Uber has announced that it will stop developing self-driving trucks and will shut down the unit. The company will instead focus on self-driving car development. The AV truck unit was based on Otto, a startup acquired in 2016. Uber planned to disrupt freight hauling with AV technology and Uber Freight unit. Uber Freight will continue its operations as planned. Trucking was considered as one of the first practical implementations of autonomous vehicles.
After the acquisition of Otto, Uber became embroiled in a legal battle with Google, which claimed that the company was founded on stolen technology. The case was settled in February, however, seems like that wasn’t the only issue with the Otto unit.
On a separate topic, Uber has completed its 10 billionth trip.
GM launches P2P car-sharing service
GM is launching a new service that allows owners of GM vehicles to rent it out to other users through the Maven platform.
Maven has been expanding continuously. It was launched in 2016 as a car-sharing service, similar to Zipcar, where users could rent GM vehicles for short-term use. In 2017, the company added Maven Reserve service, which allowed customers to rent vehicles a month at a time. Shortly, the company also launched Maven Gig, which rents vehicles to ride-share and delivery drivers.
The new service has few limitations, e.g. only vehicles produced after 2015 can be rented out.
Who uses ride-sharing services in US?
Gallup has published a new report about usage of ride-sharing in the US. According to the data, around 30% of Americans use ride-sharing. Unsurprisingly, vast majority of them are young to middle-age — 45% of those who have used ride-hailing are 18–29 years old, while 36% are 30–49 years old.
Income also has a significant impact — Americans with higher incomes ($90,000 or over) are more likely to use the services, with 41% saying that use Uber or Lyft.
Most users are concentrated in urban areas, with 37% of customers coming from cities and 34% from suburbs.