Uber to offer DeLorean rides in SF this weekend only, time travel not included

DNP Uber to offer Delorean rides in SF this weekend, time travel not included

If you're a Back to the Future fanatic who wasn't able to snag a DeLorean on eBay or hitch a ride in a time-traveling taxi cab, then you might want to head to the City by the Bay this weekend. Uber has partnered with GE as part of the latter's Brilliant Machines campaign to offer rides in, yes, a DeLorean, but only in San Francisco and only for the following three days. They'll be operational some time between 12 to 9pm on Friday and between 12 to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday -- you'll know a DeLorean is available if you see an option pop up on the app (as seen in the screenshot after the break). However, Uber told us there'll only be four of them on the road. Due to the limited availability, you're restricted to just 15 minutes per trip and only one passenger per vehicle. The company's pulled publicity ploys like this before -- remember the ice cream trucks and those $3,000 helicopter rides? -- but we have to admit this one makes our inner Marty McFly smile. So if you're feeling lucky, take a trip to SF and try your hand at hailing one of these 1.21-gigawatt-powered beauties. Be sure to ask the driver if he can reach 88MPH.

[Image credit: Maile Kraus, Twitter]

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Ford CEO Alan Mulally’s IFA keynote liveblog

Ford CEO Alan Mulally's IFA keynote

Live from the land of BMW, Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz , it's Alan Mulally. Ford's CEO is taking the stage here at IFA in Berlin to discuss making his fleet of vehicles safer, more user-friendly and, of course, more connected. This is a tech show, after all. Join us right here, won't you?

September 6, 2013 11:00:00 AM EDT

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Ford studies space robots to improve communication with connected cars

DNP Ford finds inspiration for improved safety in space robots

Ford has joined forces with Russia's Saint Petersburg Polytechnic University for a three-year research project aimed at improving vehicle connectivity, with inspiration coming from an unlikely source: space robots. By studying the way robots interact, Ford hopes to develop its cars' communications systems so that tasks like contacting emergency services after an accident will be performed even if the vehicle is damaged or the data connection is lost. What's most fascinating are the so-called "mesh networks" which allow robots to maintain a flow of information amongst themselves and with their controllers on Earth and aboard the International Space Station in the event of a disrupted connection. This knowledge could prove useful to Ford in terms of improving emergency response protocols as well as vehicle-to-vehicle communications. To learn more, check out the video and press release after the break.

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Via: The Verge

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Armadillo-T micro electric car folds to fit into compact parking spaces (video)

ArmadilloT micro electric car folds in half for compact parking video

The Armadillo-T is pretty petite as it is, but when it comes time to fit into tight parking spaces, the all-electric car can do even better. The four-wheel-drive compact, which integrates a design similar to an armadillo's shell, includes seating for two, a 13.6 kWh battery pack and four in-wheel motors, allowing the rear half of the vehicle to fold upwards at the press of a button. Designed by a group of researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), the prototype packs plenty of other high-tech features, too, including cameras that sub in for side-view mirrors, smartphone control and a ten-minute fast charge mode that nets 100 kilometers of range. The transporter is still a long way from reaching a production line, but it could one day serve to help ease congestion in overcrowded cities, letting you park in slots far too small to accommodate four wheels today.

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Source: Phys.org

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Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Power Edition stays in the air longer, lands in the US this month

Parrot  ARDrone 20 Power Edition stays in air the longer, landing in the US this month

We'll say this about the AR.Drone's battery life up to now: it always seemed perfectly suited to our short attention spans. For those able to focus on flying objects a bit longer, however, there's the AR.Drone 2.0 Power Edition. The quadricopter's already gotten some love abroad and is set to hit our shores this month, priced at $370 over at that fine purveyor of massage chairs, Brookstone. This time out, the limited edition phone-controlled device brings 36 minutes of flight time (not the first boost we've seen from the company), thanks to two 1,500mAh lithium-polymers. Also new are sets of color blades (including black for when you're feeling a bit stealthier).

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Source: Brookstone

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Audi’s LTE S3 Sportback at European dealers now, 4G A3 hits US next spring

We knew Audi's 4G-enabled rides were coming, but not exactly when. That changes now, as the company has announced that the S3 Sportback is hitting dealer lots in Europe starting today. Us Yanks will have to wait until next spring to use long term evolution speeds with the Audi Connect infotainment system, and even then it'll be in the A3 sedan, not its sportier cousin. According to GigaOM, Europeans can access LTE from any carrier they choose, whereas domestic options remain ambiguous. The German automaker said that stateside, 4G connectivity will most likely be tied to a specific operator, similar to how smartphones are optimized for each carrier. Negotiations as to which "carrier or carriers" will supply mobile broadband are still up in the air too, with an announcement promised for a later date. We'd like to have pricing info then, too.

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Source: Audi (UK), GigaOM

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MyTaxi starts one-hour delivery in Germany, may reach US cities next year

DNP Mytaxi makes trials onehour package delivery, battles limited patience abroad

Don't let the name fool you, Mytaxi wants to drop off more than just people. The app-based service that began as a German take on Uber has now started using its fleet of drivers to offer one-hour courier deliveries in its home country. The Next Web reports that, once this initial trial is over at the end of the year, the 60-minute service could be expanded to cover US cities including Washington, D.C. (where Mytaxi already operates cabs), Denver, Miami and Seattle, at prices similar to existing shipping options. There's a touch of irony in waiting around for the ambiguous domestic start date but, in the meantime, Google and eBay have you covered.

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Smart’s Fortwo ED leasing for $139/ month, battery rental included

DNP Smart's Fortwo electric leasing for $139 month,

Assuming you're small enough to fit comfortably, owning the cheap EV of your dreams could soon become a reality. Chevy recently cut the Volt's price and, as of this week, the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive is available for less, too. Specifically, it's $139 per month on a three-year, 30,000 mile lease that includes its "battery assurance plus" program, an $80 per month option for purchasers. However, to get that special rate, you'll have to put $1,999 down and sign paperwork either in California, Oregon or along the East coast. If you'd rather buy outright instead of leasing, Daimler's compact division has incentives for you, too. In addition to any tax breaks you get from the state and or federal government, the company is knocking $5,010 off the ED's already low $25,000 sticker price. It's finally looking like your payments could match the electric two-seater's diminutive stature.

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Source: Autoblog (1), (2)

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Fox Sports becomes official Formula E broadcaster

Fox Sports becomes Formula E's official broadcaster

What good is an EV racing league like Formula E if there's no way to watch it? Not much, which is why the FIA has reached a deal making Fox Sports the official Formula E broadcaster. The agreement gives Fox a US exclusive for TV coverage as well as a mixture of exclusive and non-exclusive rights (including online content) in over 80 regions. We won't know if Fox is truly ready for the job until the first Formula E race begins in September 2014, but it won't be hard to tune in.

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