GM’s Maven starts offering one-way car sharing

General Motors’ new car-sharing service, Maven, will provide customers access to highly personalized, on-demand mobility services. Maven will offer its car-sharing program in Ann Arbor, Michigan, initially focusing on serving faculty and students at the University of Michigan. GM vehicles will be available at 21 spots across the city. Additional city-based programs will launch in major U.S. metropolitan areas later this year. (Photo by John F. Martin for General Motors) GM’s Maven has begun rolling out one-way car sharing for its members in Ann Arbor and Detroit, letting users pick up vehicles and use to them to get between Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan, and between Detroit and the Detroit Metro airport. The one-way service is a big advantage for car sharing services, since it means users don’t have to worry about planning their… Read More

Uber is researching flying short-haul urban transportation

2770250700_751ae69600_o Short-haul flights in airborne taxis: It’s next-level alright, but is it next-level hype, or something city-dwellers can actually look forward to? Uber is betting it’s the latter, according to comments made by the company’s head of products to Recode’s Kara Swisher at a conference this past weekend. Uber’s Jeff Holden said on stage that his company is… Read More

Microsoft teams up with Renault-Nissan on in-car productivity and connectivity

http://www.nissanusa.com/blog/autonomous-drive-car Microsoft has already expressed some interest on bringing Office to the car, and it sounds like it’ll continue to do that work with Renault-Nissan via a new tie-up between the two companies. The newly formed strategic partnership will see Microsoft help the automaker develop more connectivity services, particularly through the use of Azure cloud services. What does the partnership… Read More

Uber launches gift cards in 35K retail locations across the U.S.

giftcard_blog_header-2 Uber is adding its own gift cards to the list of ways you can pay for the service. The ride hailing startup has debuted physical cards that will go on sale in 35,000 retail locations across the U.S. over the next few weeks, including stores like Walmart, Target and CVS. The company will also be selling them directly from Uber.com, and the gift cards can be redeemed in the Uber mobile app.… Read More

SpaceX fires its Raptor engine for Mars flights for the first time

elonmusk_2016-sep-26-1 SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is set to deliver a keynote address at the 67th annual International Astronautical Congress tomorrow, where he’ll outline his plan for interplanetary colonization beginning with Mars. As a bit of a teaser, Musk posted a couple of images from the inaugural firing of the Raptor interplanetary engine, which is designed for use with Space’s Mars Colonial… Read More

A Google self-driving car crashed in Mt. View today

Google's self-driving Lexus RX 450h A Google self-driving Lexus RX 450h was involved in a crash with a van in Mountain View, Calif. on Friday afternoon, according to local police. Thankfully, nobody was injured in the accident. TechCrunch has reached out to Google for more information. Two local TV stations, KRON and KPIX, reported that the Google autonomous vehicle had been “in control,” or in its self-driving mode… Read More

Uber’s new selfie check helps make sure riders get the driver they’re promised

hero_id_placeface_1080-1834x1032 Uber is rolling out a new selfie security measure which will eventually cover the entire U.S. It’s a selfie system for drivers designed to help prevent driver fraud, so that you can more reliably count on the person who picks you up being the one whose picture you see in your app. The system is actually called Real-Time ID Check, and it uses Microsoft machine learning to compare a… Read More