Transportation

johanson3 electric cargo trike can tote around a passenger

johanson3 electric cargo trike can tote around a passenger

Electric scooters, whatever variety they might come in, are usually designed to meet a combined need for compact design and relatively long ranges, being ideal for zipping around a campus, big city, or other places where cars are overkill. For that reason, many scooters (and their more stable trike offshoots) aren't able to accommodate cargo or a second passenger, which can be unfortunate. The johanson3 is different, retaining a very minimalist design while being able to tote along a second person or some cargo.

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2015 Audi RS5 Coupe Sport limited edition has 75 unit run

2015 Audi RS5 Coupe Sport limited edition has 75 unit run

Audi has a new limited 2015 RS5 Coupe Sport edition, a model only available in a 75 unit limited production run. The Sport limited edition model sports a substantial price boost over the standard model, but for the price increase is a design by an exclusive customization team at Audi, the particulars of which we have showcased in a gallery after the jump. Among other things, buyers can choose a more customized paint job that complements the interior leather and more.

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Uber agrees to pull out of Portland for 3 months

Uber agrees to pull out of Portland for 3 months

Earlier this month, Uber steamrolled into Portland without any heads up that it was coming, surprising both residents and city officials alike. The intrusion was illegal, and was not tolerated for long. Within a couple days, Portland had filed a lawsuit against the ridesharing service and had begun baiting drivers, issuing them warnings under the threat of possible substantial future fines. The tactic wasn't a surprising move on Uber's part, and now that it has managed to catch Portland residents' attention, it has agreed to withdraw its service temporarily, leaving everyone else to scramble.

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Hyperloop may be ten years out, team says

Hyperloop may be ten years out, team says

When elon Musk cooly dropped the Hyperloop on us all, the idea was as forehead-slapping simple as it was futuristic. For Californians, the reality of an uber-quick Los Angeles to San Francisco transit system has long been discussed, but eludes the public at large. Though not without its doubters, the Hyperloop was a pretty bright concept, and one we’d all like to have. That’s kind of the new thinking around the Hyperloop, as the team attempting to build it is aiming to have it ready in ten years, and criss-crossing the nation.

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Study finds ridesharing services safer than taxis

Study finds ridesharing services safer than taxis

Ridesharing services -- Uber in particular -- have taken a lot of flak from taxi companies and critics in general over safety concerns. A new study looked into this matter by comparing the driving quality of drivers representing ridesharing companies with taxi drivers and non-commercial drivers. What they found likely won't be surprising to those who have used both types of commercial transportation: the ridesharing drivers were safer than taxi drivers.

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Lyft Driver Destination turns commuters into cabbies

Lyft Driver Destination turns commuters into cabbies

With the Uber controversy still raging, rival ride-sharing service Lyft believes more granular control over when, exactly, you have strangers in your car will not only add more cash to more drivers' pockets, but cut down on commute congestion too. Building on Lyft Line, which began rolling out - controversially - in September, Driver Destination allows Lyft drivers to only give rides on routes they would previously have driven alone, such as on their way into work or when running to the store.

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Uber pulled post correlating crime data with ride demand

Uber pulled post correlating crime data with ride demand

Uber, steeped in criticism after various issues this month, has again found itself in the limelight, this time over a post from 2011 it has pulled from its blog. The post, which is still visible as a cached page, takes a look at how crime data -- and prostitution in particular -- correlates to Uber demand. The post is rather in-depth and looks at the "Uber science mutants" thought process, but has drawn some criticism due to, among other things, commentary about how observed prostitution spikes could be due to welfare checks becoming available.

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Wearable scooter doubles as a belt

Wearable scooter doubles as a belt

Modern transportation needs are ever changing, and many are seeking greener alternatives for their daily commutes as environmental concerns grow. We've seen some odd solutions to these problems over the years, but none quite as unexpected as the "belt scooter", a contraption that is exactly what its name suggests: a scooter that can be worn as a belt. The scooter is a concept design created by Adam Torok of Hungary, who posted images of his creation to Behance for all to enjoy.

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United is replacing headrest screens with tablet holders

United is replacing headrest screens with tablet holders

First world problem or just plain common sense when flying: United Airlines is redesigning its seats so that passengers will be able to prop up a tablet and yet still have space on their tray-table for their in-flight meal. While it might seem flippant, it's part of a push by United to shift entertainment over to personal devices rather than necessarily outfitting every seat-back with a built-in screen.

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