7 Steps Toward Shared Vehicles in 2010

Over the course of 2010, a rich ecosystem of services, startups and innovations began to take shape around the idea of sharing cars and bikes. Here’s seven steps taken this year toward shared transportation:

RelayRides Scores Google VC Funds, Kicks Off in SF

RelayRides, which aims to help people rent out their personal vehicles, launched today and said it raised its first round of investment from Google Ventures and August Capital. It’s part of a trend in which companies are using the web to help people share “stuff.”

BMW Rolls Toward Zipcar’s Turf With Hourly Rentals

BMW Group is breaking into car sharing with a new pilot project in Munich that will let customers rent any current BMW model by the hour. It fits into much larger trends of innovation around providing mobility as a service — and growing competition for Zipcar.

Zeitbyte Streams NY Fashion Week Online and On Mobile

Zeitbyte is having its biggest week ever, as it has been chosen to distribute live and on-demand video streams of more than 100 runway shows during the week-long New York Fashion Week. Those runway shows are being made available both online and on mobile devices.

How Zipcar Can Scale Car-Sharing Tech On the Cheap

Four years after setting up a car sharing service in London, England, Zipcar announced today that it has acquired the UK’s largest car sharing provider, Streetcar. Now Zipcar faces some questions about how to bridge technology gaps between different models.