Uber forms new division to tackle autonomous scooters and bikes

22 Jan
Uber-owned Jump electric bike-shareRide-sharing company Uber said at a robotics convention on Saturday that it is dabbling in the idea of autonomous scooters and bikes. 3D Robotics CEO Chris Anderson tweeted a photo from a presentation by Uber's JUMP group that indicates they are now hiring robotics engineers. The image also shows small icons of a bicycle and a scooter. Uber...

Ford puts the brakes on Chariot ride-share trials

11 Jan
Ford Chariot ride-sharing vansAfter fewer than five years, Ford's unsuccessful ride-share service Chariot is closing its doors. The company said Thursday it will cease all operations in the U.S. and the U.K. by February 1. Chariot was not a direct rival to ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft. Instead, the company developed transit routes based on user demand. Users could...

VW nabs Apple exec for self-driving car development

11 Jan
Volkswagen Group Sedric concept, 2017 Frankfurt Motor ShowVolkswagen has hired former Apple executive Alexander Hitzinger to lead technical development at its commercial vehicles division, which includes responsibility for the development of self-driving cars and the automaker's mobility services. Automotive News (subscription required) reported on the hiring on Wednesday and said Hitzinger was formerly...

Scooter renter Lime gets into the car-share business

17 Nov
Lime launches car-share service in SeattleLime, best known for bicycle and scooter rentals, wants to try its hand at the car-share business. The company will launch a fleet of Fiat 500 models across Seattle in a bid to expand its business. The company announced the car-share service will begin this week with the Fiat 500s spread out across the city. Lime users will see the cars marked as...

Ford buys Spin, skates into scooter business

8 Nov
Ford buys Spin scooter sharing serviceFord is taking its mobility business on two wheels. The U.S. automaker said Wednesday it purchased scooter company Spin to expand its mobility services. The automaker cited the changing mobility landscape in the U.S. as the catalyst for the purchase. Spin operates dockless electric scooters in 13 cities and campuses across the country. Ford added...