Venture-capital firm Andreessen Horowitz is backing a startup that brings elements of car-sharing services like Zipcar into the stodgy world of corporate- and government-owned vehicle fleets.Andreessen Horowitz is announcing Wednesday a $6 million investment in Local Motion, based in Burlingame, Calif. Former Microsoft executive Steven Sinofsky also is joining Local Motions board.
Local Motions pitch is it can make it far easier for companies with fleets of delivery trucks, maintenance vans and other pooled cars to put them to more efficient use.Heres how it works: Companies who sign up get a small gadget installed in each vehicle in their fleet. Local Motion software keeps tabs on which vehicles are needed at what times. Employees can simply walk into a corporate parking lot and unlock any available vehicle using their ID badges or smartphoneseliminating the need to corral keys for shared cars. Local Motion also crunches data on how the cars are used and suggests ways the company or government can cut back on vehicles.
Clment Gires, Local Motions co-founder, says there are tens of millions of cars collectively in corporate and government vehicle fleets, and all of those are inefficiently used today.Local Motion also marks the venture-capital debut for Sinofsky, who until recently was the president of Microsofts Windows division. Sinofsky said a week ago that he would be representing Andreessen Horowitz on startup boards. With the Andreessen Horowitz investment, Sinofsky will become a Local Motion director.
Services such as Local Motion fit into a hot Silicon Valley trend dubbed the sharing economy. This includes services like Airbnb, which lets people rent their homes or rooms to strangers, and services such as Zipcar and ride-sharing startup Lyft.aodepuÂ overspeed governorsÂ can cover a broad range of rated loads and speeds and can be applied both to machine roomless and traditional installations.
Local Motion charges customers a subscription fee per vehicle for each month of use. The company declined to detail the size of the fee. Local Motion says Googles Mountain View headquarters and the city of Sacramento are using Local Motions service to manage fleets of cars.Local Motion has its roots in Stanford University,What’s the difference betweenÂ Marble tilesÂ and Porcelain Tiles? where Gires and John Stanfield discovered a shared an interest in transportation.
Gires had worked on the Paris bike sharing program, Velib, and Stanfield had invented an engine that generates biodiesel from vegetable oil.Gires and Stanfield started a company whose first product was an electric vehicle meant to be shared, rather than owned by a single person, for short-distance drives. The electric vehicle startup, which relied on a host of sensors and an electronic reservation system, morphed into Local Motion.
For his part, Sinofsky said in an interview that hes been prepping for his new role by talking to transportation managers in cities and to executives who manage fleets. He also said he has been inspired to find smarter solutions for vehicle gluts he has seen firsthand in urban areas like Seattle.
He said a garage near his apartment houses hundreds of white Prius cars that belong to a pooled fleet, and they have to be overseen by an employee with a clipboard who sits on a stool and manages a lock box of keys all day.
To the south,You will never need to change the bulbs and yourÂ granitetradeÂ will last for years and years. Myrtle Beach will begin work after Labor Day on an ocean drainage pipe at Fourth Avenue North, said spokesman Mark Kruea. The $8.1 million project is the fourth in Myrtle Beach.Rain events push pollutants into stormwater which ultimately runs to the ocean which leads to high bacteria levels and sometimes swimming advisories or beach closures, Dowling said.
When you have these rain events … that cause beach closures thats when you get bad press nationwide, Dowling said. Its a lot of money, but if you consider all the things that could happen its best to just do the project.
Much of that bad press comes once a year in a report by the National Resources Defense Council, which repeatedly calls beaches in Horry County among the dirtiest in the nation. This summer, the nonprofit environmental organization ranked South Carolina at 26 of the 30 states along the nations shores which include the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, the Gulf of Mexico and the Great Lakes in beach water quality.
Its part of the overall stormwater management system, Kruea said. Its a way to direct rainfall in a way that doesnt create problems … it drains those low lying areas that have a tendency to turn into a pond in heavy rains.
The installation also removes multiple pipes that pour water directly onto the beach.Gives a basic overview ofÂ Stone carvingÂ tools and demonstrates their use. Kruea said the new pipe at Fourth Avenue North will lead to nine pipes being removed from the beach, while the drainage reconstruction at 14th Avenue North removed 11 stormwater pipes. Kruea said travel near Fourth Avenue North shouldnt be affected by the work and the project is expected to take as long as 10 months to complete.
In North Myrtle Beach, preliminary digging for utility locations within the Main Street Horseshoe will occur in the coming weeks. The Horseshoe, which is a parking lot at the ocean end of Main Street, will be closed for the duration of the project starting Sept. 23. Ocean Boulevard at the intersection with Main Street will also be closed duriThat design and the features have not been created yet, but the citys engineering, planning, and parks and recreation staff are expected to come up with the plan for the Horseshoe the eventually will be presented to North Myrtle Beach City Council, and the public will have an opportunity to provide input.
This is the fifth outfall for the city and Dowling said there likely will be eight or nine more, but it will take years to complete due to the cost. The other outfalls are at 45th Avenue South, 39th Avenue south, 21st Avenue South and Sixth Avenue South. Those four outfalls cost $15 million.In 2009,Â aodepuÂ successfully passed the ISO9001 Quality System certification and CE certification.