Transportation

Lyft gives some essential workers free access to its electric scooters

Lyft gives some essential workers free access to its electric scooters

Lyft has announced a new program that gives some essential workers limited free access to its network of electric scooters. Called the LyftUp Scooter Critical Workforce Program, this initiative targets healthcare workers, first responders, and people who work in transit. The company is offering these individuals free scooter rides in a number of major metro regions in the US.

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Toyota has a big hydrogen fuel-cell truck plan to cut CO2

Toyota has a big hydrogen fuel-cell truck plan to cut CO2

Toyota is working on a heavy-duty fuel cell truck, that could use hydrogen to drive hundreds of miles while only emitting pure water. The project, a collaboration with fellow Japanese automaker Hino Motors Ltd, aims to tackle carbon dioxide emissions by targeting one of the biggest emitters: commercial vehicles.

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Real ID deadline delayed: What you should know

Real ID deadline delayed: What you should know

The Real ID deadline has been pushed back, giving travelers a temporary reprieve from having to swap their driver's licenses and state ID cards in order to fly. Though it promises to bring more security to forms of identification used by airlines to allow passengers onto planes, Real ID has been criticized for confusing travelers and forcing them to visit the DMV in order to apply for the upgraded cards.

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Driverless truck startup Starsky Robotics folds: CEO shares tough autonomy home truths

Driverless truck startup Starsky Robotics folds: CEO shares tough autonomy home truths

Driverless truck startup Starsky Robotics is shutting down, but not before sharing some cold hard truths about the autonomous driving industry. Founded in 2015, Starsky proposed a combination of self-driving and remote control for a fleet of next-generation trucks, saving full autonomy for the highway.

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Delta cuts 40% flight capacity for coronavirus

Delta cuts 40% flight capacity for coronavirus

Today Delta CEO Ed Bastian sent an internal letter with a list of actions that'll be taken to "protect the financial position of the company". This set of actions includes an "overall capacity reduction in the next few months of 40 percent - the largest capacity reduction in Delta's history, including 2001." While the company will maintain service to London, England, they're also complying with the 30-day ban on travel to and from continental Europe announced the night of March 12th (Wednesday).

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Uber details items riders lost in 2019: AirPods, mice, and a Ouija board

Uber details items riders lost in 2019: AirPods, mice, and a Ouija board

Uber has detailed the items its customers accidentally left behind in cars in 2019. The most commonly lost items are the ones you'd expect: riders often lost their keys, forgot their bags, and misplaced their phones. Other commonly lost items included wallets, headphones, glasses, and vapes. What about the less common, but no less interesting, items? Uber has an entire list of them.

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Bell helicopter has four small tail fans instead of one big rotor

Bell helicopter has four small tail fans instead of one big rotor

Helicopters have always looked like the scariest way to fly, with not one but two large and menacing rotors spinning at deadly speeds. Although one of them is probably too high to chop your neck off, a helicopter's tail rotor may have caused more deaths than its bigger counterpart. That's why helicopter manufacturer Bell has been working new tail technology that splits a large rotor's job into four smaller and safer enclosed fans.

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Uber trials booking rides by voice call and our irony meters explode

Uber trials booking rides by voice call and our irony meters explode

App-based rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft saved us from the nightmare of having to talk to a taxi dispatcher on the phone, so consider it ironic that Uber's big news today is the ability to summon a car through a voice call. The company is testing a new option for booking Uber by voice, with a human operator just like in the good (bad) old days.

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Airbus MAVERIC blended wing body plane promises better efficiency

Airbus MAVERIC blended wing body plane promises better efficiency

Unlike their land-roving counterparts, airplanes haven't seen many innovative changes in the past decades. The scandal that continues to rock Boeing may have even the industry back a few years. That's not to say no one is trying to shake things up in radical ways and aerospace company Airbus has just unveiled a working version of its latest concept. Don't expect to ride on this MAVERIC any time soon, though, as there is still plenty of work to be done to bring this scale demo model to life.

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No, Bill Gates didn’t buy a $645 million hydrogen-powered superyacht

No, Bill Gates didn’t buy a $645 million hydrogen-powered superyacht

As rumors go, it had it all: billionaire Bill Gates was joining the super-yacht set, but with a striking - and ridiculously expensive - hydrogen powered model with its own built-in waterfall. Who'd begrudge the Microsoft-founder-turned-philanthropist a little insane luxury, right? Problem is, according to the maker of the Sinot Aqua hydrogen yacht, it's not actually true.

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Nuro R2 self-driving delivery pod hits US autonomous vehicle milestone

Nuro R2 self-driving delivery pod hits US autonomous vehicle milestone

US regulators have granted the first self-driving vehicle exemption, allowing the Nuro R2 to drive autonomously on public streets, though don't expect to catch a ride in one yourself. The R2 is SoftBank Group-backed Nuro's driverless delivery vehicle, which the startup hopes will give grocery stores, restaurants, and other retailers a human-free option for shuttling products to buyers.

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Uber in Mexico suspends dozens of rider accounts over coronavirus fear

Uber in Mexico suspends dozens of rider accounts over coronavirus fear

Uber in Mexico has suspended 240 rider accounts after the users took rides with two different drivers who had been in contact with someone who potentially had coronavirus, according to a new report. The decision was made merely out of an abundance of caution, according to the company, which indicates that it'll eventually reinstate these user accounts. The decision appears to have been made so that potential symptoms have time to appear.

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