Transportation

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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Even the US Postal Service doesn’t want to touch hoverboards

Even the US Postal Service doesn’t want to touch hoverboards

Without a doubt, the most dangerous items this holiday season are hoverboards, and that's because they're likely to be the "hottest" gift of the year. Airlines, retailers including Amazon and Target, and even UK authorities want nothing to do with the self-balancing scooters, and now even the US Postal Service doesn't want to touch them due to the serious risk of fire they pose. USPS stated today that it will no longer ship hoverboards by air, either internationally or domestically.

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Facebook Messenger’s new ride hailing feature taps Uber

Facebook Messenger’s new ride hailing feature taps Uber

Facebook Messenger users will soon see a new car icon at the bottom of the app that, when pressed, orders an Uber ride from directly within Facebook’s app. The new feature is currently being tested with some users, and will launch for those located in cities with Uber service. Says Facebook, it will partner with other transportation services ‘soon,’ which will make the feature available to more Messenger users.

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Target joins Amazon in pulling hoverboards from shelves

Target joins Amazon in pulling hoverboards from shelves

Back to the Future promised us hoverboards by the year 2015. We did end up getting them, but in the most disappointing way. Specifically, the devices that people keep calling “hoverboards” don't actually hover at all. Oh, and they have a tendency to catch on fire. Recently Amazon stopped taking orders for the devices, citing safety concerns, and now another retailer is following suit.

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Amazon pulls out hoverboards while conducting safety check

Amazon pulls out hoverboards while conducting safety check

If you've been considering buying or bringing along a hoverboard, those two-wheeled boards that don't really hover, for the holidays, you might want to rethink your decision or buy them from somewhere other than Amazon. The retailer giant has apparently removed hoverboards from its listings, which may have dismayed fans and Christmas hopefuls and adding to the series of unfortunate, or not, setbacks that the transportation contraption has been facing for the past few weeks. It's not a permanent ban, however. Or at least until Amazon receives indubitablre proof of their safety.

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NHTSA’s proposed rating system update will favor crash avoidance tech

NHTSA’s proposed rating system update will favor crash avoidance tech

Automotive technology is changing, and it is time for rating systems to change with it. In a proposal announced today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is seeking an update to its own five-star rating system for new cars. The updated version will take into consideration measurements gathered by more advanced human-like crash dummies as well as crash-avoidance technology.

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Uber won’t be content until cars are filled to the brim

Uber won’t be content until cars are filled to the brim

Uber, despite all of its troubles, is doing pretty well. The company offers one or more types of service in cities all over the world, and its future looks bright (unless you’re a driver). The company isn't, however, content. Uber dreams of “getting more butts into the backseats of fewer cars,” something it has been slowly doing and, in the near future, will take up a notch. In a statement today, Uber announced a new pilot program called uberHOP.

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Uber tests color-coded cars to reduce ride mix-ups

Uber tests color-coded cars to reduce ride mix-ups

Uber has revolutionized the public transportation market, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have its own flaws. There's the trouble of identifying which ride is yours when among a number of Uber users at a public event, or trying to find your ride on a busy street at night, or, god forbid, the fear of getting into a car that isn't even an Uber. Well, the company is now trying out a solution that seems obvious in hindsight: color-coded lights displayed on the windshield.

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Uber’s demanding new button bakes ridesharing into other apps

Uber’s demanding new button bakes ridesharing into other apps

Uber is making it easier for developers to bake summoning a car into their apps more straightforward, and it's hoping striking first will squeeze out rivals. The new Ride Request Button will allow Android and iPhone software to offer speedy access to an UberX or black car, something Uber is pitching as perfect for restaurant listings, entertainment apps, and more.

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Uber’s new feature makes it easier for drivers to carpool

Uber’s new feature makes it easier for drivers to carpool

Uber has announced a new ridesharing feature available to its drivers, one that is akin to carpooling but with a little more convenience. Those who are already signed up as drivers on Uber’s platform — only those in the Bay Area, for now, however — can pick up a rider on the way to a destination, making a little cash to cover the cost of gas or more. The feature is for drivers who are themselves on their way to an event, and is limited to two destinations a day.

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Hummingbird folding bicycle is ultra-light at 14lbs

Hummingbird folding bicycle is ultra-light at 14lbs

Folding bicycles are designed to be compact, and that's usually so they can be toted onto a train or bus as well as being stored in tight spaces. For this reason, folding bikes usually need to be as light as they are compact, but achieving a light weight can be difficult without sacrificing usability. Enter Hummingbird, a new folding bike that packs many features, as well as a very light 6.5kg/14lbs weight.

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