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Xoom towns - effects on life & travel

Stew Langille - August 26, 2020 2

The pandemic has exposed the worst kept secret in the world - we don’t need big fancy offices. They don’t benefit the company, the employees or investors. They are the dinosaurs of a past age - a time of corporate excess and ego. There have been several examples of companies coming to the realizatio

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Singapore: How to Travel Cheaper as Costs Climb

Alexandra Pacurar - August 17, 2020 1

In the 11 weeks that have passed since Singapore started to ease its lockdown measures, prices for certain services have been growing constantly. Private local transportation is one of them. As more and more people are moving around the city, rideshare and taxi providers are taking notice (and advan

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A New Way Forward: The Rental Model

Alexandra Pacurar - July 30, 2020

How does the rental business model for e-scooters and e-bikes fare mid-pandemic? We’ve been starting to wonder about this potential solution to the transportation challenges that the coronavirus outbreak has brought upon us. With most offers launched a year or two ago (oh, we were so naive back then

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EV vs. Gas: What Car Is Cheaper to Own?

Alexandra Pacurar - July 14, 2020

Trying to determine which type of car—electric or gasoline—is more affordable is no easy task. Most research done in this direction refers mostly to fueling costs, even though there is a great amount of other factors that come into play, not to mention the variables for each of these. We looked at s

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Is Owning a Car Worth It?

Alexandra Pacurar - June 17, 2020 1

With all the social, economic and technological changes, will we decide that it is actually cheaper to use alternative ways to get around other than driving? Is it worth owning a car now? What about in the future? Well, it depends. A few years back, as ride-share services like Uber and Lyft bec

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The New Meaning of Safety for Local Travel

Alexandra Pacurar - June 12, 2020 3

While the way we move around the city has always needed to be safe, the coronavirus outbreak has given this dimension a whole new meaning. A meaning that is likely to—directly or indirectly—impact its other three verticals: cost, time and environmental impact. So, how will safety change the way we g

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How to Spend Less, Wisely

Alexandra Pacurar - June 3, 2020

Learn how to better manage your finances and make smarter decisions for a better, easier life. Float, an independent platform, has made it its mission to give its users all the information that they need to care for their wallet without sacrificing their lifestyle. People around the world are not

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Moving Around in the City: What Changes

Alexandra Pacurar - May 2, 2020 1

Talks of easing lockdown measures are intensifying and some states have already started reopening the economy, despite the existing threat of a spike in COVID-19 cases. While for many this is the long-awaited sign of hope that life is going back to normal, we couldn’t be further from it. How will li

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Rides, Life After Lockdown: What Happens After April 30?

Alexandra Pacurar - April 29, 2020 2

Social distancing guidelines from the U.S. presidential administration are set to expire tomorrow. So, what will happen after April 30? What will our lives look like in six months? How will we travel in 2021? Tough questions that we try to respond in the story below. There is nothing that we all

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What's Next For The Shared Economy

Alexandra Pacurar - January 3, 2020

In 2019, hardly a month went by without Uber making headlines and the end of the year was no exception. One of the most interesting news items, in addition to the company’s co-founder, Travis Kalanick, stepping down from the board, was the announcement about Uber Works. The ride-sharing giant wants

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Is Ride-Sharing Sustainable?

Alexandra Pacurar - December 16, 2019 1

Climate change is slowly but surely becoming the hottest (pun intended) topic of public debate. Consequently, pollution, sustainability, green and eco-friendly living are attracting more interest than ever. Every new product or service goes through these filters, and the shared economy is no excepti

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5 Things You Need To Know About Shared Mobility In 2020

Alexandra Pacurar - November 12, 2019

“The future is now, old man.” Whether a Malcolm in the Middle fan or not, you must admit that you’re already starting to see or hear about a lot of the things you used to dream about as a kid. Hoverboards and flying cars are happening. The latter might not yet be available for purchase online, but w

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Are Electric Scooters Better For The Environment?

Ankit Sharma - November 6, 2019 3

As far as cost and convenience go, electric scooters are becoming an increasingly viable choice for your daily commute. But, the jury's out on whether they are actually better for the environment. Let’s take a look at the facts:  Manufacturing: The most obvious win is that, because they use

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Electric Scooters Compete With Pedestrians On Sidewalks

Julius Ijidola - November 5, 2019

For urbanists looking for a quick and efficient way to get around the city, electric scooters just may be the perfect solution. Except for one thing. As their usage increases, so does a growing concern. Electric scooters run at speeds of up to 25mph but share the sidewalk with pedestrians walking at

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Rideshare in Singapore: Beyond the Uber-Grab Experiment

Alexandra Pacurar - October 30, 2019 1

Singapore is known for its street food, tropical climate,  top-notch transportation system, and young commuters eager to jump on board the latest mobility trends. In fact, in a recent survey, passengers said they were more satisfied with the quality of public transportation in 2018 compared to past

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7 Things Locals Need to Know About Getting Around San Francisco

Freya Sawbridge - November 24, 2020

San Francisco covers an area of just under 50 square miles but with a population of nearly 890,000, it is the second most densely populated U.S. city. The Golden City may rank fifth in the world for traffic congestion but if you plan well there are plenty of transport options to whip around the city

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Time to Topple the Car Monopoly?

Alexandra Pacurar - November 19, 2020

A century has passed since the automobile became the most used mode of transportation in the U.S. Now, in the crazy year of 2020, it’s time to rethink the importance we place on this mode of transport and how it will affect the future of transport As we look at this unique window of opportunity to r

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Carpooling’s Comeback: is Sharing Rides the Way Forward?

Freya Sawbridge - November 18, 2020 1

In 1960 Bob Dylan carpooled from Minnesota to New York and in 1964 Jim Morrison from Florida to LA. Art Garfunkel sometimes rejected chartered plane flights and carpooled his way to gigs. Back then, people used the traditional thumb-out-on-the-side-of-the-road tactic but now, with Wi-Fi access and t

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9 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprints

Sng Ee Ping - November 17, 2020 1

What will our world look like in 2050 if we do not reduce our carbon emissions by half? According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, we will experience longer and hotter heat waves and the air quality will worsen. Mountain glaciers and polar ice sheets will melt faster,

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Carpooling's History Contains More U-Turns Than You'd Think

Freya Sawbridge - November 11, 2020 1

Carpooling is not a new concept. It has been around for over a century but its popularity waxed and waned depending on society’s mentality, government initiatives and economic issues of the time. But how did ridesharing first start? What impact did the world wars have on it? And do people use it tod

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Riding in a Robot: The launch of Driverless Taxis in Phoenix

Freya Sawbridge - November 10, 2020

Seven months after their planned launch date, Waymo is re-booting their driverless taxi fleet in Phoenix and anyone living in the suburbs of Chandler, Tempe and Mesa can hail one. In Waymo’s promotional tweet, they stated “you’ve been asking, and now it’s here”. But are we going to use it now that i

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