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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
App makes New York City more accessible for wheelchair users
There’s a lot going on in big cities, but often people with disabilities miss out because venues and amenities don’t have adequate facilities for wheelchair users. London already has its Blue Badge Style app that identifies the coolest places that cater for those in wheelchairs, and now Wheely aims to be a handy interactive guide for disabled people living in NYC. READ MORE…
Merge could be the ultimate bike for NY commuters
More and more people are considering taking their bike to work, whether it’s due to concern over their car’s impact on the environment, a need to save money, or to simply keep fit. To cater for this influx of commuting cyclists, we’ve already seenParker Dusseau create a business suit that keeps riders sweat free on their way to the office. Now design studio Pensa has developed Merge, which comes with an array of features that make it perfect for big city cycling. READ MORE…
Station display shows waiting commuters the best train carriage to get on
When a train arrives into a station, it’s often the case that travelers aren’t spread evenly along the platform and are huddled in the same spot. This is annoying for both commuters and operators because it means carriages get full while others are left empty and leads to longer boarding times. In the Netherlands, the NSReisplanner Xtra app has already offered train users a way to find a seat using their smartphone. Now the country’s Edenspiekermann design agency has developed a platform-length LED display which provides real-time information on carriage crowdedness and other details. READ MORE…
Bike can be adjusted to the perfect fit and style
In the past, we’ve written about Spain’s Orbea Grow, a kids’ bike with an adjustable frame that caters to growth spurts. However, one reason adults avoid riding a bike is because frame size options for grownups are fairly limited and finding one with the perfect comfort level is a difficult task. Aiming to change this, the Brooklyness Universal Bike lets owners tweak the frame to their body size and shape, as well as whatever riding style they want. READ MORE…
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…