HIGH 5! Here is the news update of the latest trends from the global technology and startup scene. HIGH 5 is published by Lab1886. This week’s topics are:
Ridesharing surges in suburbs +++ Traffic app sends crash alerts faster +++ Carsharing trends in Japan +++ Chinese ride-hailing landscape +++ Gamification of local public transit
A study by researchers at the University of Connecticut evaluated data from New York’s Taxi and Limousine Commission. Surprisingly, the number of ridesharing trips outside Manhattan has exploded, growing by up to 56 percent in suburbs with high proportions of minority and low-income households who do not own cars. Conclusion: It’s time to consider public partnerships with ridesharing companies.
Traffic // Safety
Researchers at California’s UCLA and UC Irvine published a paper on accident prediction in the state. By comparing data from crowdsourced traffic app Waze with accident data collected by the California Highway Patrol, they found that Waze users send out crash alerts on average 2:41 minutes before anyone alerts emergency services. And the Transportation Department’s Volpe Center has found that Waze data could be used to build a computer model for predicting possible crash sites.
Mobility // Mixed Use
A survey of Japanese customers of carsharing providers has revealed that many Japanese use rental cars not for driving, but as private spaces. Typically: as workspaces or “nap pods” (because both cost more in Tokyo than car rental), for lunching on store-bought food, or as temporary luggage stores. Some people in the earthquake region even rent cars just to charge their smartphones.
Source: The Next Web
Mobility // Ride Hailing
China’s major ride-hailing services are all now available via a single aggregation app. Didi, Hellobike and the Baidu and Meituan platforms rely on third-party booking apps instead of services developed in-house. Users don’t just benefit from shorter wait times – they pay for all services through a single aggregator that charges around 10 percent in commission.
Public transit services in the USA hope gamification will encourage more travelers to use them. Bay Area Rapid Transit in San Francisco offers discounts to commuters who travel outside rush hour. And in Portland, municipal bike-share service Biketown is working with startup Validated to offer retail credits that can be used to pay for trips.
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