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You Can Carry This Inflatable Electric Bike in a Backpack

They’re better for the environment than a gas-guzzling car, but the other big advantage of commuting every day on an electric bike is that they’re easier to park. With Poimo, a prototype inflatable e-bike created at the University of Tokyo, you don’t even need to find a bike rack when you get to work, just an empty backpack to stash your ride. Read More >>

Lyft, Like Uber, Will Also Now Require Drivers and Passengers Wear Face Coverings

Lyft, which has somehow spent the last few months of the coronavirus pandemic merely suggesting passengers and drivers wear face coverings, said on Thursday that it will soon make it a requirement. Read More >>

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The Flying Pinto Was the Worst Idea in Flying Car History

What happens when you combine a car like the Ford Pinto with a plane like the Cessna 337? Nothing good, it turns out. Read More >>

Modes of Transportation, Ranked From Coolest to Least Cool

Even in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, rollerblading isn’t very cool. Read More >>

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Now Is the Perfect Time to Start Letting People Work From Home

While working from home is a luxury for some, it’s becoming a necessity for others. The world is currently witnessing its “largest work-from-home experiment,” as Bloomberg put it, due to the rapid spread of the Wuhan coronavirus that’s killed more people than the 2002-03 SARS outbreak. Many businesses across China are forcing workers to stay home to protect their health and keep the virus from spreading. This may be challenging for teams accustomed to in-person brainstorming sessions, but remote work has the potential to protect public health by doing more than containing the Wuhan virus. Read More >>

Google Maps is Getting a New Look and Other Upgrades For Its 15th Birthday

It’s tough for most of us to recall what life was like before the invention of Google Maps. Remember printing out your MapQuest directions and trying to read and drive at the same time? Totally safe! For its 15th birthday, Google Maps is getting a fresh look on iOS and Android, along with more information for public transportation, improvements to Live View, and even a fun limited-time party car icon. Read More >>

Surprising No One, Uber Continues to Haemorrhage Cash

Beleaguered ride-sharing giant Uber continued to torch cash like an outdated Joker reference in Q3 2019, but it claims that the news is positive because parts of its business would technically be profitable if one looked past all the ways it’s losing money. Read More >>

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The Creators of That Flying Iron Man Suit Are Subtly Hinting It’s Great For War

To date, Gravity Industries’ flying jetpack has been demonstrated as a tantalising glimpse of the future where daily commuters take to the air instead of sitting in traffic. But the company recently called on James Bruton, a talented engineer and hacker, to upgrade the suit with a helmet-controlled shoulder-mounted toy rifle, making the future suddenly feel more concerning than exciting. Read More >>

The Boosted Scooter Is a Blast

Electric scooters are dangerous. It seems like you can’t go a day without seeing a scary story in the news reminding the world of this fact. People die riding these things. So it wasn’t surprising when Boosted emphasised safety in announcing its new e-scooter. The £1,600 Boosted Rev has three brakes, wide handlebars, fat tyres, and a bombproof frame. It also has a top speed of 24 miles per hour, which as I learned after two weeks riding the Rev, is as thrilling as it is terrifying. Read More >>

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Apple Buys Self-Driving Car Startup Drive.ai in Sign It’s Not Through With Autonomous Vehicles

Apple appeared to be pulling back from the autonomous car business when it dismissed some 200 employees from its Project Titan initiative in January 2019. But it would appear that it’s shifting gears in a big way with news on Tuesday that it has acquired startup Drive.ai “in what appears to be part of a renewed effort by the iPhone and Mac maker to branch out into self-driving cars,” per the San Francisco Chronicle. Read More >>

Japanese High-Speed Rail Line Was Brought to Standstill by Tiny Slug That Fried on Power Cable

Japanese rail company JR Kitakyushu says that one small slug was responsible for a power outage and subsequent delays for an estimated 12,000 commuters on a high-speed rail line in Kyushu on May 30, CNN reported on Monday. Read More >>

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Will Self-Driving Cars Turn People Into Even Bigger Arseholes?

People like to mess with Uber self-driving cars, according to an executive leading the autonomous programme. Read More >>

What’s the Worst Way You Ever Screwed Up on an Aeroplane?

Flying is, in theory, meant to make long distance travel a faster and more streamlined experience. In reality, flying is often hectic, cramped, and perhaps even terrifying, depending on your flight’s particular model of flying metal tube and other factors mostly out of your control. Read More >>