Transportation

Forget hoverboards, this 3D printed electric skateboard is cooler

Forget hoverboards, this 3D printed electric skateboard is cooler

Hoverboards that don't really hover may be fashionable right now, but a 3D printed open-source electric skateboard has the potential for far more impact. Faraday Motion's HyperBoard R2, tucked away at the Stratasys booth at SEMA 2015 this week, takes the flexibility of custom 3D printing and uses it to deliver a personal transporter that can be adapted to the needs - and budget - of each user.

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UberRUSH launches local deliveries in NYC, SF, Chicago

UberRUSH launches local deliveries in NYC, SF, Chicago

Following a limited test program in New York City back in April, ride-sharing company Uber has officially rolled out its on-demand, local delivery service, dubbed UberRUSH. Available starting now in San Francisco, Chicago, and New York, UberRUSH uses couriers to deliver local products at customers' request, much like Amazon's Prime Now and Postmates. Deliveries in New York will continue to be made by bicycle couriers, while driver will be handling those in Chicago, and San Francisco will have the option for either.

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Proterra Catalyst XR electric bus has 258 mile range

Proterra Catalyst XR electric bus has 258 mile range

Getting a bunch of people to ride along in a single bus rather than a bunch of individual cars is an important element of more sustainable, environmentally-friendly transportation. Getting those buses to operate on electricity takes the whole thing a step further, as electric buses could be recharged using electricity from solar panels and wind. Range is a big issue, though, making the Proterra Catalyst XR an important creation.

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GM unveils car-sharing service ‘Let’s Drive NYC’

GM unveils car-sharing service ‘Let’s Drive NYC’

Uber has received a lot of pushback over its service because, in part, it takes work away from traditional taxi services. Those taxi industries are feeling the squeeze from more than just ride-sharing services, however. Latest to the competitor roster is General Motors, which announced today its new "Let's Drive NYC" car-sharing service. Let's Drive NYC will only be available to certain The Ritz Plaza residents, however.

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Self-driving taxis will be tested in Japan next year

Self-driving taxis will be tested in Japan next year

Ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Japan will test self-driving taxis on public roads. The testing will begin next year thanks to new approval from the Japanese government. The cars will be tested in Fujisawa, which is near Tokyo; 50 or so local residents will be sought as volunteers to take rides within the autonomous vehicles. Such an effort will be used to further refine the technology so it can, if all goes as planned, show it off during the Olympics.

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Jet Capsule boat has underwater cameras and a toilet

Jet Capsule boat has underwater cameras and a toilet

Wealthy boaters looking for a cool pleasure craft or water taxi that will keep them comfortably out of the elements might want to check out the $150,000 Jet Capsule. The boat was unveiled back in 2013 as a prototype and will launch to the public next year. The production version keeps the somewhat strange pod-like proportions of the prototype.

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Stoptix brake light auto-warns when car is slowing

Stoptix brake light auto-warns when car is slowing

Apply your brakes, and the red brake lights on the rear of your vehicle will illuminate to advise others on the road. This is the common arrangement, one also utilized on bicycles, motorcycles, golf carts, and just about any other mode of transportation. While it is a very important safety element, it does have a limitation — the brake lights only illuminate if the driver is actively applying the brakes. That’s not the only situation in which a car might decelerate, however.

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WEpod to be first self-driving shuttle on public roads

WEpod to be first self-driving shuttle on public roads

While some car makers and technology companies like Google are still somewhat scrambling to make self-driving private cars a reality on public roads, Netherlands might already be taking the next big step towards autonomous driving: public transport. Called the WEpods, these electric shuttles will be ferrying commuters between the towns of Wageningen and Ede in Gelderland starting November. And it won't be settling for just some special, restricted road. These self-driving pods will be cruising along public roads and rubbing shoulders with regular vehicles and drivers.

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Uber testing uberCOMMUTE, a carpooling feature for drivers

Uber testing uberCOMMUTE, a carpooling feature for drivers

Uber has launched a carpooling feature for drivers called uberCOMMUTE. The new service is being piloted in China first, where the company will presumably gather data about its usage and make adjustments as necessary. Says the ridesharing company, this is the first time it has launched a global product outside of the US; the feature has arrived in Chengdu, China. It is unclear when it will be available to drivers in other cities and countries.

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Volkswagen may not be alone in emissions cheating

Volkswagen may not be alone in emissions cheating

This month Volkswagen was effectively caught cheating on standard emissions guidelines by sidestepping test conditions with software turn-off switches. This rigged diesel testing scandal is having such a big impact that the CEO of the company has quit. Now it would appear that Volkswagen may not be alone, as a study from European Federation for Transport and Environment suggests more than just the German auto company may be cheating on or side-stepping similar tests.

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