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Zombie clunkers: has your local bus been resurrected in Guatemala?

Phased out vehicles often end up back in use in developing countries – a form of dumping with serious environmental consequencesIn a sparsely furnished office overlooking dozens of buses at the Zone 21 depot in Guatemala City, Jorge Castro flips through photographs on his mobile phone. He settles on one.“There’s the bus when I bought it in Maryland,” he says proudly. It is a blue and white bus emblazoned with the words “Ride On”, the name of Montgomery County’s public transit system. Continue re...
Tags: Maryland, Environment, Americas, World news, US news, Cities, Transport, Transport policy, Guatemala, Montgomery County, Guatemala City, Jorge Castro


UK weather: warning of ice as temperatures fall further

Met Office issues alert over icy roads and pavements after snow and sleet showers hit UKWinter is expected to tighten its grip on the UK after widespread snow and sleet showers on Tuesday.Wednesday is forecast to be the chilliest day of the week, with northern areas experiencing temperatures of -2C (28F). As well as icy stretches and frost in the morning, the Met Office forecasts sunny spells, particularly through the central spine of the UK. Coastal areas can expect more snow and sleet showers ...
Tags: Weather, UK, UK News, Transport, Met Office


Elon Musk says Tesla vehicles will soon get a ‘Sentry Mode’

Tesla owners may soon have a way to see (and record) damage that happens to their vehicles when they’re unattended. Tesla will roll out “Tesla Sentry Mode” for all cars with Enhanced Autopilot, CEO Elon Musk said in a tweet Tuesday. Musk didn’t provide anymore information about when this feature might be available and how it might work. TechCrunch has reached out to Tesla for more details. The name suggests that this feature would stand guard, so to speak by either keeping the dash cam on ...
Tags: Elon Musk, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Ceo, Automotive, Transport, Tesla Model S, Tesla Autopilot


Companies press Brexit panic button in further blow to Theresa May

P&O opts for Cypriot flag, Sony confirms HQ move and Pets at Home stockpiles cat foodThe scale of no-deal panic gripping major companies has been thrown into sharp focus by a series of damage-limitation announcements, as corporate Britain signalled it is running out of patience with Westminster gridlock.Sir James Dyson, the Brexit-backing billionaire, dealt a further blow to the government by revealing he is shifting his company headquarters to Singapore in a move that drew sharp criticism. Cont...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, Technology, Singapore, European Union, UK News, Retail industry, Britain, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Transport, Water transport, Sony, Corporate Governance, Transport policy


Waymo plans to open a self-driving car factory in Michigan

Waymo and Magna plan to build thousands of self-driving cars at a factory in southeast Michigan, including autonomous versions of the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE and Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan. Waymo, the former Google self-driving project that spun out to become a business under Alphabet, announced Tuesday that the Michigan Economic Development Corporation voted to approve the company’s plan to set up a manufacturing facility in the state to build its self-driving vehicles. The MEDC ...
Tags: Google, Tech, Companies, X, Austria, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Fca, Transport, Chrysler, Jaguar, Jaguar Land Rover, Michigan, Self-driving Cars, Emerging-technologies, John Krafcik


'Planning is a nightmare': Irish milk firm fears 'lights out' after Brexit

Strathroy dairy in Omagh is busy devising a survival strategy as the backstop debates continuePat Haskins steers his tanker towards the river Blackwater, a murky waterway that in theory will soon mark the frontier between the United Kingdom and the European Union.A narrow sliver separating rolling hills in County Monaghan in the Irish Republic from rolling hills in County Tyrone in Northern Ireland, it is not much to look at. Blink and you miss the drive across the short two-lane bridge. Contin...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, UK News, World news, Ireland, Farming, United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, Transport, Road transport, Brexit, County Tyrone, Haskins, Irish Republic, Omagh


Transport innovation of the week: the Boring Company Loop

The Boring Company is an idea that Elon Musk hatched while sitting in traffic in California. Wouldn’t it be easier if there were tunnels under the city that could take us anywhere we wanted to go, in the comfort of our own cars? There are of course tunnels under the city that take people anywhere […]
Tags: Elon Musk, California, Future, Transport, Boring Company Loop


Prince Philip should face prosecution if liable, says woman injured in crash

Emma Fairweather said the 97-year-old had not personally reached out after crashThe woman who suffered a broken wrist in a car crash involving the Duke of Edinburgh believes “absolutely” the royal should not escape prosecution if a police investigation indicates him to be at fault.Emma Fairweather, 45, who was travelling with a female friend, 28, and a nine-month-old baby, also described Prince Philip’s decision to get back behind the wheel without a seatbelt less than 48 hours after the crash a...
Tags: UK News, World news, Transport, Monarchy, Road Safety, Edinburgh, Norfolk, Philip, Prince Philip, Emma Fairweather


For lorries queuing at congested Calais, no-deal Brexit looms large

In the first of a short series, Lisa O’Carroll joins a British driver to navigate the ‘frictionless trade’ of the French portSimon Wilkinson, a British lorry driver, is surveying about 1,000 lorries amassing at the “queue for the queue” about half a mile from a French port. “This is frictionless trade on a Thursday afternoon in Calais,” he said.Wilkinson runs a small haulage company in Kent that specialises in transporting frozen food. Like all hauliers, he is looking ahead to the possibility of...
Tags: Europe, Politics, France, European Union, UK News, Transport, Road transport, Calais, Kent, Brexit, Wilkinson, Lisa O'Carroll


Elderly drivers: when is it time to hand over the car keys?

Loss of autonomy is a painful reality of old age – but it’s hard to let go when, like Prince Philip, you are used to being in chargeIn the wake of his car crash on Thursday afternoon, in which the Duke of Edinburgh rather miraculously walked away unhurt, there has been much speculation over the man’s great age, and whether, at 97, he is now simply too old to operate so independently. Loss of autonomy becomes inevitable when you reach such a ripe vintage, but it is never easy to hand over – in bo...
Tags: Transport, Road Safety, Edinburgh, Philip, Prince Philip


Sony venture arm invests in geocoding startup what3words

Sony’s venture capital arm has invested in what3words, the startup that has divided the entire world into 57 trillion 3-by-3 meter squares and assigned a three-word address to each one. Financial details were not disclosed. The startup’s novel addressing system isn’t the whole story. The ability to integrate what3words into voice assistants is what has piqued the interest and investment from Sony and others. “what3words have solved the considerable problem of entering a precise location into...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Tech, Automotive, Transport, Sony, Automotive Industry, Mercedes Benz, Daimler, TomTom, Cabify, Sony Corporation, What3words, Toshimoto Mitomo


Prince Philip undergoes hospital checks after car crash

Police investigating collision in which two women received minor injuriesThe Duke of Edinburgh has undergone hospital checks on his doctor’s advice following his car accident in which two women received minor injuries and a baby escaped unhurt.Buckingham Palace said Prince Philip, 97, went to the local hospital near the Sandringham estate in Norfolk on Friday, but was found to have no injuries of concern. Continue reading...
Tags: UK News, Transport, Monarchy, Buckingham Palace, Road Safety, Edinburgh, Norfolk, Sandringham, Philip, Prince Philip


Veteran Googler heads to Lyft to lead 1,000-plus person engineering team

Eisar Lipkovitz, a veteran Google executive who most recently led the video and display advertising team there, is leaving the company to head up engineering efforts at Lyft . As executive vice president of engineering, Lipkovitz will be leading Lyft’s engineering team, which now eclipses 1,000 people. Eisar’s hiring comes on the heels of massive growth at Lyft, specifically its engineering team. The ride-hailing company’s engineering team, doubled in size in the last year. It also follows ...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Lyft, Tech, United States, Healthcare, Delta, Transport, Starbucks, Jetblue, Allstate, Executive, Hewlett-packard Enterprise, Gupta, Akamai, Blue Cross Blue Shield


Veteran Googler heads to Lyft to lead team of 1,000-plus engineers

Eisar Lipkovitz, a veteran Google executive who most recently led the video and display advertising team there, is leaving the company to head up engineering efforts at Lyft . As executive vice president of engineering, Lipkovitz will be leading Lyft’s engineering team, which now eclipses 1,000 people. Lipkovitz’s hiring comes on the heels of massive growth at Lyft, specifically its engineering team. The ride-hailing company’s engineering team doubled in size in the last year. It also follo...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Lyft, Tech, United States, Healthcare, Delta, Transport, Starbucks, Jetblue, Allstate, Executive, Hewlett-packard Enterprise, Gupta, Akamai, Blue Cross Blue Shield


Violent crime rises by 43% in three years on London Underground

RMT blames government cuts to TfL’s budget for increase in number of incidentsViolent crime on the London Underground has risen by more than 43% in the past three years, figures have shown.Data from British Transport Police (BTP) showed 2,838 reported incidents took place between November 2017 and September 2018. Between November 2015 and October 2016, there were 1,980. Continue reading...
Tags: London, Crime, UK News, Transport, Rail transport, London Underground, Rmt, Tfl, British Transport Police BTP


Tesla to recall 14,000 Model S cars in China over faulty Takata airbags

China’s top market regulator said on Friday that Tesla will recall a total of 14,123 imported Model S vehicles in the country over potentially deadly airbags. The recall is part of an industry-wide crackdown on Takata-made front passenger airbags, which involves roughly 37 million vehicles including more mainstream brands such as Toyota and Ford, as noted by the United States Department of Transportation. These defective airbags use a propellant that might rupture the airbag and cause serious in...
Tags: Asia, China, Cars, US, Tech, Tesla, Model, Palo Alto, Beijing, Automotive, United States, Airbags, Ford, Shanghai, Transport, Automotive Industry


Dreaming of Mars, the startup Relativity Space gets its first launch site on Earth

3D-printing the first rocket on Mars. That’s the goal Tim Ellis and Jordan Noone set for themselves when they founded Los Angeles-based Relativity Space in 2015. At the time they were working from a WeWork in Seattle, during the darkest winter in Seattle history, where Ellis was wrapping up a stint at Blue Origin . The two had met in college at USC in their jet propulsion lab. Noone had gone on to take a job at SpaceX and Ellis at Blue Origin, but the two remained in touch and had an idea f...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Mississippi, California, Los Angeles, Tech, Nasa, United States, 3d Printing, Transport, Sun


Chris Grayling: 'UK and EU determined to retain air links in any scenario'

Transport secretary insists Sunday Times article was 'categorically untrue'
Tags: Travel, UK, Eu, Transport, Chris Grayling, Sunday Times


India’s Ola is adding a monthly billing option for its ride-hailing customers

Ola, the ride-hailing service battling Uber in India, is introducing credit services to its users as it moves closer to a major new funding round. Today the company took the wraps off Ola Money Postpaid, a service that builds on Ola’s existing payment service — which can be used to pay rides and also third-party services — but offering a credit facility without additional charges. Essentially, the postpaid service lets passengers accumulate rides on Ola and then pay for 15-days of charges ...
Tags: Google, Food, TC, Uber, Asia, Australia, Collaborative Consumption, India, Softbank, Tech, Ceo, United Kingdom, Transport, New Zealand, Electricity, Online Payments


EVs and online marketplaces thrive despite slump in Chinese car sales

China’s massive auto market hit the brakes last year as trade tensions and a softening economy dampened consumer confidence, but one segment soared on account of increasing internet penetration — used car sales. New passenger car sales fell to 23.7 million last year, representing a 4.1 year-over-year drop according to a new report by China’s Association of Automobile Manufacturers, the country’s top auto association. That marks the very first annual decline in the world’s biggest car market sinc...
Tags: Travel, Asia, China, US, Tesla, Car, Beijing, Automotive, United States, Alibaba, Transport, Tencent, Jaguar Land Rover, Car Sales, Shenzhen, Internet Penetration


Dar Es Salaam’s Bus Rapid Transit system

I’ve sung the praises of Bus Rapid Transit systems here before, and in a forthcoming paper from the Green Economy Coalition. So I was pleased to see Dar Es Salaam’s new bus system profiled in the Guardian last week. It’s the first gold standard BRT in Africa, and it won the Sustainable Transport Award for […]
Tags: Africa, Future, Transport, Tanzania, Dar es Salaam, BRT, Green Economy Coalition, Dar Es Salaam 's Bus Rapid Transit


VW investing $800M in Tennessee factory to make next-generation electric vehicles

Volkswagen will spend $800 million to expand a U.S. factory that will produce the automaker’s next generation of electric vehicles. The factory in Chattanooga, Tenn. will be the company’s North American base for manufacturing electric vehicles, VW CEO Dr. Herbert Diess said during a presentation at the Detroit Auto Show on Monday. The expansion is expected to create 1,000 jobs at the plant. VW’s Chattanooga expansion is just a piece of the automaker’s broader plan to move away from diesel in the...
Tags: Electric Vehicle, Europe, China, Germany, Cars, US, America, Tech, Ceo, Automotive, United States, Vw, Tennessee, Transport, Manufacturing, Volkswagen


Ford is making a hybrid Explorer SUV

Ford is adding a hybrid Explorer to the mix, the first time the popular SUV has been offered with any kind of electrification. The automaker unveiled Monday the Explorer hybrid as well as a new Explorer ST at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The reveal followed the debut last week of the 2020 Explorer, a re-crafted model that has a new platform and is loaded with technology. The final assembly for the entire Explorer lineup will be at the Ford Chicago Assembly plant. The...
Tags: TC, Cars, Tech, Engineer, Automotive, United States, Ford, Transport, Ohio, Automotive Industry, Engines, Detroit, Lima, North American International Auto Show, Explorer, Hybrid Vehicle


Schneider’s EVLink car charging stations were easily hackable, thanks to a hardcoded password

Schneider has fixed three vulnerabilities in one of its popular electric car charging stations, which security researchers said could have easily allowed an attacker to remotely take over the unit. At its worst, an attacker can force a plugged-in vehicle to stop charging, rendering it useless in a “denial-of-service state,” an attack favored by some threat actors as it’s an effective way of forcing something to stop working. The bugs were fixed with a software update that rolled out on September...
Tags: Security, Energy, Gadgets, New York, Tech, Broadband, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Transport, Electric Car, Internet Connectivity, Charging Stations, Positive, Schneider, Inductive Charging, Positive Technologies


Cadillac’s first electric vehicle will be a crossover

Cadillac revealed Sunday what will likely be the first electric vehicle in the luxury brand’s portfolio. And surprise, it’s a crossover. The images of the full-size crossover SUV, which was unveiled during a debut party for the 2020 Cadillac XT6 in Detroit, kicks off a transformation of GM’s luxury brand. On Friday, GM announced plans to turn Cadillac into its lead electric vehicle brand in a bid to compete against Tesla as well as a host of other automakers bringing EVs onto the market. No...
Tags: Electric Vehicle, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Transport, Gm, Detroit, Cadillac, General-motors, Chevrolet Bolt, Escalade, Bolt EV GM


MoD sends planners to ministries over post-Brexit border fears

Military to assist government departments set to take brunt of no-deal chaos or backlogMilitary planners have been deployed to the Department for Transport, the Home Office and the Foreign Office as officials desperately try to avoid backlogs and chaos at the border in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the Observer can disclose.Details released under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that 14 military planners have been dispatched by the Ministry of Defence to key ministries, which also include ...
Tags: Politics, Eu, UK News, Britain, Military, Ministry Of Defence, Transport, Chris Grayling, Transport policy, Whitehall, Brexit, Foreign Office, Cabinet Office, Department for Transport the Home Office


GM is transforming Cadillac into an electric brand

General Motors is turning Cadillac into its lead electric vehicle brand in a bid to compete against Tesla as well as a host of other automakers bringing EVs onto the market. Plans are already underway to introduce the first model from the company’s new battery electric vehicle architecture, GM said Friday during an investor meeting. GM said this new BEV architecture will be the foundation for an advanced family of “profitable EVs,” a  word choice  likely meant to express the automaker’s convi...
Tags: Electric Vehicle, Europe, Cars, Tech, General-motors, Tesla, Automotive, United States, Ford, Transport, Gm, Automotive Industry, Bolt, North America, Chevrolet, Nissan


Train death: woman leaned out of window despite warning sticker – report

Bethan Roper, 28, from Wales, was hit by branch on way back from Christmas shopping tripA woman suffered fatal head injuries while leaning out of a train window below a warning sticker, an accident report has found.Bethan Roper, 28, died on the Great Western Railway train near Twerton in Bath on 1 December. Her head was out the window of a door when it was struck by a tree branch while the train was travelling at 85mph. Continue reading...
Tags: Wales, UK News, Transport, Rail transport, Bristol, Great Western Railway, Bethan Roper, Twerton


Flying taxis: Uber partner reveals design

Uber on track to deliver aerial rideshare network by 2023 as manufacturer Bell Helicopter unveils full-scale model in Las VegasUber got a step closer to on-demand aerial taxis this week, as partner company Bell Helicopter unveiled a new flying car design in Las Vegas. The scale model of a hybrid-electric aircraft, called Nexus, is being exhibited at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in the city until 11 January.Uber said the Nexus represents “a major step in its Elevate initiative to create an ...
Tags: Travel, Uber, Technology, World news, US news, Ces, Transport, Sharing Economy, Las Vegas, Flights, Green travel, Bell Helicopter


World’s most valuable AI startup SenseTime unveils self-driving center in Japan

The world’s highest-valued artificial intelligence startup SenseTime has set foot in Japan. The Beijing-based firm announced on Friday that it just opened a self-driving facility in Joso, a historic city 50 kilometers away from Tokyo where it plans to conduct R&D and road test driverless vehicles. The initiative follows its agreement with Japanese auto giant Honda in 2017 to jointly work on autonomous driving technology. SenseTime, which is backed by Alibaba and last valued at more than $4.5 ...
Tags: Transportation, Asia, Japan, China, Softbank, Tech, Bloomberg, Artificial Intelligence, Beijing, Automation, Alibaba, Transport, Tokyo, Self-driving Cars, Baidu, Honda