Road Warrior Pulse: 5 Business Travel and Travel Tech Trends That Defined the Week of Jan. 16-22
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Road warriors will soon have a helicopter at their disposal for the slickest meeting entrance ever thanks to a pilot program just announced by Airbus and Uber. Still very much in the early stages, Uber did say that the program is slated for testing at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival, where attendees will be choppered to and from the event. Click for more information.
More discounts from ride-hailing’s stalwarts: Lyft is offering a price drop in January right after Uber’s. Thirty-three markets, including Washington D.C., Denver, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Detroit and Baltimore have been reveling in the savings — automatically applied in the Lyft app. Click for details.
Free Wi-Fi has arrived on the streets of New York City. LinkNYC just went live, a system that aims to take the place of more than 7,500 pay phone sites in the city, though it currently has just four locations — all on 3rd Avenue, with plans for 500 links by July. Upload and download speeds are currently faster than 300 Mbps, according to tests. Click to find out more about this system.
Marriott’s eventual elimination of room desks is just one example of changes that millennials have brought to business travel. Insight into how this generation of road warriors is deploying was discussed by Orbitz.com senior editor Jeanenne Tornatore with NBC News. Click to check out the video.
General Motors seems to think there’s something to this newfangled ride-hailing thing. Immediately after a $500 million New Year investment in Lyft, GM has purchased crucial Sidecar assets — its unique technology and much of the executive brain trust. Click for more details.
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