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Post-Travis Kalanick, Uber needs to finally think deeply about its role in the world

With today’s news that Travis Kalanick has stepped down as chief executive of Uber, the ride-hailing giant has reached a crossroads on whether it will sink or swim. Its many months of trials and tribulations may be too much to overcome, and the boorish company culture that has come to light again and again will… Read more »

On-demand “flying Ubers” could ease East Coast traffic

What would happen to congested urban traffic if some trips could simply be picked up and moved into the air? That’s a question players from Uber to Airbus to NASA are seriously studying. But to Bruce Gunter, who often has to take unnecessarily long car trips from his home in Virginia Beach to Richmond to… Read more »

Driverless cars are getting closer, but how will people use them?

For vehicles without drivers – whether you call them autonomous, driverless, or self-driving vehicles (and I’ll use these terms interchangeably) – developments are coming fast, both in terms of technology and business models. In some recent news: Ford is testing to try and solve the snow conundrum, and also carsharing in London across Germany, and… Read more »

Veronica Davis

In the current transportation landscape, do you still need to own a car?

Veronica O. Davis gave up her car about three years ago. A big reason for that was the growing availability of Capital Bikeshare in all the places she needed to get to in and around Washington, D.C. Of course, not everyone in D.C., or the rest of the United States, has access to bikeshare, but… Read more »

Map app in car

Want to start carpooling? Pick up your phone and get going

Nearly half of all car trips in the U.S. can technically be defined as carpooling. But that’s because we often travel together with our friends and family. Besides those joy rides, sharing a car has had a troubling recent history – mainly when it comes to the ways we get to and from work. Carpooling… Read more »

Can ride-sourcing companies contribute to livable streets and the Vision Zero movement?

This post originally appeared on the TransitCenter blog. Streetsblog’s Aaron Naparstek kicked off one of the first sessions at TransportationCamp NYC, an unconference focused on innovations in transportation, with this provocative question: Can ride-sourcing companies contribute to the Livable Streets and Vision Zero movements? Livable Streets and Vision Zero convey two visionary ideas. Livable Streets is… Read more »

Trying out uberPOOL in the D.C. region

This article originally appeared on the Arlington Transportation Partners blog. This week, Lyft Line, a similar on-demand carpool service from Lyft, also launches in the Washington, D.C., area. Uber launched its long awaited uberPOOL program on October 22, and I took it for a spin on my commute home to find out the finer details. The system works… Read more »

How Ridesharing Could Help Solve the Last-Mile Problem

A few months ago I wrote a post about Uber’s new “Smart Routes” feature and ended by saying that it’s not just taxis who need to be thinking about platforms like Uber, it’s also public transit authorities. I said that because I think that multi-modal is already the new reality in terms of how we get… Read more »

Academia Giving Cities Lots of Ideas to Improve Traffic

It’s a really good thing that some of the very best academic institutions in the world are moving to influence business and government.  Take the anecdotal of my voyage to attend and speak at this week’s 2015 Disrupting Mobility Summit: I Uber-ed from home for the first-mile to the D.C. Metro, which took me right to… Read more »