Transportation

Faraday Future teases EV shake-up with CES concept car

Faraday Future teases EV shake-up with CES concept car

Mysterious electric car company and would-be transportation disruptor Faraday Future just can't stop teasing ahead of CES next week. The clandestine start-up - which has been snagging auto-industry experts for some time now - isn't due to properly launch its car until 2017, but the supposed Tesla rival will be preceded by a big concept reveal at the upcoming electronics show.

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Sidecar bows out from crowded ride-sharing market

Sidecar bows out from crowded ride-sharing market

The market for ride-sharing services has positively exploded over the last few years, but unfortunately there's little room to compete against top rivals Uber and Lyft. This is evident in the news that Sidecar has announced its departure from the ride-hailing and delivery business. CEO Sunil Paul shared the decision in a post on Medium, stating that service would end on December 31st at 2:00 PM Pacific. "Shutting down the Sidecar service is a disappointment for our team and our fans," wrote Paul and fellow co-founder Jahan Khanna.

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ArcaSpace hoverboard uses 36 fans to fly

ArcaSpace hoverboard uses 36 fans to fly

ArcaSpace has a hoverboard that is, in the most literal sense, a hoverboard. The ArcaBoard features 36 small fans embedded in a flat platform that, with the help of onboard batteries, lifts a single rider into the air for six minutes before needing recharged. Some self-balancing systems help keep the rider from tumbling to the ground, and 272 horsepower takes an average sized rider more than a foot off the ground.

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Takata airbag linked to teenager’s death

Takata airbag linked to teenager’s death

Another driver has died from injuries caused by a faulty Takata airbag, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This is the eighth U.S. death tied to Takata’s airbag inflators, and according to sources involved a 13-year-old boy who reportedly snuck behind the wheel of a recalled 2001 Honda Accord before crashing. This is the ninth total Takata-related death to happen in a Honda vehicle.

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Lyft gets permit to pick up travelers at LAX

Lyft gets permit to pick up travelers at LAX

Lyft beat Uber (again) in the battle for permission to perform pick ups at one of the nation's biggest airports -- this time around it's LAX, the Los Angeles International Airport. Both Uber and Lyft were granted permission to seek transportation permits for picking up riders at LAX, and Lyft is the first to receive the permit. The Lyft pickups start today, just in time for the Christmas rush.

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London begins testing e-ink bus stop signs with real-time schedules

London begins testing e-ink bus stop signs with real-time schedules

There's a reason e-ink (also known as e-paper) technology is such a great fit for e-readers like Amazon's Kindle: it uses very little power and offers high visibility in a variety of lighting conditions. It's no wonder that the black and white digital displays are starting to be used for traffic signs and other real-time information posted outside. Now London started to adopt the technology for its bus stops, launching a trial that has four locations display real-time arrival schedules and more.

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Wearable scooter launches in campaign with refined form

Wearable scooter launches in campaign with refined form

Remember that unusual wearable from last year? Hint: it's a fully functional scooter. What started as a concept has become an actual project, with its creator launching the transportation device on the crowdfunding website Indiegogo. As with its concept version, the “w scooter” collapses into a compact form that can be worn like a belt around one’s waist.

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Even the US Postal Service doesn’t want to touch hoverboards

Even the US Postal Service doesn’t want to touch hoverboards

Without a doubt, the most dangerous items this holiday season are hoverboards, and that's because they're likely to be the "hottest" gift of the year. Airlines, retailers including Amazon and Target, and even UK authorities want nothing to do with the self-balancing scooters, and now even the US Postal Service doesn't want to touch them due to the serious risk of fire they pose. USPS stated today that it will no longer ship hoverboards by air, either internationally or domestically.

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Facebook Messenger’s new ride hailing feature taps Uber

Facebook Messenger’s new ride hailing feature taps Uber

Facebook Messenger users will soon see a new car icon at the bottom of the app that, when pressed, orders an Uber ride from directly within Facebook’s app. The new feature is currently being tested with some users, and will launch for those located in cities with Uber service. Says Facebook, it will partner with other transportation services ‘soon,’ which will make the feature available to more Messenger users.

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Target joins Amazon in pulling hoverboards from shelves

Target joins Amazon in pulling hoverboards from shelves

Back to the Future promised us hoverboards by the year 2015. We did end up getting them, but in the most disappointing way. Specifically, the devices that people keep calling “hoverboards” don't actually hover at all. Oh, and they have a tendency to catch on fire. Recently Amazon stopped taking orders for the devices, citing safety concerns, and now another retailer is following suit.

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Amazon pulls out hoverboards while conducting safety check

Amazon pulls out hoverboards while conducting safety check

If you've been considering buying or bringing along a hoverboard, those two-wheeled boards that don't really hover, for the holidays, you might want to rethink your decision or buy them from somewhere other than Amazon. The retailer giant has apparently removed hoverboards from its listings, which may have dismayed fans and Christmas hopefuls and adding to the series of unfortunate, or not, setbacks that the transportation contraption has been facing for the past few weeks. It's not a permanent ban, however. Or at least until Amazon receives indubitablre proof of their safety.

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NHTSA’s proposed rating system update will favor crash avoidance tech

NHTSA’s proposed rating system update will favor crash avoidance tech

Automotive technology is changing, and it is time for rating systems to change with it. In a proposal announced today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is seeking an update to its own five-star rating system for new cars. The updated version will take into consideration measurements gathered by more advanced human-like crash dummies as well as crash-avoidance technology.

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