Tag: Transportation

FlixMobility raises $531 million for carpooling options on its AI-driven mobility platform

Germany’s FlixMobility has reportedly raised a $531 million venture capital round that values the company at more than $2 billion. The company issued a press release today announcing it had raised a large funding round, though it declined to reveal the amount. However, sources told Reuters that it was $531 million, easily the largest for […]

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How Royal Caribbean is using computer vision to track crowds at dining destinations

Royal Carribean’s Spectrum of The Seas — the third-largest class of cruise ship in the world by gross tonnage — can accommodate over 6,000 people and 2,500 crewmembers during its nine-night Asia voyages. That’s a lot of mouths to feed, particularly mornings prior to port, when throngs of passengers nab breakfast before deboarding. So how […]

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Bing Maps gains improved real-time transit updates and alternate routes handling

Not to be outdone by Google, which recently launched AI-informed bus traffic delays and commute busyness estimates in Google Maps, Microsoft today highlighted a few of the improvements that have rolled out to Bing Maps over the past six months. They mainly involve real-time updates and trip frequency features, but also touch on alternate route […]

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Uber now gives passengers ride credits for buying stuff through Cargo’s in-car commerce platform

Cargo, an in-car commerce company that helps ride-hailing drivers earn extra cash by selling stuff to passengers, is officially launching its Cargo Store mobile app today, giving riders the chance to earn cash back on a host of goods from an expanded marketplace. By way of a quick recap, Cargo has so far partnered with […]

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Google Maps now displays bike-sharing stations worldwide

Google Maps is bringing bike-sharing station information to global markets from today, more than a year after first debuting the feature in New York City. Google introduced an integration with Citi Bike in the Big Apple last April, showing travelers the nearest bike-sharing station and revealing how many bikes are currently available. Now, the internet […]

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5G RailNext wins grant to bring AR to South Korean and U.K. subways

Subways are fertile ground for sci-fi movies, serving as perfect backdrops to reveal the mass adoption of futuristic technologies. Now the United Kingdom and South Korea are preparing to turn subway science fiction into fact, using 5G cellular technology to bring augmented and mixed reality content into their metro systems, with the potential to expand to […]

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Volta Charging borrows $44 million to energize its ad-based electric car charging network

Finding a spot to juice up an electric vehicle is rarely a walk in the park. In the U.S. as of 2018, there were approximately only 57,000 outlets and 20,000 charging stations across the country, the bulk of which were concentrated in California. And according to a recent study published by the International Council on […]

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Near nabs $100 million for big data insights into people and places

Near, an AI-powered platform that crunches mobility data from 1.6 billion devices globally to deliver insights on human behavior, has raised $100 million in a series D round of funding from Greater Pacific Capital (GPC). Founded in 2012, Near pools datasets from myriad third-party sources, including data aggregators, app developers, public Wi-Fi hotspots, censuses, and […]

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Waze now displays toll road pricing for drivers in the U.S. and Canada

Waze is rolling out a new feature in the U.S. and Canada that lets drivers see how much they can expect to spend on tolls for any given route. The crowd-powered navigation app, bought by Google back in 2013, already allows drivers to route around toll roads to save money. But now the app will display […]

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MIT CSAIL makes AI that helps drones land like a helicopter and fly like a plane

Drones are versatile machines, which is why they’ve been used to ferry food to golf courses, perform reconnaissance for firefighters and first responders, and put on light shows at the Olympics opening ceremonies. But their propeller-forward form factors aren’t exactly conducive to power efficiency, which limits their flight time. Fortunately, researchers at MIT’s Computer Science […]

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Car contracts: Advice for tech companies entering the auto space

As the automotive and technology industries collide, many tech companies find themselves in an exciting but daunting position: having to contract with established auto makers. These contracts can have long-lasting effects on how the technology is built, on how risk is shared between the tech company and the parts manufacturer, and on who owns any […]

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