10 Must-Read Parking Articles from April 2016

Wondering what’s been going on in parking and transportation in the past month? Skim this list of 10 hand-picked articles.

 

1. Lyft’s first nationwide TV ad tries to convince Americans that owning a car sucks

 

2. Impark Acquires U.S.-Wide Parking Company; Republic Parking

Imperial Parking Corporation (Impark) has acquired Republic Parking System and Republic Parking Northwest. Read the details of the deal here.

 

3. Why the ‘Uber of parking’ flopped in D.C.

The Washington Post speculates why Zirx and other on-demand valet apps didn’t work in DC.

 

4. Uber Overtakes Rental Cars Among Business Travelers

For the first time, more business travelers are using Uber instead of renting cars and parking.

 

5. The Absurd Primacy of the Automobile in American Life

“In almost every way imaginable, the car, as it is deployed and used today, is insane.” Find out why.

 

6. In One Town, Uber Is Now Officially Mass Transit

“Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick called parking lots a terrible waste of space and car ownership an equally wasteful practice–most of the time our vehicles are sitting somewhere parked, not actually being used.”

 

7. ZIRX Mobility Services 

The former on-demand valet app now offers “a full-service platform that empowers auto manufacturers, dealerships and fleet owners to provide unique customer experiences and manage backend operations more efficiently.”

 

8. BMW just jumped into the U.S. car-sharing biz, with the help of YC alum RideCell

The automaker launched new a car-sharing service in Seattle called ReachNow.

 

9. Americans are afraid of autonomous cars

“In January of this year, AAA conducted a phone survey of nearly 2,000 drivers over the age of 18 and found some surprising results: 75 percent of respondents ‘would be afraid to allow an autonomous vehicle to drive itself with them in it.’”

 

10. Meet the new Ford, a Silicon Valley software company

“For a guy running a car business, Mark Fields sure doesn’t mind talking about putting fewer cars on the road.”

 

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