Transportation

Archos Citee Connect is an Android-powered electric scooter

Archos Citee Connect is an Android-powered electric scooter

What do you do when nobody is buying cheap Android tablets any more? Why, put Android onto scooters instead. At least, that's Archos' new strategy, with the French company - not averse to some weird products - unveiling a new urban transportation option that embeds Android controls into its handlebars.

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Elon Musk’s Hyperloop gets DC dig go-ahead

Elon Musk’s Hyperloop gets DC dig go-ahead

Last summer, we heard that Elon Musk and The Boring Company received "verbal" approval to begin preliminary work on a Hyperloop tunnel between Washington DC and New York. Verbal approval, however, doesn't really mean a whole lot in the grand scheme of things, but today The Boring Company has something a little more tangible to show us. The local government in Washington DC has given Musk and The Boring Company an early permit to begin some excavation work in an abandoned lot in the city's NoMa neighborhood.

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Ehang passenger drone makes successful human test flights

Ehang passenger drone makes successful human test flights

There's a reason why governments are wary of the explosion of drones, a.k.a. unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs. Regulation procedures, privacy concerns, and security issues are just the tip of the iceberg. Many drone companies, not just a few, envision drones as the future of transportation, combining flight with the self-driving cars that are already giving regulators a headache. Many might scoff at the out of this world idea that might seem only possible in science fiction. But Chinese drone maker Ehang has just proven that the future is almost here.

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Nuro self-driving vehicle aims to transform local commerce

Nuro self-driving vehicle aims to transform local commerce

Nuro has announced that it has officially launched its self-driving vehicle, but specifications on the ride are scant. All we really have to go on are a couple images that the company has offered up. The stated goal for Nuro is to "transform local commerce."

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Google keeps losing its bikes to local thieves

Google keeps losing its bikes to local thieves

Over the last ten years, Google has had a fleet of hundreds of free bicycles for employees at its Mountain View headquarters, offering a quick and easy way to get around the constantly expanding corporate campus. With roughly 1,100 of these "Gbikes" now available, Google's latest problem is that it can't keep local residents from riding off with them.

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Lyft self-driving cars will be giving rides during CES 2018

Lyft self-driving cars will be giving rides during CES 2018

Lyft is expanding the public presence of its self-driving cars via upcoming demonstrations during CES 2018. These won't be carefully tailored showcases in special limited lots, though; the company alongside Aptiv will be offering the public rides in its autonomous vehicles next week in Vegas to more than 20 different destinations. The news was announced by Aptiv, which is working in partnership with Lyft to offer these ride demonstrations.

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SoftBank acquires 20% of Uber in investment deal

SoftBank acquires 20% of Uber in investment deal

After several months of negotiations, Japanese tech firm SoftBank will be acquiring a 20% stake in Uber as part of an investment deal with the troubled ride hailing company. Uber's many problems — which have been seen throughout 2017, including numerous reports of sexism, illegal business tactics, and questionable software — are also reflected in the company's updated valuation, which has dropped from roughly $70 billion to $48 billion.

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World’s steepest funicular railway carries people up 47.73-degree incline

World’s steepest funicular railway carries people up 47.73-degree incline

The steepest funicular railway in the entire world entered service last weekend in Switzerland. A funicular railway is a type of railway that uses trams and a cable to get up and down a steep incline. The new railway connects the mountain village of Stoos to the valley below.

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Waymo just cut an insurance deal for its autonomous taxi riders

Waymo just cut an insurance deal for its autonomous taxi riders

Car insurance is a headache at the best of times, but things get even more confusing when, like Waymo, you're trying to figure out liability for a self-driving vehicle. The Alphabet-owned company has filled in at least one of the blanks ahead of starting its own commercial ride-hailing service, with news that it has found an insurance firm that will cover members of the public when they're using the autonomous cars.

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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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