The former COO of transportation startup Lyft, Travis VanderZanden, has been accused of stealing important documents from the company and leaving for Uber. Of all the transportation startups in North America, the biggest rivalry is between Uber and Lyft, and this is not the first time competition has reportedly gotten out of hand.
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Michigan has become the latest state to clearly ban the sale of Tesla vehicles. Tesla only sells its electric cars directly to consumers, and that has gone against the state-level laws in some parts of the US. Michigan was one of the states that had laws on the direct sale of motor vehicles to consumers, and Governor Rick Snyder has signed Bill 5606 that specifically bans direct Tesla sales.
Not all amazing tech products bring something entire new and different to the table. Sometimes all you need is the right ingenuity to combine existing features, and to also have an eye for design. That’s exactly what the development team behind the Bluesmart connected carry-on did.
Tesla and China Unciom, a state-owned wireless carrier, will be working together to build 400 electric vehicle charging stations across China. There will be new stations built in 120 cities, and 20 supercharger stations will be created in 20 cities. The supercharger locations enable faster charging for Tesla vehicles when compared to regular electric vehicle charging stations.
Uber fans in the Santa Monica area can now order lunch through the Uber app and have it delivered via uberFRESH, the company’s new food delivery service. A trial is being carried out in the Santa Monica area, and during the trial, people will be able to order lunch for $12 between 11:30 AM and 2:30 PM.
The Tesla Model S is among a group of cars being considered by the UK government for its official mode of transport, the car company has announced. Tesla says that its flagship electric car is being looked at by the government as a low-emission alternative to the cars currently used for UK ministers. The Government Car Service is in the process of determining which “green” car should replace the current fleet, and since the Tesla has setup shop in the country, it seems like an obvious choice.
As someone who has always wanted a motorcycle (ITS NOT A PHASE, MOM!), I am always excited to see new improvements in terms of motorcycle safety. That way, I can present my parents with a Powerpoint presentation replete with all the ways I can “safely” ride a motorcycle. So, when I read that the Whistler Group, Inc.m introduced a new Helmet Safety Light called the MotoGlo, I was pleased as punch. Do the kids still say that?
Uber and UberX have come under fire recently as governments around the world place fines against the ridesharing service or, in some cases, threaten to pursue legal action against the company. In Sydney, the latter is taking place, as some drivers are being warned that they could end up in a courtroom because of their work for UberX. The ridesharing service is allegedly not in compliance with some of Sydney’s laws, which puts UberX in a very bad scenario.
Tesla has been confronted with multiple legal disputes in recent months as certain states try to prevent the company from selling directly to consumers. At least one more state is giving in and will not block Tesla from selling to consumers. A law has been enacted in New York that lets the car company sell directly to consumers in its five current locations, but any future locations must be dealerships. This compromise will at least allow Tesla to maintain its presence in the state.
Tesla has opened up its electric car patents so that other automotive companies can push the industry forward. Tesla CEO Elon Musk says that the growth of the industry is far more important than Tesla holding onto its patents and suing people if they create cars that have similar functions. From Musk’s point of view, Tesla is secure in its place in the electric car market, and there isn’t anything to worry about if other companies come out with more similar vehicles.
Uber is growing at an impressive rate and even though it has faced criticism in certain markets, the car service is now active in 120 cities and 40 different countries. With investors continuing to dump money into the company–Uber just received an additional $1.2 billion–the service’s valuation has grown to $17 billion after being active for just five years. The five-year old company has seen the majority of its growth in the past two years which makes its new valuation even more impressive.