Transportation

Uber ‘Trip Experiences’ make travel time less boring

Uber ‘Trip Experiences’ make travel time less boring

Self-driving cars are the future, and in an effort to win over consumers, advocates have pointed toward all the extra free time such technology will inject into one’s day. Instead of spending an hour or more every day stuck in traffic commuting to work, you’ll be able to spend that time napping, lounging, or playing. Of course, self-driving cars are still being worked on, and the closest we can get to no-effort rides today are taxies and Uber. For its part, Uber wants to make trips taken through its platform a little less boring.

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Uber taps public transit with TransLoc partnership

Uber taps public transit with TransLoc partnership

Uber has tapped into the public transit vein with its new TransLoc partnership. Under this, Uber's mobile app will be integrated with the TransLoc Rider app, enabling the service’s users to set up trips that encompass public transit options in addition to Uber rides. Public transit, meanwhile, could see a boost in riders who use Uber to get to the nearest train terminal or bus stop.

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EHang 198 drone carries not cameras or packages but humans

EHang 198 drone carries not cameras or packages but humans

Drones are all the fad these days, from hulking machines to palm-sized toys. So, too, are self-driving cars, with car maker after car maker, including Google, revealing a piece of autonomous driving technology. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that someone, in this case Chinese drone company EHang, has made something that combines both. Introduing the EHang 198, the world's first AAV, not UAV. That stands for Autonomous Aerial Vehicle, basically a manned Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (oxymoronic, ain't it?) whose purpose is to carry its package from point A to point B. The package, in this case, is a human being.

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Gogoro OPEN crowdsourced charger network planned

Gogoro OPEN crowdsourced charger network planned

Electric scooter start-up Gogoro plans to crowdsource its future charging network, launching Gogoro OPEN and a compact GoCharger battery dock at CES today. Gogoro OPEN - Open Proposed Energy Network - will effectively give those calling for the scooters to launch in their city the chance to put their power where their mouth is, by pledging to offer public access to a network of charging points.

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Uber gave its one billionth trip on Christmas Eve

Uber gave its one billionth trip on Christmas Eve

Following a busy year with lawsuits, protests from traditional taxi companies, and difficulties with its public image, ride-sharing giant Uber announced a huge milestone this week: it's given its billionth ride. Along with the record-setting number, the company shared a few other details about ride number one billion, such as that it took place on Christmas Eve in London, when a couple hailed a £5 London uberX, which turned out to be a Honda Insight Hybrid.

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Sidecar bows out from crowded ride-sharing market

Sidecar bows out from crowded ride-sharing market

The market for ride-sharing services has positively exploded over the last few years, but unfortunately there's little room to compete against top rivals Uber and Lyft. This is evident in the news that Sidecar has announced its departure from the ride-hailing and delivery business. CEO Sunil Paul shared the decision in a post on Medium, stating that service would end on December 31st at 2:00 PM Pacific. "Shutting down the Sidecar service is a disappointment for our team and our fans," wrote Paul and fellow co-founder Jahan Khanna.

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ArcaSpace hoverboard uses 36 fans to fly

ArcaSpace hoverboard uses 36 fans to fly

ArcaSpace has a hoverboard that is, in the most literal sense, a hoverboard. The ArcaBoard features 36 small fans embedded in a flat platform that, with the help of onboard batteries, lifts a single rider into the air for six minutes before needing recharged. Some self-balancing systems help keep the rider from tumbling to the ground, and 272 horsepower takes an average sized rider more than a foot off the ground.

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Takata airbag linked to teenager’s death

Takata airbag linked to teenager’s death

Another driver has died from injuries caused by a faulty Takata airbag, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This is the eighth U.S. death tied to Takata’s airbag inflators, and according to sources involved a 13-year-old boy who reportedly snuck behind the wheel of a recalled 2001 Honda Accord before crashing. This is the ninth total Takata-related death to happen in a Honda vehicle.

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Lyft gets permit to pick up travelers at LAX

Lyft gets permit to pick up travelers at LAX

Lyft beat Uber (again) in the battle for permission to perform pick ups at one of the nation's biggest airports -- this time around it's LAX, the Los Angeles International Airport. Both Uber and Lyft were granted permission to seek transportation permits for picking up riders at LAX, and Lyft is the first to receive the permit. The Lyft pickups start today, just in time for the Christmas rush.

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London begins testing e-ink bus stop signs with real-time schedules

London begins testing e-ink bus stop signs with real-time schedules

There's a reason e-ink (also known as e-paper) technology is such a great fit for e-readers like Amazon's Kindle: it uses very little power and offers high visibility in a variety of lighting conditions. It's no wonder that the black and white digital displays are starting to be used for traffic signs and other real-time information posted outside. Now London started to adopt the technology for its bus stops, launching a trial that has four locations display real-time arrival schedules and more.

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