Transportation

Hyperloop One’s first big propulsion test was a success

Hyperloop One’s first big propulsion test was a success

The future of transportation is, according to Hyperloop One, firing you body at high speed through a pipe, and it just ran the first trial on the way there. The company - formerly known as Hyperloop Technologies - has successfully demonstrated an open-air test in North Las Vegas, Nevada, that although short is nonetheless impressive.

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Hyperloop One will conduct a propulsion test in Vegas tomorrow

Hyperloop One will conduct a propulsion test in Vegas tomorrow

The company formally known as Hyperloop Technologies has announced a name change that brings it more in line with the company’s ‘singular leadership and incredible progress,’ it announced this evening. Henceforth, the company shall be known as Hyperloop One, and the name change comes just in time — the company will be conducting a propulsion open-air test in North Las Vegas tomorrow, marking the start of what it says will be a series of ‘full-scale tests’ as it tries to develop the Hyperloop transportation system.

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Uber tests $5 flat carpooling fee in Manhattan

Uber tests $5 flat carpooling fee in Manhattan

Uber wants more people to carpool, and to give users incentive it is testing a new $5 flat fee (under certain conditions). Carpooling has many benefits — it saves fuel, reduces congestion on the road, and, of course, saves travelers their fare money — but many people are still hesitant to use it when strangers are involved. More Manhattan users may be willing to give it a try, though, for the right price.

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GeoOrbital Wheel adds an electric motor to your bike in 60 seconds

GeoOrbital Wheel adds an electric motor to your bike in 60 seconds

I enjoy riding my bike around town. I don't do it often enough, but when I do, it's nice to be able to travel around, get some breeze in my face, and just enjoy being outside. Of course, sometimes I just want to enjoy that without all of the hard work of pedaling up a big hill. There are two ways around that: I can either plan my route to avoid any hills, or I can get a little assistance.

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Browser game tests you to survive Elon Musk’s Hyperloop

Browser game tests you to survive Elon Musk’s Hyperloop

Excited by the prospect of high-speed travel by riding in a pod through airless tubes in Elon Musk's concept of the Hyperloop? Want to give it a try now? Well, there's a 8-bit styled web browser game that has you navigating a pod with the hope of keeping it one piece. Called Break-a-Pod, it's ridiculously hard in a similar way as Flappy Bird was, but it was actually created by a team that's building a pod prototype with the hope of bringing it to SpaceX, the company behind Hyperloop.

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Chariot is an Uber competitor that’s exclusively for women

Chariot is an Uber competitor that’s exclusively for women

The likes of Uber and Lyft are about to get some new competition in the city of Boston. However, the new startup will only be competing for around half of the potential customers. After all, this new ride-sharing service named Chariot will only be picking up women.

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BMW car-sharing service ReachNow debuts in Seattle

BMW car-sharing service ReachNow debuts in Seattle

BMW is jumping into the growing car-sharing market by its new ReachNow service in the Pacific Northwest hub of Seattle. Like many similar car-sharing options, ReachNow lets users find the closest available ride via the smartphone app, reserve it, and pay for the time that it's used. The company says it's offering a fleet of 370 cars in the city, including BMW 3 Series, BMW i3s, and Mini Coopers.

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e-volo Volocopter VC200 done its first manned flight

e-volo Volocopter VC200 done its first manned flight

Small and very lightweight helicopters have been around for decades for enthusiasts to enjoy just for fun. A company called e-volo has been working on something it calls a multicopter that looks more like a giant multirotor drone aircraft than a machine designed to carry human occupants. The flying machine is called the Volocopter VC200 and e-volo has announced that it has conducted its first manned flight.

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PodRide is an electric bicycle disguised as a tiny car

PodRide is an electric bicycle disguised as a tiny car

It’s not quite a bicycle, and not quite a car — it’s a bicycle-car, and it’s called PodRide. At first glance, PodRide looks something like a very small and thin Smart Car, but under its fabric exterior lies a recumbent bicycle — as well as some technology including a 250 watt electric motor to assist with travel. This makes PodRide a little more sophisticated than your average bicycle, obviously more comfortable in the rain and snow, and still completely legal in most bicycle lanes.

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Lyft Line expands to Denver, San Jose, and four other cities

Lyft Line expands to Denver, San Jose, and four other cities

Sometimes when you're trying to get from Point A to Point B, you're not as worried about how quickly you're going to get to your destination, and you're more concerned with how much it will cost. Sure, calling an Uber or a Lyft can be rather inexpensive, but what if you could get that fare down even lower by splitting it with one or more other people? Well, both companies have ways of doing that, and Lyft is expanding theirs to six new cities next week.

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This electric bike can use 3D-printed replacement parts

This electric bike can use 3D-printed replacement parts

About a month ago, ETT Industries announced the Trayser, its new electric bicycle that, while impressive, is fairly standard as far as e-bikes go. It features an aluminum frame, a 42V lithium-ion battery, a range of 60 miles with minimal pedaling, and can reach a top speed of 15.5 mph. But what's really interesting is the ETT has revealed that it's making 3D printing files available for certain parts of the e-bike, allowing riders to replace them with ease, or customize the bicycle to their preference.

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Uber lets you check into your hotel with new Trip Branding feature

Uber lets you check into your hotel with new Trip Branding feature

Uber is a great way to get around when you're traveling. Rather than renting a car or trying to hail a cab, with a few taps on your screen, you can have a car ready to take you to your destination on the cheap. But Uber is wanting to make their app even more useful, by letting you do things like check into your hotel room while you're en route.

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