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Einride is hiring its first autonomous truck operators

March 23rd, 2020 at 11:10 am » Comments Off

Einride is hiring autonomous pod operators in both the U.S. and Sweden with the new jobs set to begin later this year. Einride, a Swedish technology company that designs, develops and sells driverless electrified trucks and logistical solutions, has announced it will be hiring the first autonomous and remote truck operator in the freight mobility […]



Hydrogen-powered drone developed in Hungary

February 9th, 2020 at 2:56 pm » Comments Off

Hydrogen-powered drone in Hungary. What is being touted as the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell-powered aircraft that could be made suitable for carrying passengers has been unveiled at Jakabszallas airport in central Hungary. The Hungarian-American development was presented in the attendance of Minister of Innovation and Technology László Palkovics, who told a news conference that […]



Inside the high-stakes race to build the world’s first flying taxi

November 13th, 2019 at 1:33 pm » Comments Off

The Lilium prototype in a hangar in Wessling, Germany.Credit…Felix Schmitt for The New York Times Lilium, a German start-up, illustrates the potential and the risks of creating a new generation of electric aircraft for urban transportation. MUNICH — Inside an airplane hangar about 20 miles from central Munich, Daniel Wiegand lifted the door of a […]



The death of cars was greatly exaggerated

October 25th, 2019 at 11:36 am » Comments Off

The founders of Uber and Lyft, among others, declared that people would no longer need to own cars. Instead, car ownership is rising. Throw your driver’s license out the window. Better yet, don’t get one at all. For nearly a decade, that’s been the message from buzzy transportation companies. In 2011, car-sharing company Zipcar touted […]



We pit the Uber Copter vs. public transit in a race to JFK — here’s who won

October 21st, 2019 at 12:28 pm » Comments Off

One is a bumpy, deafening and slightly nauseating way to get to John F. Kennedy Airport — the other is public transportation. The Post put Uber’s new helicopter shuttle to JFK to the test, racing the car-sharing company and its chopper from Midtown to the hub against old-fashioned New York City Transit — which proved […]



Chinese passenger drone maker EHang is said to file for U.S. IPO

October 1st, 2019 at 12:16 pm » Comments Off

  An EHang Inc. E-184 drone.  Technology startup is working on producing passenger drones. EHang may raise as much as $200 million in public offering. EHang, one of China’s largest drone makers, has made a confidential application for an initial public offering with Nasdaq Inc., according to people with knowledge of the matter. EHang plans […]



New INRIX Research ranks the top U.S. cities where micromobility has the most potential

September 23rd, 2019 at 12:09 pm » Comments Off

  KIRKLAND, Wash., Sept. 9, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Micromobility (defined as shared bikes, e-bikes and e-scooters) has the potential to deliver substantial benefits to consumers and businesses around the world, including efficient and cost-effective travel, reduced traffic congestion, decreased emissions and a boost to the local economy.



Meet Olli 2.0, a 3D-printed autonomous shuttle

September 11th, 2019 at 2:42 am » Comments Off

From afar, Olli resembles many of the “future is now!” electric autonomous shuttles that have popped up in recent years. The tall rectangular pod, with its wide-set headlights and expansive windows nestled between a rounded frame, gives the shuttle a friendly countenance that screams, ever so gently, “come along, take a ride.” But Olli is […]



Lyft’s main taxi business is already profitable in some areas, but self-driving cars and bike-sharing are eating into that revenue

September 8th, 2019 at 3:18 am » Comments Off

A man rides a Lyft scooter near the White House in Washington DC Reuters JPMorgan says Lyft’s core ride-hailing business is already profitable in certain markets. It’s other bets on things like bikes, scooters, and self-driving cars that are dragging down the company’s balance sheet. Other Wall Street analysts have also raised their estimates and […]



The dream of flying taxis may not be too far off

September 5th, 2019 at 11:25 am » Comments Off

Then again, Henry Ford said the same thing in 1940. “Mark my words. A combination of airplane and motorcar is coming. You may smile. But it will come,” Henry Ford quipped in 1940. Our dreams of cars capable of taking flight at the whim of their driver have been around nearly as long as we’ve […]



After drones & self-driving vehicles, Japan shows flying cars are no longer a distant dream

August 29th, 2019 at 3:47 pm » Comments Off

While drones and self-driving cars have been making the headlines, Japan has reportedly have cracked the code of making flying cars. Though the car was caged and only hovered for about a minute in the air, it was a successful attempt to make the vehicle fly. In an experiment right out of the sci-fi movies, […]



For the struggling legacy transit systems, new mobility options present challenges and opportunities

August 27th, 2019 at 9:37 am » Comments Off

Despite decades of ridership and revenue growth, the country’s busiest transit systems have struggled in recent years both at the turnstile and in the farebox, even as operating costs and unmet capital needs continue to grow. Metropolitan transit agencies serving New York, Chicago, Washington, DC, Boston and San Francisco, the country’s five largest systems, have […]



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