Transportation

Lyft Premier option sends drivers in classy high-end cars

Lyft Premier option sends drivers in classy high-end cars

Lyft has announced a new ‘Premier’ option that allows customers to order a high-end car for those times they want to make an impression. Cars arriving under Lyft Premier include things like an Audi A6 and a BMW 5 Series, though its rollout is pretty limited at this point: only Los Angeles, the Bay area and New York City users will see the Premier option. Uber has long offered a similar service called Uber Black.

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Rolls-Royce’s autonomous ship control center is crazy futuristic

Rolls-Royce’s autonomous ship control center is crazy futuristic

It’s no secret that Rolls-Royce is working on autonomous ships for commercial use (read: self-operating cargo ships) — we heard about them years ago, and work on them has been relatively quiet since. That changed this month, with Rolls-Royce detailing what it envisions the future will hold in this regard; there will be the autonomous ships themselves, of course, but also control centers where the ships are monitored and controlled. If the company’s concept video and photos are anything to go by, these control centers will be insanely futuristic.

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Sweden launches test strip of electrified highway

Sweden launches test strip of electrified highway

Sweden has launched its first electric highway, something that is serving as a test of sorts for a potential wider rollout later on. This is part of the nation’s stated goal of ditching fossil fuel-based transportation in the future, making it possible for electric trucks to operate across a two kilometer stretch of freeway. The electric highway features electrified cables running overhead; electric trucks connected to them get their power through the lines, eliminating worries about batteries and range while curbing pollution and more.

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Ohio capital wins ‘smart city’ award, details self-driving plans

Ohio capital wins ‘smart city’ award, details self-driving plans

Ohio’s capital Columbus has won the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City competition, and as such will get $40 million in federal funds and another $10 million from the company Vulcan. The city has detailed its plans for the money, saying the combined $50 million will be used alongside locally raised funds to, among other things, connect the impoverished community Linden with a nearby job center using self-driving vehicles.

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Olli self-driving bus uses IBM Watson, is live in Washington DC

Olli self-driving bus uses IBM Watson, is live in Washington DC

Local Motors has taken the wraps off a new self-driving bus named Olli. The bus is said to be the first autonomous one of its kind to use IBM’s Watson technology, and it is currently on the road in Washington D.C. Local Motors introduced the bus this morning at the Grand Opening of its new facility in National Harbor, Maryland; soon enough, we’ll see the bus in operation in Las Vegas and Miami-Dade county, as well.

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Uber partners with Capital One to offer free ride rewards

Uber partners with Capital One to offer free ride rewards

Uber has teamed up with Capital One to give some of their mutual customers the opportunity to earn free rides. The new partnership concerns the Capital One Quicksilver and QuicksilverOne card; when used to pay for Uber rides, those payments will earn rewards that eventually lead to a free ride (up to a certain value). Reward tracking is made available directly within the Uber mobile app.

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Uber is rolling out a Scheduled Rides feature

Uber is rolling out a Scheduled Rides feature

Uber’s great except for those times you can’t seem to get a driver. It may not be a big deal if you’re looking for a quick trip across the neighborhood, but if you’ve got a flight to get to, ensuring you can get a car is imperative. Enter one of Uber’s most-requested features: Scheduled Rides. The service has made the feature live in Seattle as of today, and plans to roll it out to other cities around the globe.

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London subway turns to Twitter for service disruption notifications

London subway turns to Twitter for service disruption notifications

When you depend on public transportation to get you to work and other important places, it can cause serious issues when it's late. If you're waiting for a bus or a train that's running late, you usually don't even know that it's going to be late until the time passes. Transport for London (who manages the city's subway system) understands this issue all too well, and is turning to Twitter to help.

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Google’s Larry Page is funding two rival “flying car” startups

Google’s Larry Page is funding two rival “flying car” startups

Google co-founder Larry Page is clandestinely funding not one but two "flying car" startups, looking to take the idea of potentially autonomous travel to the skies. While Google's own Google X division continues to work on its self-driving cars - with long-standing speculation that the goal, at least initially, is to establish an Uber-style on-request transportation service with no human driver - a side-project funded by Page's own vast personal fortune could go one step further.

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Uber will give you $2 whenever your Uberpool makes you late

Uber will give you $2 whenever your Uberpool makes you late

Ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft can be a great way to get around a big city in a timely fashion, without having to pay a whole lot to do so. With carpooling options like Uberpool, it gets even less expensive, as you end up actually sharing your ride with one or more other people. However, if sharing that car makes you late to your destination, that can be pretty frustrating. Uber gets this, and they want to make it right.

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Uber updates make life a little easier for drivers

Uber updates make life a little easier for drivers

When you request an Uber, most of the time you'll get matched up with a driver, and they'll show up to give you a ride. However, sometimes the driver cancels on you before they get there, and you have to try again. If this has ever happened to you, there are two reasons why it might have happened. You could have a low rating as a rider, or the driver you were matched up with wants a break.

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Norway considering ban on sales of gas-powered cars by 2025

Norway considering ban on sales of gas-powered cars by 2025

It seems Norway could be one of the first countries to take serious steps towards removing all gas-powered cars from its roads. The local business-focused newspaper Dagens Næringsliv has reported that the Scandinavian country may adopt a plan to ban the sales of gasoline and diesel cars by the year 2025. Sounds like a market where the sales of Teslas will soon be rising.

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