AARP, Tesla, & UberEATS: This Week’s Collaborative Economy Big 3
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Uber Helps AARP Members Become Drivers with “Life Reimagined” Program
AARP’s Life Reimagined program was created to guide Americans over 40 through life transitions, and now Uber is putting them in the driver’s seat.Through their collaboration, Uber promotes driving opportunities for AARP members in-person at Life Reimagined events and online. AARP members receive a $35 incentive when signing up to drive for Uber through the program after providing 10 trips. AARP’s partnership with Uber showcases that the Collaborative Economy impacts all generations of workers who are seeking flexibility, not just Millennials and early technology adopters. Similar to social media’s growth, the Collaborative Economy is spreading globally across all age segments. Read more on Time.
Tesla and Airbnb Partner to Give Eligible Hosts Free Home Charging Stations for Model S
In a partnership with Airbnb, Tesla Motors is making long-distance travel easier for electric Model S owners who need to charge up away from home. Airbnb hosts who list entire homes, have had more than five bookings, and tout a 4+ average star rating are eligible to receive a free Tesla fast-charging station. Initially, Tesla is only extending the offer to Californian hosts, with 12 homes currently equipped with chargers. By adding more chargers at points of travel convenience, Tesla is hoping to convince consumers that owning an electric car can be hassle-free. Its Airbnb partnership is another cog in Tesla’s “destination charging” machine, as it continues to install chargers at travel spots likely frequented by its affluent clientele. Get more information from Fortune.
UberEATS expands on-demand restaurant food delivery service to Austin, Texas
UberEATS became available to Austin foodies on Aug. 19, joining its area competitors Favor and Postmates. Uber users within Austin service area boundaries can choose from a daily limited lunchtime menu for speedy Uber delivery. UberEATS’s expansion into Austin marks its sixth city, with local delivery services already available in L.A., Barcelona, N.Y.C, Toronto, and Chicago. Uber’s commitment to growing its expertise in food delivery logistics signals its future path into fast, reliable delivery of other goods and services within the Collaborative Economy. Disrupting the taxi industry and reducing car ownership was just the beginning. What possibilities await when Uber drivers are transformed into a delivery fleet? Find additional analysis on TechCrunch.
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