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E-Scooter Startup Uses AI to Improve Rider Safety

Published on Nov 12, 2020 at 7:50 am in Electric Scooters.

The European electric scooter company Voi is turning to artificial intelligence to enable its vehicles to detect pedestrians and sidewalks. The startup hopes this move will ease chaotic micromobility concerns.

As e-scooter usage has surged throughout 2020, safety concerns have also increased around how the devices are used and deployed in busy cities. In response to those concerns, Voi plans to become the first company to deploy computer vision and on-device AI on scooters.

Uber Introduces Uber Reserve Feature

Published on Nov 11, 2020 at 10:18 am in Rideshare Services.

In an effort to attract customers during the COVID-19 pandemic, Uber is rolling out a new feature that will let users reserve rides up to 30 days in advance and pick their favorite driver for the trip.

Referred to as Uber Reserve, the new option is designed for users who want to book a ride at least two hours in advance. The feature will begin to show up on the app later in November. In addition to the new feature, Uber will keep its current scheduling option for those trips that fall under the two-hours-in-advance timeline.

VA Rideshare Program Adapts to Meet Needs During COVID-19

Published on Nov 10, 2020 at 8:03 am in Rideshare Services.

In 2018, Charles Franklin created the Veterans Employment Rideshare Initiative, also called Rideshare. Now, that program is being used to help veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Franklin noticed as housing costs in inner cities rose, veterans moved outside the city where public transportation was less accessible. Rideshare helps homeless veterans get to job interviews and find housing opportunities by connecting veterans with services like Uber and Lyft.

Pedestrian Killed in Crash Involving Rideshare Driver

Published on Nov 9, 2020 at 7:40 am in Rideshare Accidents.

Santa Clara police are investigating a fatal accident between a rideshare vehicle and a pedestrian.

The accident occurred on Wednesday, November 4, around 4:25 p.m. on the Montague Expressway. Two pedestrians walked along the roadway between Mission College Boulevard and Agnew Road when one of the pedestrians was struck by a vehicle. When officers arrived at the scene, a man, 57, was suffering from serious injuries. While life-saving efforts were made, he died at the scene. The woman who was walking with him was not injured.