Transportation

  • UPS begins testing emergency drone deliveries with CyPhy

    UPS begins testing emergency drone deliveries with CyPhy

    Drones might one day blanket cities dropping off Amazon goods, but in the short-term, there’s plenty of opportunity for them to help out in limited engagements, where delivery via other means would be difficult, impossible or just not quite expedient enough. UPS kicked off trials of deliveries of that kind this week, with a pilot flight to drop a small package (containing a… 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

  • Driver’s ed app Aceable raises $4 million

    Driver’s ed app Aceable raises $4 million

    Although self-driving vehicles feel like a near future reality, people still need driver’s licenses to get around independently in cars today. Now, an Austin, Texas startup called Aceable has raised $4 million in Series A funding to deliver driver’s education in a mobile app. Silverton Partners and Floodgate Ventures co-led the round. Aceable’s app alleviates the need… Read More

  • Flywheel expands Uber-like system for taxi cabs to NYC

    Flywheel expands Uber-like system for taxi cabs to NYC

    Taxi startup Flywheel is officially making its move into New York City, with the aim to better equip old-school taxis to take on Uber and Lyft. Flywheel recently received approval from the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission to operate TaxiOS, its smartphone-based taxi meter that comes with electronic dispatch, payments, navigation and GPS-based metering. Competitors like Arro by Creative… Read More

  • This new electric car is designed for a $37 weekly subscription service

    This new electric car is designed for a $37 weekly subscription service

    Europe continues to test the waters of shared vehicle ownership models, and the Amber One is a car designed to help eliminate the huge amount of time our own vehicles currently spend idle. The all-electric concept has a 250-mile range on a single charge, a top speed of over 93 mph, and a 0 to 60 time of a respectable 7 seconds. But you can’t buy one – to gain access, you… Read More

  • Waze launches Bluetooth beacons to avoid tunnel blackouts

    Waze launches Bluetooth beacons to avoid tunnel blackouts

    Waze’s engaged community is definitely its most powerful asset, and now the company wants to broaden its community to include tunnel operators who want to fill in the current gaps in wireless navigation tech. These roadways have typically been frustrating to all manner of wireless communication, posing a problem for everything from AM radio to modern GPS navigation. It’s that… 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

  • Pay-per-mile insurance startup Metromile raises $191.5M, acquires Mosaic Insurance

    Pay-per-mile insurance startup Metromile raises $191.5M, acquires Mosaic Insurance

    The automotive industry is in flux with the rise of self-driving and electric cars, and the concept of car ownership altogether being thrown into question. With this, the car insurance industry is changing, too, and now, an on-demand car insurance startup has raised a large round of funding as it aims to be leader of that change. Metromile, the provider that lets you pay-per-mile for… Read More

  • Tesla patches exploit that left Model S potentially vulnerable to remote access

    Tesla patches exploit that left Model S potentially vulnerable to remote access

    Tesla moved quickly to patch a vulnerability discovered by Tencent security research team Keen Security Lab that rendered the Model S susceptible to remote attacks, provided the Tesla Model S was currently making use of its in-car web browser, and also physically close to and connected with a maliciously modified Wi-Fi hotspot. Keen’s security team had been focusing on Tesla vehicles… Read More

  • Here’s the full U.S. Federal Automated Vehicles Policy

    Here’s the full U.S. Federal Automated Vehicles Policy

    The U.S. Federal Government noted yesterday that it would be releasing an autonomous vehicle policy designed to help guide the safe development of driverless tech, while also allowing flexibility so that companies can continue to innovate in this space. The full policy is now available, and viewable in full either via the embed below, or at the Transportation.gov official website. Both the DOT… Read More

  • China’s LeEco raises $1.08B to build its electric car

    China’s LeEco raises $1.08B to build its electric car

    The Chinese market for electric vehicles is hot, and the latest indicator is a $1.08 billion raise from China’s LeEco, a Beijing-based web video company (which now dabbles in everything from televisions to transportation) that’s targeting Tesla with its own electric car plans. Funding for its first car is coming from Legend Holdings Corp., Yingda Capital Management Co. and… Read More

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