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Uber: Jacking up taxi fares for the common good

Paying two, three or even ten times as much as usual for a taxi ride across town sounds like a pretty crappy deal, right? But I’m sure you can imagine times when you’d be happy to pay it – times, for example, when demand is so high that it’s impossible to get a ride. And that’s the theory behind Uber, a mobile app that’s aiming to use basic economic theory to eliminate taxi bottlenecks. And as it turns out, it just might end up being better for everyone.Read More

Environment

The Green Network: How Hamburg could be car-free in 20 years

Its hard to imagine a major metropolis devoid of cars in any country, let alone in the home of celebrated brands like Mercedes-Benz and BMW. Germany's affection for all things automotive may be in for a shake up however, with the city of Hamburg setting the wheels in motion for its "Green Network," a bold plan make cars an optional mode of transport in the city within 15-20 years. Read More

Bicycles

ShareRoller aims to electrify bicycle-sharing schemes

Bike-sharing schemes are commonplace in many urban centers around the globe. Though they offer great convenience for last-mile travel or as an option for inner city commuters, as well as easing the stress on overcrowded roads and public transport systems, to say they involve high performance machines would be a bit of a stretch. ShareRoller is a portable electrical motor designed to build on the practicality of shared bicycle schemes by adding a little power and removing some of the legwork from the mix.Read More

240 MPGe Kombi EV slated for US launch

US-based Cenntro Motors has announced plans to launch its Kombi EV in the second quarter of 2014. The all-electric utility vehicle has a claimed top speed of 31 mph, a range of 50 miles and is said to achieve fuel economy of more than 240 MPGe.Read More

Automotive

Nissan refreshes Taxi for London design

Nissan's vision for London’s famous black taxi cabs got a makeover this week as the company unveiled its latest Taxi for London design. Based on Nissan’s NV200 platform and redesigned by Nissan's European design center in Paddington, the updated black cabs not only sport a fresh look, they promise cleaner transport for the city, with the old diesel engines giving way to 1.6-liter petrol and all-electric drivetrains.Read More

Automotive

Willie bus concept plasters public transport with LCD billboards

Anyone that's been to Las Vegas and caught a glimpse of the "Hot Babes" billboard circling around the city knows that vehicle advertising can be effective ... at least at grabbing your attention. A new bus concept by designer Tad Orlowski puts a more modern spin on the idea, integrating large LCDs on the broad sides of the bus. The screens can display a variety of information, including paid advertising, bus information and TV coverage. Read More

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