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Faraday Future FF 91 prototype quick drive review: Betting the farm – Roadshow

There’s a lot riding on Faraday Future’s first car, so we took it for a spin to see if it’s worth the (long) wait.
Source: CNET

Faraday Future FF 91 creeps closer to production – Roadshow

The automaker hopes to have its first electric vehicle leave the factory later in 2020.
Source: CNET

The Nissan Rogue is getting old but it's still worth considering – Roadshow

This compact crossover is Nissan’s best seller in America even though it’s been around in its current form since about 2014.
Source: CNET

Uber is bringing audio recording, irregular ride checks and authentication code safety features to India

Uber said today it is beginning to roll out three safety features in India as the American ride-hailing firm looks to improve its service in one of its most important overseas markets.

The new features include an intervention from Uber when there is a long unplanned stop in a ride, and the introduction of a four-digit authentication code to ensure a passenger is getting in the right cab. Both the features are rolling out to users starting today, company executives said at a press event in New Delhi.

Uber has previously rolled out these features in the U.S., and Ola, its local rival in India, has also offered these functionalities for a long time. Uber said it will also allow riders and drivers in India to record their entire trip if they are feeling uncomfortable and send it to the company. This feature, Uber said, will be in the testing phase in the country later this year. (Ola does not offer this feature, but local bus ride sharing service Shuttl has tested this in the past.)

The first feature, dubbed Ride Check, activates in the event of a long, unexpected stop or other irregularities in a ride. When Uber detects that, it calls both the rider and the driver to check if everything is alright. The company relies on the driver partner’s smartphone to detect any abruption.

Uber’s Sachin Kansal talks about new safety features at an event in New Delhi

Ola has been testing a similar feature called ‘Guardian’ since September 2018. The startup said last month that it was rolling out Guardian in over a dozen Indian cities and Perth in Australia.

Uber is also rolling out a feature that would require passengers to provide a 4-digit pin to verify if they are in the right car. Until they have provided the authentication code, the ride will not begin. India’s Ola has provided this feature for several years.

Additionally, Uber said it has partnered with Manas Foundation, which has conducted thousands of customised gender sensitisation workshops for driver partners in India to make the platform safer for women. More than 50,000 driver partners have already been trained, the company said.

Sachin Kansal, Senior Director of Global Safety Products at Uber, said the company has been piloting and refining these features in different markets globally. “Privacy is incredibly important for Uber and all these tools are designed keeping that in mind. We will continue to refine these technologies so we can help make every ride a 5-star experience for all.”


Source: TechCrunch

Bux acquires ‘social’ cryptocurrency investment platform Blockport

Bux, the Amsterdam-based fintech that wants to make investing more accessible, has acquired the European “social” cryptocurrency investment platform Blockport.

Terms of the deal remain undisclosed, although Bux says the move paves the way for the company to launch its own branded cryptocurrency investment app. Dubbed “BUX Crypto,” it will be available in the 9 countries Bux operates in and is planned to go live in Q1 this year.

In addition, we are told the founders and core team members of Blockport will join Bux and “take ownership” of the Bux cryptocurrency offering.

Once launched, BUX Crypto users will be able to access a variety of financial assets and markets, including Bitcoin, Ethereum and XRP. The Blockport Token will also be rebranded to the BUX Token.

“This will remain integrated in the platform and will also keep its trading discount function, which offers users a discount on trading fees,,” says Bux. Users will also be able to use the BUX Token in the future when more premium features become available, such as “advanced social community features” (whatever that means).

The move is especially interesting in context of competitors such as Robinhood and to some extent Revolut, which, alongside Freetrade, compete with Bux in the U.K. in the fee-free trading space for public markets (well, once Robinhood launches in Europe), and soon crypto.

“Bux users have long expressed interest in investing in cryptocurrency and we have been presented with an opportunity to bring on a committed and enthusiastic team that aligns clearly with our mission at Bux,” says Nick Bortot, CEO and founder of Bux, in a statement. “This mission is to help young Europeans do more with their money. With BUX Zero and BUX X firmly positioned in Europe as the place to invest and trade, taking on a fully established cryptocurrency partner that can deliver the experience that our Bux users have come to expect was a natural fit for us”.

Meanwhile, Bux says it believes cryptocurrency will play a “vital role” in the future of the financial ecosystem. And that by including the crypto asset class, the company can position itself as a “360-degree solution” for all the investing needs of European millennials.

BUX Crypto will register with the Dutch Central Bank (DNB) as a cryptocurrency services provider.


Source: TechCrunch

The button-less phone is closer than you think video – CNET

New tech uses sound waves to turn metal and plastic into touch interfaces.,
Source: CNET

Together with portfolio company AMP Robotics, Sidewalk Labs launches recycling pilot in Toronto

Nearly a year after China stopped accepting the world’s garbage, cities around the globe are wrestling with what to do with all of their waste. 

China’s new policy, which once accepted 70% of municipal solid waste generated around the world, means that cities like New York, London, and Paris need to find a new way to deal with their dumps. In Toronto, the municipal government is targeting a 70 percent reduction in the amount of recyclables and organics that are going into landfills or waste disposal by 2026.

The goal is made more difficult by one problem that cities have in common — multi-tenant residences (like apartments, condos, and coops) have a hard time organizing waste for recycling and landfills.

That’s why Sidewalk Labs and its portfolio company AMP Robotics are working on a pilot program that would provide residents of a single apartment building representing 250 units in Toronto with detailed information about their recycling habits.

“Multi-family buildings are notoriously hard for sorting. Single family has 60 to 70 percent diversion rates,” says Emily Kildow, Associate Director of Sustainability at Sidewalk Labs.

Working with the building and a waste hauler, Sidewalk Labs would transport the waste to a Canada Fibers material recovery facility where trash will be sorted by both Canada Fibers employees and AMP Robotics. Once the waste is categorized, sorted, and recorded Sidewalk will communicate with residents of the building about how they’re doing in their recycling efforts.

Sidewalk says that the tips will be communicated through email, an online portal, and signage throughout the building every two weeks over a three-month period.

For residents, it’s an opportunity to have a better handle on what they can and can’t recycle and Sidewalk Labs is betting that the information will help residents improve their habits. And for folks who don’t want their trash to be monitored and sorted, they can opt out of the program.

If that hypothesis is correct, it’s a technology that could potentially help other cities facing similar predicaments.

Sidewalk is also aware of the privacy concerns that could arise from having the trash monitored by its portfolio company, so in concert with the city, the company created a Responsible Data Use Assessment process and is assuring residents that any data collected will be de-identified and aggregated and only focus on the types of waste that’s being thrown out.

“The non-personal, aggregate data about the waste recorded by the materials recovery facility and AMP will be shared with Sidewalk Labs, residents in the buildings, and building owners,” the company said. “Once the pilot is complete, Sidewalk Labs will share a report to the public using the same aggregate and non-identifying data.”


Source: TechCrunch

Sony's Concept Car Puts Entertainment in the Driver's Seat

The Vision-S showcases big screens, sensors, and a supremely comfortable ride.
Source: Wired

Twitter Wants to Let Users Limit Who Replies. Here’s Why

In an interview with WIRED editor in chief Nick Thompson, Twitter product lead Kayvon Beykpour detailed experimental features that could reshape the platform.
Source: Wired

How Tweets Could Prevent War, an App Store Dilemma, and More News

Catch up on the most important news from today in two minutes or less.
Source: Wired

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