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Lyft reported to have failed to find buyer in Apple, Uber, GM, others

Lyft reported to have failed to find buyer in Apple, Uber, GM, others

Just a week ago it was reported that Lyft, the US's second largest ride-hailing company, turned down an acquisition offer from investor General Motors. But new details from the New York Times say that Lyft has actually been looking for a buyer for several months now, holding discussions with a number of companies, including Apple, Amazon, Google, GM, China's Didi Chuxing, and even main rival Uber, but failing to make any deals.

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Lyft lets riders set precise pickup and drop-off locations

Lyft lets riders set precise pickup and drop-off locations

Lyft has announced refined drop-off and pickup options in its app, allowing users to chose the precise places their Lyft rider lets them out or picks them up. Lyft says the drop-off locations can be as exact as a specific door at a specific airport terminal, eliminating the need to call the driver and tell them over the phone where exactly you are. These precise drop-offs aren't available at all places across the nation, though.

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Lyft is rolling out physical gift cards with Starbucks perk

Lyft is rolling out physical gift cards with Starbucks perk

Lyft has partnered with Starbucks to offer physical gift cards for the ridesharing service. The gift cards would ordinarily only be worth grabbing if you’re giving someone a gift, but Starbucks is tossing its own perk into the mix: a $5 gift card as a bonus when buying a $20 gift card. That’s enough to get a coffee or two for your morning commute, and may be reason enough to get a physical card instead of using your bank card.

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Lyft will soon allow users to add a stop mid-ride

Lyft will soon allow users to add a stop mid-ride

Lyft is plotting to roll out a feature that may give it something of an edge against Uber, announcing today that riders will soon be able to add another stop to their trip, even if they're already en route. This will be done through the Lyft app itself, updating the route once the stop has been added, with Lyft promising this will result in a "seamless" experience for both the driver and the rider.

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China’s elevated bus gets tested, cars can pass underneath

China’s elevated bus gets tested, cars can pass underneath

China is no stranger to traffic congestion, having probably held the world's records in worst traffic jams and backups, like the one on the China National Highway 110 back in 2010 which lasted for an astounding 12 days. To help deal with such situations, without getting people stuck without transportation, China is testing a new type of "elevated" bus with a cabin large enough to hold 300 passengers but is also set high enough to let cars to pass underneath it on the highway.

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Gogoro rides into Berlin as e-scooter for Coup ride-sharing scheme

Gogoro rides into Berlin as e-scooter for Coup ride-sharing scheme

Gogoro's electric Smartscooter is headed to Europe, centerpiece of a new sharing service dubbed Coup that will offer app-controlled access to a fleet of the battery-powered two-wheelers. Until now limited to its initial roll-out in Taiwan, where in around twelve months time the startup has sold more than 10,000 scooters, the next place we'll see the Smartscooter is Berlin, Germany.

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UberCENTRAL lets companies book and pay for customer rides

UberCENTRAL lets companies book and pay for customer rides

Uber makes it possible for individuals to get to wherever they’re going whenever they want rather than on a specific shuttle or bus schedule. Still, there are those who can’t easily use the service for one reason or another, such as an elderly individual who may not own a smartphone or be comfortable using the mobile app. To help fill that void is UberCENTRAL, a central hub for companies to order rides for their customers and clients.

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Will car-sharing and self-driving cars kill congestion? It’s not so simple

Will car-sharing and self-driving cars kill congestion? It’s not so simple

Car sharing and autonomous vehicles are widely expected to cut road congestion, but the future for drivers may not be so clear cut, according to two new studies released this week. The impact of alternatives to individual car ownership is still fairly uncertain, particularly as the long-term market viability of self-driving vehicles remains mired in legal, ethical, and technological questions, with the potential for traffic jams to initially get worse, not better.

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Mercedes-Benz Future Bus makes semi-automated trip on public roads

Mercedes-Benz Future Bus makes semi-automated trip on public roads

Mercedes-Benz’s Future Bus with CityPilot has started operating in a semi-automated fashion on public roads in the Netherlands, teasing a future in which buses and similar public transportation rely on autonomous technology to drive around. In this case, the bus has navigated across a Bus Rapid Transit route from the Netherlands’ Airport Line 300 ‘Schalkwijk Centrum’ bus stop into the city of Haarlem.

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Despite legal pushback, Uber hits 2 billion rides milestone

Despite legal pushback, Uber hits 2 billion rides milestone

This past December 31, Uber announced that it had given its one billionth ride, a huge milestone for the ridesharing company. Now, a mere six or so months since that announcement, it has hit another major milestone — it has given its two billionth ride, a doubling of its transportation numbers in a half year. The company’s CEO Travis Kalanick revealed the news on Facebook today.

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SpaceX Hyperloop pod competition delayed until 2017

SpaceX Hyperloop pod competition delayed until 2017

As testing on Hyperloop, SpaceX's high-tech, high-speed transportation system of the future, progresses, the Elon Musk-founded company has announced a delay in the ongoing competition for the design of the pod vehicles. The contest was originally scheduled to be held later this summer, but will now take place in January 2017, giving the participated teams more time to work on their designs.

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Lyft Premier option sends drivers in classy high-end cars

Lyft Premier option sends drivers in classy high-end cars

Lyft has announced a new ‘Premier’ option that allows customers to order a high-end car for those times they want to make an impression. Cars arriving under Lyft Premier include things like an Audi A6 and a BMW 5 Series, though its rollout is pretty limited at this point: only Los Angeles, the Bay area and New York City users will see the Premier option. Uber has long offered a similar service called Uber Black.

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