Transportation

Google Maps adds two-wheel mode for motorbike routes

Google Maps adds two-wheel mode for motorbike routes

For most Google Maps users, getting directions to a destination comes with three or four options: cars, public transportation, walking, and possibly cycling. For users in India, though, soon to be followed by other countries, there is a fifth option: two-wheeler mode. This new option is represented by an icon resembling a motorcycle, and it is designed for motorbikes which may be capable of taking routes not accessible to cars.

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Elon Musk’s Boring map shows how LA may be changed forever

Elon Musk’s Boring map shows how LA may be changed forever

When faced with death-inducing traffic, most people will think of flying cars or at the very least, more highways and flyovers. Not one to settle for common answers, Elon Musk presented a boring solution instead. That is, one that bores underground to create tunnels for high-speed skates to carry cars from point A to point B. Now the controversial genius has released a map of the grand plan for tunnels that will practically transform Los Angeles from below, revealing The Boring Company’s not so boring ambitions.

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Uber adds features to help with holiday travel stress

Uber adds features to help with holiday travel stress

We're firmly in the holiday season and with it comes a bunch of travel. Busy days and busy schedules tend to snowball into bouts of frustration or stress, but Uber is hoping to avoid that with a few new features. After updating, Uber users have access to handy things like live location sharing and expanded Beacon usage to help users identify their driver.

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Uber scheduled rides now show an upfront price

Uber scheduled rides now show an upfront price

Uber has a feature that allows riders to schedule a ride ahead of time, a way to ensure there's a car available and at your location at the time you need to leave. While convenient, the scheduled rides left riders unsure of how much they'd pay if the ride was schedule more than an hour from the current time. Uber just changed that.

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Uber gets NASA deal to develop flying taxi management system

Uber gets NASA deal to develop flying taxi management system

Uber is working with NASA to develop software for managing low-altitude air taxis, potentially opening the door for a future where people can travel short distances in the air rather than on the ground. In addition, Uber is planning to test a flying taxi service of some sort in Los Angeles in a couple years, introducing an alternative to both traditional air and ground travel.

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Elon Musk reveals first look at Boring Company’s LA tunnel

Elon Musk reveals first look at Boring Company’s LA tunnel

We've been hearing a fair amount about Elon Musk's Boring Company and its plans for traffic-avoiding underground tunnels, but after already receiving permission to start digging in Los Angeles he's shared the first image of their progress. While the tunnel is due to stretch for 1.6 miles under the California city once completed, Musk's photo, posted to his Instagram, reveals the initial 500-foot long section.

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How to add multiple stops to an Uber ride

How to add multiple stops to an Uber ride

Uber has pushed out a new update that makes riding with the service more convenient than ever -- the ability to arrange multi-stop rides. It is important to note right off the bat that Uber doesn't intend for this to be a way to keep an Uber rider on hand while you go in shopping or to an appointment. Rather, it is a way for multiple people to share the same ride even if they're not in the same location or to make very quick stops.

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Uber drivers can charge you more for long pickup and wait times

Uber drivers can charge you more for long pickup and wait times

Uber is giving its drivers new ways to earn a little bit more money, and one of those ways is enabling them to charge more for longer pickups. The move will benefit riders as well as drivers, reducing the odds of a driver cancelling on them because the pickup location is farther away than others. The long pickup times aren't reserved for just long distances, though.

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Ford Chariot commuter shuttle service temporarily suspended in San Francisco

Ford Chariot commuter shuttle service temporarily suspended in San Francisco

Around this time last year, Ford Smart Mobility announced the acquisition of Chariot, a transportation company based out of San Francisco. Chariot offers shuttle buses that give commuters another option for getting around while helping alleviate road congestion. News coming out of San Francisco reveals that Chariot operations have been temporarily suspended in the city due to inspection failures.

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Virgin Hyperloop One sees billionaire Branson back Elon Musk’s tech

Virgin Hyperloop One sees billionaire Branson back Elon Musk’s tech

There are some big changes going on with Hyperloop One today. Hyperloop and Virgin have announced a new partnership that will see Virgin Group founder Richard Branson joining Hyperloop One's board. Not only that, but a new investment from Branson and Virgin Group are bringing about a bit of a name change at the offices of Hyperloop.

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California is removing its most controversial driverless car rule

California is removing its most controversial driverless car rule

Autonomous cars in California may do away with the human backup driver behind the wheel, with newly proposed regulations amending one of the most controversial aspects of the current rules. The California DMV had opened up its regulations for driverless testing and deployment regulations earlier this year for public input, releasing a new version today that includes significant changes to what companies working on self-driving cars are required to do should human intervention be demanded.

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BMW designed a special saddle just for e-bikes

BMW designed a special saddle just for e-bikes

BMW may be best known for its four-wheeled vehicles, but the company has been pushing a different kind of hybrid in recent years: e-bikes. The latest addition to the BMW Lifestyle brand is the BMW Active Hybrid e-bike, a new version of the electrically-assisted bicycle that adds power and finesses the design.

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