BMW Jaguar and Porsche invest in mobility startup Urgently

Posted On Sep 10 2019 by

first_img BMW Land Rover Jaguar Porsche More about 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Preview • 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S: The complete package The 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S is at the top of its game Share your voice 0 Post a comment 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 40 Photos More From Roadshow 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Tags Enlarge ImageAs someone who has diagnosed and remedied a problem in less time than it took a tow truck to arrive, sounds like a fantastic innovation. Sam Edwards/Getty Images Three major automakers have invested good money into a startup that could change the way roadside assistance is handled.The venture arms of BMW, Jaguar Land Rover and Porsche have invested a combined $21 million in, a US-based startup that offers its services in North America, Europe and Asia. The hope is that this system will reduce the time it takes help to arrive, as some service providers arranged through insurance companies or automakers can take hours to is, in essence, a roadside assistance provider that takes an Uber-like approach to its operations, acting as a middleman connecting drivers in need to tow or mobile-service companies that are able to help. Instead of using humans to pair drivers to service providers, does it all with algorithms built into its platform.”The old model of roadside assistance must make way for a modern, more digital approach,” said Kasper Sage, a partner at BMW i Ventures, in a statement. “ will allow OEMs around the world to provide their customers the kind of real-time and connected digital experience they now expect in everything from food delivery to ride-sharing.”For BMW at least, will collaborate with the automaker’s own roadside service platform, offering its services to owners of BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce vehicles in the US. With a majority of roadside-assistance providers already plugged into’s system, this could be a huge boon for any driver looking for quick assistance on the roadside. Car Industry Auto Techlast_img read more

Sailfish OS 302 named Oulanka now comes with improved power management and

Posted On Aug 26 2019 by

first_imgLast week, Jolla announced the release of Sailfish OS 3.0.2. This release goes by the name Oulanka, which is a national park in Lapland and Northern Ostrobothnia regions of Finland. Along with 44 fixed issues, this release brings in a battery saving mode, better connectivity, new device management APIs, and more. Improved power management Sailfish OS Oulanka comes with a battery saving mode, which is enabled by default when the battery goes lower than 20%. Additionally, users can also specify the battery saving threshold themselves by going to the “Battery” section in the settings menu. Better connectivity Improvements are made in this release so that Sailfish OS better handles scenarios when a large number of Bluetooth and WLAN devices are connected to the network. Now, Bluetooth and WLAN network scan will not slow down your devices. Also, many updates have been made in the Firewall introduced in the previous release, Sipoonkorpi, for better robustness. Updates in Corporate API This release comes with several improvements in the Corporate API. New device management APIs are added including data counters, call statistics, location data sources, proxy settings, app auto start, roaming status, and cellular settings. Sailfish X Beta for Xperia XA2 Sailfish X, the downloadable version of Sailfish OS for select devices, continues to be in Beta for XA2 with the Oulanka update. With this release, the team has improved several aspects of Android 8.1 Support Beta for XA2 devices. Now, Android apps will be able to connect to the internet more reliably via mobile data. To know more in detail about Sailfish OS Oulanka, check out the official announcement. Read Next An early access to Sailfish 3 is here! Linux 5.1 will come with Intel graphics, virtual memory support, and more The Linux Foundation announces the CHIPS Alliance project for deeper open source hardware integrationlast_img read more

The battle continues Las Vegas Hawaii crack down on Airbnb

Posted On Aug 19 2019 by

first_img Share Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, June 22, 2017 Posted by Tags: Airbnb, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Trend Watch With file from The Associated Press The battle continues: Las Vegas & Hawaii crack down on Airbnb LAS VEGAS — Airbnb, which has already been feeling the squeeze in cities like New York, San Francisco and Seattle, are now facing further crackdowns in two additional major tourist destinations: Las Vegas and Hawaii.Las Vegas property owners interested in renting out their properties for brief periods will have to comply with new rules passed Wednesday meant to crack down on a booming short-term rental industry that has raised concerns among some residents and local officials. Owners now need a special use permit, proof of liability insurance for US$500,000 and letter-sized placards outside the properties with contact information and maximum allowed occupancy.The new requirements were approved as complaints over raucous parties at short-term rentals have mounted over the years and following more than three hours of debate among city officials and comments from dozens of residents.City officials were split on the ordinance. While some council members strongly favour the regulations, others, including the mayor, questioned whether they will truly put an end to the use of rentals as “party houses” since enforcement of the existing regulations has not been efficient.“Everything I’m hearing is exactly the same. It’s party houses and party houses and party houses, and none of us wants them in our neighbourhood,” Mayor Carolyn Goodman said. “But this isn’t going to do anything, in my opinion, to stop the party houses.”More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTFigures released in February by the San Francisco-based home-sharing service Airbnb show people in Las Vegas who listed their homes through the company hosted more than a quarter of a million people last year and earned $35.5 million.Las Vegas drew a record number of visitors for a third straight year in 2016, attracting almost 43 million tourists. Unincorporated Clark County – which includes properties near the Las Vegas Strip – does not allow short-term rentals in residential areas.Short-term rentals were already required to pass a safety and minimum property standard inspection, obtain a business license and pay an annual $500 permit fee. Short-term rentals may not be within 660 feet of each other as measured from their property lines.The new special-use permit carries a fee of $1,030. It also requires units with more than 5 bedrooms to have one additional parking spot for every two additional bedrooms.Airbnb spokeswoman Jasmine Mora in a statement said the council’s decision “is a step in the wrong direction that threatens an important economic lifeline for thousands of Las Vegas families.”Meanwhile, officials on the Hawaii island of Oahu are looking for ways to cut down on subleasing as its popularity rises with the advent of businesses such as Airbnb.The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that renters have been cashing in on the profitability of the island’s vacation rental market through online rental sites. But Honolulu officials are working on a way to curb the trend by strengthening the city’s subleasing enforcement strategy.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesHawaii real estate analyst Stephany Sofos says she once had a tenant who was renting from her for $1,500 per month, but was subleasing for $1,000 per week through Craigslist and Airbnb.Elizabeth Churchill, owner of tourism consultancy Churchill Group LLC, called the practice “brilliant” for tenants, but says those who are making money should follow regulations and pay their share.Airbnb has run into regulatory battles in some cities, including New York and San Francisco. In some cities, local officials have complained that the boom in short-term rentals, led by Airbnb – which boasts millions of rental listings around the world – is reducing long-term housing for residents.In May, Seattle officials and Airbnb reached a deal in a lawsuit stemming from the city’s efforts to prevent the website from including housing units that violate city restrictions on who can list properties and for how long. Under the settlement, residents have to provide their registration number to list a rental on the website.last_img read more