outages; a quote from Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff about the demise of the American car industry; and a report on the background of Patrick Pelata, a recently hired Salesforce executive.

Monty claimed the letter he posted was the second one he’d received.

Oracle PR reps told ZDNet the company was investigating the incident. An Oracle spokesperson contacted by Business Insider declined to comment.

We asked Salesforce.com for more information and we’ll update if we hear back.

Here’s the envelope the letter was mailed in and one of the pages, via Monty’s Facebook page:

Oracle letter to Ford

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Thursday, October 11th, 2012 news No Comments

A Real Quick Note On How Uber Is Doing It All Wrong In New York

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/a-real-quick-note-on-how-uber-is-doing-it-all-wrong-in-new-york-2012-10

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Johnnie Manzari recently wrote about Uber, the app that lets you summon a town car taxi in a blog post.

He wrote:

Travis Kalanick, the CEO of Uber, was asked by a female friend why someone in New York City would use Uber when taxis were readily available. He replied “Why do you have a Louis Vuitton purse and not keep your things in a paper bag?”

Kalanick is wrong.

The only reason to use a black car in New York is that is raining, or that you are in an outer-borough, where there are no yellow cabs.

For example, black cars are a big business where I live, in Washington Heights.

On a Saturday night, for example, people call up dispatchers on their cell phones and get a black car to go out to dinner or whatever.

At the local movie theaters, black cars are constantly dropping people off. The famous Arthur Avenue in The Bronx is lined with them.

Anyway, Uber is missing out big time on this business.

If you open the app up in the Bronx or even way uptown where I am, it tells you there are no cars available.

That’s silly.

It should quit focus on being a fancy brand, and try to be something useful instead.

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Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012 news No Comments

Audi dealership lets you gesticulate your way to a new car using Kinect and multitouch

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/07/17/audi-showroom-customize-kinect/

DNP Audi dealership lets you gesticulate your way to a new car using Kinect and multitouch

If you’re shopping for your dream wheels, but hate poring over brochures, Audi’s got good news: you can now wave and touch to customize your prize ride. The experience starts at the Audi City showroom in London, where you kick off the process by choosing one of the German automaker’s 36 models. Then, you can browse the vehicle on a 210-inch HD display with a Kinect to read your gestures as you swipe around to take the tour. From there, a 32-inch 3M multitouch display helps you customize your machine, even letting you use physical RFID-equipped cloth and paint samples to dial in the specs. Once your Teutonic buggy is just so, you can save everything on a USB key, print out a custom brochure and even share the enthralling details on Facebook or Twitter. The company hopes to add 20 similar stores around the world, and if you’re near Picadilly Square you can try it out yourself — just keep one hand on that non-virtual wallet.

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Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 news No Comments

When Insurance Agencies Almost Killed Jessica Scorpio’s Startup, She Got Her State Government To Change The Law

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/insurance-agencies-blocked-getaround-wrote-a-law-2012-7

Jessica Scorpio of Getaround

Getaround was a hit when it launched last summer at TechCrunch Disrupt; it went on to raise a few million in financing.

It’s a peer-to-peer car rental service; when one person isn’t using their vehicle, they can rent it to a neighbor and give them a virtual set of keys.

But insurance companies almost killed Getaround before it could take off.

“We knew insurance would be our main problem,” Scorpio tells Inc.’s Christine Lagorio. Agencies wanted to know who would cover a car renter’s accident, the owner or the insurance company. Scorpio says she received a lot of notices that read, “We regret to inform you that we will not provide insurance coverage for this operation.”

Most people would have admitted defeated, but Scorpio found an impossible-sounding solution.

She helped write a new law.

“We started to plant the seeds in Sacramento. Democrats really like it because it’s green; Republicans really like it because it’s small business,” Scorpio tells Lagorio of her law proposal.

“The California law is AB 1871. It says that when participating in a personal-vehicle-sharing program, the car owner’s insurance is never going to be affected. An owner can make up to the value of the car—say, $10,000 a year for a normal vehicle—from renting it, but the car-sharing organization has to provide the insurance during the car-share period,” she says.

Three states have adopted a similar laws and now Berkshire Hathaway has agreed to insure GetAround.

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Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012 news No Comments

Apple Announces Siri Integration With Car Companies, Car Companies Say, ‘What?’ (AAPL)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/apparently-no-one-told-chrysler-that-its-supposed-to-build-siri-into-its-cars-2012-6

Apple car partnerships

One of the most exciting announcements to come from Apple’s developers conference this week was the news that it has partnered with nine automakers to integrate Siri into cars in the next 12 months. But apparently not all of the car companies are on the same page.

Fast Company reached out to each of the nine car companies and found that “just a few” confirmed they are working to add Siri into their cars in that time frame. Others like Audi said it was unsure whether the project is doable in the next 12 months and Toyota said “there are no particular applications planned at this time.”

In fact, Fast Company notes that one car company, Chrysler, didn’t even seem to know about the news when asked.

“We haven’t seen the statements attributed to Apple and we have nothing to announce at this time,” one Chrysler spokesperson told the publication.

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Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 news No Comments

Google World Wonders Project takes you to Earth’s treasures in glorious Street View vision (video)

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/06/01/google-world-wonders-project/

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Google has already been taking us to exotic locations through Street View, but now it’s hoping to enshrine the most famous places on Earth through the World Wonders Project, one car (or trike) at a time. A total of 132 sites, ranging from natural landmarks like Yosemite to much more synthetic constructions like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, have both an on-the-ground view as well as 3D renderings, videos and loads of history from UNESCO and the World Monuments Fund, among others. The educational bent is so conspicuous that Google is offering up some of the content in downloadable bundles for schools along with the usual web-based look. All of it promises a much more fascinating, hands-on approach than a dry textbook, and it’s a unique way of bringing encyclopedic knowledge to an era of Chromebooks and the cloud.

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