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Your daily fix of new business ideas Springwise and its network of 17,000 spotters scan the globe for smart new business ideas, delivering instant inspiration to entrepreneurial minds. More at www.springwise.com
Business card doubles as a free train pass for recipients
There’s a famous scene in American Psycho when Patrick Bateman and his colleagues compare business cards. The scene is humorous because business cards are seen as old fashioned in the digital age, but the truth of the matter is that a good one can still make a brand or client memorable. The Kokopelli hostel in Peru recently embedded its business cards with altitude sickness-curing medicine to help backpackers remember it’s name. Now the Russian arm of Greenpeace has created EcoCard, a business card that’s getting more people to use public transport by combining contact details with free train rides. READ MORE…
Boston shuttle service aims to make commutes more productive
Public transport commutes aren’t the best way to start a day of work, with train delays, packed carriages and traffic problems making getting to the office a daily trial. In the past we’ve already seen Kabuto Noodles’ Kab-U-To Work campaign, designed to pamper hungover workers as they travel to work. Now Bridj is hoping to make commutes productive, using luxury wifi-equipped shuttles and dynamically chooses the best routes for the city based on big data analysis. READ MORE…
Caarbon is a personal, on-demand valet service
Drivers in any reasonably-sized city know that parking can be an absolute nightmare, whether it’s difficulty finding a spot, trying to avoid fines or even just the walk through dank, gloomy parking lots. While apps such as Fixed have aimed to make parking tickets less of a worry for motorists in San Francisco, a new startup called Caarbon is now enabling drivers to safely store their car by summoning a valet service to any location through their smartphone. READ MORE…
Taxi fleet to be made kid friendly with safety seats
Regular readers of Springwise may remember our recent article on BalticTaxi’s new dedicated service for cyclists, which sees certain cars within the fleet equipped with bicycle roof racks. In an effort to further accommodate the varying needs of their passengers, the company is now adding in child safety seats as standard in selected vehicles as part of its SafeBaby scheme. READ MORE…
Uber for families provides lifts home from school when parents are busy
Home time can be stressful for kids, parents and schools if there’s no-one to pick students up at the end of the day. While platforms such as 3Fifteen have aimed to improve communication between everyone involved in home time pickups, Shuddle is a service offering safe rides home for kids whose parents aren’t available in the afternoon. READ MORE…
Latvian taxis to offer a dedicated service for cyclists
When most cities attempt to encourage more of their population to take up cycling, they tend not to begin by improving the quality of their car services. That, however, is exactly what Latvian’s Baltic Taxi is doing. READ MORE…
Travel site targets airport-to-destination trips
The travel and transportation sector is one that’s almost saturated with startups, from Airbnb and Hitlist to Uber and Lyft. There’s even FlightCar, which lets travelers make money by renting out the cars they’d otherwise leave in the airport parking lot for the duration of their trip. However, Mozio is moving into a previously untapped area, helping tourists to more easily plan their transport between the airport and their hotel. READ MORE…
SmartWalk projects real-time subway info onto the sidewalk
Printed posters offering public information and transport schedules feel almost unreliable in an age where apps can offer details of up-to-the-minute changes and alerts. We’ve already seen Points embed dynamic displays into street signposts, and now TransitScreen has created SmartWalk, a projected display system that lets cities display the latest transport information on any surface. READ MORE…
Turtle Taxis enable passengers to take it slow
Taxis typically pride themselves on getting their customers from A to B as efficiently as possible, but not all customers require the quickest journey. In the past we’ve seen the UK’s Kabuto Noodles offer free cab rides to hungover commuters, and now Japan’s Turtle Taxi gives passengers the option to ride slowly to enjoy a more relaxing journey while also helping the environment. READ MORE…
Nissan creates the world’s first self-cleaning car
Ruining a prized possession with stains and dirt is never a good thing, and it seems there’s currently considerable effort being placed into creating more durable products. We recently saw Silic launch a Kickstarter campaign for t-shirts that repel liquid stains, and now Nissan has created what is perhaps the world’s first self-cleaning car. READ MORE…
In Brazil, posters at bus stops collect change so the less well-off can get a ride
Poverty is an issue that affects every city, where the most wealthy sections of society walk the same streets as the homeless. However, getting the former to give to latter is still a challenge. Schemes such as Suspended Coffees have helped consumers to donate a coffee to those that can’t afford one, and now Troco Coletivo — which translates as Payback Collective — is a new initiative in Brazil, which enables commuters to leave their small change at bus stops or on buses so poor people can use it to travel. READ MORE…
In South Africa, free-to-use electric cycle taxis are paid for by ads
In big cities, congested roads mean that public transport is the predominant mode of travel and if residents need to take a car, it’s usually a taxi. The Netherlands’ Hopper has already explored the possibility of eco taxi travel with its one-person electric scooters, and now Mellowcabs is enabling South African citizens to travel for free in its electric cycle cabs that are funded by advertising. READ MORE…
In SF, pharmacy goods will be delivered in 15 mins via drone
Drones have recently been touted as an option for businesses to more quickly deliver products to consumers without having to send out a human driver, but the speed of the flying robots could have wide implications for healthcare. We’ve already seen Germany’s Defikopter project explore the possibility of getting defibrillators to heart attack victims before the paramedics even arrive, and now San Francisco’s QuiQui is set to offer 24/7 delivery of pills and prescriptions via drone. READ MORE…
Reflective bike uses cat’s eyes technology to save lives
Cycling in the city can be a dangerous business, regardless of the experience levels of the rider. We recently wrote about Fly6, which has turned rear bike lights into cameras to deter motorists from making bad judgments, and now Lumen is the world’s first commercially available retro-reflective bicycle, offering greater safety at night through a coating that lights up in car headlights. READ MORE…
Crowdsourced transit app shows what time the bus will really come
The problem with most transport apps is that they rely on fixed data from transport company schedules and don’t truly reflect exactly what’s going on with the city’s trains and buses at any given moment. Operating like a Waze for public transport, Israel’s Ototo app crowdsources real-time information from passengers to give users the best suggestions for their commute. READ MORE…