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Meet MOIA, VW’s grand plan to make Millennial customers

Meet MOIA, VW’s grand plan to make Millennial customers

Millennials don't want to buy cars, at least that's what the research says, and so Volkswagen's new mobility services company is aiming to keep the automaker relevant. Dubbed MOIA, the startup will be a standalone company based in Berlin, Germany, focused on figuring out how VW's products can coexist in a world where ride-sharing, app-controlled transportation, and decreasing car ownership threaten traditional car firms. First up, Uber-style taxi alternatives.

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Forget ride-sharing, Uber AI Labs wants machine-smarts everywhere

Forget ride-sharing, Uber AI Labs wants machine-smarts everywhere

Uber has just revealed its latest push into artificial intelligence, opening Uber AI Labs and giving it an instant team by acquiring a specialist startup in the field. The company, best known for its ride-sharing platform, has been pushing into AI as part of its self-driving car research for some time. Now, it's setting those efforts up in a standalone division.

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Uber now monitors where you go after a ride, but you can stop it

Uber now monitors where you go after a ride, but you can stop it

Uber now keeps track of where you go after your ride ends. The tracking spans the first five minutes after you reach your destination. The data gathered from this monitoring is used to improve Uber's service, including pickups and drop-offs. If you, like many users, aren't happy about being surveilled by the Uber app, you can disable the feature before your next trip.

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Lyft gets more transparent with upfront ride prices in some cities

Lyft gets more transparent with upfront ride prices in some cities

Lyft is making the cost of a ride more transparent in some cities, announcing the launch of upfront price totals — that is, the ability to see how much your full trip will cost with everything factored in, including the company’s version of surge pricing (when applicable), taxes and such. This eases riders' minds when it comes to cost, and also keeps the no-longer-pink-mustachioed company at pace with competitor Uber.

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Has Tesla’s Supercharger Network finally met its match?

Has Tesla’s Supercharger Network finally met its match?

Tesla's Supercharger network is arguably the jewel in the EV company's crown: without it, after all, cars like the Model S would be far less appealing for everyday transportation. Now, though, a consortium of traditional automakers is partnering up to eclipse Superchargers with a more widespread connector than Tesla's proprietary plug. Including big names like Volkswagen Group, BMW, and Daimler, the joint venture aims to make all-electric long-distance travel a reality, in Europe at least.

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Uber ‘Compliments’ let riders tell drivers thank you

Uber ‘Compliments’ let riders tell drivers thank you

Uber has introduced a new in-app feature that seems a bit pointless, but that'll probably appeal to shy riders: a way to ping the trip's driver with a thank-you for a job well done. When a rider chooses to use this feature, the driver will receive a notification on their phone letting them know the rider was pleased...and, if nothing else, it'll take a load off their mind about what kind of rating the rider gave them.

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Boom Technology XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator subscale prototype debuts

Boom Technology XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator subscale prototype debuts

A company called Boom Technology has debuted a subscale prototype of what it thinks will be the future of commercial passenger aviation. The subscale prototype is of a supersonic passenger jet called the XB-1 and nicknamed "Baby Boom." The aircraft as unveiled this week at a VIP event for airline and aerospace executives and media. Boom says that the XB-1 is the world's fastest civil aircraft and will demonstrate key technologies for affordable supersonic travel.

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Uber has overhauled its app: three key differences

Uber has overhauled its app: three key differences

Uber has rebuilt its mobile app, making it cleaner and easier to use in comparison to the previous version. This update was necessary, says Uber, as the app had ‘become complicated and harder to navigate’ since the last big overhaul in 2012. By remaking it from the ground up, the app is now faster and, says the company, smarter — it can learn your routines if you’re a frequent rider, and pretty soon it’ll be able to tap your mobile’s calendar, too.

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GM-owned car-sharing service Maven comes to Los Angeles

GM-owned car-sharing service Maven comes to Los Angeles

Services like Uber and Lyft may be dominating the ride-hailing market, but there's still a growing number of options for those who don't own cars but need to use one on occasion. One such is Maven, the car-sharing service owned by General Motors, which has just announced an expansion into another major US city: Los Angeles. Maven just recently rolled into San Francisco, making this its second California market.

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Lyft is testing ride passes with frequent riders

Lyft is testing ride passes with frequent riders

Lyft has a new experiment that may make it more attractive to frequent users: ride passes of sort that lock in certain per-ride rates depending on how much you spend. The idea here is that, assuming you use the service frequently, you can save money in a way similar to bus and train passes, bringing your overall travel costs down. Such an arrangement may be necessary to secure daily or near-daily repeat customers.

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Toyota reveals fuel cell bus for 2017, can serve as emergency generator

Toyota reveals fuel cell bus for 2017, can serve as emergency generator

Toyota unveiled its newest hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicle in Japan this week, but it's not a four-door sedan or crossover SUV; it's a bus intended for public transportation. The zero-emission bus uses the same technology as Toyota's new Mirai fuel cell sedan, and the plan is to have a fleet of 100 or so running in Tokyo in time for the 2020 Summer Olympics.

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AIR33 eBike is a lightweight, efficient way to get around a city

AIR33 eBike is a lightweight, efficient way to get around a city

Electrobike has introduced the new AIR33, an electric bicycle poised for getting you around the city in style, and without the burdens that an ordinary street bike may present. The AIR33 is lightweight and foldable, with the latter feature being tailored sensibly to one's needs: the bike can still be rolled on its wheels when folded up, meaning you don't have to carry it. As well, the bicycle includes an electric motor for riding along without peddling or for assistance while going up hills.

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