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Uber Rewards program spreads big perks across four loyalty tiers

Uber Rewards program spreads big perks across four loyalty tiers

Uber has launched a new rewards program called Uber Rewards. The program is designed to reward customers for using the ride-sharing service and comes only days after Lyft unveiled its own similar plan. Uber Rewards applies to both Uber and Uber Eats, enabling riders to unlock perks across a total of four membership levels.

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Lyft Rewards program will let passengers earn points with every ride

Lyft Rewards program will let passengers earn points with every ride

Lyft will soon give select riders access to a new program that rewards customers for their loyalty. The program is called Lyft Rewards and it will give riders points for every dollar spent on the transportation service. The company will allow its customers to use these points for certain rewards, such as credit for future rides or upgrades to Lyft Lux.

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Google Maps speed trap warnings and crash reports appear in test

Google Maps speed trap warnings and crash reports appear in test

Google is testing new features in Google Maps that mirror offerings already available in Waze. The company is looking into both speed trap warnings and crash reports, both of which are already available in its other transportation app. Some users have access to these reports now, though it's unclear how many people are seeing them at this time.

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Elon Musk says Boring LA tunnel is disturbingly long

Elon Musk says Boring LA tunnel is disturbingly long

The illustrious Elon Musk may be under fire for a lot of things he has tweeted about but he does still make some useful and totally not controversial posts from time to time. Then again, his boring, that is, drilling, dreams to bore tunnels underneath LA hasn’t been without its fair share of controversy and opposition. That won’t be enough, however, to postpone or cancel the Boring Company’s grand public opening of its first LA tunnel next month. Unless, of course, some litigation gets in the way.

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General Motors eBike naming contest offers $10,000 award

General Motors eBike naming contest offers $10,000 award

General Motors has announced plans to create its own electric bicycle, one that will be offered in two portability options: folding and compact. The company doesn't have a name for the eBike yet, and for good reason -- it's asking the public to help it name the new model. The chosen winner will receive a $10,000 award and nine finalists will each get $1,000.

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Uber Ride Pass lets riders lock in prices for regular rides in a city

Uber Ride Pass lets riders lock in prices for regular rides in a city

Uber has introduced a new service called Ride Pass, a solution to its frustrating surge pricing that leaves commuters wondering what their daily bill will be. With Ride Pass, Uber riders can lock in a rate, which is consistently applied for rides taken anywhere in their city. The new payment option is intended for people who use Uber for regular rides, such as to work or back home after the day ends.

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Waze Audio Player beta arrives with Pandora, Spotify, Stitcher and more

Waze Audio Player beta arrives with Pandora, Spotify, Stitcher and more

Waze is gearing up to release an update that brings an embedded audio player to its platform, providing drivers with direct access to their favorite audio streaming service. The company has announced a beta for Waze Audio Player in conjunction with streaming services like Spotify and Pandora, as well as podcast app Stitcher and others. As well, Waze has a new developer tool suite called Audio Kit.

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NHTSA tells Transdev to end its self-driving school bus pickups

NHTSA tells Transdev to end its self-driving school bus pickups

Transdev North America has angered the US DOT's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration by transporting kids in a self-driving shuttle. Though the company did get temporary permission to import its autonomous shuttle, neither of the approved reasons included transporting kids, according to the agency. The activity has been called 'irresponsible.'

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Uber app gets global VoIP calling feature for riders and drivers

Uber app gets global VoIP calling feature for riders and drivers

Uber has updated its mobile app with a new way for riders and drivers to talk with each other: VoIP. The new calling feature is akin to Skype, but exclusively for users who want to chat with their driver in a personal manner. The new feature joins the existing ability to send SMS and in-app text-based chat messages.

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Hyperloop One Missouri route would reduce 3.5 hour trip to 28 minutes

Hyperloop One Missouri route would reduce 3.5 hour trip to 28 minutes

Virgin Hyperloop One has revealed that a feasibility study on a hyperloop route spanning from Kansas City to St Louis has produced favorable results. The examination was performed by Black & Veatch, which created an independent report analyzing a possible future route next to the I-70 highway through Missouri.

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Waze Carpool feature goes live for all users in the US

Waze Carpool feature goes live for all users in the US

Waze has launched its Carpool feature for all users across the United States, the company has announced. The tool first arrived in New York City and San Francisco, enabling Waze users to pick up someone who needed a ride in exchange for a small bit of cash. Now anyone in the US can take advantage of the feature, helping reduce congestion on roads.

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Google Assistant’s newest feature helps users book rides

Google Assistant’s newest feature helps users book rides

Google has revealed a new feature for Google Assistant: providing information from ride-sharing services. The new capability is available to mobile users, as well as on any smart speakers that support Assistant, including Google Home products. With it, users can request a particular type of transportation and see prices and options from various services.

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