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E-bike or electric scooter: Which is right for you?

As personal electric vehicles become more powerful and affordable, e-bikes and standing electric scooters have become increasingly practical alternatives to traditional transportation methods for many people, especially those in crowded cities. But when it comes down to spending your hard-earned money, you might be asking yourself which form of electrified two-wheel transport is best for you. I’m lucky enough to have been able to try a variety of these electric vehicles, constantly weighing the ...
Tags: Startups, Shift, Basics, Plugged


The Yamaha Civante is the company’s first 28mph e-bike in the US

Yamaha might be best known for its instruments and motorcycles, but it was also the first company to introduce modern e-bikes, way back in 1993. While it may not be as big in the modern e-bike world as the likes of Bosch or Bafang, the company’s motors have made their name with brands such as Giant and Haibike, and the company has recently been expanding its own first-party line-up too. Today, the company is taking a big step forward in the e-bike world by announcing its first 28mph (Class 3) e-...
Tags: Startups, US, Shift, Bosch, Yamaha, Bafang, Plugged, Yamaha Civante


Drones and aerial vehicles are set to change our cities, but how?

Drones, personal flying vehicles, and air taxis may be part of our everyday life in the very near future. Drones and air taxis will create new means of mobility and transport routes. Drones will be used for surveillance, delivery and in the construction sector as it moves towards automation. The introduction of these aerial craft into cities will require the built environment to change dramatically. Drones and other new aerial vehicles will require landing pads, charging points, and drone ports....
Tags: Startups, Tech, Shift, Insider, Syndication


Uber to launch London boat taxis — but its operating license debacle remains unresolved

This summer, Uber is launching its first water-based taxi service on the Thames river that runs through the center of London. However, it still hasn’t had its taxi cab operating license  for the city renewed after being canceled by regulators last year. The American ride hailing company is going to work with Thames Clippers, a company that already runs river bus services on the city’s river, to provide the service. As with its other services, Uber is leaving the actual driving to someone else. A...
Tags: Startups, London, Cars, Ride-share, Shift, Thames River, Thames Clippers


Watch: Jay Leno drives the subscription-only ‘car of the future’

The future of motoring is promising a lot: e-scooters everywhere, more environmentally friendly drivetrains, autonomous features, and now, vehicles that you “own” by paying a monthly subscription fee. In general tech, this isn’t a new idea at all. Netflix, Strava, Amazon Prime, Spotify and many others all sell their products on subscription models. But it is kind of a new thing when it comes to owning a car. While some companies have offered subscription services before — Jaguar Land Rover annou...
Tags: Startups, Electric Vehicle, UK, Jay Leno, Cars, Tech, Jaguar Land Rover, Shift, Netflix Strava Amazon Prime Spotify


UK’s Royal Mail has a new ‘green’ delivery van — but it’s really an ‘electric’ London taxi

What’s the difference between taxi drivers and mail delivery people? According to the UK’s Royal Mail service, not a lot it would seem. The United Kingdom’s Royal Mail is set to trial an electric delivery vehicle based on the London Electric Vehicle Company‘s (LEVC) electric black cabs. In an announcement made earlier today, the postal service said that it will test one of the vehicles in urban locations including: Birmingham, Derby, Leeds, Edinburgh, and Bristol. Hockley, in the Birmingham subu...
Tags: Startups, Electric Vehicle, UK, London, Cars, United Kingdom, Royal Mail, Birmingham, Shift, LEVC, London Electric Vehicle Company, Birmingham Derby Leeds Edinburgh, Bristol Hockley


How Barcelona is using AI on its subway trains to curb spread of COVID-19

This article was originally published by Sarah Wray on Cities Today, the leading news platform on urban mobility and innovation, reaching an international audience of city leaders. For the latest updates follow Cities Today on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube, or sign up for Cities Today News. A smart ventilation system is being trialled on Barcelona’s metro network to maximize fresh air, regulate temperature and humidity and help stop the spread of coronavirus. Transports Met...
Tags: Startups, Barcelona, Artificial Intelligence, Shift, Sarah Wray, Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona TMB


OOOF, pinch me! Jaguar trademark adds fuel to all-electric F-Type successor speculation

Jaguar’s all-electric i-Pace is proving quite popular at the moment, even famed car designer Henrik Fisker drives one, but let’s be honest, it doesn’t get our motor running in the way the F-Type does. But lucky for us, Jaguar could have an electric sports car on the way. According to a filing made in the last few months, spotted by Autocar, the British automaker is attempting to trademark the name “Jaguar EV-Type,” suggesting that an all-electric sports car could be on the horizon. [Read: ‘Cold-...
Tags: Startups, Electric Vehicle, Cars, Jaguar, Henrik Fisker, Shift


‘Cold-hearted’ Tesla threatened to close its dealerships without telling employees first

Since early last year, Tesla reportedly assessed the viability of its dealerships and stores, and with little regard for people who might be most affected by it. According to Business Insider, which spoke with 27 Tesla dealership employees, the company made a series of slapdash announcements in February last year, which said that the company would be “winding down many of [its] stores.” Despite the gravity of the initial announcement, it mentioned casually in a blog post about a new upcoming Mod...
Tags: Startups, Electric Vehicle, Cars, Tesla, Shift


Watch Tesla’s meteoric rise — set to techno-remixed Elon Musk tweets

Tesla eclipsed Toyota to become the world’s largest car maker by market cap last week — truly a milestone in automotive history. While founded in 2003, it’s been 10 years since the Elon Musk-led electric car company (that also produces batteries) went public. In that time, its market value has grown spectacularly, by nearly 10,000%. [Read: Tesla short sellers lost $1.33B on Thursday’s stock pump — Musk only got richer] Yep, that’s right. 10,000%. At the end of its first day of public trading on ...
Tags: Startups, Elon Musk, Tesla, Toyota, Shift, Hard Fork


UK e-scooter legalization: Everything you need to know

Electric scooters will become legal on roads in England, Scotland and Wales from Saturday July 4 2020 if obtained through a share scheme. Following the release of government guidance as part of a 12-month trial of such schemes, e-scooter companies are preparing to get the vehicles onto the streets of British cities as soon as possible. Around 50 councils have expressed interest in hosting the schemes, with Middlesborough named as a potential site for early adoption. The scooters will be limited ...
Tags: Startups, UK, Wales, Shift, England Scotland, Middlesborough, Syndication


How researchers analyzed Allstate’s car insurance algorithm

State regulators and consumer advocacy groups have scrutinized Allstate Corporation’s use of big data and personalized pricing in the way it calculates how much the company charges its private auto insurance customers. We tested whether Allstate’s personalized pricing algorithm treated customers differently based on non-risk factors by analyzing rare customer-level data we found in documents that were part of a 2013 rate filing submitted for approval and subsequently disapproved by Maryland regu...
Tags: Startups, Maryland, Tech, Allstate, Shift, Allstate Corporation, Syndication


How Ford is making sure its F150 remains the most popular truck ever

This article was originally published by Michael Coates on Clean Fleet Report, a publication that gives its readers the information they need to move to cars and trucks with best fuel economy, including electric cars, fuel cells, plug-in hybrids, hybrids and advanced diesel and gasoline engines. It’s only been five years since the last major redesign of the Ford F-150, not a long time historically in the truck world, but with competition heating up both in the traditional competitors and newcome...
Tags: Startups, Ford, Shift, Michael Coates, Syndication


This motorcycle reimagines a radical 100-year-old art-deco design

This article was originally published by Michael Lange on Clean Fleet Report, a publication that gives its readers the information they need to move to cars and trucks with best fuel economy, including electric cars, fuel cells, plug-in hybrids, hybrids and advanced diesel and gasoline engines. The electric motorcycle has reignited an optimism in design the likes of which we haven’t seen in over a century. The very structure of the motorcycle we’ve come to know is largely rooted in its function,...
Tags: Startups, Shift, Michael Lange


Remembering the Boeing 747, the jumbo jet that started it all

According to people in the know, Boeing looks like it’s discontinuing its iconic 747 jumbo jet. In just two years time, the last of the twin-aisle jumbos will leave its Seattle-based factory. The news comes from a Bloomberg report that cites “people familiar with the matter,” who say the news hasn’t officially been announced to Boeing‘s employees but can be “teased out from subtle wording changes in financial statements.” I guess we’ll just have to take their word for it, for now. [Read: Remembe...
Tags: Startups, Planes, Bloomberg, World, Seattle, Boeing, Shift, Nucleon Ford


BMW’s feature subscription service is anti-consumer rubbish

Yesterday, Bavarian automaker BMW announced that it’s going to start offering some vehicle features as paid for options as part of its in-car “connected” services. In the future, BMW drivers could be able to add features to their vehicle as and when they please, by purchasing options — like cruise control and heated seats — from BMW through the vehicle‘s ConnectedDrive store or the “My BMW App.” It’s not gone down well If you needed convincing that this is probably a terrible idea, read this pie...
Tags: Startups, Cars, Tech, Bmw, Jalopnik, Shift, Jason Torchinsky


Study: No, bikes aren’t really slowing cars down

One of the most common complaints cyclists hear from drivers is that bikes slow them down on city streets. It’s common to have drivers dangerously overtake you on crowded roads due to MGIF (Must-Get-In-Front) syndrome. Bikes can’t go as fast as a car, so obviously they’re slowing down the other motorists on the road, right? Not so fast. A study published in the Transportation Research Record journal last month suggests that on average, cyclists have a negligible impact on traffic speeds — genera...
Tags: Startups, Portland, Shift, Forbes, Plugged, Transportation Research Record


Study: No, bikes aren’t really slowing drivers down

One of the most common complaints cyclists hear from drivers is that bikes slow them down on city streets. It’s common to have drivers dangerously overtake you on crowded roads due to MGIF (Must-Get-In-Front) syndrome. Bikes can’t go as fast as a car, so obviously they’re slowing down the other motorists on the road, right? Not so fast. A study published in the Transportation Research Record journal last month suggests that on average, cyclists have a negligible impact on traffic speeds — genera...
Tags: Startups, Portland, Shift, Forbes, Plugged, Transportation Research Record


How does your driving speed affect your car’s emissions?

Every car has an optimal speed range that results in minimum fuel consumption, but this range differs between vehicle types, design and age. Typically it looks like this graph below: fuel consumption rises from about 80km/h, partly because air resistance increases. But speed is only one factor. No matter what car you are driving, you can reduce fuel consumption (and therefore emissions) by driving more smoothly. This includes anticipating corners and avoiding sudden braking, taking the foot off ...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Shift


Tesla battery cooling fault coverup heats up as feds get involved

The US highways traffic safety authority (NHTSA) is reportedly looking into claims that Tesla covered up faults with its Model S battery cooling system and knowingly sold vehicles that weren’t up to spec. This is according to a new report from the LA Times, that itself was spurred on by an exclusive investigation by Business Insider that claimed to have uncovered evidence that Tesla was knowingly selling potentially dangerous vehicles. BI’s original article purported that from 2012, Tesla shippe...
Tags: Startups, Cars, US, Tech, Tesla, Shift, Nhtsa, LA Times


Senior Zoox engineers rush to work for Waymo a week after Amazon acquisition

Last week, Amazon bought self-driving startup Zoox for over $1billion. Now, two of Zoox’s longest serving engineers have left to work for Alphabet subsidiary and rival, Waymo. Last week, e-commerce giant Amazon bought self-driving startup Zoox with the intention of helping it “realize its dream.” But Amazon doesn’t really have any business in robotaxis, so it’s not immediately clear what the online retailer is wanting to get out of the deal. Some, including TNW, suggest that Amazon might eventua...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Cars, TNW, Self-driving, Shift, Waymo, Zoox


Amazon shelled out $1.2B for Zoox, but should stay away from robotaxis

Early last week, rumors that e-commerce giant Amazon would be buying an autonomous vehicle startup started to surface. By the end of the week, it was a done deal. But what is Amazon doing buying an autonomous vehicle startup? According to a Financial Times report, Amazon recently paid $1.2 billion to buy self-driving tech up-and-comer, Zoox. This makes it Amazon’s biggest foray into self-driving tech, and one of the company’s biggest acquisitions ever. I need to be honest here, Zoox isn’t one of...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Cars, Financial Times, Self-driving, Shift, Zoox


Some UK bus riders will get Facebook DMs to warn if transport is too busy as lockdown lifts

This article was originally published by Sarah Wray on Cities Today, the leading news platform on urban mobility and innovation, reaching an international audience of city leaders. For the latest updates follow Cities Today on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube, or sign up for Cities Today News. Oxfordshire County Council is using technology from UK start-up Zipabout to help manage demand on its bus network as COVID-19 lockdown restrictions continue to be eased in the UK. Zipabo...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, UK, Social Media, Shift, Sarah Wray, Cities Today News Oxfordshire County Council, Zipabout


UK to begin shared e-scooter trials next week, way ahead of schedule

The coronavirus pandemic has pushed the UK government to speed up its trial and potential introduction of e-scooter schemes in the country. According to scheme guidance published late yesterday, the UK‘s Department for Transport (DfT) is fast-tracking and expanding the nation’s trials of e-scooter services in an attempt to prompt a safe and “green” restart to local travel as coronavirus lockdown measures are lifted. It also hopes the services will ease public transport demand. [Read: Chinese EV ...
Tags: Startups, UK, Scooters, Shift, Tesla Model, E-scooters, Xpeng


Chinese EV maker Xpeng starts shipping its hotly anticipated Tesla Model 3 rival

Chinese EV maker, Xpeng, will start delivering its cheaper and rangier rival to Tesla‘s Model 3, the P7. According to a company announcement made last Sunday, Xpeng has started delivering the vehicle across China, South China Morning Post reports. If you don’t know the P7, it costs just $32,470 compared to the Model 3’s $38,350 (after subsidies), it also has 38 km more range than the Tesla. Understandably people are excited about getting a comparable vehicle for a decent discount. [Read: Don’t g...
Tags: Startups, Electric Vehicle, Cars, Tesla, Shift, Xpeng, China South China Morning Post


Don’t get your hopes up, Tesla probably isn’t working on LiDAR for Autopilot

Tesla, or rather the company’s CEO Elon Musk, isn’t really a fan of LiDAR sensors when it comes to autonomous vehicles. So why has a Model S test mule recently been spotted with a LiDAR-based sensor arrangement? Yesterday, Electrek reader Matt Crowley shared some snaps with the EV magazine of a Tesla Model S, that had a roof-mounted rig with a bunch of non-standard Tesla sensors on it — including what looks like LiDAR. But it’s unlikely that the company will introduce the tech to its vehicles — ...
Tags: Startups, Cars, Tesla, Self-driving, Shift, Matt Crowley, CEO Elon Musk


France bans VanMoof’s edgy ebike advert for being ‘anti-car’

A television advert from VanMoof, an ebike maker based in the cycling motherland of the Netherlands, has been banned on French TV for a surprisingly contradictory reason. The 45 second ad, which was released earlier this month, pictures a futuristic looking car melting into the ether, as sounds and images of congestion, police cars, riots, crisis, and protest play over the top. For the times we live in, it’s poignant stuff — but it seems too powerful for the French. Check it out below: According...
Tags: Startups, France, Cars, Netherlands, Shift, Vanmoof, eBikes, Plugged, Adformatie


These e-bike accessories make riding more practical, safe, and fun

Last year, I decided I would start getting around New York City on an e-bike instead of dealing with crowded public transportation and expensive cabs. It’s one of the best choices I’ve ever made. Most of that time has been spent riding a Juiced Bikes CrossCurrent X, although many were tested on a litany of other e-bikes as well. Over time, I’ve adopted several accessories to improve the riding experience, livability, and practicality of these bikes – many upgrades which I now can’t imagine livin...
Tags: Startups, New York City, Shift, Plugged


This new radar lets cars see around corners

Researchers at a US university have developed a new kind of radar which — when equipped with some AI wizardry — can help cars see round corners. Princeton university engineers have created a type of Doppler radar, typically used to catch speeding cars, that bounces radio waves off stationary objects to effectively “see” around corners. Coupled with algorithms that interpret how the radiowaves reflect off secondary objects, the radar can interpret moving objects that are out of human view. It kin...
Tags: Startups, Cars, US, Artificial Intelligence, Princeton, Shift, Loch Ness, McDonald, Neural


McDonald’s will add EV chargers to hundreds of its UK restaurants — and I’m lovin’ it

As Burger King in the US is giving away free burgers to irresponsible Tesla drivers, on the other side of the Atlantic, McDonald’s UK is rolling out EV fast-chargers at its restaurants. The UK arm of the fast-food chain is reportedly installing hundreds of EV chargers at its locations around the country after agreeing a partnership with infrastructure provider, InstaVolt, the Independent reports. While the burger chain hasn’t given a specific number of restaurants that will get the chargers, it ...
Tags: Startups, Electric Vehicle, UK, Cars, US, Tesla, Shift, McDonald, EV Chargers, Atlantic McDonald 's UK, InstaVolt the Independent



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