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First look: Inside SureFly’s two-person octocopter

In Manhattan’s Flatiron Plaza on Monday, children gawked and construction workers tiptoed in curiosity around transportation company Workhorse’s product showcase of two futuristic vehicles: the first electric pickup truck, and the Surefly octocopter drone. Workhorse is a midwestern transportation company that specializes in electric trucks, particularly for commercial (not personal) use. It gained attention this...CONTINUE READING
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San Francisco has no idea what to do about ‘goofball’ e-scooters, email records show

San Francisco has been scooter-less for months.  Other cities, meanwhile, have slowly been filling with electric scooters. But earlier this year, San Francisco cracked down on three companies — Bird, Lime, and Spin — that had been renting e-scooters to riders without any go-ahead from the city. After an initial period of letting them ride...CONTINUE READING
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The spotlight is back on the iCar as Tesla’s vehicle engineering chief returns to Apple

Doug Field, former Apple VP of Mac hardware, and also former Tesla VP of engineering, is now back at Apple and working on the company’s secretive Project Titan, Daring Fireball’s John Gruber has found out.  Field worked at Apple as VP of Product Design and VP of Mac hardware from 2008 to 2013 before moving...CONTINUE READING
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Elon Musk says he wants to take Tesla private. Unless he’s trolling us.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk, in true Elon Musk fashion, took to Twitter to think out loud about his electric car business. Or possibly troll us all. On the social media platform he noted the possibility of taking Tesla — a publicly traded company since 2010 — private.  Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding...CONTINUE READING
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Uber drivers protest against the company’s upfront pricing system

Irate with the company’s upfront pricing feature, Uber drivers in Australia decided to not pick up passengers on Monday morning. Lobby group RideShare Drivers United (RDSU) called for drivers to turn off the Uber app between 7:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on Monday in protest against company changes that it said erodes drivers’ “already poor...CONTINUE READING
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Uber’s self-driving cars are back. Well, sort of.

Uber’s self-driving cars are back on the road in Pittsburgh, but with a lot of changes. In the four months since a self-driving Uber hit and killed a woman walking a bicycle on an Arizona road, the ride-hailing company has made some changes. The first and foremost is keeping the vehicles in manual mode. After...CONTINUE READING
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E-scooter company wants you to front a lot of cash for your very own scooter rental business

As if there weren’t enough scooters out there whizzing around, an Austin-based electric scooter company wants anyone and everyone to start their own scooter rental business. Goat — a relative newcomer to the scooter scene — is spearheading this new business model. It’s reminiscent of Amazon’s Delivery Service Partner program to get entrepreneurs who normally...CONTINUE READING
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After a year, Lime boasts 6 million scooter and bike rides

Love it or hate it, it’s been a year since bike-shares flooded the United States.  Other countries, such as China and Australia, were already inundated with the services, which let users unlock bicycles with a smartphone and leave them anywhere when they’re done. (They’re called “dockless” since they don’t have to be locked to a...CONTINUE READING
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