Innovation & Mobility | Auto Finance News - Part 3

Executives to Discuss IT Challenges at Auto Finance Innovation Summit

Three distinguished executives from U.S. Bank, CarFinance.com, and Tricolor Auto Group are set to discuss the challenges of information technology at the 4th annual Auto Finance Innovation Summit during a session entitled “Solving Your Biggest Information Technology Challenges.” The discussion will take place on Tuesday, May 14, at 9:45 a.m. PT at the Omni San […]

JPMorgan Chase Taps Blockchain Technology to Create Cryptocurrency

JPMorgan Chase & Co. expects its newly created cryptocurrency to speed payment processes between institutions and, potentially, auto dealerships. The currency, called JPM Coin, is a 1:1 fiat currency and will be issued over the bank’s proprietary blockchain technology. “It’s still early, but [blockchain and JPM Coin] could be great for our dealers and common […]

Will Ride-Hailing Replace Personally-Owned Cars? Execs Weigh In

LAS VEGAS —  The disruptive impact that ride-hailing companies are having on auto finance is evident with the success of Uber and Lyft. While both companies are not profitable, Uber 's revenue surged 43% to $11.3 billion in 2018 and Lyft's revenue doubled to $2.2 billion. However, the question confronting auto finance is whether ride-hailing […]

Roadblocks Ahead for Consumer-Owned AV Adoption, Execs Say

LAS VEGAS — While autonomous vehicle fleets are sparking widespread interest in the industry, executives at an SFIG 2019 panel said widespread adoption of consumer-owned AVs is still at least a decade away. “We’re in the early stages of an industry revolution,” said Theresa O’Neill, managing director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The consensus […]

Amazon Investment in Electric OEM Paves Way for ‘Limitless’ Mobility Potential, Analyst Says

Amazon’s $700 million investment in electric OEM Rivian is a potential step by the retail giant to launch a mobility service that would supplement its delivery platform, said Grayson Brulte, a consultant with Brulte & Co. “I think it’s limitless where Amazon takes it,” Brulte told Auto Finance News. “There’s a lot of money to be made in niches. Do they […]

Lyft’s Losses, Dependence on Autonomous Overshadow IPO Filing

Rideshare giant Lyft filed its IPO prospectus on Friday. The company’s net losses and heavy reliance on autonomous vehicles is likely the biggest concern for investors, said Brian Allan, senior director of strategic partnerships at HyreCar. Lyft's net loss climbed to $911.3 million in 2018 from $688.3 million a year earlier, according to the filing. Lyft […]

Tesla Pivots to Online-Only Sales Model

Tesla will be shifting its worldwide sales model to an online-only platform, starting with North America, the company said in a statement last week. The electric OEM will also be closing many of its brick-and-mortar dealerships, leaving “a small number of stores in high-traffic locations remaining as galleries, showcases, and Tesla information centers,” the company […]
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