Lyft Premier goes head-to-head with Uber Black for high-class rides

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Lyft Ensures Clients Ride in Style With Debut of Premier Service
Business executives in SF, LA, and NYC can now get a Lyft that preserves their class, as the popular ride-sharing company has officially rolled out Lyft Premier. The new high-end service follows in the footsteps of Uber Black. Lyft also unveiled Scheduled Rides, allowing riders to reserve a trip up to 24 hours in advance (look for the clock icon when you request the ride). Together, the upgrades remove hurdles to a smooth ride on business trips in luxury BMWs, Audis, Lexus, or Cadillacs. Lyft Premier is expected to cost twice as much as a standard Lyft. See the full story at PC Magazine.

Autonomous Delivery Robots Start to Hit the Streets
Collaborative partnerships with London’s robot developer Starship Technologies are beginning to deliver real groceries and goods to customers via autonomous sidewalk robots. The technology hits the streets after accident-free tests in the midst of 400,000 people. Starship has struck a deal with food delivery firm Pronto Technology and the Just Eat app for limited service in London, while five to ten of the robots will be deployed for retailer Metro AG and logistics firm Hermes Group in Bern, Switzerland, and two German cities. The United States is on the docket for additional rollouts in the coming months. Read more from Bloomberg.

Expert Minds Join Catalyst Companies in Pondering the Future of Mobility
Catalyst Companies Founder Jeremiah Owyang recently hosted BMW executives and transportation futurists from around the globe for a riveting discussion of what the future of mobility will look like — beyond the Collaborative Economy and self-driving cars. The event, “BMW Welcomes. Future Mobility,” probed the innovative minds of experts from the European Space Agency, electric vertical takeoff jet startup Lilium Aviation, high-speed transport system concept Hyperloop, and host BMW Group in Munich, Germany, on June 23. Watch them articulate the ideas that may change transportation as we know it in our recorded video of the event.


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