1. NY State Legislature gridlocked on rideshare – With the end of the New York State Legislature’s session ending on Thursday, state lawmakers are divided on a bill to regulate Transportation Network Companies like Uber and Lyft.
As lobbyists for rideshare and taxi companies alike are racing to influence legislators, as there is a lot at stake – out of the two versions of the bill under consideration, both enable cities to regulate the rideshare industry locally. The difference primarily lies in insurance requirements – one bill requires $1.5 million after a driver is hailed, and the other $1.0 million. NY Governor Andrew Cuomo did not include a rideshare bill in his list of 6 priorities before the end of session.
More at lohud.
2. Another Rosekind Reveal – According to Business Insider, NHTSA head Mark Rosekind stated last week that states will have the ability to add their own state-specific regulations on top of NHTSA’s self-driving car regulations that will be released next month.
This is bad news for the advocates and manufacturers of self-driving cars who have asked for a comprehensive set of federal regulations from NHTSA, as opposed to the uneasy patchwork of 50 different regulatory structures across every state.
Business Insider has more to say about this bummer.
3. Another original idea from Uber – Following its competitors Lyft and Gett, Uber is now allowing passengers to schedule their rides 30 days in advance. What will they think of next?