sharing economy Archive

Airbnb acquires travel activities marketplace, trip4real

Airbnb has bought a Barcelona-based travel startup it was advising and partnering with: Trip4real offers a marketplace of experiences for tourists to browse and book ahead of time to lend their trip a little local color/flavor (via tapas tastings, paella cooking classes, barrio tours and so on). There are obvious synergies with the sharing economy giant which pitches its platform as a way to escape the usual tourist traps by staying in …

You’re a travel agent! You’re a travel agent! Everyone’s a travel agent!

Amsterdam-based TRVL is aiming to shake up the travel industry by turning you (and that guy, and the lady over there and that chap over there, too) into a travel agent. The platform is a sharing-economy approach to booking travel for your friends and complete and utter strangers. Startup veteran Jochem Wijnands is now taking on the travel industry. The pain point TRVL believes it will be able to …

Turo doubles its inventory, lets you search by color

Sharing-economy-powered car rental competitor Turo is taking its battle with the incumbents to places few have dared venture. The company used computer vision to determine the color of all the cars in its inventory and, starting today, is making it possible to select the car for your next adventure based on your favorite color. The company also announced it has doubled the number of cars available on …

Tesla’s best-laid plans will have a challenge in convergence

Driverless cars and ridesharing are poised to bring about the next big tectonic movement that technology provides for the human experience. In much the same way that the mobile phone has transformed the way we live, autonomous vehicles and transportation sharing promise to change the way we move. Tesla’s recent announcement of its Master Plan, Part Deux exemplifies the convergence of these technology trends. For …