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New hyperloop photos show capsule’s sleek, windowless interior

May 23rd, 2018 at 11:32 am » Comments Off

Mock-up of a futuristic transportation pod looks a bit like the cabin of an airliner, but with a crucial difference. The Virgin Hyperloop One mock-up has luxury touches but no windows.BMW Designworks. If you’ve ever wondered what the inside of a hyperloop capsule might look like, you’re in luck.



Here are the most amazing flying car designs featured at Uber’s elevate conference

May 12th, 2018 at 10:06 am » Comments Off

Aircraft makers—from multinational giants to garage startups—offer a crazy variety of visions for air taxis that Uber might use. The early days of flight saw a huge variety of designs—featuring oddities like planes with what we now call the “tail” in the front of the vehicle. After a few decades, the industry settled on the […]



These Uber Air ‘Skyport’ concepts look straight out of Star Wars

May 12th, 2018 at 9:27 am » Comments Off

If Uber is to get its “flying taxi” service off the ground, it will need dozens of launchpads and landing sites on rooftops around cities as a supportive infrastructure. At the ride-hailing company’s second annual Elevate conference in Los Angeles, six architecture firms presented their winning designs of what these so-called “Skyports” could look like. […]



Shared mobility is growing, but the ride-sharing economy still has a long way to go

April 20th, 2018 at 9:20 am » Comments Off

If you live in a US city, car-sharing services like Lyft and Uber might seem omnipresent. However, the ride-sharing economy still has a ways to go, at least according to consumer sentiment.



Uber is launching a rental car service inside its app

April 17th, 2018 at 7:58 am » Comments Off

Uber is launching a rental car network in partnership with Getaround, the ride-hailing company announced today (April 11). San Francisco-based Getaround lets users find and instantly book vehicles from private car owners, all through a mobile app. The new Uber Rent platform, which is scheduled to launch later this month in San Francisco, will make […]



Who’s really going to own autonomous cars?

April 7th, 2018 at 9:55 am » Comments Off

Two mega trends are coming together: The Collaborative Economy and the Autonomous World, which means shared mobility from self-driving cars. Early this year, we published a research report on the Business Models of Self-Driving Cars, and we’ve presented our findings at a number of industry events. A commonly asked question is: “In the future, will […]



Boring Company will prioritize pedestrian transportation over cars, says Musk

March 19th, 2018 at 7:24 am » Comments Off

When Elon Musk first unveiled The Boring Company, its plan was to create a network of underground tunnels used to transport vehicles at high speeds to help bypass and eliminate traffic. Now the founder has come out with an updated vision, saying that The Boring Company’s tunnels will first focus on transporting pedestrians and cyclists […]



Elon Musk’s Boring Company gets preliminary permit for NYC-DC Hyperloop

February 25th, 2018 at 10:20 am » Comments Off

A 29-minute trip from D.C. to New York may seem too good to be true. And it very well may be. But that isn’t stopping Elon Musk from pushing forward with plans to build a Hyperloop along the eastern corridor.



The first electric aircraft to enter serial production takes flight

February 2nd, 2018 at 8:28 am » Comments Off

Slovenia-based Pipistrel has announced series production of the Alpha Electro electric aircraft. The first serially-built unit took its first flight earlier this month.



Revolve: The wheel in foldable form

February 2nd, 2018 at 8:01 am » Comments Off

Revolve was invented and designed by Andrea Mocellin with the aim to be the first modular wheel, which in turn will open new frontiers for the present and future of foldable vehicles.



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