Waze, the crowd-sourced navigation app that helps its users avoid traffic jams and speed traps, has launched a carpooling app. The Google-owned company says Waze Carpool, which went live across the country today, could one day cut down on traffic.
Finding that most people want to carpool with people they know, Waze built the service to provide an introduction. Users, who must provide a validated work email to register, gain access to Facebook and LinkedIn profiles, give one another reviews and can set up filters based on preferences.
A woman could decide to ride only with other women, for instance. Users also can block people they don’t want to ride with.
Asked about safety issues at the app’s unveiling at Google’s New York headquarters today, Waze CEO Noam Bardin noted that new technology platforms are increasingly allowing strangers to interact.
“If 10 years ago someone would say [they’re] going to sleep in a stranger’s house on vacation, you would have thought it unbelievable,” he said. “Things do happen. … But think about the millions of people using Airbnb every day—and cooperating.”
Waze Carpool also has been built in a way that prevents a user from turning it into a business. It accommodates only two rides per day. And while it facilitates small payments between riders and drivers to cover the cost of gas, they are set at 54 cents a mile, the limit the IRS will accept as a tax deduction.
Because the vehicle is not being used for a business, the driver’s personal car insurance is all the coverage that’s required.
Waze, founded in Israel and acquired by Google five years ago, envisions the app being used in partnership with municipalities looking to fight congestion and with businesses that want to help employees with their commute.
Bardin said he could imagine a scenario in which carpooling New Yorkers get a break on tolls or the app is used for access to HOV lanes on Brooklyn to Manhattan bridges once the L line shuts down.
For now Waze is not charging for the service and is subsidizing new riders by limiting their fuel-reimbursement cost to $2 a ride for their first three weeks. But Bardin said he expected the company would take a slice of each transaction once the app is used widely enough.
Public School Debuts NYC Taxi Cab-Inspired Mi Electric Scooter
Following an upcycled collection with Nike, Levi’s, Alpha Industries and more, Public School delivers another standout collab, this time with Chinese electronics company Xiaomi, and utilizing the brand’s Mi Electric Scooter.
Evoking Public School’s signature aesthetics, the hi-tech scooter boasts a minimal design with its dark grey/anthracite palette, and highlighted with a checkerboard pattern gracing the frontal tube, along with PSNY branding in contrasting white, and bright red utilized for the scooter’s brake and wheel wiring system.
“We reimagined the Mi Electric Scooter with inspiration from New York City taxi cabs. We are excited for the world to see our take on a scooter we use daily,” said Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow of Public School.
Priced at $795 USD, you can purchase this limited edition scooter exclusively at Public School’s new flagship located at 3 Howard Street in New York City, as well as online, beginning October 6.
Flying taxi to travel from Boston to New York in 36 minutes
A private transportation company seeks to offer a new form of travel connecting Boston and New York in under an hour.
Boston-based Transcend Air Corporation is developing the Vy 400, a six-seat, vertical take-off and landing aircraft. “It takes off and lands straight up and down,” the company said of the aircraft’s design. “This means we don’t need runways and airports. We’re able to depart and arrive right in major city centers.”
The company says the prototype can travel more than 400 miles per hour – three times faster than traditional helicopters – cost less to operate and offers a quieter ride than a helicopter.
“The Vy will provide faster, more affordable door-to-door service than either helicopters or conventional airplanes, without the need for airports,” the company said in a statement. “Transcend will deliver service right from major city centers, such as Manhattan and downtown Boston, using VTOL-ready landing pads.”
The company plans to launch commuter services between multiple North American cities in early 2024. Current planned services include: flights connecting New York City and Boston in as little as 36 minutes; Los Angeles and San Francisco in 55 minutes; and Montreal and Toronto in 25 minutes.
Announced prices are comparable to commercial flights between cities: $283 to-and-from Boston; $315 for West Coast flights; and $325 for Canadian travel.
Transcend Air says they hope to expand to dozens more cities in later years.
“This is a necessary and transformative addition to city-to-city transportation options,” Greg Bruell, co-founder and CEO of Transcend said. “It solves multiple problems at once: we’ll take cars off congested roads, reduce pollution around airports, and lower the cost of air transportation while drastically reducing travel times.”
Siemens Launches New eMobility Calculator to Help Cities Map Electric Transportation Infrastructure Needs
Siemens is launching the eMobility calculator, a tool that will estimate the infrastructure requirements and potential impacts of electric transportation in cities over the next 30 years. As more cities look to electrify transportation to cut carbon footprints, reduce congestion and create new economic opportunities, they face the equally important need to support these new systems with robust infrastructure across vehicle charging, power grids, and the roads themselves. This tool will give cities of any size a clear map of what type of infrastructure improvements will be required in order to electrify private cars, public buses, and other fleets, including estimates on the number of electric vehicles chargers needed and on parking and land use.
“The advent of new technologies and business models provides city decision-makers with an opportunity to redefine what is working in their cities and to reinvent what’s not,” said Julia Thayne, Innovation and Technology for Cities, Siemens Cities Center of Competence. “This tool is intended to map a clear pathway of how a city can shape its mobility networks to achieve long-term sustainability, both environmental and economic.”
Although many cities’ sustainability targets are set for the long-term, such as 2035 or 2050, Siemens’ research has shown that cities need to start working to meet these goals today through a proactive approach to planning and investments. The eMobility calculator projects that, in a city like Los Angeles, the number of electric vehicle chargers needed and amount of energy consumed by EVs peaks in 2035, meaning the majority of investments in chargers and grid modernization will need to be made before then. For example, a city like L.A. would need to install up to 100 electric vehicle (EV) chargers per week – starting now and continuing through 2050 – to accommodate an all-electric vehicle landscape. And by adopting more shared eMobility options like electric vehicles and public transport, L.A. could reclaim 720,000 square feet of land, which equates to enough space for over 500,000 new homes.
The launch of the eMobility calculator coincides with a new research report from Siemens on “Powering the Future of Urban Mobility.” The report takes analysis about long-term sustainability planning in cities from bird’s-eye-view to street level, focusing on how people use different modes of transportation to navigate urban areas as one of the toughest, but most critical, topics for cities to address today and into the future.
About Siemens Smart Data Tools for Urban Development
The eMobility calculator joins Siemens’ broader portfolio of urban development data tools designed to help cities plan for and achieve their sustainability goals. Siemens data-driven City Performance Tool, launched in 2015, has been used by a growing list of cities in the U.S. around the world including Washington, DC and Charlotte, NC to calculate the environmental and economic impacts of building, transport and energy technologies. In addition, Siemens’ new City Air Monitoring cloud-based software evaluates cities’ pollution data in real-time and formulates potential solutions to help them determine concrete recommendations for action.
For further information on Siemens city initiatives, please visit www.siemens.com/cities.
Siemens Corporation is a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, a global powerhouse focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of systems for power generation and transmission as well as medical diagnosis. With approximately 372,000 employees in 190 countries, Siemens reported worldwide revenue of $92.0 billion in fiscal 2017. Siemens in the USA reported revenue of $23.3 billion, including $5.0 billion in exports, and employs approximately 50,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
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