Travelers at major airports across the country are reporting on computer outages causing delays across multiple airlines. Passengers began taking to Twitter around 11 a.m. EST on Tuesday, complaining of delayed flights and computer outages affecting American Airlines, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue. American Airlines has since confirmed the outages, attributing them to a "technical issue" caused by the Sabre computer systems, which are used by "multiple carriers." Shortly after 11:30 a.m., the airline stated that the issue had been resolved. "Earlier today, Sabre had a brief technical issue that impacted multiple carriers, including American Airlines. This technical issue has been resolved. We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience."
Thinking about the fantastic pie-in-the-sky future is always a fun exercise. I, too, want a self-driving car. But some weeks, it's clear everyone needs to come down to earth. This was one of them. Tesla sued two other electric vehicle companies focusing on self-driving for trade secret theft, proving that building this tech will be a grind.
Lyft is due to be the first giant tech startup to list its shares on the stock market this year -- and it has laid out all the roadblocks that could derail not only its own business, but the ridesharing industry itself. From dockless scooters and bicycles to self-driving cars, any number of transport modes Lyft has bet on could upend the ride-hailing business that it helped pioneer, according to documents Lyft filed as part of its IPO process. To the extent that Lyft is dependent on drivers, they also are a source of risk to the company, as well as potential regulation stemming from concern over increasingly crowded streets and curb space. Analysts said it was among the most candid assessments yet of the challenges facing the ride-hailing industry, which has historically employed as few as possible in its pursuit of the transportation market, instead depending on thousands of independent "driver-contractors" to support its business. The risks, which are mandatory for companies to detail as part of a stock market listing, are a kind of worst-case scenario for the business.
Select commuters in New York City and Fairfield, California will have a chance to pioneer a fleet of autonomous vehicles slated to begin serving the cities later this year. Boston-based, Optimus Ride, announced that in the second quarter of 2019 it will deploy a fleet of autonomous cars at New York City's Brooklyn Navy Yard, an up-and-coming modern industrial and business park, as well as Paradise Valley Estates, a senior community in Fairfield, California. For New York, the introduction of Optimus' fully autonomous vehicles will mark the first-ever commercial self-driving car to tread in New York State where it will have a chance to offer rides to thousands of commuters. According to the company, the New York self-driving cars will help serve passengers on the Navy Yards private roads as well as'providing a loop shuttle service to connect NYC Ferry passengers to Flushing Avenue outside the Yard's perimeter.' In Paradise Valley, the cars will serve to provide potential residents of the community their own tours of the neighborhood and in the later phases of its deployment, be able to serve current residents looking to travel to destinations within the gated community.
The Brooklyn Navy Yard is getting an autonomous boost. On private roads, a loop shuttle service for ferry passengers will bring riders to the industrial center where 400 businesses operate. Workers can ride in MIT-based company Optimus Ride's self-driving shuttle cars starting later this year. The driverless trips will be part of the first commercial self-driving program in the state. New York and New York City in particular have been hesitant in embracing autonomous technology.
Bell's concept model of a vertical-takeoff-and-landing air taxi vehicle, as unveiled in January at CES (the Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas. Bell's concept model of a vertical-takeoff-and-landing air taxi vehicle, as unveiled in January at CES (the Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas. In the not-so-distant future, you'll open your ride-hailing app and, in addition to ground options like car, SUV, scooter or bicycle, you'll see on-demand air flight. When the flying taxi comes, most of us will be passengers. We might hail it on our smartphones and head to the rooftop, where a ride is waiting at the helipad.
If an automated car had to choose between crashing into a barrier, killing its three female passengers, or running over one child in the street -- which call should it make? When three U.S.-based researchers started thinking about the future of self-driving cars, they wondered how these vehicles should make the tough ethical decisions that humans usually make instinctively. The idea prompted Jean-François Bonnefon, Azim Shariff, and Iyad Rahwan to design an online quiz called The Moral Machine. Would you run over a man or a woman? By 2069, autonomous vehicles could be the greatest disruptor to transport since the Model T Ford was launched in Detroit in 1908.
Dringer: in jurisdictions where autonomous vehicles are required to have a human at the wheel, and where the owner wants the car to cruise in their proximity, ringer drivers, dringers, will be hired as the "driver". The legal boundaries between jurisdictions will be marked by clusters of hired-on-demand humans, waiting to dring. A significant amplification and widespread adoption of the existing US practice of taking on additional passengers to use car-pool lanes. ConvoyAds: The coordination of autonomous vehicles by an advertising agency for the purpose of communicating lifestyle, and/or to engage pedestrians attention. As a simple example, a five car convoy, stereos tuned to the same content, windows wound down.
For a while, it seemed that Universal Basic Income might be the magic solution to the predicted imminent destruction of all our jobs. Great leaps forward in robotics and artificial intelligence are already threatening widespread human redundancy, with the first largescale cull looming for anyone who drives for a living. Companies from General Motors to Google offshoot Waymo are racing to be the first to flood the roads with completely autonomous cars. In Dubai – a city rapidly emerging as a pacemaker for technological change – the emirate's Autonomous Transportation Strategy envisages that a quarter of all journeys in the city will be automated by 2030. Transportation upheaval is just the beginning of the disruption threatened by the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Inside the recent Mobile World Congress, shiny transport technology was everywhere, from connected and autonomous cars, to 5G ambulances. But outside the venue, the reality was a little less glossy. On the streets of Barcelona, MWC19 attendees were having to deal with a metro strike, traffic jams, transportation tickets errors, and a protest by Uber and Cabify drivers. Both companies had abandoned the city earlier in February, after several weeks of conflict with traditional taxi drivers that resulted in a decree from the Catalan government requiring ride-hailing vehicles to be hired 15 minutes in advance and banning cars from being geolocated and moving around the city seeking customers. Cabify now says it will again operate in Barcelona "having adapted its model to the restrictions imposed by the Catalan government", returning with a 300-vehicle fleet "in an initial phase".