Transportation

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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Sensor uses phone signals to track, improve bus schedules

Sensor uses phone signals to track, improve bus schedules

Researchers with the University of Washington have developed a sensor that uses the Bluetooth and WiFi signals coming off passengers’ smartphones to gather data on public transportation. When someone gets on or off a bus equipped with the sensor, data like where they did so is recorded, as well as how many people were on the bus (that have phones, at least), transfer times, and more.

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New York’s MTA says to keep your hoverboard off the subway

New York’s MTA says to keep your hoverboard off the subway

Hoverboards: some of them have been catching fire, and many companies have banned them all as a result, doing so out of safety concerns. In a statement today, the Metropolitan Transportation Agency (MTA) announced that hoverboards are most certainly banned from the New York City Subway, as well as NYC’s buses, the Metro-North, Long Island Raid Road, Staten Island Railway, and the Access-A-Ride.

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Uber and more blamed for traffic congestion in China

Uber and more blamed for traffic congestion in China

Some proponents of ridesharing services like Uber claim they can decrease road congestion by requiring less people to drive around. Others have argued the opposite — that such services are actually increasing congestion — and now Beijing officials can be counted among them. In a recent statement, officials in the Chinese city pointed toward Uber and similar ridesharing services as the reason for increasingly worse traffic backups and overall driving conditions.

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Uber will use phone sensors to confirm passenger complaints

Uber will use phone sensors to confirm passenger complaints

I had my first experience with Uber earlier this month at CES. I was pleasantly surprised to find out how much better my rides were, when compared to the cabs I had taken the first couple days I was in Vegas. My drivers all received 5-star ratings, but I wondered what happened when someone leaves a bad rating. As it turns out, Uber is currently working on changes to the feedback system.

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Uber’s new ‘second chance’ for rejected drivers raises concerns

Uber’s new ‘second chance’ for rejected drivers raises concerns

Uber has announced plans to give some drivers who initially failed its background check a second chance to become a driver. This is good news for those who have moved beyond their past and are trying to earn a living, but has raised some concerns among some...mostly those who already worry about the company's driver vetting. Uber, however, isn't giving everyone a second chance.

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Lyft NYC pilot project gives rides to doctor appointments

Lyft NYC pilot project gives rides to doctor appointments

Lyft has announced a new partnership with National Medtrans Network in New York City, and under that partnership will be piloting a transportation option for taking riders to non-emergency doctor appointments. Lyft has vowed to give 2,500 rides under this program per week in New York City, aiming to reduce the number of missed doctors appointments and help those in need get adequate medical care.

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Uber ‘Trip Experiences’ make travel time less boring

Uber ‘Trip Experiences’ make travel time less boring

Self-driving cars are the future, and in an effort to win over consumers, advocates have pointed toward all the extra free time such technology will inject into one’s day. Instead of spending an hour or more every day stuck in traffic commuting to work, you’ll be able to spend that time napping, lounging, or playing. Of course, self-driving cars are still being worked on, and the closest we can get to no-effort rides today are taxies and Uber. For its part, Uber wants to make trips taken through its platform a little less boring.

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Uber taps public transit with TransLoc partnership

Uber taps public transit with TransLoc partnership

Uber has tapped into the public transit vein with its new TransLoc partnership. Under this, Uber's mobile app will be integrated with the TransLoc Rider app, enabling the service’s users to set up trips that encompass public transit options in addition to Uber rides. Public transit, meanwhile, could see a boost in riders who use Uber to get to the nearest train terminal or bus stop.

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EHang 198 drone carries not cameras or packages but humans

EHang 198 drone carries not cameras or packages but humans

Drones are all the fad these days, from hulking machines to palm-sized toys. So, too, are self-driving cars, with car maker after car maker, including Google, revealing a piece of autonomous driving technology. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that someone, in this case Chinese drone company EHang, has made something that combines both. Introduing the EHang 198, the world's first AAV, not UAV. That stands for Autonomous Aerial Vehicle, basically a manned Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (oxymoronic, ain't it?) whose purpose is to carry its package from point A to point B. The package, in this case, is a human being.

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