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Meet 'Blade', the world's first 3D-printed hypercar

At first glance, any motorhead would be head over heels for Blade — a sleek sportscar with shimmery deep magenta facade. The aerodynamicity of the car is obvious from its low, curved volume. Yet, this isn’t just any supercar that has just hit the market. Created by San Francisco-based startup Divergent Microfactories, Blade’s chassis was entirely 3-D printed. 3D printing is already revolutionizing the manufacturing process around the world. Printing in 3D makes products such as furniture, jewe...
Tags: Design, San Francisco, Architecture, Automotive, Gallery, 3d Printing, Innovation, Electric Cars, Sustainable Design, 3d Printed Car, Car Design, Kevin Czinger, Blade, Divergent 3D, Cars Of The Future, 3d Printed Designs


The empirical impact of Lyft and Uber on cities: congestion (especially downtown, especially during "surges"), overworked drivers

Mike Moffitt sums up the empirical work on the impact of rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft for cities: an increase in congestion, especially downtown, especially during "surges" (Uber and Lyft insist that they reduce congestion, especially in downtowns, and especially during surges!); lower wages, longer hours and more precarious work for drivers (accompanied by the slow death of the taxi/limo businesses); huge losses for car-rental companies; and less walking, cycling and use of public tr...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Post, Business, New York, News, San Francisco, Cities, Transit, Automotive, Manhattan, Rideshare, Surge Pricing, Urban Theory, Financial District, University of Chicago Booth School of Business


California Home Sales Stumble into Spring Home Buying Season as Median Price Sets Another Record, C.A.R. reports

Existing, single-family home sales totaled 396,760 in April on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate, down 0.1 percent from March and down 4.8 percent from April 2018.April’s statewide median home price was $602,920, up 6.5 percent from March and up 3.2 percent from April 2018.Sales of condominiums/townhomes were down 3.8 percent from a year ago in April, while the median price was $470,000.Year-to-date sales were down 7.3 percent in April Los Angeles, CA – May 16, 2019 (PRNewswire) Californi...
Tags: California, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Car, Radio, United States, San Diego, Kings, Nevada, Napa, Orange, Santa Clara, Sonoma, Ventura County, Central Valley


GM’s car-sharing service Maven to exit eight cities

GM is scaling back its Maven car-sharing company and will stop service in nearly half of the 17 North American cities in which it operates. A spokesperson who confirmed Maven was shutting down in some cities, without identifying the locations or number that will remain, said the company plans to focus on markets that have the strongest demand and growth potential. The WSJ, which was the first to report the impending shutdown, said Maven will continue to operate in Detroit, Los Angeles, Washingto...
Tags: Transportation, New York, Washington, Toronto, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, General Motors, Chicago, Automotive, Mary Barra, Gm, WSJ, Zipcar, Ann Arbor, Maven


Is Your City’s Transportation Network Vulnerable to a Cyberattack?

It seems like you can’t go a day without seeing another headline related to a dramatic cybersecurity breach. You may even feel desensitized to them, taking the “that will never happen to me” mentality. But the truth is, it can happen to anyone, anywhere at anytime. In fact,  there are 1.46 billion data breaches each month, on average. As the internet of things (IoT) moves from theoretical to reality, we need to think beyond virtual identity theft and shift our attention toward much larger...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Congress, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Ukraine, Cybersecurity, Transit, Washington Dc, Autos, Dallas, Commuting, Pentagon, Connected Car, Department Of Homeland Security


Grey Goose: A Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport from San Francisco

One of the wonderful things about customization is that it can breathe new life into otherwise unloved motorcycles. Need proof? Just look at the number of amazing Honda CX500s and Yamaha Viragos on the scene. This Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport is another poster child for realized potential. The original wasn’t the ugliest or slowest bike Moto Guzzi ever made, but despite having 90 horsepower on tap, it was porky and not very exciting. MCN was particularly harsh; “Track days often end in tears,” they ...
Tags: San Francisco, Motorcycles, John, Honda, Exif, Adam, MCN, Suzuki, Grey Goose, Monterey CA, Yoshimura, Moto Guzzi, Guzzi, Custom Motorcycles, Café Racer, Motogadget


Textbook Refresh: Untitled upgrades the Thruxton 900

We’re usually all about high-end customs here, but not everyone has the budget to put an extreme machine in their garage. And we know that many readers have lightly-customized daily riders—often older bikes that are subtly fettled without compromising practicality too much. Untitled Motorcycles have built customs at both ends of the spectrum, mixing commissions from manufacturer marketing departments with low-key but classy BMW airheads. This latest Thruxton build is a textbook example of...
Tags: Facebook, London, San Francisco, Motorcycles, Michelin, Steve, Victor, Adam, Custom Motorcycles, Café Racer, Thruxton, Maxton, Triumph motorcycles, Triumph Thruxton, Adam Victor, Untitled


Lyft is eyeing car rentals for longer trips and weekends away

Although best known for ridesharing, Lyft has recently turned its attention to bike and scootersharing, too. And now it's testing a car rental service in its home city of San Francisco. The post Lyft is eyeing car rentals for longer trips and weekends away appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Lyft, News, Cars, San Francisco, Trends, Car Rental


Lyft eyeing car rentals for longer trips and weekends away

Although best known for ridesharing, Lyft has recently turned its attention to bike and scootersharing, too. And now it's testing a car rental service in its home city of San Francisco. The post Lyft eyeing car rentals for longer trips and weekends away appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Lyft, News, Cars, San Francisco, Trends, Car Rental


Uber Completes $8.1B Public Market Debut in Spite of Tumultuous Past

Ride-hailing giant Uber secured $8.1 billion in new capital late Thursday as it priced an initial public offering that set its market capitalization at $82.4 billion, according to calculations by The New York Times and other news outlets.Uber announced late Thursday it will sell 180 million shares of common stock at $45 apiece when it completes the IPO. That price is near the lowest end of the range Uber set at $44 to $50 in the amended prospectus it filed on April 26.Uber (NYSE: UBER) will sta...
Tags: Google, Deals, Transportation, Mobile, Lyft, Uber, Hardware, Marketplace, Workplace, Internet, Entrepreneurship, Ipo, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, Tech


An electric flat tracker rises from the ashes of Alta

Elegant is not often a word used to describe electric bikes, but this pared-down tracker is both petite and beautiful. It’s from a new shop called Blatant Moto, based in the Dogpatch area of San Francisco—and the builders obviously know what they are doing. “We’re three ex-Alta employees,” says designer and co-founder John McInnis. “The same group that put together the Crapshoot, an Alta-powered drag bike.” That explains the pro level of thinking and finishing on this build, nicknamed ‘Th...
Tags: San Francisco, Motorcycles, John, Yamaha, Vinnie, Alta, Penske, Petersen Automotive Museum, Dogpatch, Brandon Dawson, Electric Motorcycle, John The, GEICO Honda, Biltwell, Electric Revolution, John McInnis


Uber begins trialing e-bikes and bicycles rides in India

Uber has partnered with bicycle sharing platform Yulu in India as it looks to grab a piece of the growing e-bikes market that is increasingly posing a challenge to taxi services in the nation. The San Francisco-headquartered firm, which is expected to go public later this week, said it will provide its users in Bengaluru with Yulu’s e-bikes and bicycles as part of a pilot. The announcement, financial details of which were not disclosed, comes days after users in Bengaluru began to spot Yulu’s...
Tags: Travel, Startups, Transportation, Uber, Asia, Southeast Asia, India, Softbank, San Francisco, Automotive, Uber India, Flipkart, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Amit Gupta, Inmobi


GM Cruise raises $1.15B at a $19B valuation from Softbank and Honda

GM Cruise has raised another $1.15 billion in new equity from a group of investors that includes T. Rowe Price Associates, Honda, Softbank Vision Fund and its parent company GM as the self-driving vehicle company pushes to launch a commercial autonomous ride-hailing service this year. This investment increases Cruise’s post-money valuation to $19 billion, inclusive of SoftBank’s previously announced investment commitment. Cruise has secured capital commitments totaling $7.25 billion in the pa...
Tags: Startups, Transportation, Softbank, San Francisco, Cruise, Automotive, Gm, Dropbox, Honda, Seattle, General-motors, Brannan Street, Dan Ammann, Kyle Vogt, Bryant Street, Ammann


Army Vet Charged For Intentionally Driving Into People On Sidewalk

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An Army veteran with a history of post-traumatic stress disorder was on his way to a Bible class when he told investigators he intentionally drove into a group of men, women and children, injuring eight people, police said. Isaiah Joel Peoples, 34, was scheduled to appear in court Friday in San Jose after being charged with eight counts of attempted murder. Peoples is a former Army sharpshooter who was deployed to Iraq in 2005 and 2006. He showed no remorse after his car ...
Tags: News, Iraq, San Francisco, Ap, Car, Fbi, Army, Silicon Valley, Jesus, Mountain View, San Jose, Pentagon, Defense Department, Don Draper, NGO, SUNNYVALE


A Refined Point of View: Nikk La’s San Francisco

We explore the West Coast metropolis that’s rich with inspiring details Built for the city, Land Rover‘s all-new 2020 Range Rover Evoque is a refined, resilient compact SUV. But, as photographer Nikk La says, it can still handle obstacles that a Range Rover is known to tackle—which makes it perfect for his kind of work. We spent the day with him—from the ocean to the …
Tags: Auto, Sponsored, Photography, Design, Cars, San Francisco, Photographers, West Coast, Land Rover, SUVs, Evoque, Range Rover, Rover Evoque, Compact SUVs, 2020 Range Rover Evoque, Refined Point of View


A new Tesla Model S can now drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco on a single charge

Tesla has announced that it has extended the range of its Model S vehicle to 370 miles and Model X to 325 miles on a single charge — extending the range of its flagship car to make the trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco on a single charge.  The extensions beat Tesla’s previous records for mileage per charge using the same 100 kWh battery pack, the company said. The company also announced a new adaptive suspension system and upgrades to its Ludicrous Mode. Both models now have the newest d...
Tags: Energy, TC, Cars, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Electric Vehicles, Driver, Tesla Model S, Tesla Model 3


A new Tesla Model S or X can now drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco on a single charge

Tesla has announced that it has extended the range of its Model S vehicle to 370 miles and Model X to 325 miles on a single charge — extending the range of its cars to make the trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco on a single charge.  The extensions beat Tesla’s previous records for mileage per charge using the same 100 kWh battery pack, the company said. The company also announced a new adaptive suspension system and upgrades to its Ludicrous Mode. Both models now have the newest drive uni...
Tags: Energy, TC, Cars, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Electric Vehicles, Driver, Tesla Model S, Tesla Model 3


Uber spent $457 million on self-driving and flying car R&D last year

Uber spent $457 million last year on research and development of autonomous vehicles, flying cars (known as eVTOLs) and other “technology programs” and will continue to invest heavily in the futuristic tech even though it expects to rely on human drivers for years to come, according to the company’s IPO prospectus filed Thursday. R&D costs at Uber ATG, the company’s autonomous vehicle unit, its eVTOL unit Uber Elevate and other related technology represented one-third of its total R&D spen...
Tags: Apple, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Toronto, San Francisco, Tech, Ceo, AV, Automotive, Ford, Toyota, Travis Kalanick, Self-driving Cars, New York Stock Exchange, Robotics


Online used car startup Shift adds another $40M, snags COO in road to IPO

Online used car startup Shift Technologies has tacked on another $40 million in equity funding, hired a new COO with Amazon and Enjoy roots and scaled up its engineering staff — all in the past several months — as the company aims to double its revenue this year. The recent activity, along with what executives have told TechCrunch is a diligent focus on unit economics, is all directed toward a larger objective to take the company public sometime in 2021. Shift, which is based in San Francisco...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, TC, Transportation, Kindle, San Francisco, Tech, Walmart, Automotive, Jeff Bezos, Target, Shift, Russell, Foy, Carvana, Amazon Devices


Ousted Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn says ‘this is a conspiracy’ in video message

While the former CEO of Nissan and Renault Carlos Ghosn is currently in jail, his lawyer and communication team released a new video statement. The seven-minute video was shot hours before his latest arrest. Ghosn claims that there’s a conspiracy against him. “This is about back-stabbing,” he said. “If you are listening to me through this video today, it means that I was not able to make the press conference that I planned for April, 11,” Ghosn said. Ghosn took advantage of every minute he ha...
Tags: San Francisco, Tech, Automotive, Nissan, Renault, Ghosn, Carlos Ghosn, Renault Carlos Ghosn, Carole Ghosn


Help reinvent mobility! Lyft is looking for an Industrial Designer

The ride-sharing app that just went public with its valuation is definitely a disrupter in the mobility world. The San Francisco-based start-up locked horns with Uber early in the game, and steadily grew as its competitor, becoming the second-largest trans-national corporation with a 30% market share in the United States. Lyft’s next big move is to expand in the e-scooter business, with their hardware partnership with Xiaomi. Lyft is looking for an Industrial Designer to join its team in San Fra...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, Design, Technology, San Francisco, Automotive, Electric Scooter, Job Board, Product Design, San Francisco California, San Francisco California USA, E-scooter, United States Lyft, Xiaomi Lyft, Industrial Designer, YD Job Alert


Autonomous vehicle IP protection — when HAL is driving

Lucas Dahlin Contributor Lucas Dahlin is an associate in Goodwin’s Intellectual Property group. He focuses his practice on complex intellectual property matters, with a particular experience in patent and trade-secret litigation. Julius Jefferson Contributor Julius Jefferson is an associate in Goodwin’s IP Litigation group. Prior to joining Goodwin, he clerked for judges of the District of Delaware and of the Eastern Di...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Column, San Francisco, Tech, Automotive, Pfizer, Intellectual Property, Delaware, Alice, U S Supreme Court, Hal, Goodwin, Julius, Darryl, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals


Lidar startup Ouster raises $60 million in production run-up

Ouster has raised $60 million as the San Francisco-based lidar startup opens a new facility that will have the capacity to assemble and ship several thousand sensors a month by the end of 2019. The new factory, which will have a grand opening ceremony March 28, currently produces hundreds of sensors per month. Ouster says at full capacity, the factory will produce $25 million to $50 million in inventory per month. Lidar measures distance using laser light to generate highly accurate 3D maps o...
Tags: Google, Startups, Transportation, Verizon, San Francisco, Tech, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Robotics, Lidar, Self-driving Car, Silicon Valley Bank, Alphabet, Fontinalis Partners, Cox Enterprises


A Look at Six Car Design Specialties, Part 2: The Clay Modeler

This series is about the different sub-specialties within car design. No matter the studio, a half-dozen different design teams are all required to provide a complete design. But the sequence and the manner in which each team is utilized may differ from studio to studio. Most studios start with 2D concept renderings, which then have to be translated into 3D. Some studios accomplish that by handing the rendering off to a computer modeler, who then interprets the drawing to realize the form in his...
Tags: Design, California, Cars, San Francisco, Dave, Ohio, Honda, Acura, Academy of Art, Mantz, Matt Mantz Mantz, Matt Mantz, Marek Acura


Transportation weekly: Nuro dreams of autonomous lattes, what is a metamaterial, Volvo takes the wheel

Welcome back to Transportation Weekly; I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. We love the reader feedback. Keep it coming. Never heard of TechCrunch’s Transportation Weekly? Read the first edition here.  As I’ve written before, consider this a soft launch. Follow me on Twitter @kirstenkorosec to ensure you see it each week. An email subscription is coming! This week, we’re shoving as much transportation news, tidbits and insights in here as possible in ho...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Elon Musk, Florida, Wtf, New York, Indonesia, California, Boston, Singapore, Softbank, US, San Francisco, Tech, Earnest


Uber Freight is expanding into Europe

Uber Freight, the newly spun out Uber business unit that helps truck drivers connect with shipping companies, is kicking off its global expansion plans. The company said Wednesday it is launching the app in Europe, starting with the Netherlands. Local carriers and drivers will be able to book and move their first loads with Uber Freight in the next few weeks, CEO Lior Ron wrote in a blog posted Wednesday. Uber Freight plans to expand to more European countries this year. The EU and U....
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Europe, Texas, China, San Francisco, Tech, Eu, European Union, Automotive, Airbnb, Carsharing, Ron, Andrew Smith, Lior Ron, Uber Freight


Transportation Weekly: Uber’s spending habits, Tesla Model Y, scooters and AVs in Austin

Welcome back to Transportation Weekly; I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. We love the reader feedback. Keep it coming. Never heard of TechCrunch’s Transportation Weekly? Catch up by reading the first edition here or check out , which offered the gamut of mobility news from Lyft and Bird to Waymo’s laser bears and cybersecurity. As I’ve written before, consider this a soft launch. Follow me on Twitter @kirstenkorosec to ensure you see it each week. An...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Washington, Softbank, Israel, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg, E-commerce, AV, Artificial Intelligence, Austin, Automotive


GM Cruise snags Dropbox HR head to hire at least 1,000 engineers by end of year

GM Cruise plans to hire hundreds of employees over the next nine months, doubling its engineering staff, TechCrunch has learned. It’s an aggressive move by the autonomous vehicle technology company to double its size as it pushes to deploy a robotaxi service by the end of the year. Arden Hoffman, who helped scale Dropbox, will leave the file-sharing and storage company to head up human resources at Cruise. The GM subsidiary, which has more than 1,000 employees, is expanding its office space i...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Cloud Storage, Softbank, San Francisco, Tech, General Motors, Artificial Intelligence, Software, Cruise, Automotive, Computing, Gm, Dropbox, Autonomous Vehicles, Honda


GM Cruise snags Dropbox HR head to hire 1,000 engineers by the end of the year

GM Cruise plans to hire 1,000 more engineers over the next nine months, TechCrunch has learned. It’s an aggressive move by the autonomous vehicle technology company to double its size as it pushes to deploy a robotaxi service by the end of the year. Arden Hoffman, who helped scale Dropbox, will leave the file-sharing and storage company to head up human resources at Cruise. The GM subsidiary is expanding its office space in San Francisco to accommodate the growth. GM Cruise will keep its head...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Cloud Storage, Softbank, San Francisco, Tech, General Motors, Artificial Intelligence, Software, Cruise, Automotive, Computing, Gm, Dropbox, Autonomous Vehicles, Honda


Lyft lays off up to 50 in bikes and scooters as it gears up for another wave of launches

As Lyft continues to prepare for its IPO, the on-demand transportation startup is trimming staff to cut costs ahead of another wave of expansion. TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that Lyft has laid off around 50 staff in its bike and scooter division, mainly people who had joined the company when it acquired the electric bike sharing startup Motivate a deal that closed about . The cuts range from managers and through to technical people and those holding less senior roles, and have been ...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Lyft, Layoffs, New York, Washington, New York City, US, San Francisco, Tech, Automotive, Ford, Scooters, Hiring, Sxsw, Boston San Francisco



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