Transportation

This unique 41′ Nighthawk AMG Black Series cigarette boat redefined my definition of speed

This unique 41′ Nighthawk AMG Black Series cigarette boat redefined my definition of speed

Mercedes-AMG is no stranger to fast boats. The automaker has a dozen special editions under its belt now, but 2021's may well be the most dramatic. Riffing off the potent 2021 AMG GT Black, the new Cigarette Racing 41’ Nighthawk AMG Black Series is an ocean-bound love letter to speed and high-tech engineering. As I found out on deck, though, it's as much about feelings as it is technology.

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Gogoro and Foxconn team up to spread e-scooters

Gogoro and Foxconn team up to spread e-scooters

Gogoro and Foxconn are teaming up on electric transportation, with battery-swappable Smartscooter tech aiming for a wider launch. Though known for its electric scooter, key to Gogoro's strategy has always been its modular power pack system; that allows riders to switch out their batteries at charging stations, rather than waiting for their scooter to recharge.

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Hyundai now controls Boston Dynamics and its clever/creepy robots

Hyundai now controls Boston Dynamics and its clever/creepy robots

Hyundai has finalized its acquisition of Boston Dynamics, taking a controlling stake in the robotics company and revealing some of its plans for the company's robo-dogs and two-legged 'bots. The deal - first announced in December last year - is part of what Hyundai is describing as "its strategic transformation into a Smart Mobility Solution Provider" rather than simply an automaker.

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Airbus single-pilot plan on long-haul flights is a bad idea – safety over economy

Airbus single-pilot plan on long-haul flights is a bad idea – safety over economy

A lot of industries have been hit by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and, unfortunately, that has resulted in layoffs and even bankruptcies. Those that managed to survive sometimes operate with reduced workforces, including those on sometimes critical operations like long-haul flights. In lieu of that, Airbus and Cathay Pacific are working on a system that will have just one pilot at the cockpit most of the time, a system that seems to be prioritizing savings over passengers' safety and even their own employees' welfare.

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GE and Safran’s hybrid engine plans could ground the guilt over air travel

GE and Safran’s hybrid engine plans could ground the guilt over air travel

A new aircraft engine design that could potentially cut fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 20-percent is being developed, with GE Aviation and Safran suggesting the CFM RISE program could result in more frugal transportation by the mid-2030s. The new "Revolutionary Innovation for Sustainable Engines" program is also aiming to develop powertrain options for aircraft that support alternative fuels, as well as hybrid-electric operation.

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AA and Virgin Atlantic want this eVTOL aircraft for “flying taxi” city hops

AA and Virgin Atlantic want this eVTOL aircraft for “flying taxi” city hops

American Airlines and Virgin Atlantic are looking to much shorter flights to expand their future services, each inking deals that could see them piloting electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft in the US and UK, respectively. The airlines have partnered with startup Vertical Aerospace, which is working on the eVTOL VA-X4 aircraft that can leap vertically into the air and fly for over 100 miles on a single charge.

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Airstream Interstate 24X is the 4×4 king of off-grid campers

Airstream Interstate 24X is the 4×4 king of off-grid campers

Airstream has revealed its latest motorhome, and while you may think of sleek "silver bullet" designs when you hear the name, the 2022 Interstate 24X is an altogether more rugged option for those looking to set up camp off the beaten track. Joining the company's Class B range, it's based on a Mercedes-Benz chassis but completely reimagined to take up to six people out into the wild.

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Uber is making it easier to get picked up at your exact location

Uber is making it easier to get picked up at your exact location

Anyone who has taken more than a few Uber rides will know how complicated things can be when you need to be picked up in a busy, unfamiliar location. A call from the driver is all but guaranteed as they attempt to find your precise location while you look out through a field of cars in hopes of spotting your driver. Now Uber is back with an update to help address this issue.

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Gogoro Eeyo e-bike adds Apple Health tracking and new sleep mode

Gogoro Eeyo e-bike adds Apple Health tracking and new sleep mode

Gogoro's Eeyo e-bike has a new update, with the latest firmware adding synchronization support for Apple Health and other health trackers, among other improvements. Launched last year, Eeyo might not be mistaken for a motor-assisted bicycle at first glance, with Gogoro's in-house design squeezing the electric motor and the battery all into the compact rear wheel hub.

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Lyft’s first in-house electric bike is reflective and packed full of sensors

Lyft’s first in-house electric bike is reflective and packed full of sensors

After two years of in-house development, the ridesharing company Lyft has introduced its first electric bicycle. The new model is described as the company's next-generation ebike, one that features a distinct and highly reflective design, as well as a stronger motor, single-gear transmission, and more. In addition to launching the ebike, Lyft has plans to pilot a charging station feature.

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United orders Boom supersonic jets to cut long-haul travel times in half

United orders Boom supersonic jets to cut long-haul travel times in half

United has ordered 15 supersonic aircraft, inking a deal with Boom Supersonic that will eventually see planes capable of twice the current speed of the current fleet enter intercontinental service. The deal for the Overture airliners - which will be capable of Mach 1.7 - could trim the trip from Newark to London to 3.5 hours, United suggests.

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3D printed carbon fiber scooter promises custom sizing at a price

3D printed carbon fiber scooter promises custom sizing at a price

Carbon fiber is typically the preserve of supercars, but a new electric scooter startup aims to bring custom 3D printing of the lightweight material within reach of riders wanting a more comfortable urban commute. Scotsman does away with glue altogether, the company says, and makes all of the key components not only from carbon fiber composite but in bespoke sizing too.

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