Transportation

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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Lyft pauses e-bike rentals in San Francisco following battery fires

Lyft pauses e-bike rentals in San Francisco following battery fires

Lyft has temporarily suspended rentals of its electric bicycles in the San Francisco Bay Area following reports of two suspected battery fires impacting the e-bikes. The first fire reportedly happened last Wednesday and was followed by a second fire over the weekend. The electric bikes are operated under Lyft's Bay Wheels, which recently returned to San Francisco following a legal spat between Lyft and the city's transportation agency.

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Waze Carpool calendar makes dumping Uber & Lyft even easier

Waze Carpool calendar makes dumping Uber & Lyft even easier

Waze is getting a new Carpool calendar, with the popular navigation app adding features that should make managing group trips easier - and might let you secure the front seat, too. The Waze Carpool calendar is part scheduling tool and part social network, and builds on the initial carpooling app which the Google-owned service launched back in 2017.

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Airbus hybrid electric airliner concept looks like a bird of prey

Airbus hybrid electric airliner concept looks like a bird of prey

While birds have always been the main inspiration behind airplanes, the two flying objects share very little in common. While essential for real birds, the design of wings and weathers are impractical and may even be dangerous for planes. That's not stopping some from designing concepts that could eventually become reality. Such may be Airbus' "Bird of Prey" that takes imitation to new heights, pun totally intended.

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SpaceX’s 2020 Hyperloop competition is getting much tougher says Elon Musk

SpaceX’s 2020 Hyperloop competition is getting much tougher says Elon Musk

Elon Musk has big plans for next year's Hyperloop competition, with the SpaceX founder promising a significantly more challenging course for startups looking to commercialize the technology. The competition was announced back in 2015, a way for SpaceX to support student teams developing Hyperloop technologies and, specifically, the pods capable of traveling at high speed through the tunnels.

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Lyft is adding real-time NYC public transit info to its app

Lyft is adding real-time NYC public transit info to its app

Later this year, Lyft will offer users access to real-time data on New York City's public transportation options. The company recently revealed its plan, stating that an update arriving over the next few months will present users with information on Citi Bike docks in the city, as well as bus stations and subways. The expansion will arrive despite the city's new ride-hailing rules.

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Google Maps brings bikesharing feature to 24 major cities

Google Maps brings bikesharing feature to 24 major cities

Bikesharing is more popular than ever thanks to the combination of low prices and wide availability. Google is making it easier to find these bikesharing options using Google Maps, which now supports showing bikesharing stations and availability in a total of 24 cities across 16 countries. The feature was previously available in New York City.

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