Recode is celebrating the end of its “Top 25” feature, and it’s not just because the technology powering it is so powerful.
We’re also celebrating the rise of the car.
As Recode founder Kara Swisher points out, carmakers are increasingly shifting to mass production, in part to save on the costs associated with manufacturing and shipping vehicles.
Cars can now be built in factories in China, Taiwan, Brazil and elsewhere, and even the best parts are produced in factories overseas.
And now they’re being shipped to cities across the United States, thanks to a new technology called “cargo sharing.”
Recode’s Kara Swishers, Andrew Flowers and Jason Cipriani sit down to discuss this emerging industry.
Cargo sharing is a new way of making vehicles and parts cheaper, by giving people in the United State the opportunity to buy parts from other cities and even across the country.
As the technology is still a few years away, but we expect to see it soon enough, companies like Ford and General Motors are working on cargo sharing.
It’s also a huge boon for small businesses.
Companies like Lyft and Uber are already starting to offer cargo sharing, allowing drivers to pick up passengers from other parts of the country, and have even expanded their services to the suburbs and cities.
It’s the kind of thing that companies like Uber and Lyft will need to start expanding beyond their traditional market.
We also get a chance to talk to the head of Uber, Travis Kalanick, about how he built his business, and what the future of transportation could look like for people living in urban areas.
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