Karma: now self-driving. You could call it ‘car-ma’!
When the rubber meets the road, which driverless vehicle will take the lead?
In the last few months alone, Uber has deepened its dealings with Toyota, taking on $500 million more in investment to expand its self-driving tech to minivans. Waymo has partnered with Walmart to help riders get their groceries faster and more efficiently. And Tesla has said its new self-driving chip, promising to process video data 10x faster than its predecessor, is finally ready.
We wanted flying cars, all we got was a Chrome extension that blocks tweets longer than 140 characters.
Taxi firm Uber, which has a food delivery arm, is planning to branch out into flying cars by 2020. The company announced an on-demand fully electric vertical takeoff and landing flying car service that looks like it’s straight out of The Jetsons.
I’m an on-and-off customer of Uber, and yesterday I learnt that my city’s transport authority had decided not to renew the app’s licence to ply its trade on our streets. It’s too early to say what will happen next, but I really don’t want to lose my cheap fares and quick-as-a-flash cab ordering doohickeys.
A GIF celebrating former US president Barack Obama’s arrival at the White House in 2009. Someone managed to cleverly attach Obama’s face to the body of Will Smith in the opening credits of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Possibly those not happy with America’s current choice of president might look at this GIF a tad nostalgically.
Another cool email GIF from the guys at app-based taxicab service Uber. Here they are promoting an offer of a hefty chunk off your next trip if you encourage your friends to sign up with them. So, yeah, free rides if you’re interested.
Yesterday night I used new taxi service Uber for the very first time from my mother’s house in Seven Kings (the birthplace of Gifville) to my home in Plaistow. My driver was a man named Muhammed who drove a Ford Galaxy. It was really fast, with the driver arriving at my Mum’s in only 3 minutes, plus I got a free ride thanks to my sister and only had to pay less than £2 extra.
Uber sent me an email with this cool GIF, and if any of you wish to use the service, you get a free ride on me with this promo code: VIJAYS10328UE (valid up to £10, if your trip costs more you get a straight £10 discount).