Transportation

Garmin Drive 2017 navigator product line update adds free live services

Garmin Drive 2017 navigator product line update adds free live services

Garmin has introduced an update to its Garmin Drive lineup, a series of portable navigation devices targeted at everyday commuters. There’s the Garmin Drive, an entry-level product, as well as the Garmin DriveSmart, Garmin DriveAssist, and Garmin DriveLuxe. The 2017 update is adding what Garmin calls “essential live services,” that is live services that are now available to owners for free. The 2017 Drive products have an ‘enhanced feature set,’ says Garmin.

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INU’s painfully expensive folding electric scooter hits preorder

INU’s painfully expensive folding electric scooter hits preorder

Green Ride's INU folding electric scooter has finally hit preorder, though would-be riders of the expensive two-wheeler will have to wait before they hit the streets. Shown off first in late 2015, the INU - which offers up to 24 miles of all-electric range and a top speed of 15.5 mph - was initially expected to ship in September this year. Now, though, as preorders open, Green Ride says it'll be September 2017 before customers actually get their scooters.

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Uber now lets riders set a friend as their trip destination

Uber now lets riders set a friend as their trip destination

Uber is rolling out a new feature that allows its customers to choose a specific person as their trip destination rather than an address. This works via an in-app request for that person’s location, assuming they’re included in your phone’s contacts. As well, Uber has announced some custom Snapchat filters alongside Snapchat integration, enabling users to unlock these filters during a trip.

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Uber Beacons will stop you from getting into the wrong car

Uber Beacons will stop you from getting into the wrong car

Uber hopes to stop embarrassing incidents in which its riders accidentally get into some random stranger’s (read: non-Uber driver’s) car, doing so via the Uber Beacon. The Uber Beacon is a device that Uber drivers place on their car’s windshield, where it glows a specific color. The rider, who is aware of the color their driver will have, looks for that specific beacon amongst the sea of cars, making it easier to find their ride.

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China’s ambitious elevated bus project has already been abandoned

China’s ambitious elevated bus project has already been abandoned

Back in August, an interesting concept project in China was revealed: a large elevated bus that promised to carry up to 300 passengers while allowing cars on the road to drive directly underneath. Unfortunately it's been discovered that the Traffic Elevated Bus (TEB) has been completely abandoned since September, only a few weeks after the project was said to have been approved for testing.

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Uber spells outs its expectations for riders

Uber spells outs its expectations for riders

Uber has updated its Community Guidelines to lay down some ground rules for those who use the service to catch a ride. Usually when we hear about the expectations Uber has for people using its service, those rules revolve around drivers, but not today. Instead, Uber is letting you know what you can do to be a good rider.

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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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