Uber’s Plan for Self-Driving Cars Will Make its Taxi Disruption Look Quaint by Comparison

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab. Reprinted by GovTech.] Uber has fundamentally changed the taxi industry. But its biggest disruption may be yet to come. The ride-hailing company has invested in autonomous-vehicle research, and its CEO Travis Kalanick (pictured above) has indicated that consumers can expect a driverless Uber fleet by 2030. Uber expects its service …

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How Much Should Uber be Regulated?

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab] Sharing-economy companies like Uber, Lyft, and AirBnB continue to disrupt industries as they create services that are incredibly appealing to consumers. Whatever your opinion on these companies, the decision regarding if, and how much, they should be regulated is important. It will help determine the speed of technological innovation …

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Unlimited Bikeshare Parking? Yeah, We Got That.

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab] We already know that an overwhelming amount of Capital Bikeshare members are really happy to have this cost-saving, healthy, non-polluting, and auto-traffic-alleviating transportation option available in the Washington D.C. region. Now there’s yet another reason for them to love the system. “You’re corralled,” Nate Graham tells a Capital Bikeshare …

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A Bikeshare Station on Every Corner?

[By Paul Goddin for Greater Greater Washington and Mobility Lab] A new study from the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) says people use bikeshare more when a given area has more stations. But the study makes a density recommendation that's going to be hard to ever meet, and not everyone agrees it's a …

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How to Think Like a Millennial

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab] If you were born after 1980, you’re a Millennial. But if you live in an urban area, you probably think like one, regardless of your age. That is the takeaway from the fifth annual survey of Millennials from Zipcar. Released this month, Zipcar’s report confirms something many of us …

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Cash Bikeshare Memberships as a Way to Address Equity

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab] The new year is seeing a new way for Arlington County residents to obtain Capital Bikeshare memberships: with cash. The pilot program, called Arlington Resident Cash Membership, begins this week. It is intended to bring the membership service to the “unbanked” residents of the county. Despite Capital Bikeshare‘s huge success — …

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Shared-Use Mobility and Low-Income Americans

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab] The past decade has seen an explosion in shared-use mobility. Bikeshare, carshare, and rideshare services have become welcome transportation options for Americans. They are even leading people to rethink the need for car ownership altogether. But how well do these new services connect low-income Americans with jobs and opportunities? …

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