Afternoon Coffee: GM Launches Car Sharing Service Maven, VW Said it Didn’t Cheat on Emissions Tests in Europe


General Motors announced its new car-sharing service Maven today, which it predicts will attract 30 million users in the next decade. The service allows users to rent shared vehicles for $6 an hour. For now, Maven is available in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but GM plans to expand to additional cities in the coming months.

Volkswagen said it did not cheat on emission tests in Europe, which goes against what European and U.S. regulators have concluded. In a statement, VW said the emission system used in millions of cars “is not a forbidden defeat device” under European rules.

State procurement officials ranked process reform and reengineering as the top priority of 2016, according to a survey from the National Association of State Procurement Officials. Measuring performance and “professionalization” were ranked as the No. 2 and No. 3 priorities for the year.

IBM bought online video streaming service provider Upstream Inc. for an undisclosed sum. The move is expected to boost IBM’s business cloud offerings.

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