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Lyft invests millions of dollars to offset its effect on climate change

Lyft, recognizing the impact of its ride-hailing platform on the environment, is making a “multi-million” dollar investment in carbon offsets. Within the first year of this effort, Lyft says it expects to be able to offset about one million metric tons of carbon. “The stark reality is that transportation is one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions,” Lyft co-founders Logan Green and John Zimmer wrote in a blog post. “As a growing part of the transportation ecosystem, we are holding ourselves accountable to being part of the solution.” Lyft is doing this in partnership with 3Degrees. In general, some carbon offset solutions entail capturing and destroying methane from landfills and animal manure, as well as sustainable forestry that absorbs carbon from forests. Lyft, however, is specifically putting its money toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions from an  automotive parts manufacturing process in Michigan, hydrodec oil recycling in Ohio and other projects. For a lot of people, Lyft, Uber and other ride-hailing companies effectively act as stand-ins for public transport, biking or even walking. In New York City, the volume of people using Lyft, Uber and other ride-hailing apps tripled to 500,000 rides per day since 2015, according to a 2016 report from Schaller Consulting . That increased trip volume and mileage resulted in the addition of about 550 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions. That’s the equivalent of energy consumption emissions from more than 26,000 homes in one year. Until autonomous ride-hailing networks hit the mainstream, more rides means more miles driven, which means a greater carbon footprint.

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Ford Expands On-Demand Medical Transport Service – Ubergizmo

Ubergizmo Ford Expands On-Demand Medical Transport Service Ubergizmo GoRide is an on-demand medical transport service by Ford and the company today announced that it's expanding this service to Southeast Michigan. This new service is part of the company's plans to develop new ride service businesses around its new ... and more »

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Tesla Will Produce Model 3 Units 24/7 To Meet Demand – Ubergizmo

Ubergizmo Tesla Will Produce Model 3 Units 24/7 To Meet Demand Ubergizmo Tesla has been in production hell for the Model 3 as it hasn't been able to properly ramp up production for its mass-market electric car. The company's CEO Elon Musk has acknowledged that excessive automation is partly to be blamed for the production ... and more »

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Electric scooter permits will be required in San Francisco

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously voted today to approve the ordinance that looks to regulate electric scooters in San Francisco. The ordinance seeks to establish regulation and a permitting process that would enable the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency or Department of Public Works to take action against scooters from companies that don’t have an official permit from the city. “Part of the brouhaha has been really the function of the fact, which was admitted yesterday, was that some of these companies have been a little bit fast and loose with the truth,” Supervisor Jeff Sheehy, a sponsor of the ordinance, said today at the Board of Supervisors meeting. Sheehy is referencing the fact that Lime, Spin and Bird deployed their respective scooters without permission from the city. The permitting scheme the city has in mind, Sheehy said, is very similar to the one San Francisco has in place around stationless bike-sharing. “This is a basic permitting scheme to allow the professional staff at SFMTA to permit these with sensible, regulatory frameworks and to be able to confiscate unpermitted vehicles or devices,” Sheehy said. He added that these electric scooters can absolutely serve some benefits to people in San Francisco, but that it does not mean the city should have to sacrifice its sidewalk space. The next step is for the BOS to continue working with the SFMTA to develop this regulation. At a hearing yesterday, the SFMTA said it hopes to open up the permitting process by May 1. Earlier in the meeting today, the BOS adopted a resolution to develop a working group to inform future legislation around emerging technologies. One of the resolution’s sponsors, Supervisor Norman Yee, noted how he’s heard from seniors and people in wheelchairs who are “being imperiled and inconvenienced because they are having to navigate around scooters and bikes.” He later added, the purpose of the working group would be to ensure the city is mindful of both the intended and unintended consequences of emerging technologies. Yesterday, SF City Attorney Dennis Herrera sent cease-and-desist letters to Lime, Bird and Spin , but that doesn’t seem to be making any difference to Lime, Bird and Spin.

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Tesla Model 3 Production Line Temporarily Stopped – Ubergizmo

Ubergizmo Tesla Model 3 Production Line Temporarily Stopped Ubergizmo It's no secret that Tesla has been facing problems in manufacturing its mass-market electric car, the Model 3. The company has a massive backlog of orders that it has to fill but it has been unable to do that due to production bottlenecks. It has ... Tesla CEO Elon Musk, stressed but "optimistic," predicts big increase in Model 3 production CBS News Tesla Is Temporarily Shutting Down Model 3 Production. Again. BuzzFeed News Elon Musk on Twitter: "Yes, excessive automation at Tesla was a mistake. To be precise, my mistake. Humans are ... Twitter Reveal  - Zacks all 619 news articles »

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Boosted’s new electric skateboard is shorter and cheaper

It’s been about six years since Boosted first showed up with its electric longboard and its oh-so-orange wheels, but the company is back with the next logical step: a cheaper, shorter board. The company is also revamping its longboards, with two new models on the way in the coming months. The shortboards First up, the shortboard(s). The company is planning on shipping two variations of its new shortboard: the $749 Boosted Mini S, and the $999 Mini X. Both boards come in at 29.5″ long (versus the 38″ of their existing Dual+ longboard), with the primary differences being max distance and max speed: the Mini S caps out at 18 mph and can go up to seven miles, while the slightly heavier Mini X can go a tick faster and a whole lot farther, with a max speed of 20 mph and up to 14 miles of range. These shortboards aren’t quite as fast as the longboards, but 18/20 mph on a (generally less forgiving) shortboard is still terrifyingly fast. As with the longboards, you can limit the speed with the handheld remote while you’re getting comfortable with it. The shortboard’s deck is more concave than the company’s previous boards, giving you a better sense of where your feet are on the board at any given time. It’s got a nice fat kicktail to help with pivoting it around in tight spots, or to let you lift those front wheels over a crack in the sidewalk. The wheels are big (80mm) and soft, which should help you avoid having your day(/bones) ruined by that little pebble you didn’t see. The Mini S weighs 15 lbs, while the X comes in at just shy of 17 — both definitely heavier than a standard skateboard, but light enough to pick up and carry when you get to your destination.

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Uber is sharing curbside data with cities

As part of Uber's image redemption, the company has joined groups like, say, the International Association of Public Transport to improve relations with the public and civic administrations. And while the ride-hailing company has had poor relationshi...

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