Tag: California

Nuro’s cute robot delivery pod takes important step forward in California

Nuro has received the first-ever permit allowing it to commercially operate self-driving delivery vehicles in California. Granted by the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), the green light means the Silicon Valley-based company will be able to start charging customers for its delivery services using its self-driving vehicles. The decision comes eight months after the…

Lyft won’t shut down operations in California tonight after all

Lyft planned to shut down its operations in California on Thursday night in response to a state law that forces it to reclassify its drivers as employees, but an emergency stay granted by an appeals court judge means the app will remain live for now.  The ridesharing company had planned to suspend the app at…

Uber and Lyft might adopt a franchise business model in California

Uber and Lyft are reportedly considering adopting a franchise model in California as an alternative to having to classify their contracted drivers as full-time employees.  The New York Times reports that both ridesharing companies are “seriously discussing” licensing out their brands to vehicle fleet operators in a franchise-like model. The new business model results from…