transport

Flying taxi successfully completes first crewed trial over Singapore

This week in future tech, Volocopter is aiming to be one of the first to launch a flying taxi service after completing its first crewed test run in Singapore. The German start-up Volocopter has followed up the launch of its Singapore office at the beginning of this year with its first crewed test flight over …

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42pc of Americans think electric cars still require petrol or diesel

This week in future tech, a Ford survey claims that almost half of those asked in the US thought electric cars still need a fossil fuel to operate. As part of a blog post highlighting some of the electric vehicles (EVs) it is working on and plans to release soon, the US car giant Ford …

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Uber has surveyed some drivers on small loans, suggesting financial products are coming – TechCrunch

Back in June Uber went on a hiring spree in New York, hiring at least 100 fintech-oriented tech workers to ostensibly look at creating products to increase loyalty and engagement among users and drivers, including things like banking. Cue a flurry of speculation. It now looks like Uber is taking baby-steps towards building such a …

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Uber and Lyft pledge $60m to ensure drivers don’t become employees

California politician Lorena Gonzalez criticised the companies for pledging tens of millions of dollars when they previously claimed they could not pay drivers minimum wage. On Thursday (29 August), Uber and Lyft took a significant step to ensure that drivers using the platforms would remain as contractors, rather than become recognised as employees. The companies …

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