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Uber uses AI to determine if a ride is personal or for work

Uber uses AI to determine if a ride is personal or for work

Uber is tapping AI to help determine whether a customer is taking a trip for business or pleasure. This will be a convenience feature for riders who use Uber for both their working and recreational life, helping avoid mistakes that result in business trips being charged to personal credit cards, for example. The feature relies on machine learning.

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Uber shutters autonomous truck project, but self-driving cars remain

Uber shutters autonomous truck project, but self-driving cars remain

Uber has spent a couple years working on "the future of trucking," a project involving autonomous long-haul trucks intended for commercial transportation. Despite the work already put into the plan, Uber has decided to change its business focus, shuttering the autonomous truck project in the process. Engineers from the trucking unit will be moved over to the self-driving cars project.

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Lyft Personal Plan subscriptions lock the price for regular routes

Lyft Personal Plan subscriptions lock the price for regular routes

Lyft has announced a new subscription called Personal Plan that enables frequent riders to lock in a specific price for a specific route. A rider who takes a car to work every morning, for example, can use the plan to make sure they're paying the same rate every morning, making it easier to budget for the transportation. There's one important catch, though.

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Lyft considers “zen mode” option that gives riders a talk-free trip

Lyft considers “zen mode” option that gives riders a talk-free trip

Ridesharing company Lyft has considered adding a new "zen mode" ride option that lets the driver know not to speak to the rider, according to a new report. Chatty drivers aren't unusual when it comes to taxi rides, but many riders prefer to skip the small talk entirely, instead focusing on work or having a moment to relax. A "zen mode" could enable the rider to tell the driver their preference for silence without offending them.

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Terrafugia’s flying car sets 2019 debut with tech upgrade

Terrafugia’s flying car sets 2019 debut with tech upgrade

Flying car company Terrafugia insists it'll launch its first production vehicles in 2019, revealing the latest version of the Transition two-seater this week. Able to convert between a road-going vehicle and a plane, the Transition is getting a cabin upgrade along with a tweaked powertrain, Terrafugia says.

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Uber Spotlight helps drivers find riders using a bright color

Uber Spotlight helps drivers find riders using a bright color

Uber has introduced new tools in North America that will improve the rider and driver experiences by helping the two find each other, meet at the best time possible, and more. Chief among the new features is something Uber calls "Spotlight," a simple in-app tool that transforms the rider's phone into a colorful torch to help their driver find them in the crowd.

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Uber real-time driver monitoring test looks for criminal charges

Uber real-time driver monitoring test looks for criminal charges

Uber is continuously monitoring drivers for criminal charges, a new report claims. These are referred to as ongoing background checks and they're intended to help improve rider safety, a big criticism that has plagued the company since the beginning. The monitoring is reportedly being done in conjunction with companies Appriss and Checkr.

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Uber and Lime team to promote bike and scooter sharing

Uber and Lime team to promote bike and scooter sharing

Uber has invested in electric scooter company Lime Bikes, becoming a "strategic partner" for the company. Lime announced the new business investment today, revealing that Uber will soon enable its users to utilize Lime's scooters through the ridesharing company's app. Lime says it is currently working on co-branding its scooters, indicating they'll soon also show the Uber logo.

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Airline seat size rule request dismissed again by FAA

Airline seat size rule request dismissed again by FAA

The FAA has refused to force airlines to offer more legroom, rejecting calls for legal minimums and dismissing concerns that cramped seating in cabins could present an evacuation risk. The Federal Aviation Administration had been forced to reconsider regulatory requirements for airplane seating, after a judge ruled in favor of a consumer group in a lawsuit last year.

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Segway Drift W1 e-Skates wants to bring back the 90s

Segway Drift W1 e-Skates wants to bring back the 90s

When was the last time you seriously saw kids and adults (OK, mostly adults) on roller or inline skates? While skateboards never truly disappeared and continue to have a sub-culture, skates have mostly gone out of fashion long ago. In the spirit of making old things new again, Segway is announcing the Drift W1, the first, not the only, of its new e-Skates line. Fortunately, they’re not calling it hoverskates this time.

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Uber money-saving ride delay feature appears in test

Uber money-saving ride delay feature appears in test

Some Uber users are seeing a new in-app feature that gives them the choice to save money by waiting longer for a ride. A screenshot of the feature has appeared online; in it, we see an advisory stating that "if you're OK leaving later, we'll request your ride" at the later, cheaper time slot. Users are presented with both the current and delayed costs.

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Google Maps just evicted Uber bookings [Updated]

Google Maps just evicted Uber bookings [Updated]

Google Maps users can no longer use the app to book a ride with Uber, with the option quietly disappearing from both the Android and iOS versions of the mapping app. The change means that, in the US at least, only Lyft is integrated as a route option when using Google Maps for directions.

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