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The Station: The startups edition

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every Saturday in your inbox. Hello and welcome back to The Station, a newsletter dedicated to all the present and future ways people and packages move from Point A to Point B. I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. For all the U.S. readers here, I hope you are enjoying the holiday weekend. I am mixing up the format this week becau...
Tags: TC, Lyft, Uber, Europe, UK, London, California, China, Ipo, Berlin, Tech, Tesla, UPS, Palo Alto, Automotive, United States


Lyft’s driverless cars are back on the streets of California

The company suspended testing earlier this year in response to the pandemic
Tags: Lyft, California, Cars, Trends, Self-driving Cars, Autonomous Cars, Driverless Cars


Lyft’s self-driving test vehicles are back on public roads in California

Lyft’s self-driving vehicle division has restarted testing on public roads in California, several months after pausing operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Lyft’s Level 5 program said Tuesday some of its autonomous vehicles are back on the road in Palo Alto and at its closed test track. The company has not resumed a pilot program that provided rides to Lyft employees in Palo Alto. The company said it is following CDC guidelines for personal protective equipment and surface cleaning. It has ...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Lyft, California, Cdc, Tech, Palo Alto, Automotive, United States, Autonomous Vehicles, California Department of Motor Vehicles, Robert Morgan, Waymo, Self Driving Vehicles, London Munich, Sameer Qureshi


The Station: Amazoox, TuSimple seeks $250M and the next e-scooter battleground

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every Saturday in your inbox. Hi friends and first-time readers. Welcome back to The Station, a newsletter dedicated to all the present and future ways people and packages move from Point A to Point B. I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. Remember please reach out and email me at [email protected] to share thoughts, ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Elon Musk, UK, California, Oregon, Saudi Arabia, China, New York City, Tech, Information, Tesla, Ars Technica


Lyft is using data from its rideshare drivers to develop self-driving cars

Lyft is using data collected from drivers on its ride-hailing app to accelerate the development of self-driving cars. Lyft’s Level 5 self-driving car program is using the data to build 3D maps, understand human driving patterns and improve simulation tests — all tools needed to push their autonomous vehicle technology forward, according to a blog post on Tuesday. The program is taking data from select vehicles in its Express Drive program, which provides rental cars and SUVs to drivers on its...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Lyft, Tech, Palo Alto, Automotive, Autonomous Vehicles, Blue Vision Labs, Peter Ondruska, Luca Del Pero, Hugo Grimmett


Lyft is using data from its ride-share drivers to develop self-driving cars

Lyft is using data collected from drivers on its ride-hailing app to accelerate the development of self-driving cars. Lyft’s Level 5 self-driving car program is using the data to build 3D maps, understand human driving patterns and improve simulation tests — all tools needed to push their autonomous vehicle technology forward, according to a blog posted Tuesday. The program is taking data from select vehicles in its Express Drive program, which provides rental cars and SUVs to drivers on its ...
Tags: TC, Lyft, Tech, Palo Alto, Automotive, Autonomous Vehicles, Blue Vision Labs, Peter Ondruska, Luca Del Pero, Hugo Grimmett


Lyft’s ambitious EV promise may give the industry a jump-start

The promise will require a major push to help drivers
Tags: Lyft, News, Cars, Trends, Electric Vehicles, All-electric Vehicles


The Station: DoorDash snags $400M, Bolt Mobility deploys self-cleaning tech, and disappearing Jump bikes

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every Saturday in your inbox. Hi friends and first-time readers. Welcome back to The Station, a newsletter dedicated to all the present and future ways people and packages move from Point A to Point B. I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. Let’s get straight to it this week. Remember please reach out and email me at kirsten.koro...
Tags: Apple, Transportation, Facebook, Lyft, Europe, Japan, UK, California, Southeast Asia, New York City, San Francisco, Tech, Automotive, Ford, House, Paris


Lyft Promises to Swap Exclusively to EVs by Bullying Everyone

On Wednesday, ride-hailing company Lyft announced every vehicle using its platform will be electric by 2030. Since its fleet is comprised primarily of contractors using private vehicles, one might assume the company is planning to offer some financial assistance upon their next purchase. But being sensible rarely means being correct in the postmodern era. Rather […] The post Lyft Promises to Swap Exclusively to EVs by Bullying Everyone appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Government, Regulations, Green, Electric Vehicles, Editorials, Autos, Subsidies, EVs, Ride-sharing, Lyft Inc, News Blog, Ride-hailing, Corporate Bullshit, Ride-hailing Firms


Lyft gives itself a comfortable 10-year deadline to make all its vehicles electric

Last night, ride-sharing company Lyft announced that all its vehicles will be powered by electricity within the next 10 years. The details remain thin and nebulous, but ultimately it could be a good thing. The statement of intent is positive. There’s a growing body of research that suggests ride-share trips are more polluting than conventional car journeys, because of how many miles ride-share cars drive between passenger journeys. All things considered, ride-share journeys end up being more pol...
Tags: Startups, Electric Vehicle, Lyft, Cars, Shift


Lyft promises all rides will be in electric cars by 2030

The company says it's time to stand up and address the climate crisis
Tags: Lyft, News, Cars, Trends, EVs, Electric Cars, Ridesharing


Software shares set new records as tech rallies

In another up for technology shares, software companies saw their values reach new heights today. The days trading comes after a selloff last week eased some of technology companies’ rebounds from their COVID-19 lows; stocks in tech companies have more than made up for their early-year declines in mid-2020, with the Nasdaq reaching 10,000 points before giving up some ground. Today the Nasdaq Composite index rose 0.15% to 9,910.53 points, just a few bips short of its all-time highs. A thematic te...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Lyft, Uber, Microsoft, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, SaaS, Earnings, Stocks, San Francisco Bay, Financial Times, Bessemer, Marin County, GAAP


Lyft pledges that every vehicle on its platform will be electric by 2030

Lyft said Wednesday that every car, truck and SUV on its platform will be all electric or powered by another zero-emission technology by 2030, a commitment that will require the company to coax drivers to shift away from gas-powered vehicles. The target, which Lyft plans to pursue with help from the Environmental Defense Fund, will stretch across multiple programs. It will include the company’s autonomous vehicles, the Express Drive rental car partner program for ride-share drivers, consumer ren...
Tags: Lyft, Tech, Automotive, EDF, Electric, Zimmer, John Zimmer, Climate Group, Wednesday Lyft


Lyft offers riders safety tips as ridesharing makes gradual return

The pandemic saw trip numbers tank, but Lyft hopes its riders will soon return
Tags: Lyft, News, Cars, Trends, Ridesharing


7 top mobility VCs discuss COVID-19 strategies and trends

As COVID-19 swept across the globe, no sector lay untouched, but perhaps no industry was more disrupted than transportation. Airlines slashed routes, public transit use plummeted, ridership on Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing platforms dropped and shared scooter companies pulled products from city streets. Meanwhile, e-bike sales bloomed and on-demand delivery, including services using autonomous robots, exploded. Transportation companies have been forced to adapt — quickly — to this new rea...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Tech, Automotive, Scooters, Electric Vehicles, Venture Capital, Mobility, Autonomous Vehicles, Airlines, Lux Capital, Extra Crunch, Trucks VC


Former Tesla president and Lyft COO Jon McNeill on what both companies have gotten right and wrong

We recently interviewed Jon McNeill to learn more about his newest project, a startup studio called DeltaV Ventures. But we also wanted to hear about what it’s like to work inside of Tesla and Lyft. McNeill spent two-and-a-half years as the carmaker’s president, heading up global sales, marketing, delivery and government relations before heading to Lyft in early 2018, where he served as COO for 18 months. (He left four months after the ride-hail company’s IPO last year.) He shared his take on...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Elon Musk, Supply Chain, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Venture Capital, Market Analysis, Jon McNeill, The Boring Company, Lyft COO Jon McNeill, Extra Crunch


The Station: Uber has a taste for Lime, Tesla drama, Moovit gets acquired

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every Saturday in your inbox. Hi and welcome back to The Station, I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. If you’re interested in all the future and present ways people and packages move from Point A to Point B, you’re in the right place. As I mentioned in the last edition, “how” our society opens back up is as important as “when” i...
Tags: Google, TC, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Texas, Israel, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Ukraine, Intel, Atlantic, Automotive, Ford, Port Of Los Angeles


How Lyft intends to navigate and survive COVID-19

A glimpse at Lyft’s stock price Wednesday, which soared as much as 16.77% after were reported, suggested all was well in the ride-hailing company’s world. In this COVID 19-era, “well” is a relative term. Lyft’s net losses did dramatically improve from the year-ago quarter (a loss of $398 million versus $1.1 billion in Q1 2019). However, Lyft was clear in its earnings call: COVID-19 had a profound impact on its customers and its business and the future was uncertain. “It is impossible to acc...
Tags: TC, Lyft, Tech, Economy, Green, Automotive, Transport, Logan Green, Cfo, John Zimmer, Roberts, EBITDA, Brian Roberts, Lyft co, Lyft However Lyft


Uber tells its litigious California drivers it doesn’t have to offer them proper employment status

Lockdown policies around the world have, as we might have expected, led to a drop in user numbers for ride-share companies like Uber and Lyft. If that wasn’t challenging enough, the state of California is now suing the two companies for playing fast and loose with how they’ve classified their workers. In a court document published yesterday, California representatives allege that Uber and Lyft made “calculated business decisions,” to misclassify their gig-working drivers as independent contracto...
Tags: Startups, Lyft, Uber, Apps, California, Cars, Shift


Lyft is now offering cheaper fares for essential trips

Lyft's cheaper option means you may have to wait a little longer for a driver
Tags: Lyft, News, Cars, Trends, Ridesharing


California sues Uber, Lyft to force them to make drivers employees

The companies allegedly violated California's Assembly Bill 5
Tags: Lyft, Uber, News, California, Cars, Trends, Rideshare


The Station: Audi punts on Level 3, Lyft layoffs and Nio’s $1 billion deal

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every Saturday in your inbox. Hi readers. Welcome back to The Station, a weekly newsletter dedicated to the future (and present) of transportation. I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch . While COVID-related stay-at-home orders have been extended in places like the San Francisco Bay area, officials in other counties and states...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Europe, Utah, UK, China, Israel, Cars, San Francisco, Tech, Austin, Automotive, United States, Vw, Porsche


Ride-share companies hit again as Lyft lays off 900 employees, furloughs hundreds more

In an SEC filing made earlier this week, ride-sharing service Lyft said that it would be making 988 staff members redundant, and 288 would be furloughed. The move is an attempt to cut operating costs and overcome the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, CNBC reports. [Read: Uber’s longest-serving exec quits, while coronavirus threatens 5,000 jobs] According to the report, the staff reductions represent a 17% cut to the company‘s workforce. Those that have held on to their jobs will...
Tags: Startups, Lyft, Apps, Cars, SEC, Cnbc, Shift, 288


Lyft finds a way to help its drivers earn during lockdown

It also benefits communities trying to cope during the coronavirus pandemic.
Tags: Lyft, News, Cars, Trends, Delivery, Coronavirus, COVID-19


The Station: Via hits $2.25B valuation, letters from readers, layoffs in a time of COVID-19

Hi, and welcome back to The Station, a weekly newsletter dedicated to all the ways people and packages travel from Point A to Point B. I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. If this is your first time, hello; I’m glad you’re with us. I have started to publish a version of the newsletter on TechCrunch. That’s what you’re reading now. For the whole newsletter, which comes out every weekend, you can subscribe by heading over here, and clicking “The Station.” It...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Lyft, Crowdsourcing, Washington, Germany, Boston, Berlin, India, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Spain, Economy, Engineer, Service


Lyft refers drivers to Amazon jobs as ridership demand dives

Amazon is offering to fast-track Lyft drivers into jobs during the COVID-19 crisis
Tags: Amazon, Lyft, News, Cars, Trends, Online Shopping, Ridesharing, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Uber and Lyft suspend carpool option to help prevent coronavirus spread

Rideshare companies take steps to help lessen community spread of COVID-19
Tags: Lyft, Uber, News, Cars, Trends, Uberpool, Coronavirus, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID-19


Uber suspends carpool option to help prevent coronavirus spread

Rideshare company takes steps to help lessen community spread of COVID-19
Tags: Lyft, Uber, News, Cars, Trends, Uberpool, Coronavirus, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID-19


Uber and Lyft plunge, erasing recent gains after promising profits

Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. A few weeks ago, Uber and Lyft, kicking bags of the 2019 stock market and regularly cited as examples of venture-backed excess, were back to fighting form. After encouraging Q3 2019 reports from both ride-hailing giants that included fresh profitability promises and timelines, Uber upped the ante by moving its profitability goal up when it reported Q4 results earlier this yea...
Tags: Travel, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Lyft, Uber, Ipo, Automotive, Growth, Postmates, On-demand, Doordash, Extra Crunch, COVID-19, Covid19


Applications for TC Pitch Night: Mobility 2020 are now open

Founders: it’s time to get moving. On May 13, the night before TC Sessions: Mobility 2020, TechCrunch is hosting a private Pitch Night for mobility-focused startups. We’re looking to feature 10 early stage mobility startups that are breaking barriers in the industry. TechCrunch is always on the hunt for the most disruptive tech in the industry and this time our spotlight is shining on mobility. The line up for TC Sessions: Mobility 2020 is lit. We’ve got the major players from Boris Sofman ...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Articles, Tech, Automotive, Mobility, TechCrunch, Reilly Brennan, Micromobility, Waymo, Verizon Media, Boris Sofman, TC Sessions: Mobility 2020, Nancy Sun of Ike, Shin-pei Tsay



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