Transportation

Apple preps transit directions for iOS 9 and uses robots to map interiors

Apple preps transit directions for iOS 9 and uses robots to map interiors

Apple has some new ideas in the works for improving its Maps in iOS 9. First, Apple quietly acquired GPS company Coherent Navigation and it's precision--within centimeters--GPS technology. Furthermore, Apple is continuing its deal to use TomTom's mapping information, and now Apple will be adding transit directions to the mix. Whether you're looking for bus, subway, or train directions, Apple will be able to direct you through your commute.

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Uber now charging San Francisco drivers a 30% fee

Uber now charging San Francisco drivers a 30% fee

Ride-hailing service Uber has recently rolled out a trial fee structure for its new drivers in the cities of San Francisco and San Diego, requiring them to pay as much as 30% of their fares. It is an increase from the 25% that current drivers must pay, and for the testing period will only apply to UberX drivers. The fee is actually on a tiered system, so drivers will see the percentage reduced depending on how many rides they give.

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EO Smart Connecting Car 2 can drive sideways and shrink

EO Smart Connecting Car 2 can drive sideways and shrink

Urban life comes with unique demands, and appropriate transportation is a big one. There’s increasingly less space on the road and finding parking on a Friday night can be near impossible in some cities. Smaller cars are the solution for many, being able to squeeze into smaller spaces and allowing for more cars to be in any given area at a time. Presently the Smart Car and similar vehicles are the only option, but some companies have envisioned better things — cars able to morph when need, able to maneuver in ways that present vehicles can’t. The EO Smart Connecting Car 2 is one such vehicle.

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Uber tipped in bid on HERE mapping service

Uber tipped in bid on HERE mapping service

Uber is best known for matching drivers with riders, but that's not the sum total of its ambitions. The company has been pushing other services that involve transportation, including its UberEATS service, which gets meals to people in select cities. Google Maps is one of the tools it uses to make that happen, but a new business move by the ridesharing service shows that such a reality could be changing. Uber has joined the battle for Nokia's HERE mapping service, placing its own bid for the company.

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Lane Splitter car concept transforms into a pair of motorcycles

Lane Splitter car concept transforms into a pair of motorcycles

If you’ve ever dreamed of pretending you’re Batman and splitting your car off into a functional motorcycle, that dream has just gotten a little more real. It’s a concept called the Lane Splitter, and when assembled together it functions as a car. When a couple people need to use it, however, it splits into two motorcycles, giving one a way to let their hair down when appropriate and to avoid the rain those other times. Unfortunately, however, it remains only a fanciful concept at this point.

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Virtue Pedalist bicycle sports tiny car-like body

Virtue Pedalist bicycle sports tiny car-like body

Commuting on a bicycle has its upsides, but there are some potential problems. Lack of adequate storage can be one issue, for example, and rain is an even bigger problem, especially for those living in rainy places like Seattle. The Virtue Pedalist aims to be a sophisticated solution to many of those problems, serving as a sort of cross between a miniature car and bicycle to offer (many of) the benefits of both worlds without compromising all the things that make bikes worthwhile.

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NASA made an autonomous car too, and it makes Google’s look dull

NASA made an autonomous car too, and it makes Google’s look dull

Auto makers the world over are scrambling to create cars that can drive themselves, but they're not the only ones interested in such technology. NASA has set its sights on the technology, something we've heard bits and pieces about in the past. Today the space agency decided to show the fruits of its labor, however, posting a video on its YouTube account of the finished product. It is called the Modular Robotic Vehicle, MRV for short, and it can -- among other things -- drive itself when needed.

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This is why Citroen’s Aircross isn’t your typical crossover

This is why Citroen’s Aircross isn’t your typical crossover

Citroen has a new crossover concept, and it isn't your typical offering. The model -- which isn't guaranteed for production, at this point -- takes all the trimmings you'd expect in a modern vehicle and rehashes them in ways you mightn't think of, or builds upon them with additional technology atypical in your average crossover. It's a sort of intelligent comfort, with comfort getting a big focus without compromising the concept's technological edge. One of the included 12-inch televisions, for example, moves around to make sure all the passengers can see it.

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For BMW’s Cruise M-Bike, M is for Manpower

For BMW’s Cruise M-Bike, M is for Manpower

BMW has taken the wraps off a new bicycle designed in “tribute” to the maker’s own M automobiles, the aptly named BMW Cruise M-Bike. This is a limited edition bicycle — only 500 of them will be made — and it’ll be sporting the BMW M GmbH’s Austin Yellow Metallic coloring, as well as a “Bullneck” on the front frame’s top tube a la a motorcycle’s typical design. There's no gasoline powering this, however -- it is 100-percent bicycle with all the trimming any enthusiast could need.

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H2O Salamander trike turns into a boat when needed

H2O Salamander trike turns into a boat when needed

The Filipino startup H2O has created a new automotive trike called the Salamander, and it comes in two iterations, both of them able to zip around on the road and in bodies of water like a boat. It is designed for those who live in regions prone to floods, lending a transportation option for those times when the roads are underwater. And, you know, for those who want to feel like James Bond. Both an all-electric and a gasoline version will be offered.

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