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What Uber Really Gets From Selling a $1 Billion Stake

There’s more going on under the hood of a consortium’s planned $1 billion investment in Uber Technologies Inc.’s self-driving car unit than immediately meets the eye. Softbank Group Corp.’s Vision Fund and other investors are set to pump that amount into the division at a valuation of between $5 billion and $10 billion. It’s almost […]

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 […]

HyreCar Scouts Insurance Options Amid Profit Growth

HyreCar is leveraging its 2018 growth to either reprice or onboard a new insurance provider this year, Chief Executive Joe Furnari, told Auto Finance News. The startup's growth in earnings, operations, and geographic expansion allows more room for negotiations as its insurance renewal date approaches in early April. “We’re coming up on that renewal date,” […]

Fair to Add Inventory With $50M Debt Facility Backed by Silicon Valley Bank

Used-car leasing app Fair closed a $50 million debt facility financed by Silicon Valley Bank. The funds will be used to purchase more vehicles for Fair’s fleet, the company announced Jan. 24. The new debt facility is a move for the bank to support “companies offering disruptive solutions in industries undergoing transformative change," Zhengyuan Lu, […]

4 Auto Initiatives to Watch in 2019

While slowing car sales, an unpredictable tariff war, and a growing affordability issue could all make for a tough 2019, there are a number of auto initiatives that are looking to take off next year. Among them: Fair The used-car leasing app company has its sight set on global expansion in 2019 – and it’s […]

HyreCar Seeks More Dealer Partners Amid Inventory Imbalance

HyreCar, which announced earlier this month that it was expanding its service nationally, is facing a car inventory shortage, Chief Executive Joe Furnari told Auto Finance News. The car-share company added 32,000 drivers to its platform last month. Furnari said. However, he said, HyreCar has only about 720 cars available. There’s a “tremendous imbalance of drivers […]

For Toyota Pilot Programs, Focus Moves to Utilization From Ownership [VIDEO]

Toyota Finance Services has deployed several pilots in ridesharing and car rental services. The company gave specific insight into the findings from two of these pilots at this year’s Auto Finance Summit. “A variety of scenarios are going to coexist in the future, it’s between personally owned and shared, and autonomous vehicles and driver-driven,” Sabreen […]
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