Enter the Henes Broon F8 series of “sports cars,” ones that can put many cars on the road to shame; that is, if these are actual cars. The F8 is a tiny electric car for kids under the age of five, so unless you’re the size of a 5-year-old, you won’t be behind the wheel of this car any time soon.
Singapore is planning to test driverless cars in 2015. This will function as a short range transit between the neighbourhood and nearby public transport spots, which is more like a shuttle service than a full blown taxi. While the lucky neighbourhood has not yet been revealed, it will apparently be one of the busier areas to better examine the impact of the service.
Google is reportedly planning to improve Android Auto in the form of a new project called Android M . Though Android Auto, an operating system for cars that allow the user to stream music and view maps was released last year, this early concept is looking to completely eliminate the need for an Android smartphone to enjoy the benefits of Android in a car.
Uber’s notorious Surge Pricing kicked in during the hostage crisis in Sydney, Australia yesterday. Customers who attempted to hail an Uber ride during the time when a gunman took a cafe hostage found that prices had increased by four times. The outrage was quick as many users turned to social media to express their displeasure, which caused the service to backtrack on the pricing and instead offer free rides out of the central business district.
Uber and the Land Public Transportation Commission (SPAD) appear to have set aside their differences and come to an agreement. The ride-sharing service will not be banned or suspended in Malaysia as it will comply with Malaysia transportation laws; although how this affects the budget Uber X has not been clarified.
UPDATE 1, 400PM 23/09: We have received the official statement from Uber regarding this issue…and it is a feisty one. Read more to check it out.
ORIGINAL ARTICLE, 926PM 22/09:
A month ago, Uber was suddenly dragged into the limelight after local taxi operators questioned the legality of the service in Malaysia. Not enough with that, the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) has also pointed several legal and technical issues that the fledgling company need to address regarding its operation in Malaysia.
Today, Uber can now add Road Transport Department (JPJ) into the growing list of Malaysian authorities that have taken interest on the service. Not in a positive way though as JPJ has planned to halt Uber’s usage on private cars which is one of the issues that were pointed out by SPAD last month.
Navdy, a recent startup in San Francisco, US, has opened pre-orders for its new head-up display (HUD) device, also called Navdy. It can be mounted on the dashboard of your car, and will project imagery for navigation, or feed you alerts and information while driving. Unlike other dashboard mounted head-up displays out in the market, the Navdy unit is designed to project imagery that looks as though it appears out in front of the car, rather than a simple projection on a transparent plate.