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  • Lyft picked up 17 million rides in October, up more than twice that amount from last year

    Lyft picked up 17 million rides in October, up more than twice that amount from last year

    Lyft launched an aggressive marketing campaign in Spring that seems to be paying off. The rideshare company says it delivered 17 million rides this month (so far), more than 2.4x’s the amount the company did at the same time last year. Data from research firm 7Park also shows Lyft gaining in U.S. market share on Uber year over year in major metropolitan areas where Uber has dominated… Read More

  • What we learned about Elon Musk’s Mars plan in his Reddit AMA

    What we learned about Elon Musk’s Mars plan in his Reddit AMA

    Elon Musk, founder and CEO of SpaceX, hosted a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” this afternoon. He noted that the AMA should focus on SpaceX’s plans for Mars, which Musk revealed during the International Astronautical Congress last month. This will be under /r/spacex, not the general AMA. Meant to be supplemental to the IAC talk. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 23… Read More

  • Henrik Fisker teases upcoming EV’s “butterfly” doors

    Henrik Fisker teases upcoming EV’s “butterfly” doors

    Well, damn. Henrik Fisker just took to Twitter and gave a lesson on teasing upcoming products. According to his tweet, the upcoming reborn Fisker EV will have wild butterfly doors — you know, the type of doors kids will put on their hand-me-down Honda Accords. He says in the tweet the crazy doors are for easier ingress and egress, but really he’s just throwing down with Elon Musk… Read More

  • GM’s car sharing company Maven hits the streets of San Francisco

    GM’s car sharing company Maven hits the streets of San Francisco

    Maven, a car sharing company out of General Motors, is driving its way into San Francisco today. The announcement made late Thursday evening is one part of a continued roll-out in several cities throughout the U.S., which started at the beginning of this year. It’s city based car sharing service called Maven City is now available in nine cities throughout the nation, joining Lyft’s… Read More

  • Hyperloop One gains $50 million in funding from DP World Group of Dubai

    Hyperloop One gains $50 million in funding from DP World Group of Dubai

    Hyperloop One is getting even cozier with its partners in the United Arab Emirates. The futuristic transportation system that aims to ship things and people faster than a speeding plane just pulled in $50 million in strategic investment led by DP World Group of Dubai, bringing up the total raised to $160 million. DP World Group is the third-largest ports operator in the world and has… Read More

  • Audi axed its electric supercar, per report

    Audi axed its electric supercar, per report

    The Audi R8 e-tron is dead if a report from Car and Driver is to be believed. The production version of the car was unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show and apparently Audi produced fewer than 100 vehicles — which sported a $1.1 million window sticker each. When announced, the e-tron seemed like a key part of Audi’s future. Built in the same vein as the R8, the e-tron sat on top… Read More

  • Tales from a Tesla Model S at 200k miles

    Tales from a Tesla Model S at 200k miles

    Tesloop’s first vehicle, a Tesla Model S they put into service in July 2015, has reached a new milestone: 200,000 miles on the odometer. Tesloop, you’ll recall, ferries passengers between Los Angeles and Las Vegas in electric Tesla vehicles, making it easy to rack up that many miles in a year. Not many electric cars of any make or model have reached this kind of mileage, so I… Read More

  • Smart’s entire car lineup will have an electric drive option in 2017

    Smart’s entire car lineup will have an electric drive option in 2017

    At some point, it’ll probably be commonplace, but as of its 2017 model year, Smart will be the only big car brand that can truthfully claim to offer both an electric drive and a gas-powered option across all of its vehicle offerings. The Daimler-owned maker of pint-sized urban cars will offer an EV version of its Fortwo, Fortwo Cabrio and Forfour in 2017, and each one will use a brand… Read More

  • RideGuru includes driver payouts in its price comparison service for ride hailing apps

    RideGuru includes driver payouts in its price comparison service for ride hailing apps

    When you hail a cab via an on-demand app there’s more to consider than how much it’s going to cost you. How much the driver is getting paid is something you might want to think about, given how contentious the issue of pricing can be in the gig economy space where platforms do all they can to avoid adding actual employee headcount to their books. Read More

  • Self-driving Uber vehicles spotted on the streets of San Francisco

    Self-driving Uber vehicles spotted on the streets of San Francisco

    Several folks started noticing self-driving Uber cars in downtown San Francisco yesterday, fueling speculation the ridesharing company could soon be deploying autonomous vehicles for commercial use right where it all started in the Bay Area. Mattermark editor in chief Alex Wilhelm snapped a picture of a white Ford Fusion stopped at the intersection of Montgomery and Pacific. And, as first… Read More

  • Shervin Pishevar: The first Hyperloop will likely be built overseas

    Shervin Pishevar: The first Hyperloop will likely be built overseas

    Shervin Pishevar, well-known venture capitalist and co-founder in the two-year-old L.A.-based futuristic transportation company Hyperloop One came to TechCrunch Disrupt today to chat about shooting across the world people and things — faster than the speed of sound. But just how soon will we see that happen? Pishevar says his team is “full steam ahead” to get us there by 2021… Read More