Transportation

Hoversurf hoverbike rides on a powerful Scorpion 3 drone

Hoversurf hoverbike rides on a powerful Scorpion 3 drone

Move over hoverboards. This is the year of vehicles that, true to their name, actually do fly. PAL-V just opened up sales for what is the world’s first commercial flying car and now another personal flying vehicle of the future might be closer to the present. The world’s first fully-functional, fully-manned hoverbike has just been revealed. Unsurprisingly, it’s built upon the same foundations as a drone. A Scorpion 3, to be exact, made by Hoversurf. While commercial availability is probably still a ways off, you can probably start dreaming of real-life Star Wars Speeder Bike chases soon.

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Dubai sets autonomous flying cars loose this summer

Dubai sets autonomous flying cars loose this summer

The skies over Dubai will be abuzz with autonomous flying cars as soon as this year, with a human-sized octacopter the latest folly for well-heeled residents and visitors. Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced the news this week, with a pod-like Chinese flying car selected as the first approved vehicle. Passengers won't have to do anything but pick a destination.

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Uber expands mapping cars to improve its road data

Uber expands mapping cars to improve its road data

Uber has been working on increasing its mapping data, something that’ll ultimately improve its service for riders. Part of that effort has involved deploying its own mapping cars -- that is, vehicles featuring Uber’s mapping devices for collecting important navigation and transportation data. Rather than using dedicated mapping cars, though, Uber has put this technology into some of its existing ‘driver-partner’ vehicles so that ordinary Uber rides gather important travel info.

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Waze Carpool expands, isn’t competing with Uber, Lyft

Waze Carpool expands, isn’t competing with Uber, Lyft

It has long been reported that Google-owned Waze has been working on a ride-sharing service of its own. In fact, Waze Carpool has already been in use in Waze's home town of Israel. In the US, it's started off with a limited testing phase in San Francisco. Waze head of development Josh Fried revealed that Carpool is now actually operating in 9 counties inside San Francisco. But despite the still limited expansion, Waze has no delusions that it will be taking on ride-hailing giants like Lyft and Uber.

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Uber Elevate just poached NASA’s flying car expert

Uber Elevate just poached NASA’s flying car expert

Uber has poached a flying car specialist from NASA, as it schemes new ways of transportation under its Uber Elevate brand. Mark Moore had been employed at NASA for three decades, most recently leading the space agency's work on electric flying vehicles for on-demand mobility. There, he authored a paper on "Personal Air Vehicles" that could take off and land vertically like helicopters in dense urban environments, but be piloted by computers.

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This is the cheaper, smaller fuel-cell GM and Honda see taking hydrogen mainstream

This is the cheaper, smaller fuel-cell GM and Honda see taking hydrogen mainstream

GM and Honda have revealed the hydrogen fuel-cell engine the two companies plan to put into mass production come 2020, set to find its way under the hood of vehicles from both brands. Running on hydrogen gas, and emitting only pure water as a waste product, the engine promises an alternative zero-emissions strategy to pure-electric, battery powered vehicles. That's not to say it'll have an easy ride, however.

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car2go adds Mercedes to fleet as Daimler rewrites car ownership

car2go adds Mercedes to fleet as Daimler rewrites car ownership

If you've considered car sharing service car2go but been turned off by its diminutive Smart cars, a fleet of more impressive - and practical - Mercedes-Benz models might change your mind. The service has announced today that it's adding two models of four-door Mercedes to its fleet, initially in four locations across the US. That, car2go says, is in response to a successful trial in Canada, albeit with different models.

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Solowheel Iota trades one large wheel for two small ones

Solowheel Iota trades one large wheel for two small ones

Hoverboards are so last year. Or last two years, for that matter. Especially after regulators and retailers cracked down on poorly built and exploding hoverboards, which has seemingly made them vanish from radars. Unfazed, Shane Chen and his company Inventix, creators of the “original” hoverboard “Hovertrax”, is taking another stab at the two-wheeled personal transportation market. Called the Solowheel Iota, it takes after the first Solowheel but with two key differences. One, it’s no longer huge. Two, it’s no longer a solo wheel.

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Elon Musk’s “Boring” company is about to start tunneling

Elon Musk’s “Boring” company is about to start tunneling

Elon Musk's "boring" plans are about to get started, the eccentric billionaire has confirmed, as he prepares to disrupt another transportation system. Musk left followers scratching their heads late last year, when he suggested on Twitter that he had become so frustrated by traffic congestion in Los Angeles that he would address the issue by drilling tunnels. At the time, it wasn't entirely clear whether he was joking or not.

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Electric self-driving shuttle bus begins testing with passengers in Las Vegas

Electric self-driving shuttle bus begins testing with passengers in Las Vegas

If you're in downtown Las Vegas during the next week, you might spot a small, pod-like shuttle bus driving passengers up and down Fremont Street. Operated by transit company Keolis, the electric vehicle is fully autonomous, and offering free rides to the public. Officials says it's also the first self-driving vehicle of its kind to be tested on public roads with passengers in the US.

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Volvo is taking its Sunfleet car-sharing service global

Volvo is taking its Sunfleet car-sharing service global

These days, just about every big-name car manufacturer is launching their own car-sharing service. This includes GM, Ford, BMW, and Toyota. But it turns out that Volvo has been doing it for almost 20 years already, running the Sunfleet service in its home country of Sweden since 1998. Now Volvo reveals that its ready to expand the service and take it global, in turn keeping up with the recent "shared mobility" trend.

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Uber rides can now be ordered within Google Maps

Uber rides can now be ordered within Google Maps

Uber just got much more convenient, assuming you’re a Google Maps user, thanks to a new integration with Google’s navigation app. Rather than opening the Uber app and copying an address into the destination field, Google users can now find their location using Google Maps, then choose the small ride-hailing icon as the transportation method, enabling travelers to order an Uber car directly within the app.

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