Transportation

Samsung envisions a Smart Windshield for motorcycles

Samsung envisions a Smart Windshield for motorcycles

We are becoming more and more connected to the Internet and, by extension, to our smartphones. In practice, this usually means we often keep our eyes on or devices. But now where is this habit more dangerous than when driving down the road, whether on four wheels or two. Most major car makers these days have employed several technologies, like projection and HUDs, to keep drivers' eyes on the road. Samsung is trying to do the same, but this time for motorbikes instead of cars.

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Uber, Lyft challenge proposed Atlanta airport pickup rules

Uber, Lyft challenge proposed Atlanta airport pickup rules

Yesterday, a proposal was unveiled in Atlanta that would require Lyft and Uber drivers to undergo fingerprint-based background checks before they can pick up passengers at the Hartsfield-Jackson International airport. Uber was quick to decry the proposal, and Lyft has now followed expressing its own similar sentiments. Said Uber, such a proposal -- if it passes -- would simply mean Uber would no longer operate at the airport.

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Uber will now give you a ride into Mexico, but not back

Uber will now give you a ride into Mexico, but not back

Uber has a new option for all the young Americans planning to spend spring break in Mexico in the near future. The ride-hailing service has announced its first cross-border trips, allowing passengers in San Diego to travel to Tijuana with just a single ride. Just don't expect on Uber to get you back home again, as border agents have these pesky regulations that make things complicated on the business end.

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Baidu: ‘modest’ city changes needed for self-driving future

Baidu: ‘modest’ city changes needed for self-driving future

Self-driving cars are the future, and humans have to learn to deal with that. There’s the need to accept that we won’t always be behind the wheel, of course, but it’s more than that — autonomous cars will one day drive as well as humans, but they will also drive differently, and that means both humans and the cities we construct must shift accordingly. Such is the argument recently put forth by Andrew Ng, chief scientist at Chinese company Baidu.

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Uber’s new family profiles support up to 10 riders

Uber’s new family profiles support up to 10 riders

Uber has finally introduced a new profile option that allows everyone in a family to share an account. The feature is launching first in Phoenix, Dallas, and Atlanta, and supports up to 10 riders on a single profile. The move makes it easier for family members, friends, and other small groups to order rides using the same payment method — if your kid needs a ride after school, for example, they can use the family plan to order a car, and the receipt will go straight to the parent’s inbox.

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NYC unveils fancy new high-tech ‘European’ MTA buses

NYC unveils fancy new high-tech ‘European’ MTA buses

New York City is getting a massive bus system upgrade, and it’ll involve 2,042 new buses being added by the year 2020. The buses will come with a big price tag — the cost will ultimately be $1.3 billion — but they'll meet the needs of modern-day travelers. The buses will be fitted with WiFi, electronic signs featuring pertinent information, and ports for charging phones. The best part? They're totally European-chic, according to New York governor Andrew Cuomo.

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NASA’s next X-plane supersonic passenger jet to be quieter

NASA’s next X-plane supersonic passenger jet to be quieter

Short of finally inventing teleportation systems, plane travel is still the fastest way to travel extremely long distances. However, it still has yet to reach its full potential. Supersonic planes were still in their infancy when the government pulled the plug because of their uncomfortable effects on people on land, the phenomenon more popularly known as Sonic Boom. That was more than half a century ago. NASA thinks that science and technology may have caught up enough to get the ball rolling again to build the world's next supersonic passenger jet, for now nicknamed the X-plane.

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Uber is launching a motorcycle-hailing service

Uber is launching a motorcycle-hailing service

Uber, the ride-hailing service that has had a significant impact on the taxi industry around the globe, has announced an experimental program involving a huge shift in transportation. For the first time ever, Uber is offering rides on two-wheeled vehicles, motorbikes to be specific. But don't expect a motorcycle to pick you up the next time you use the Uber app in San Francisco or New York City, as this new option is specifically for Bangkok, Thailand at the moment.

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American Airlines, Uber team to shuttle passengers home (and back)

American Airlines, Uber team to shuttle passengers home (and back)

American Airlines and ridesharing service Uber have teamed up to offer passengers a way to get from the airport to their home and back again, nixing the need to order a taxi or use long-term parking. Of course, anyone could order an Uber ride to or from the airport anyway, making the partnership seem a little redundant. That’s why American Airlines has added a “Remind me to Uber” icon to confirmation emails.

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Ford challenges Uber in Kansas City with on-demand bus service

Ford challenges Uber in Kansas City with on-demand bus service

Residents of Kansas City are about to get a new option in on-demand, ride sharing services. Ford has announced that it's teaming up with the Boston-based Bridj to bring its on-demand shuttle service to the city, making use of the former's Transit vans, which are often used in the commercial sector for carrying equipment. The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority says the service will debut in early March with 10 Ford shuttles hitting the streets.

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Uber driver caught drunk accepting passengers

Uber driver caught drunk accepting passengers

The taxi industry froths as another Uber driver adds fuel to the ridesharing safety debate. This weekend, an Uber driver was pulled over and allegedly found to be drunk behind the wheel; despite his condition, he reportedly accepted passengers and was on his way to pick up another, the latest blemish on Uber's public face. Uber, of course, has denounced the driver's decision and has already nixed him from its platform.

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London wants Google to bring its autonomous cars across the pond

London wants Google to bring its autonomous cars across the pond

Now that Google's little self-driving pod cars are making their way to more cities in the US for testing, overseas metropolises are starting to show an interest. Transportation officials in London revealed this week that they've begun early discussions with Google to bring their autonomous cars to the UK capital. This new comes right after the vehicles have made Washington State their third testing ground, following cities in Texas and California.

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