Transportation

Baidu: ‘modest’ city changes needed for self-driving future

Baidu: ‘modest’ city changes needed for self-driving future

Self-driving cars are the future, and humans have to learn to deal with that. There’s the need to accept that we won’t always be behind the wheel, of course, but it’s more than that — autonomous cars will one day drive as well as humans, but they will also drive differently, and that means both humans and the cities we construct must shift accordingly. Such is the argument recently put forth by Andrew Ng, chief scientist at Chinese company Baidu.

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Uber’s new family profiles support up to 10 riders

Uber’s new family profiles support up to 10 riders

Uber has finally introduced a new profile option that allows everyone in a family to share an account. The feature is launching first in Phoenix, Dallas, and Atlanta, and supports up to 10 riders on a single profile. The move makes it easier for family members, friends, and other small groups to order rides using the same payment method — if your kid needs a ride after school, for example, they can use the family plan to order a car, and the receipt will go straight to the parent’s inbox.

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NYC unveils fancy new high-tech ‘European’ MTA buses

NYC unveils fancy new high-tech ‘European’ MTA buses

New York City is getting a massive bus system upgrade, and it’ll involve 2,042 new buses being added by the year 2020. The buses will come with a big price tag — the cost will ultimately be $1.3 billion — but they'll meet the needs of modern-day travelers. The buses will be fitted with WiFi, electronic signs featuring pertinent information, and ports for charging phones. The best part? They're totally European-chic, according to New York governor Andrew Cuomo.

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NASA’s next X-plane supersonic passenger jet to be quieter

NASA’s next X-plane supersonic passenger jet to be quieter

Short of finally inventing teleportation systems, plane travel is still the fastest way to travel extremely long distances. However, it still has yet to reach its full potential. Supersonic planes were still in their infancy when the government pulled the plug because of their uncomfortable effects on people on land, the phenomenon more popularly known as Sonic Boom. That was more than half a century ago. NASA thinks that science and technology may have caught up enough to get the ball rolling again to build the world's next supersonic passenger jet, for now nicknamed the X-plane.

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Uber is launching a motorcycle-hailing service

Uber is launching a motorcycle-hailing service

Uber, the ride-hailing service that has had a significant impact on the taxi industry around the globe, has announced an experimental program involving a huge shift in transportation. For the first time ever, Uber is offering rides on two-wheeled vehicles, motorbikes to be specific. But don't expect a motorcycle to pick you up the next time you use the Uber app in San Francisco or New York City, as this new option is specifically for Bangkok, Thailand at the moment.

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American Airlines, Uber team to shuttle passengers home (and back)

American Airlines, Uber team to shuttle passengers home (and back)

American Airlines and ridesharing service Uber have teamed up to offer passengers a way to get from the airport to their home and back again, nixing the need to order a taxi or use long-term parking. Of course, anyone could order an Uber ride to or from the airport anyway, making the partnership seem a little redundant. That’s why American Airlines has added a “Remind me to Uber” icon to confirmation emails.

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Ford challenges Uber in Kansas City with on-demand bus service

Ford challenges Uber in Kansas City with on-demand bus service

Residents of Kansas City are about to get a new option in on-demand, ride sharing services. Ford has announced that it's teaming up with the Boston-based Bridj to bring its on-demand shuttle service to the city, making use of the former's Transit vans, which are often used in the commercial sector for carrying equipment. The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority says the service will debut in early March with 10 Ford shuttles hitting the streets.

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Uber driver caught drunk accepting passengers

Uber driver caught drunk accepting passengers

The taxi industry froths as another Uber driver adds fuel to the ridesharing safety debate. This weekend, an Uber driver was pulled over and allegedly found to be drunk behind the wheel; despite his condition, he reportedly accepted passengers and was on his way to pick up another, the latest blemish on Uber's public face. Uber, of course, has denounced the driver's decision and has already nixed him from its platform.

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London wants Google to bring its autonomous cars across the pond

London wants Google to bring its autonomous cars across the pond

Now that Google's little self-driving pod cars are making their way to more cities in the US for testing, overseas metropolises are starting to show an interest. Transportation officials in London revealed this week that they've begun early discussions with Google to bring their autonomous cars to the UK capital. This new comes right after the vehicles have made Washington State their third testing ground, following cities in Texas and California.

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Elon Musk shares idea for vertical take-off electric plane

Elon Musk shares idea for vertical take-off electric plane

As the CEO of both Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk is responsible for groundbreaking changes in both the auto and space markets, but he may now be turning his eye towards aviation. When speaking at the Hyperloop Pod competition held over the weekend at Texas A&M University, Musk commented that the idea of an electric plane capable of taking off vertically is something he's been focusing on recently.

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Audi Super Bowl 50 commercial hawks next-gen R8

Audi Super Bowl 50 commercial hawks next-gen R8

Audi released its extended cut Super Bowl 50 commercial today, a 60-second TV spot that will air during the football game this upcoming Sunday. The commercial, titled “The Commander,” features the auto maker’s newest Audi R8, a model that will be hitting showrooms in the United States this upcoming spring season. This particular extended version, available after the jump, has an extra 30 seconds of content.

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Nike partners with Portland to expand bike sharing program

Nike partners with Portland to expand bike sharing program

Nike has announced a new partnership with Portland to expand its planned bicycle sharing program. Called Biketown and first announced last year, the bike sharing program will provide residents in the City of Portland with access to bicycles; with Nike’s new partnership under it, Biketown will receive $10 million over the next half decade. The partnership will also increase the number of planned Biketown bikes from 600 to 1000.

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