As someone who has always wanted a motorcycle (ITS NOT A PHASE, MOM!), I am always excited to see new improvements in terms of motorcycle safety. That way, I can present my parents with a Powerpoint presentation replete with all the ways I can “safely” ride a motorcycle. So, when I read that the Whistler Group, Inc.m introduced a new Helmet Safety Light called the MotoGlo, I was pleased as punch. Do the kids still say that?
Uber and UberX have come under fire recently as governments around the world place fines against the ridesharing service or, in some cases, threaten to pursue legal action against the company. In Sydney, the latter is taking place, as some drivers are being warned that they could end up in a courtroom because of their work for UberX. The ridesharing service is allegedly not in compliance with some of Sydney’s laws, which puts UberX in a very bad scenario.
Tesla has been confronted with multiple legal disputes in recent months as certain states try to prevent the company from selling directly to consumers. At least one more state is giving in and will not block Tesla from selling to consumers. A law has been enacted in New York that lets the car company sell directly to consumers in its five current locations, but any future locations must be dealerships. This compromise will at least allow Tesla to maintain its presence in the state.
Tesla has opened up its electric car patents so that other automotive companies can push the industry forward. Tesla CEO Elon Musk says that the growth of the industry is far more important than Tesla holding onto its patents and suing people if they create cars that have similar functions. From Musk’s point of view, Tesla is secure in its place in the electric car market, and there isn’t anything to worry about if other companies come out with more similar vehicles.
Uber is growing at an impressive rate and even though it has faced criticism in certain markets, the car service is now active in 120 cities and 40 different countries. With investors continuing to dump money into the company–Uber just received an additional $1.2 billion–the service’s valuation has grown to $17 billion after being active for just five years. The five-year old company has seen the majority of its growth in the past two years which makes its new valuation even more impressive.
An off-duty Uber employee has been arrested after he picked up a woman who was drunk with the intention of sexually assaulting her. This arrest leaves the car-service company in a position where it must clear its name and restore the trust of customers who may be concerned about having an Uber employee pick them up.
Google’s new self-driving cars may be tiny and cute but that doesn’t mean that they cannot completely disrupt the current automotive market. Mark Reuss, a product development executive at General Motorrs, told Bloomberg that if Google continues to push forward with its own self-driving cars, the company could become a real threat.
Google is stepping things and has begun offering test drives in a new self-driving car prototype that has just two seats and doesn’t come with pedals or a steering wheel.
The Government of Canada has announced that the country’s airlines will be permitted to enable fliers to use electronics gate-to-gate, as long as no devices interfere with a plane’s equipment. A longstanding restriction on in-flight electronics use was lifted in the US by the FAA in 2013 and a similar change is now occurring in Canada.
Even if you are already legally able to drive, California will require special licenses for operators of self-driving cars and those licenses will become available this September. Since there are no self-driving cars on the retail market yet, the licenses are solely for employees of companies like Google who need to test the cars on public roads, something that California announced would become legal in the state.
The self-driving car market is already starting to gain some traction with the help of Google and some well-established car manufactures but Lux Research thinks that the market will really pick up by 2030. At that point, the industry will be valued at $87 billion with more than 120 million autonomous cars on the road.
Self-driving cars now appear to be the next obvious step in car technology and Google is paving the way for auto manufacturers to enter that market. During a press event in Mountain View, California on Tuesday, Google provided 30-minute rides to journalists. In the past, only select journalists were given rides but they are becoming more common as time passes.