Transportation

Lyft’s latest expansion makes it available across 94% of the US

Lyft’s latest expansion makes it available across 94% of the US

Lyft may not be as big as competitor Uber, but it is continuing to grow and thanks to its latest expansion, it is now available in a total of 40 U.S. states. According to the company, its ridesharing service now covers 94-percent of the U.S., meaning there's a good chance you can use the service in your own city and many of the places you may visit in the future.

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LeEco-promoted Scooterboard is a 3-wheeled electric skateboard wannabe

LeEco-promoted Scooterboard is a 3-wheeled electric skateboard wannabe

LeEco has announced a new crowdfunding campaign for 'Scooterboard,' a motorized transportation device that is a cross between a 2-wheel scooter and a 4-wheel skateboard. The model aims to fill an electric scooter void that apparently exists in the U.S., at least according to LeEco. The Scooterboard features a three-wheel design, making it something like an electric skateboard, but without the greater risk of falling.

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Waze Android app adds roadside assistance from other users

Waze Android app adds roadside assistance from other users

Waze has long allowed its users to help other users by providing them with a way to add alerts about police cars and crashes, and now it is expanding on that functionality. The company has pushed out an update that brings a new roadside assistance request feature. Unlike other roadside assistance apps, though, this one depends on other Waze users being generous enough to stop and help.

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SERPENT Electric Skateboards are making boarding fun again

SERPENT Electric Skateboards are making boarding fun again

For a while, it seemed that the poorly named hoverboards would be the skateboards of the future. That was until they started catching fire left and right and the rest, as they say, is history. Despite the poor execution, particularly by knockoffs, these motorized boards did have some bright ideas. Hoverboards, however, aren’t the boards of the future. This SERPENT-C and SERPENT-W might very well be, though, particularly in their use of electricity and motor to push the skateboarding experience forward. Pun totally intended.

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Uber and Lyft may cause lower car ownership in big cities: study

Uber and Lyft may cause lower car ownership in big cities: study

A new study has shed light on what may turn out to be a growing trend: lower car ownership in cities where ridesharing services are available. Though the figures are still in their infancy at the moment, a study from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute noted that both car usage and car ownership increased once Uber and Lyft pulled out of Austin, Texas.

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Uber chat lets riders message drivers in-app

Uber chat lets riders message drivers in-app

Uber has built in-app messaging into its ride-hailing app, allowing users to chat with their drivers without SMS, and promising more safety on the road as a result. The update, which is being pushed out to the Uber app from today, shifts conversations that would until now have been held over phone calls or text messages to a new, in-app chat client. For Uber drivers, meanwhile, it should make for an easier way to respond to the next ride while still keeping attention on the road.

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Elon Musk’s Hyperloop plans are an unsurprising surprise

Elon Musk’s Hyperloop plans are an unsurprising surprise

Elon Musk may not have set out to build a Hyperloop, but it looks like the allure of putting those Boring Company digging machines to work is too much for the ambitious billionaire. Having watched - interested, but maintaining that he was too busy with SpaceX and Tesla to get involved himself - from the sidelines as startups like Hyperloop One tackled with the technical and regulatory issues around putting humans in bullet-like pods and blasting them at high speed through underground tunnels, it now seems he can't resist giving it a go himself.

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Hyperloop puts the pod in the tube, and you have to watch what happened

Hyperloop puts the pod in the tube, and you have to watch what happened

A year ago, Hyperloop One successfully completed its first phase of testing. Now, 15 months later, the company has announced the completion of Phase 2, with plenty of new Hyperloop records being set in this second round of testing. In fact, the results from Phase 2 vastly exceed the results from Phase 1 in many cases.

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Lyft ‘Taco Mode’ is for riders who desperately need a taco

Lyft ‘Taco Mode’ is for riders who desperately need a taco

Lyft has introduced various promotions over recent months, including the one that enables riders to earn airline miles. Its latest promotion is a bit different, this time targeting those who get the late-night munchies and can't resist the call of fast food. Starting for customers in Orange County, California, Lyft users can utilize 'Taco Mode' to get a ride straight to the nearest Taco Bell drive-thru.

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Elon Musk Hyperloop for 29 min NY-DC ride given go-ahead [Updated]

Elon Musk Hyperloop for 29 min NY-DC ride given go-ahead [Updated]

Elon Musk's ambitious Hyperloop tunnel digging plan has been given the green light to go digging on the East Coast, potentially cutting the trip from New York to Washington D.C. to under half an hour. The news, described by Musk this morning as "verbal government approval" on Twitter, is yet to be confirmed by transport regulators. However, it's a considerable step forward in what initially seemed like a joke by the eccentric billionaire.

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Baby Pod 20 uses car racing tech to safely transport newborns

Baby Pod 20 uses car racing tech to safely transport newborns

While we will probably (or hopefully) experience a Krypton-like planetary destruction, transporting newly born infants in an emergency is a real-world problem. Fortunately we don't need to wish for fictional alien technology for answers. We only need to look at our own existing Formula One car racing tech for that. Advanced Healthcare Technology (AHT), which specializes in new-born infant transportation, partnered with Formula One experts Williams Group to create the future of baby pods today. And what better name to call it than the Baby Pod 20.

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Uber’s new autonomous trucks get total upgrade amid Waymo lawsuit

Uber’s new autonomous trucks get total upgrade amid Waymo lawsuit

Uber has a new fleet of autonomous trucks, deploying a new version of self-driving hardware and sensors that won't be impacted by the ongoing legal battle with Alphabet's Waymo. Though the company may be best-known for its passenger ridesharing service - or, more recently, most infamously for its controversial former CEO - Uber has also been working on modernizing haulage, too. That has centered on the Otto autonomous trucks project, another aspect of the company which Uber took over after it acquired Otto last year.

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