Hoversurf hoverbike rides on a powerful Scorpion 3 drone
Move over hoverboards. This is the year of vehicles that, true to their name, actually do fly. PAL-V just opened up sales for what is the world’s first commercial flying car and now another personal flying vehicle of the future might be closer to the present. The world’s first fully-functional, fully-manned hoverbike has just been revealed. Unsurprisingly, it’s built upon … Continue reading...
Why a cybersecurity solution for driverless cars may be found under the hood
 Autonomous vehicles were one of the most talked about technologies in 2016. Ever since Tesla, Google and Uber put these vehicles on the consumer trend map, I’ve been daydreaming of the day I might own one. Unfortunately for me, and the auto industry, that day might not be coming too soon — if they can’t keep the cars and their drivers safe, I’ll never have one sitting in… Read More ...
Car celebrity Richard Hammond talks about launching the DriveTribe startup
 Instead of acting like a traditional publishing site, DriveTribe has woven social media deep into the infrastructure of what it does. This is a site slightly reminiscent of Pinterest, but with the look and feel of a good-looking publishing site. It features “Tribes” hosted by the three celebrities, along with invited stars, bloggers, writers and videographers, who generate and… Read More ...
Earth imaging company Planet breaks records with 88 satellite launch
 Planet, the company that recently acquired Google’s satellite Earth imaging business, just pulled off another monumental feat – launching 88 satellites into orbit at once, as part of the largest satellite payload on record with a total of 104 aboard an Indian Space Research Organization rocket. The launch also cements Planet’s leadership as a private satellite… Read More ...
Dubai plans to introduce flying drone taxis as early as this summer
 A growing number of companies are looking at the viability of airborne, autonomous taxis as a way to ease urban congestion and transportation woes, but the city of Dubai could leapfrog those with a plan to deploy a passenger-carrying drone as early as this summer. Uber, Airbus and others are still talking about creating test vehicles that would begin transporting cargo first, but… Read More ...
Uber expands mapping cars to improve its road data
Uber has been working on increasing its mapping data, something that’ll ultimately improve its service for riders. Part of that effort has involved deploying its own mapping cars — that is, vehicles featuring Uber’s mapping devices for collecting important navigation and transportation data. Rather than using dedicated mapping cars, though, Uber has put this technology into some of its existing … Continue reading...
Tesla answers claims of poor factory working conditions and unionization efforts
 Jose Moran, a person claiming to be Tesla employee working at the company’s Fremont, California assembly facility, took to Medium on Thursday to detail working conditions at the company, and to detail efforts on behalf of factory employees to unionize, an initiative which is in the beginning stages of being supported by the United Autoworkers Union, the largest U.S. organized labor… Read More ...
Arrivo arrives as a new Hyperloop venture from a Hyperloop One co-founder
 Hyperloop One had a messy break-up with CTO and co-founder Brogan BamBrogan that ended in a settlement with terms agreed upon by both parties last November. But now the former SpaceX engineer is back in the Hyperloop business with Arrivo, a company billing itself as “the arrival company,” which could involve a lot more beyond zipping cargo and people from place to place. Read More ...
Watch Cruise’s self-driving Bolt EV navigate smoothly to SF’s Dolores Park
 GM-owned Cruise Automation wants you to be able to see the progress it’s making with its self-driving car tests, in a way that’s more tangible than looking at boring lists of disengagement reports. That’s why it’s been publishing videos of its Cruise test cars navigating real city streets, and a new episode of that video series is available now, showing a Bolt EV… Read More ...
Waze Carpool completes its Bay Area rollout and adds three new partners
 After expanding to the Bay Area in a pilot last September, Waze Carpool is now officially open to all in the nine counties that make up the region, and also in Northern California from Sacramento to Monterey, the company announced. This marks the proper launch for the Google-owned collaborative ride sharing tool, which is not so much a competitor for Google as it is a community-focused effort… Read More ...
Tesla Model S P100D scores 2.28-second 0-60 mph time in new Motor Trend test
 Tesla’s P100D variant Model S has hit a new low – a record low time for a 0 to 60 mph acceleration, that is, in a new test conducted by Motor Trend using a stock vehicle with Ludricous+ mode. The new track test time, via Electrek, also included a 10.5 second quarter-mile, both of which represent new records in terms of measured sprints. The Model S P100D becomes the first… Read More ...
Elon Musk says he put travel ban on the agenda as he defends continued Trump council participation
 Elon Musk only noted very briefly that there had been “progress” on the matter of the immigration order made during his meeting with Donald Trump’s economics advisory council on Friday, but on Saturday the Tesla CEO shared a bit more about what happened at the event. Musk said that he specifically requested inclusion of discussion of the travel ban at the closed meeting, as… Read More ...
Elon Musk says he’ll present objections to Trump’s immigration order at Friday advisory council meeting
 Tesla CEO Elon Musk issued a statement about his participation in Donald Trump’s economic advisory council, and a scheduled meeting of the group tomorrow. Musk said that he and others on the council will take the opportunity to voice their opposition to the president’s executive order on immigration and suggest how it might be changed. Musk took the opportunity to specifically… Read More ...
AccessMap finds routes that avoid common pitfalls for the mobility-limited
 If you ask a mapping app for walking directions from point A to point B, it’ll do its best, but what if you happen to be in a wheelchair? The apps don’t have information on curb cuts, safe crossings, construction sites that interrupt sidewalks, and so on. AccessMap attempts to address this shortcoming, and now offers route-finding in Seattle that takes into account the… Read More ...
ClearMotion lands $100M to swap software for car shocks and boost self-driving UX
 ClearMotion, a company that’s building an alternative chassis for vehicle makers which replaces traditional physical shock absorbers with digital, software-driven adaptive actuators, has readied $100 million in a Series C round, led by a group of clients advised by J.P. Morgan’s asset management wing and with participation from NEA, Qualcomm Ventures and more. The company claims… Read More ...
Amazon will build its own $1.5 billion air cargo hub
 Amazon is building one of the largest internal logistics and shipping businesses in the world, and if you needed any more evidence this was the case, the company just revealed that it’s investing $1.5 billion in a new air cargo hub, which will occupy a spot that crosses the Cincinnati and Kentucky border, and eventually result in around 2,000 total new jobs, according to the Wall… Read More ...
Ford CEO and Chairman say the automaker does not support Trump’s immigration order
 Ford CEO Mark Fields and Executive Chairman Bill Ford have released a statement on Donald Trump’s immigration order, making them the first U.S. automaker to offer an official comment or position. The statement reads as follows, and was shared internally with Ford employees as well as made available to the press: Respect for all people is a core value of Ford Motor Company, and we are… Read More ...
SpaceX’s Hyperloop competition sees three companies run their pods
 SpaceX hosted a hyperloop pod design test competition at its Hawthorne headquarters this past weekend, where student teams got the chance to run their pod designs in low-pressure environments in a test track for the first time. There were a number of teams competing, with 30 in total selected to come down for the trials, but only three were actually able to perform runs this weekend, since… Read More ...
Hyperloop passenger pods hurtle along a test track in California contest
The ultra-fast Hyperloop transportation system will need passenger pods if it's ever to become a thing, and teams of student engineers are hoping to create the capsules. A contest over the weekend brought together the best of the bunch. The post Hyperloop passenger pods hurtle along a test track in California contest appeared first on Digital Trends....
Uber to create $3M legal defense fund for drivers affected by “wrong and unjust” ban
 Uber says it will create $3 million defence fund to help cover legal, immigration and translation costs for drivers affected by Trump’s immigration and travel ban, which Uber CEO and founder Travis Kalanick calls “wrong and unjust” in a new note shared to Facebook and Uber’s newsroom. The post outlines in more detail Uber’s commitment to assist drivers impacted by… Read More ...