Transportation

Uber fills UberX insurance gap

Uber fills UberX insurance gap

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.

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Google funds “free Muni” transport program in San Francisco

Google funds “free Muni” transport program in San Francisco

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.

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1/3 of San Francisco taxi drivers moved to private transportation firms like Uber

1/3 of San Francisco taxi drivers moved to private transportation firms like Uber

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.

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Acton M Scooter hands-on: We fall off the future of urban mobility

Acton M Scooter hands-on: We fall off the future of urban mobility

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.

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Apple/Google Busses stopped by protesters in San Francisco

Apple/Google Busses stopped by protesters in San Francisco

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.

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Google Maps Street View now guides you through big transit stations

Google Maps Street View now guides you through big transit stations

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.

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Hyperloop project scores former SpaceX director, applications are now open

Hyperloop project scores former SpaceX director, applications are now open

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.

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