Transportation

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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NYC rolls out their first WiFi-enabled buses

NYC rolls out their first WiFi-enabled buses

When you're in a big city, sometimes it's hard to get a good cell phone signal. Between the sheer number of people, and the skyscrapers, it can be frustrating to even try and load a webpage on your phone. Thankfully the people of New York City won't have to worry too much about that, at least not while riding the bus.

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Waze jabs Uber with new carpooling test in San Francisco

Waze jabs Uber with new carpooling test in San Francisco

Google’s navigation app Waze is treading into Uber and Lyft territory, announcing plans to test a carpooling feature in San Francisco that’ll let commuters take a ride together, with those hitching a ride paying the driver for their time. This is a pilot program, and unlike a previous and similar test in Israel, the company won’t take a percentage of the driver’s money. The change may be enough to encourage users to carpool with others, and teases a new option beyond Uber.

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Uber’s CEO bites tongue on Apple giving Chinese rival $1bn

Uber’s CEO bites tongue on Apple giving Chinese rival $1bn

Apple's $1bn investment in China's Didi Chuxing may be a blow for Uber, but company chief Travis Kalanick is paying it coy on how he really feels about the deal. The news that the Cupertino giant was making the single largest investment in the Chinese taxi-summoning service, which boasts more than 87-percent of the market for ride-sharing and over 99-percent for cab bookings, led many to wonder what Uber's response might be, but Kalanick seems more concerned about domestic tension.

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An Apple Passbook driving license for the UK is in the works

An Apple Passbook driving license for the UK is in the works

Drivers in the UK could eventually take their driving license out of their physical wallet and store it in Apple's Passbook instead. The work-in-progress feature - which would see license information stored digitally in the iPhone's virtual wallet - was teased by the CEO of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), the UK's equivalent of the US's DMV.

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