Transportation

Kitty Hawk’s flying car flies, floats, but doesn’t roll

Kitty Hawk’s flying car flies, floats, but doesn’t roll

Silicon Valley is often credited for defining and redefining many things, and it seems it is set to redefine what a "car" is. One that can fly in air, float on water, but not drive on land. That might be the impression you'll get from seeing this flying car prototype from Kitty Hawk, until you realize what it really is: a successful test of a personal flying vehicle designed to be accessible and available before the year ends.

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Uber will start testing flying cars in the next 3 years

Uber will start testing flying cars in the next 3 years

This past September, an Uber executive revealed that the company was entertaining the idea of launching some type of flying vehicle that could enable it to transport customers in the sky rather than on the road. The flying vehicles would be of the VTOL variety -- that is, they would be aerial vehicles that take off and land vertically. Now the company has revealed that it will begin testing such 'flying cars' within the next three years, and that the testing will, at least, take place in Dallas-Forth Worth and Dubai.

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You have to watch Lilium’s electric VTOL personal Jet ace its first flight

You have to watch Lilium’s electric VTOL personal Jet ace its first flight

The promise of personal flying cars has always worked better in science fiction than real life, but Lilium is aiming to change that with its electric Jet. The vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) craft was originally intended as the flying alternative to a two-seater sports car, able to launch straight up without the need of a runway, but then transition into jet-mode once airborne. Now, there's the promise of a five-seater too.

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Uber no longer allows restaurants to use UberRush for food delivery

Uber no longer allows restaurants to use UberRush for food delivery

While Uber's main business is its ride-sharing service, the last few years have seen the company develop several additional platforms, including the courier delivery service UberRush. Operating in several large cities like New York, San Francisco, and Chicago, UberRush is designed for users to hire someone to pickup and deliver items, such as packages, local online orders, and even food. Now, however, Uber says restaurants will need to switch to using UberEats, as UberRush is being scaled back and streamlined.

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Uber hit with nationwide ban in Italy

Uber hit with nationwide ban in Italy

2017 continues to be a very bad year for Uber. After ongoing evidence of the company's systematic harassment of women employees, the discovery of a tool used to evade law enforcement, and a damning lawsuit from Google, the ride-hailing service has now been handed a nationwide ban in Italy. A court in Rome has ruled that Uber's service amounts to "unfair competition" for the local taxi industry, and that all operations must be ceased.

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Change an Uber pickup location after ordering: here’s how

Change an Uber pickup location after ordering: here’s how

Have you ever ordered an Uber car, only to realize after the driver is en-route that the pick-up location is incorrect? If so, you're not alone. Users have long requested a way to adjust the pick-up location after ordering a ride, making it possible to fix a mistake without cancelling the car and starting over. Now, thanks to a new update, this feature is available: here's how to use it.

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Lyft will soon let you round up fares for charity

Lyft will soon let you round up fares for charity

It's never been easier to send money or pay for something without cash. Beyond the plastic card that's so common (and commonly abused), there are mobile payment systems and online shopping. Most of these methods, however, are usually employed at the service of commerce and profit. It's high time to use those convenient payment methods for charitable purposes as well. Lyft is doing exactly that with its upcoming "Round Up & Donate" campaign that will let users donate to charity without even lifting a finger, sort of. All they need to do is agree to just a few more cents added to their fare.

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Norway wants to create a tunnel for ships to pass through

Norway wants to create a tunnel for ships to pass through

Elon Musk's Boring Company wants to drill underground to alleviate traffic congestion. Norway wants to drill through hills for ships. Yes, big ships carrying cargo, tourists, or fish. And, no, it's not because Norway has traffic congestion problem. The Stad Ship Tunnel, as it is being called, is meant to give ships, crew, and passengers a safer, and perhaps more scenic, route avoid the treacherous old route that the Stad peninsula is notorious for.

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Uber has secret ‘Greyball’ tool to evade law enforcement and other opponents

Uber has secret ‘Greyball’ tool to evade law enforcement and other opponents

Uber's already fledgling reputation as a reputable company is continuing its downward spiral this week, as Friday it was revealed that the ride-hailing service uses a secret program to sidestep and evade government authorities and local law enforcement. Known as "Greyball," this tool, which is currently in use worldwide, is used to allow Uber to operate in cities where the service is not approved or outright banned due to regulations.

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Lyft’s next big expansion: service in 54 additional cities

Lyft’s next big expansion: service in 54 additional cities

Lyft has announced its single biggest service expansion to date, adding 54 new cities to its service map across four states. This gives commuters in many regions an additional transportation option, one that involves neither taxies nor competing service Uber. Newly supported cities include ones big and small, including Manhattan, Iowa City, Springfield, Birmingham, and more.

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Waze carpool service eyes bigger US, Latin America expansion

Waze carpool service eyes bigger US, Latin America expansion

It’s no secret that Waze has a ride-sharing service but it is also no secret that it isn’t aiming to compete with the likes of Uber and Lyft. At least not yet. Those two giants, however, should probably be a bit more wary regardless, especially in light of recent news. Speaking with the Wall Street Journal, Waze head Noam Bardin revealed plans to expand to more US cities beyond San Francisco, even reaching as far as Latin America. This could pretty much set the stage for a sudden change of direction should Waze decide to fully commercialize its Carpool service.

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Hoversurf hoverbike rides on a powerful Scorpion 3 drone

Hoversurf hoverbike rides on a powerful Scorpion 3 drone

Move over hoverboards. This is the year of vehicles that, true to their name, actually do fly. PAL-V just opened up sales for what is the world’s first commercial flying car and now another personal flying vehicle of the future might be closer to the present. The world’s first fully-functional, fully-manned hoverbike has just been revealed. Unsurprisingly, it’s built upon the same foundations as a drone. A Scorpion 3, to be exact, made by Hoversurf. While commercial availability is probably still a ways off, you can probably start dreaming of real-life Star Wars Speeder Bike chases soon.

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