Transportation

FedEx runs first autonomous truck delivery with Aurora and PACCAR

FedEx runs first autonomous truck delivery with Aurora and PACCAR

FedEx, PACCAR, and Aurora announced an "industry-first collaboration" for real-deal autonomous semi truck deliveries in Texas. The first commercial pilot will "regularly and autonomously" haul FedEx deliveries between Dallas and Houston along the I-45 corridor. That 500-mile round trip will include a safety driver (just in case something goes amiss), and initiates Aurora's latest development phase: "Refine and Pilot."

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Google Assistant Driving Mode gets major update with Android Auto

Google Assistant Driving Mode gets major update with Android Auto

Google revealed a set of updates to the Android Auto experience this week with Google Assistant, car displays, and Google apps built-in services. Google Assistant driving mode on Android phones was given a new dashboard this week with the keyword phrase "Hey Google, let's drive." This new mode will deliver "glanceable, tappable cards" for ease of use while driving - with special emphasis on music with Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, YouTube Music, Podcast Addict, JioSaavn, Audible, iHeartRadio, SoundCloud, and others in the mix.

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CityAirbus NextGen is the Urban Air Mobility vehicle of the future

CityAirbus NextGen is the Urban Air Mobility vehicle of the future

One of the biggest manufacturers of commercial aircraft in the world is Airbus. The company has revealed its plans for the emerging Urban Air Mobility (UAM) market with a helicopter called CityAirbus. The next generation of the flying vehicle is fully electric and has fixed wings and a V-shaped tail. It's powered by eight electric propellers and is designed to carry up to four passengers.

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Watch Rolls-Royce’s all-electric plane ace its first test flight

Watch Rolls-Royce’s all-electric plane ace its first test flight

Rolls-Royce's experimental all-electric plane, Spirit of Innovation, has successfully flown for the first time, taking the zero-emissions project one step closer to powering "air taxis" in future. Though the single-propeller aircraft may have relatively classic looks, its powertrain is thoroughly modern.

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Today I’m thinking about the Sinclair C5, a glorious EV failure

Today I’m thinking about the Sinclair C5, a glorious EV failure

Sir Clive Sinclair, the British inventor, has died today at the age of 81, and though it's the Sinclair ZX Spectrum and its impact on personal computing that will go down as his biggest success, it's an altogether more oddball gadget - and disaster - that I can't help but think of fondly. The Sinclair C5 arguably beat the current trend of electrified transportation by several decades, a three-wheeled curio that - like the Segway many years on - promised plenty but failed to live up to that in commercial terms.

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Gogoro reveals $2.35 billion plan to take electric scooters public

Gogoro reveals $2.35 billion plan to take electric scooters public

Gogoro is going public, with the battery-swappable electric scooter and e-bike company announcing it will list on the Nasdaq. It's a big step for the ambitious mobility firm, and one which sets its value at a whopping $2.35 billion.

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Lyft vows to cover drivers’ legal fees if sued under Texas abortion law

Lyft vows to cover drivers’ legal fees if sued under Texas abortion law

Ride-sharing service Lyft has announced the creation of its new Driver Legal Defense Fund, which is intended for drivers who may find themselves facing a lawsuit under Texas's newly imposed abortion law. The company vows to cover all of a driver's legal fees should they find themselves in this unfortunate position.

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NASA Joby eVTOL testing paves way for electric air taxis in cities

NASA Joby eVTOL testing paves way for electric air taxis in cities

NASA revealed in an announcement today that it recently began testing an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, a first for the space agency and a move toward bringing 'air taxis' to big cities. According to NASA, it will conduct its eVTOL tests through September 10, gathering data on the use of these all-electric aircraft as a potential future transportation option.

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Waymo expands autonomous ride service to San Francisco – with caveats

Waymo expands autonomous ride service to San Francisco – with caveats

Waymo is starting up autonomous ride-hailing in San Francisco, though don't expect to be able to summon a self-driving cab any time soon. Though the Google spin-off's Waymo One service currently offers public rides in Phoenix, AZ, its new Trusted Tester program will be a more exclusive experience.

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Bird Bike allows individual ownership of high-end electric bicycle

Bird Bike allows individual ownership of high-end electric bicycle

The company Bird made their name in working with cities to bring electric bicycles and scooters to communities. They're made to be eco-friendly, they're made to be shared. The latest Bird Bike is made to be a similar proposition - environmentally conscious, battery-powered bike - but this time, it's made for individual consumer ownership.

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Waymo reveals the big autonomous trucking hub it’s building in Dallas

Waymo reveals the big autonomous trucking hub it’s building in Dallas

Alphabet subsidiary Waymo has revealed a concept image showing the massive autonomous trucking hub it is building in the Dallas-Forth Worth region of Texas. In addition to the architecture, the company has also revealed some details about the planned facility, including that it will span nine acres and be able to accommodate hundreds of big trucks.

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This Ola S1 electric scooter could be a two-wheeled game-changer

This Ola S1 electric scooter could be a two-wheeled game-changer

Electric scooters aren't in short supply at this point, but few look quite as sleek - or could be quite as disruptive - as startup Ola's new S1. Aiming to oust gas-powered two-wheelers, the S1 doesn't sacrifice performance or styling, despite the promise of being as affordable or even cheaper than its combustion rivals.

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