Transportation

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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Uber unveils new San Francisco carpooling option

Uber unveils new San Francisco carpooling option

Uber is toying with a new carpooling service that is, at the moment, limited to the San Francisco region in California. The service is called “POOL TO SF”, and it is notable for its locked-in rate, giving potential commuters the ability to see what they’d pay and essentially “claim” that rate if they like it. For example, someone commuting from Mountain View to San Francisco could pull out the app, see that it would cost $22 for the trip, and make their carpooling decision based on that.

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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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London law enforcement says ‘hoverboards’ are illegal

London law enforcement says ‘hoverboards’ are illegal

Getting around in big, dense cities can be exhausting, but driving isn't an option in many cases, and bicycles may be a bit too much in other situations. We've seen a variety of skateboards and "hoverboards" that aim to fill the void, and one has finally managed to catch the public eye in a big way: Hoverboard, the name one company gave its electric board-like rolling vehicle.

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Autonomy on the Autobahn: Daimler tests its self-driving truck

Autonomy on the Autobahn: Daimler tests its self-driving truck

Daimler promised an autonomous truck by 2025, and the latest version of that smart long-hauler has taken to public roads in Germany. The Mercedes-Benz Actros with Highway Pilot system is the German marque's newest iteration on Future Truck 2025, the project to dispatch fleets of self-driving cargo transports that will help prevent accidents from tiredness and distraction.

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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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