Transportation

Onewheel skateboard takes boardsport to the next level

Onewheel skateboard takes boardsport to the next level

Skateboards are becoming increasingly archaic with the introduction of powered and uniquely designed alternatives like the Hovertrax we recently detailed, as well as the Onewheel board. The Onewheel, as its name suggests, features a single wheel that is operated with an integrated motor and battery, allowing riders to travel at speeds up to 12MPH for several miles between charges. Thanks to this motor and the use of a very big rubber wheel, the Onewheel is also able to go places an ordinary skateboard can't: off-road.

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Elon Musk to build Hyperloop test track, mulls annual race

Elon Musk to build Hyperloop test track, mulls annual race

SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk really wants to revolutionize the way we travel, or at least make us dream of the future. While the Hyperloop team itself has said that it it's going to take at least 10 years to make that particular dream a reality, it's not going to stop Musk from getting things rolling, almost literally. He has taken to his Twitter account to share with the public his plans to move the Hyperloop forward, starting with a test track for companies and students, as well as some annual competition to stir up the creative juices.

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Hovertrax is like a miniature Segway and skateboard combo

Hovertrax is like a miniature Segway and skateboard combo

Walking is overrated, at least some of the time. Skateboards are the de facto way to breeze from place to place in a compact way, but maybe you find them to be a bit too much work. To fill that gap is the Hovertrax, a sort of compact Segway small enough to carry and powerful enough to tote someone from room to room. Though it somewhat resembles a skateboard, the Hovertrax features two large wheels on either end, and rolls from side to side rather than front-to-back.

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Uber now sharing ‘God View’ info with city of Boston

Uber now sharing ‘God View’ info with city of Boston

Uber is planning to put their ‘God View’ to good use. In Boston, the company is planning on sharing info they gain on our rides using God View with the city. The goal is to help ease congestion and allow the city to better understand how citizens travel. Boston officials would also get info on time spent in Uber cars, as well as dates and times of travel. The information would be presented anonymously, and represents the first time Uber has shared such data.

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Gogoro Smartscooter is Tesla for the everyman

Gogoro Smartscooter is Tesla for the everyman

Last we heard of Gogoro, the mysterious startup was promising a new age of batteries for mobility in smart cities, and clutching a sheaf of patents to that effect: now, we know what it’s been working on. The Gogoro Smartscooter and its companion Gogoro Energy Network - essentially a city-wide infrastructure of charging stations for easily-swapped battery packs, offering up to 60 miles range - has been fully announced at CES 2015 today, but I caught up with the company ahead of time to find out why the founders think this is far, far broader than just urban transport.

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Uber’s $1 ‘Safe Rides Fee’ prompts class action lawsuit

Uber’s $1 ‘Safe Rides Fee’ prompts class action lawsuit

It's not easy being Uber these days. First they're fighting for the legality of their ride-sharing service in a number of cities, then the safety of their drivers and background checks come into question, followed by their CEO facing charges in other countries. And now another blow to their image, this time in the form of a class action lawsuit from two Uber passengers in San Francisco over the company's $1 "Safe Rides Fee." They argue that it's an unfair additional charge and shouldn't have to pay it.

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Uber pledges additional passenger safety measures in India

Uber pledges additional passenger safety measures in India

Earlier this month, ride-hailing service Uber was shut down by authorities in New Delhi, India after a female passenger was sexually assaulted by her driver. Now the company is making new promises to enact better passenger safety measures with the hope of being able to return to service in the city. Uber's fate in Delhi is to be discussed by the city's Transportation Department on December 29th, but the ride service needs to not only convince skeptics in the government, but angry customers as well.

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UberT adds $2 charge for hailing taxis

UberT adds $2 charge for hailing taxis

Uber has upset some of its New York customers by introducing a $2 fee to its UberT, a service in New York City that allows travelers to hail a taxi or boro-taxi using its platform. The service itself is a mixture between Uber and traditional taxi usage, making it easier to get a taxi, for example, but less convenient without the payment option regular UberX users enjoy. The new $2 charge is said to be a "booking fee", and it goes directly to Uber.

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Lyft now lets up to five people split the fare

Lyft now lets up to five people split the fare

Lyft is making some changes, and among them is a new perk for customers: split fare. The feature is now available for those who use the ridesharing service, being presented in the app where users can choose a "Split payment" option and invite up to five other people to join in. Those invited people can then accept the invitation to be added to the ride (and thusly the final fare). This makes it easier for groups heading somewhere to divvy up the transportation cost.

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johanson3 electric cargo trike can tote around a passenger

johanson3 electric cargo trike can tote around a passenger

Electric scooters, whatever variety they might come in, are usually designed to meet a combined need for compact design and relatively long ranges, being ideal for zipping around a campus, big city, or other places where cars are overkill. For that reason, many scooters (and their more stable trike offshoots) aren't able to accommodate cargo or a second passenger, which can be unfortunate. The johanson3 is different, retaining a very minimalist design while being able to tote along a second person or some cargo.

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