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Lyft partners with security company ADT for new safety features

Lyft partners with security company ADT for new safety features

Ridesharing company Lyft has announced a new partnership with the security company ADT to offer new features on its platform. Under the partnership, Lyft will launch a pilot early next year that'll allow customers in select markets to directly contact ADT if there's a security issue. The ADT-powered feature will be available in Lyft's mobile app; the company indicates it will be the first of multiple new features.

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Uber Pet will make it easier to ride with animals starting October 16

Uber Pet will make it easier to ride with animals starting October 16

Uber is testing a new feature that'll make it easier for riders to summon pet-friendly cars in the US, the company has announced. Called Uber Pet, this feature has already been deployed in select international markets, making it easy for customers to indicate that they plan to bring a pet with them on the trip. The feature will go live later this month in a number of US cities, including Tampa Bay, Phoenix, Denver, and more.

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Uber’s next big safety feature could be eavesdropping audio

Uber’s next big safety feature could be eavesdropping audio

Uber users have raised their share safety concerns with the company, and now it seems that a new feature that could help allay some of those concerns is on the way. Uber is apparently testing a feature that will allow riders to record audio through the app when they feel unsafe during a ride. There are a lot of details we don't know about this feature yet, as Uber hasn't said anything official about it.

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Uber is now using riders’ smartphones to detect unusual trips

Uber is now using riders’ smartphones to detect unusual trips

The RideCheck feature Uber first introduced last year is now rolling out widely to users in the United States, the company has announced. RideCheck is a safety feature that uses the sensors located within the driver's and rider's phones to detect unusual behavior related to rides, such as whether they take a strange route or stay stopped for an unusually long time, among other things.

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Hedkayse ONE Review: Multi-impact bike helmet for people who hate helmets

Hedkayse ONE Review: Multi-impact bike helmet for people who hate helmets

The Hedkayse ONE is a bicycle helmet made with several innovative design elements that, together, create a multi-impact, foldable, adjustable piece of head protection. For many years I've been stuck between cost and comfort in head protection whilst cycling. Most often this meant that I didn't wear a helmet when I should have, despite more-than-ample reason to take the time to attain the helmet that was right for me. I was extremely fickle. This summer I got to test out the helmet called Hedkayse ONE, and it changed the way I thought about helmets entirely.

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Swagtron NG2 smart electric longboard AI moves with shifts in weight

Swagtron NG2 smart electric longboard AI moves with shifts in weight

The folks at Swagtron just revealed a new electric longboard called NG2. This longboard has the ability to be moved with a hand-held remote control or a hands-free (no remote) A.I.-powered somatosensory control. This board is a full 38.6-inches long and has dual 450-watt motors that allow speed capabilities of up to 18 mph for up to 11.8 miles per charge.

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US Navy to move away from touchscreens on warships

US Navy to move away from touchscreens on warships

There is an old saying that goes "just because you could, doesn't mean you should." And because it's old, it is also often taken for granted. That, however, seems to the realization that the US Navy has reached in investigating a fatal warship collision in 2017. Moving forward, the Navy will be installing physical controls and throttles on warships installed with touchscreens after an overwhelming amount of fleets voiced their preference for the analog controls over flat glass ones.

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Swagtron EB12 electric city bike goes full-size

Swagtron EB12 electric city bike goes full-size

The folks at Swagtron made their share of fold-up or otherwise compact e-bikes in the last several years. Now, with the EB12, they've created a machine that looks for all the world like a standard multi-gear city-aimed adult bicycle. This machine has a diamond road frame and 700c wheels paired with a 250-watt motor (and a 7-speed Shimano drivetrain to boot) for a shocker of an e-bike, to be sure.

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NEC flying car hovers in the air for a minute

NEC flying car hovers in the air for a minute

The transportation world of the future will look vastly different from what it looks like today. Automakers all around the world are working hard on autonomous autos that can drive us without any input from a human. Other companies are working on autonomous cars that can fly.

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Audi e-tron Scooter blends skateboard and folding scooter

Audi e-tron Scooter blends skateboard and folding scooter

Audi's e-tron range of EVs is getting a new addition, though the latest member of the line-up is a whole lot smaller than you might expect from the automaker. The Audi e-tron Scooter isn't going to get you as much range as, say, the 2019 e-tron Quattro SUV, but it's designed to tackle the last mile of zero-emission journeys.

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Boeing 737 Max will have two computers because one is not enough

Boeing 737 Max will have two computers because one is not enough

When one computer can't solve a problem, why not try to throw more computers at it? That is probably not the reasoning behind Boeing's rumored fix for its problematic 737 Max aircraft but it will probably one of the things that will come to people's minds. The plane's return was yet again delayed because of an apparent software flaw that could still pose problems for the plane's automated system. Now according to anonymous sources, Boeing's new software will be making two computers to make sure just one won't take the plane down.

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Inventor Franky Zapata rides jet-powered flyboard across the English Channel

Inventor Franky Zapata rides jet-powered flyboard across the English Channel

Mankind has always had an obsession with flying. Not just in large metal vehicles, which is probably just a compromise. In both science and fiction, people have tried to develop machines that would propel their bodies into the air and, ideally, let it stay there until they reach their intended destination. It's no Iron Man suit, but French inventor Franky Zapata may have just made some of those dreams come true when he took his kerosene backpack and crossed the English Channel on his futuristic flyboard.

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