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Uber shows its flying car prototype, which looks like a giant drone

June 19th, 2018 at 9:00 am » Comments Off

Uber has unveiled its “flying car” concept aircraft at its second annual Uber Elevate Summit, which showcases prototypes for its fleet of airborne taxis. The flying cars, which the company hopes to introduce to riders in two to five years, will conduct vertical takeoffs and landings from skyports, air stations on rooftops or the ground. […]



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 […]



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 […]



Here’s how Uber’s self-driving cars are supposed to detect pedestrians

March 26th, 2018 at 11:14 am » Comments Off

A self-driving vehicle made by Uber has struck and killed a pedestrian. It’s the first such incident and will certainly be scrutinized like no other autonomous vehicle interaction in the past. But on the face of it it’s hard to understand how, short of a total system failure, this could happen, when the entire car […]



Google and others are building AI systems that doubt themselves

January 19th, 2018 at 8:45 am » Comments Off

AI will make better decisions by embracing uncertainty.



Using only Uber or Lyft is cheaper than owning a car for 25% of Americans — here’s how to know if you apply

October 29th, 2017 at 3:08 pm » Comments Off

Ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft free up millions of Americans from having to own a car to get around. An analysis of the all-in costs of car ownership show that ridesharing alone could be more cost-effective in the long run. The future will most likely be a mix of both ridesharing and ownership, since people […]



Taxi medallions, once a safe investment, now drag owners into debt

September 27th, 2017 at 10:57 am » Comments Off

Owning a yellow cab has left Issa Isac in deep debt and facing a precarious future.



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