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2012 June

27 Jun

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Ambiq Micro returns to Ann Arbor to set up office in Venture Accelerator

June 27, 2012 | By |

Ambiq Micro is making a return of sorts to Ann Arbor, opening a new satellite office in the University of Michigan’s Venture Accelerator.

The University of Michigan spin-out that makes tiny, energy-efficient microprocessors moved to Austin, Texas, a few years ago. The new office in the Venture Accelerator will provide two of the start-up’s co-founders space to further its growth.

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26 Jun

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Hail A Fellow Human, Not A Taxi With “SideCar” – The New P2P Uber

June 26, 2012 | By |

You need a ride, someone else has a car and could use the cash, SideCar is the app that will bring you together. New instant peer-to-peer rideshare-finding app SideCar turns anyone into a taxi / Uber driver, and it’s supposedly legal because you technically volunteer to pay at the end. Today it emerges from beta for iOS and Android in its first city, San Francisco.

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26 Jun

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Introducing SideCar, the Uber for personal cars

June 26, 2012 | By |

San Francisco is truly the test bed for alternative tech-focused transportation. And on Tuesday, folks in the Bay Area will have access to yet another option: SideCar, a mobile app that will offer real time ride sharing.

The idea behind the app is to connect drivers who want to make a little extra money, with passengers that are looking for an alternative to driving, biking or public transportation in real time. Picture what Uber is trying to do with an on demand car service but for regular car owners. Ride sharing company Zimride recently started offering something similar through its Lyft mobile app. “It’s a rethink of transportation,” Sunil Paul, SideCar’s CEO and investor through Spring Ventures, tells me in an interview.

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26 Jun

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A New Ride-Sharing Service Turns Private Cars Into Taxis

June 26, 2012 | By |

Technology start-ups continue to chip away at the idea that everyone should own a car or two.

The latest twist on car sharing comes from a company called SideCar, which introduced its service in San Francisco on Tuesday. The service allows people seeking a ride to use a smartphone app to find someone willing to give them one in their own car. When it works well, it takes about the same amount of time it takes to catch a cab. The company has been in a private testing period for several months and claims to have hundreds of drivers and thousands of riders already using the service. It has given 10,000 rides in total. The company has attracted investment from several venture capital firms and angel investors, as well as Mark Pincus, the co-founder of Zynga.

Read more on The New York Times

26 Jun

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Sidecar Brings the Airbnb Approach to Your Car

June 26, 2012 | By |

What Airbnb did for renting out extra bedrooms and couches in homes, Sidecar wants to do for vacant passenger and back seats in cars. The idea is simple (even if the technology behind Sidecar is not), drivers make some money utilizing the extra space they have in their cars, and passengers get a ride where they need to go. Maybe in the process a few more cars stay off already crowded roads.

Read more on Wired

01 Jun

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Side Car: Kiss cabs good-bye?

June 1, 2012 | By |

There’s a new private car service in town—SideCar—joining Uber as a second smartphone-enabled method for catching a ride in this taxi-deficient town. To see how the two compare, we conducted a pseudoscientific experiment: one night, one route (about a three-mile ride between the Marina and the Mission)—with a traditional hailed-on-the-street cab ride serving as a control. Here are the results.

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