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Lyft Redesigns Its App—and Strategy—for the Age of Sharing

Before Lyft was Lyft, it was a struggling California startup called Zimride. Cofounder and CEO Logan Green launched it in 2007 (the name was an ode to Zimbabwe’s carpooling culture), aiming to connect college kids who needed rides with those who had cars. John Zimmer, now Lyft’s president, signed on with the idea that putting more people into existing cars could help cities fight emissions and traffic, all at once. In 2012, Zimride spawned Lyft, after Green and Co. decided…

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Robot traffic cones could shrink size of roadworks

A new generation of traffic cone that could ease congestion and improve worker safety has been developed by construction giant Costain. The prototype ‘robo-cones’ sit by the side of the road when not in use, and can be ‘driven’ onto the carriageway to close lanes when required. • 70 per cent of new cars feature active safety tech Closing lanes with traditional traffic cones is a notoriously dangerous job, so workers often shut off large sections of road at a…

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Carmakers to face emissions cheating fines of £50,000 per car

Carmakers will be fined up to £50,000 for every vehicle fitted with an emissions cheat device, after the UK Government set out details of a new set of laws. The laws, dubbed The Road Vehicles (Defeat Device, Fuel Consumption and Type Approval) Regulations 2018, will see manufacturers facing a substantial fine if they “supply vehicles designed to cheat emissions tests to the UK”. • Dieselgate: latest VW emissions scandal news The new laws come into force on 1 July this…

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New Hyundai Tucson to get 48v mild hybrid tech

First revealed at the 2018 New York Motor Show, the facelifted Hyundai Tucson SUV is set to be offered with a 48v mild-hybrid diesel powertrain when it is launched this summer. The use of 48v tech is a first for the brand, which claims that it will reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 7 per cent. Initially, only the most powerful 183bhp 2.0-litre Tucson diesel engine (which also comes with four-wheel drive as standard) will be offered…

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Skoda Sunroq concept marks Azubi Car project’s fifth year

Skoda has pulled the covers off the latest creation to emerge from its annual Azubi Car project, unveiling a roofless Karoq SUV called the Skoda Sunroq. 23 students from seven different professions teamed up over a period of eight months to develop and construct the car at Skoda’s vocational school in the Czech city of Mlada Boleslav. • Bulletproof Skoda Superb launched Requiring 1,500 hours of work – much of it completed in the students’ spare time – the Sunroq…

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Land Rover takes autonomous car tech off-road

Land Rover has pumped £3.7 million into a project that will see autonomous driving technology developed for off-road use.  The British firm wants its autonomous vehicles to be the most capable on the market and able to tackle the widest range of terrains including off-road. Vehicles such as the Discovery and Discovery Sport will eventually be fitted with Level 4 and Level 5 autonomous technology, although no arrival date has been set. • Driverless cars: everything you need to know…

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