Transportation

Browser game tests you to survive Elon Musk’s Hyperloop

Browser game tests you to survive Elon Musk’s Hyperloop

Excited by the prospect of high-speed travel by riding in a pod through airless tubes in Elon Musk's concept of the Hyperloop? Want to give it a try now? Well, there's a 8-bit styled web browser game that has you navigating a pod with the hope of keeping it one piece. Called Break-a-Pod, it's ridiculously hard in a similar way as Flappy Bird was, but it was actually created by a team that's building a pod prototype with the hope of bringing it to SpaceX, the company behind Hyperloop.

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Chariot is an Uber competitor that’s exclusively for women

Chariot is an Uber competitor that’s exclusively for women

The likes of Uber and Lyft are about to get some new competition in the city of Boston. However, the new startup will only be competing for around half of the potential customers. After all, this new ride-sharing service named Chariot will only be picking up women.

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BMW car-sharing service ReachNow debuts in Seattle

BMW car-sharing service ReachNow debuts in Seattle

BMW is jumping into the growing car-sharing market by its new ReachNow service in the Pacific Northwest hub of Seattle. Like many similar car-sharing options, ReachNow lets users find the closest available ride via the smartphone app, reserve it, and pay for the time that it's used. The company says it's offering a fleet of 370 cars in the city, including BMW 3 Series, BMW i3s, and Mini Coopers.

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e-volo Volocopter VC200 done its first manned flight

e-volo Volocopter VC200 done its first manned flight

Small and very lightweight helicopters have been around for decades for enthusiasts to enjoy just for fun. A company called e-volo has been working on something it calls a multicopter that looks more like a giant multirotor drone aircraft than a machine designed to carry human occupants. The flying machine is called the Volocopter VC200 and e-volo has announced that it has conducted its first manned flight.

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PodRide is an electric bicycle disguised as a tiny car

PodRide is an electric bicycle disguised as a tiny car

It’s not quite a bicycle, and not quite a car — it’s a bicycle-car, and it’s called PodRide. At first glance, PodRide looks something like a very small and thin Smart Car, but under its fabric exterior lies a recumbent bicycle — as well as some technology including a 250 watt electric motor to assist with travel. This makes PodRide a little more sophisticated than your average bicycle, obviously more comfortable in the rain and snow, and still completely legal in most bicycle lanes.

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Lyft Line expands to Denver, San Jose, and four other cities

Lyft Line expands to Denver, San Jose, and four other cities

Sometimes when you're trying to get from Point A to Point B, you're not as worried about how quickly you're going to get to your destination, and you're more concerned with how much it will cost. Sure, calling an Uber or a Lyft can be rather inexpensive, but what if you could get that fare down even lower by splitting it with one or more other people? Well, both companies have ways of doing that, and Lyft is expanding theirs to six new cities next week.

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This electric bike can use 3D-printed replacement parts

This electric bike can use 3D-printed replacement parts

About a month ago, ETT Industries announced the Trayser, its new electric bicycle that, while impressive, is fairly standard as far as e-bikes go. It features an aluminum frame, a 42V lithium-ion battery, a range of 60 miles with minimal pedaling, and can reach a top speed of 15.5 mph. But what's really interesting is the ETT has revealed that it's making 3D printing files available for certain parts of the e-bike, allowing riders to replace them with ease, or customize the bicycle to their preference.

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Uber lets you check into your hotel with new Trip Branding feature

Uber lets you check into your hotel with new Trip Branding feature

Uber is a great way to get around when you're traveling. Rather than renting a car or trying to hail a cab, with a few taps on your screen, you can have a car ready to take you to your destination on the cheap. But Uber is wanting to make their app even more useful, by letting you do things like check into your hotel room while you're en route.

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Samsung envisions a Smart Windshield for motorcycles

Samsung envisions a Smart Windshield for motorcycles

We are becoming more and more connected to the Internet and, by extension, to our smartphones. In practice, this usually means we often keep our eyes on or devices. But now where is this habit more dangerous than when driving down the road, whether on four wheels or two. Most major car makers these days have employed several technologies, like projection and HUDs, to keep drivers' eyes on the road. Samsung is trying to do the same, but this time for motorbikes instead of cars.

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Uber, Lyft challenge proposed Atlanta airport pickup rules

Uber, Lyft challenge proposed Atlanta airport pickup rules

Yesterday, a proposal was unveiled in Atlanta that would require Lyft and Uber drivers to undergo fingerprint-based background checks before they can pick up passengers at the Hartsfield-Jackson International airport. Uber was quick to decry the proposal, and Lyft has now followed expressing its own similar sentiments. Said Uber, such a proposal -- if it passes -- would simply mean Uber would no longer operate at the airport.

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Uber will now give you a ride into Mexico, but not back

Uber will now give you a ride into Mexico, but not back

Uber has a new option for all the young Americans planning to spend spring break in Mexico in the near future. The ride-hailing service has announced its first cross-border trips, allowing passengers in San Diego to travel to Tijuana with just a single ride. Just don't expect on Uber to get you back home again, as border agents have these pesky regulations that make things complicated on the business end.

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Baidu: ‘modest’ city changes needed for self-driving future

Baidu: ‘modest’ city changes needed for self-driving future

Self-driving cars are the future, and humans have to learn to deal with that. There’s the need to accept that we won’t always be behind the wheel, of course, but it’s more than that — autonomous cars will one day drive as well as humans, but they will also drive differently, and that means both humans and the cities we construct must shift accordingly. Such is the argument recently put forth by Andrew Ng, chief scientist at Chinese company Baidu.

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