Cars And Bikes That Helped Define The 2010s
Cars have had an impact on almost every aspect of our daily lives for more than a century. They are as much a part of our popular culture as music, art, literature, fashion and film. At no time in history was this truer than during the 2010s, a decade that started with car companies clawing their way out of a deep recession and is ending with hope for the future as the number of electric cars offered and number of EVs sold are both on the rise.
Here’s how the world rolled in the 2010s:
Welcome to the Age of Uber
Uber unveiled plans to launch what it called a ride-hailing service in 2008. The idea was to provide people with a simple app they could use to schedule and pay for private cars on demand. The goal was to disrupt the taxi and traditional car service industries. And on July 5, 2010, Uber picked up its first passenger in San Francisco, California. Since then the company has hit its share of speed bumps and detours. It has also gone global and become the primary mode of transportation for millions of people worldwide. Earlier this year, Uber was valued at more than $82 billion for its IPO. Now it has more than 40 million users per month. Impressive.
Riding with Royals, Part 1
On April 29, 2011, Britain’s Prince William married socialite Kate Middleton. Following the ceremony at Westminster Abbey and a horse-drawn carriage ride back to Buckingham Palace for a reception with the Queen, Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge rode around London in a Seychelles Blue Aston Martin DB6 MKII Volante given to William’s father, Prince Charles, by the Queen in 1969 for his 21st birthday. The Royal Couple reportedly did so to thank Londoners and all the others who traveled far and wide to catch a glimpse of them tying the knot. That is, in lieu of inviting everyone back to the after parties. The Aston Martin’s license plate read: “Just Married.”