Mercedes-Benz driverless concept interior

Driverless Cars Means Fewer Drunk Drivers

Whenever I ask people about driverless cars and if they’d use the technology, they often take a minute to ponder. Most people land on yes, saying, “I’d be able to go out and drink and take an autonomous Uber home. Cool.” Cool indeed. And a survey by Goodyear Tyres (that’s not a typo; it was…

Volvo XC40 subscription

Car Subscriptions: Everything but the Gas

You subscribe to a service that ships you razor blades. And another that lets you stream music. And another that gives you full access to an online newspaper. But are you read for a subscription that lets you drive a car? It’s possible right now, this very day, to sign up for a car subscription.…

smart EQ fortwo

Smart Cars Get Smarter

If you thought smart cars were weird little things, well, they’re about to get weirder. Or cooler, depending on your point of view. But they’ll still be little things. This concept from Mercedes-Benz (owner of smart and car sharing service car2go) is called the smart EQ fortwo. It’s been designed for a fully autonomous, shared,…

MIT Study Reveals Attitudes. About Autonomous Vehicles, That Is

by Sara Lacey An MIT study conducted in April of this year was recently published, and it contains some interesting information regarding consumer attitudes surrounding modern vehicle technology and driving alternatives. The study, titled “Autonomous Vehicles, Trust and Driving Alternatives: A survey of consumer preferences” took the pulse of 2954 respondents and asked what they…

BOOK by Cadillac

Finally, A Personal Fleet for Everyone! Almost.

by Sara Lacey I’ve always thought it would be awesome to have a personal fleet of vehicles. On busy days of local errand-running, I’d employ my EV.  Trip skiing or camping? I’d bust out my trusty SUV. Date night with friends would have me calling on my four-door sedan. For most people, myself included, the…

Hail Yes: Ride Hailing for Families

by Sara Lacey Are you the head chauffeur in your family? Have you had to make decisions at times about which kid is going to get to their activity at the expense of your other kid and their thing? Have you wondered how you are going to work late and get your kids where they…

car2go in Portland

Why It’s Hard to Share EVs

I recently met with Ken Hills, the manager of the Portland car2go office, for an informal interview about sharing electric vehicles. Because it was so informal and informational, I didn’t even have my trusty Rhodia reporter’s notebook out (orange No 13, for fellow Rhodia addicts). But here’s what I learned: sharing electric vehicles is pretty…