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Google’s Larry Page is funding two rival “flying car” startups

Google’s Larry Page is funding two rival “flying car” startups

Google co-founder Larry Page is clandestinely funding not one but two "flying car" startups, looking to take the idea of potentially autonomous travel to the skies. While Google's own Google X division continues to work on its self-driving cars - with long-standing speculation that the goal, at least initially, is to establish an Uber-style on-request transportation service with no human driver - a side-project funded by Page's own vast personal fortune could go one step further.

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Uber will give you $2 whenever your Uberpool makes you late

Uber will give you $2 whenever your Uberpool makes you late

Ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft can be a great way to get around a big city in a timely fashion, without having to pay a whole lot to do so. With carpooling options like Uberpool, it gets even less expensive, as you end up actually sharing your ride with one or more other people. However, if sharing that car makes you late to your destination, that can be pretty frustrating. Uber gets this, and they want to make it right.

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Uber updates make life a little easier for drivers

Uber updates make life a little easier for drivers

When you request an Uber, most of the time you'll get matched up with a driver, and they'll show up to give you a ride. However, sometimes the driver cancels on you before they get there, and you have to try again. If this has ever happened to you, there are two reasons why it might have happened. You could have a low rating as a rider, or the driver you were matched up with wants a break.

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Norway considering ban on sales of gas-powered cars by 2025

Norway considering ban on sales of gas-powered cars by 2025

It seems Norway could be one of the first countries to take serious steps towards removing all gas-powered cars from its roads. The local business-focused newspaper Dagens Næringsliv has reported that the Scandinavian country may adopt a plan to ban the sales of gasoline and diesel cars by the year 2025. Sounds like a market where the sales of Teslas will soon be rising.

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Uber arrives in depopulated Japanese city to transport the elderly

Uber arrives in depopulated Japanese city  to transport the elderly

Uber has been given permission to operate in Japan’s Kyotango city, particularly in its Tango region. This community is very small, having a minuscule population of only 5,560 -- it is too small for regular taxi companies to operate, and lacks that transportation option. Most of the population is composed of elderly individuals (those over 65) who have scant options for getting around…that is, until Uber rolls out some cars in the region.

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Now there’s an Uber service for bike riders

Now there’s an Uber service for bike riders

Cycling has become more and more common as way to get around cities and urban environments. It's easy to understand the growing popularity; riding a bike is cheaper and healthier than owning a car, and many cities are now creating dedicated lanes and paths for cyclists. But there are obviously still times when people need a car, which explains the rapid growth of Uber in similar urban environments. So, in order to be more useful to cyclists, Uber has announced a new service dubbed UberBike.

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DARPA-backed electric military stealth bikes can also run on jet fuel

DARPA-backed electric military stealth bikes can also run on jet fuel

Back in early 2014, DARPA issued grants for the development of stealthy military motorcycles, with the idea being that silent motorcycles will be an efficient and fast way to get soldiers across difficult or long stretches of ground. Now, more than two years later, the first two prototypes created for that project have been unveiled with dark dirt bike-like designs.

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This is what a passenger Hyperloop’s interior may look like

This is what a passenger Hyperloop’s interior may look like

The passenger version of the Hyperloop, the hopeful transportation tube of the future, could get travelers from one coast to another at breakneck speeds. This means days' worth of travel will be accomplished in hours, and those hours will be spent in a windowless tube where a certain level of comfort will be needed to keep everyone calm and patient. Newly released renders of what the interior may look like, though, are already inspiring anxiety.

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Superjet desert tests pave way for ultra-fast commercial flights

Superjet desert tests pave way for ultra-fast commercial flights

The future of long-distance travel is looking more exciting than ever -- forget Amtrak, we'll have a Hyperloop. And what about flights? Work has been underway to create a so-called 'superjet' able to travel at ridiculously fast speeds, and that technology was recently successfully tested in the Australian desert. The effort, a collaboration between U.S. and Australian military research teams, involves hypersonic technology able to take planes from Sydney to London in a mere two hours.

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Will self-driving taxis watch you with AI eyeballs?

Will self-driving taxis watch you with AI eyeballs?

I was talking with some people recently about self-driving cars and how one day you'll be able to pull your phone out of your pocket and order a taxi, and it'll show up just like an Uber car, only without the driver (in fact, Uber's working hard to ditch all of its human drivers). Autonomous taxis are potentially great: they'll be cheaper because there's no driver to pay, they'll be more efficient and, in some instances, less creepy and uncomfortable. The conversation got me thinking, though: how will the owners of these autonomous taxi fleets deal with human nature and its tendency to destroy stuff?

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2nd Generation Boosted skateboard gets a big boost

2nd Generation Boosted skateboard gets a big boost

Getting around has never been easier than it is today, and it's only going to get easier in the future. Self-driving cars and electric bicycles mean that you have to do less work to get from point A to B. Of course, sometimes you want to arrive in style, which is why the Boosted Board exists.

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Uber debuts self-driving car for testing in Pittsburgh

Uber debuts self-driving car for testing in Pittsburgh

Google's projects have been dominating headlines about self-driving car research for some time now, but it's Uber's turn to make an official announcement. After months of discussing plans on its own efforts to enter the autonomous vehicle game, the ride-sharing company has revealed the first official photo of its self-driving car. The car is a hybrid model Ford Fusion, and Uber says it has received permission to begin testing on public roads in the city of Pittsburgh.

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