Uber has tightened up its insurance policies for UberX drivers, in the aftermath of high-profile accidents that have called the liability of private drivers into question. The "insurance gap" policy means that, even if an UberX driver isn't carrying a passenger, as long as they're logged into the Uber app and available to accept a ride they'll be covered.
Supposing your on a US Airways flight and have the United Airways app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch at the end of 2014, you’ll be able to connect with some content while 10,000 feet above the ground. This initiative is one United Airlines first announced back on February 6th, but today it’s gaining steam thanks to a well-placed PR punch.
Uber will now alert would-be users looking for a ride when "surge" pricing - the higher fare rate triggered when demand rises - is over, in an update to the iPhone app. The new Surge Drop feature will optionally send out a push-notification when rates return to normal, if it happens within 30 minutes of trying to book a car.
In an agreement with the city of San Francisco, Google has agreed to essentially fund the "free Muni" project for the next two years. With the Municipal Transportation Agency board, Google has spoken about cutting the possibility of shutting down the program entirely - that may very well have happened if Google hadn’t stepped in. Instead, Google has donated $6.8 million to the program which will continue to fund free Muni passes for low- and middle-income youth.
Private transportation start-ups like Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar are chipping away at the foundation of the traditional taxi and the companies that operate the cabs. This has created some animosity between companies like Uber and taxi firms in some parts of the world. One example is the Uber driver and passengers that were reportedly attacked by Taxi drivers in Paris.
Electric scooters are too much fun to be left to the elderly, or so Acton found when it flew past its Kickstarter goal for the M Scooter last October. Now shipping, the folding "urban mobility" device promises to work with, not necessarily replace, other methods of transport, being compact enough to fit into the trunk of your car while also providing sufficient range to do local trips. We threw caution to the wind and climbed aboard to see if we'd found the future of CES transportation.
After stopping a Google bus two weeks ago, a group of protesters from what appears to be the same organization has stopped a bus full of Apple employees. This set of employees are (or were) on their way to work on a bus that's part of Apple's free bussing project. This project has busses run throughout the city and pick up employees, using public bus stops to do so - Google and Facebook run similar routes.
As of today, Google Maps will now let you see dynamic 3D renderings of the insides of airports and train stations. The update should help guide you through some of the most directionally confusing aspects of your travels this holiday season: transit hubs. As of this moment, the growing list of locations applies to 16 major airports and 59 train and subway stations around the world, a cable car station in Hong Kong, -- as well as 16 transit-related museums and points of interest and even the inside of your Emirates flight from Dubai, UAE.
The crowd-centric startup company JumpStartFund has been busy with ambitions to bring Elon Musk's Hyperloop to reality, something that is now well under way with an announcement that former SpaceX Director of Mission Operations Dr. Marco Villa and ASCE President Dr. Patricia Galloway have stepped on board. In addition, JumpStartFund is now accepting applications from those interested in working on the project fulltime.