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California eyes driverless car testing with passengers

June 1st, 2018 at 11:36 am » Comments Off

Less than a month after Uber’s fatal accident in Arizona, California regulators issue a proposal for a pilot test of passenger-carrying autonomous vehicles. California may start allowing self-driving cars, like this one for Lyft, to carry passengers without a human driver behind the wheel. Regulators in California are moving closer to allowing driverless cars to […]



VW’s iconic microbus is making a comeback in 2022 — and it’s getting a big update

May 31st, 2018 at 8:56 am » Comments Off

The original Volkswagen microbus went out of production in 2013 due to safety concerns. Volkswagen Volkswagen is revamping its iconic microbus with the I.D. Buzz. The vehicle will be fully electric and hit dealerships in 2022. It will feature a customizable interior and tech features that will eventually move the car toward autonomous driving.



Electric vehicles begin to bite into oil demand

May 28th, 2018 at 9:40 am » Comments Off

Employees work on the assembly line of the electric bus at a BYD’s production base on January 23, 2018 in Xi’an, China. China’s largest electric carmaker BYD sold 113,669 new energy vehicles in 2017, up 13.4 percent year-on-year. (Photo by VCG/Getty Images) Projections have suggested that the advent of electric vehicles will have a dramatic […]



A massive Chinese ride-sharing service removed passenger attractiveness ratings after a woman was killed

May 18th, 2018 at 10:20 am » Comments Off

Didi suspended its ride-sharing service after a 21-year-old woman was murdered. Carlos Jasso/Reuters Didi Chuxing, the Chinese ride-sharing giant, said it would remove creepy passenger ratings from its app after a woman was allegedly murdered by her driver. Didi’s Hitch service lets people share rides, but was suspended last week after the murder. Didi said […]



Apple now has more than 50 autonomous cars on the road

May 16th, 2018 at 10:05 am » Comments Off

The tech company’s self-driving program continues to flourish. Apple has more than doubled the number of its self-driving cars, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has confirmed. Since obtaining a permit to test autonomous vehicles, Apple’s fleet size has steadily risen — from a scant three test cars, to 27 in January, and now, […]



Chinese cities wanting peace and quiet are using acoustic cameras to catch honking drivers

April 28th, 2018 at 9:32 am » Comments Off

The cameras, which have been rolled out in 40 cities, work by capturing a two-second film of a honking car. The police analyze the footage to determine whether drivers who honked had a fair reason to do so — if not, they could receive a $16 fine. This may be the first step to link […]



Don’t call it a dingy: Jet capsule is a luxurious ‘compact yacht ‘ for the rich

April 28th, 2018 at 9:09 am » Comments Off

Well, 2018 is shaping up to be a pretty awesome year on the water. First, we told you about a flying hydro-jetpack. Then, there was the flying Jet Ski and the electric surfboard. Now, it appears we’ll need to make room for yet another aqua toy in The Manual boathouse. The Jet Capsule Compact Yacht […]



One of the world’s filthiest industries just agreed to clean up its act

April 20th, 2018 at 9:35 am » Comments Off

The shipping industry sets sail toward a carbon-free future. Cargo-shipping regulators have struck a historic deal to set their dirty fuel-burning industry on a low-carbon course. On Friday, the International Maritime Organization agreed for the first time to limit greenhouse gas emissions from global shipping. The nonbinding deal marks a critical shift for the sector—which, […]



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.



The dizzying story of Symphony of the Seas, the largest and most ambitious cruise ship ever built

April 12th, 2018 at 8:58 am » Comments Off

This is the inside story of how cruise ships went from pensioners’ pastime to floating cities engaged in an all-out entertainment arms race. Symphony of the Seas has 2,759 cabins, or “state rooms”. At 362 metres, Symphony of the Seas is longer than The Shard (310m) is tall.



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