Waymo, a Google Alphabet company, is one of the pioneers of autonomous driving technology. On December 5th, 2018, the company started a taxi service called Waymo One in Phoenix, Arizona that is completely operated by computers. The taxis are driverless. Well, almost, because a supervisor is sitting on the driver’s seat, ready to take control if required. Eventually, Waymo taxis are planned to drive without a human supervisor on board.Read the story “The first self-driving taxis are on the road in Phoenix, USA”
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Electric vehicles don’t sit in dealer showrooms waiting for customers, but most are sold before they roll out from the factory. People who would like to test drive an electric car won’t necessarily find vehicles easily. In Germany, car rental Nextmove has specialized in electric vehicles, renting e-cars in eight cities.Read the story “Nextmove rents electric cars in Germany for road trips (and city tours)”
In cooperation with Ada, Renault has started an electric car sharing service in Paris. Renault provides the electric compact car Zoe and the electric miniature vehicle Twizy models to the streets of the French capital. By the end of 2018, 500 electric Zoe compacts and 20 Twizys are available for short term rentals without prior reservation for trips in Paris.Read the story “Always wanted to drive an electric car in Paris, France? Moovin lets you pick up a Renault Zoe from the street”
Autonomous vehicles, cars that are driven by computers, will some day be as normal as riding a horse used to be for long and short distance journeys long time ago. I bet people sitting in their cars will be thinking how on earth a human driver could manage everything that is going on in traffic and in the car. Although it may still take 10 or more years before self-driving cars are common and safe, we can already plan what do we actually do in the car when it is driven by a software algorithm.
Read the story “If your car is self-driving during a road trip, what is the best way to enjoy the ride?”
Dutch company Allego has developed an electric vehicle charger that can add 100 km / 62 miles worth of power into a car battery in 5 minutes. The company is building a large network of charging stations across continental Europe that is compatible with electric cars, buses and light trucks.
Electric vehicles are on a strong growth path in Europe, but which brands and models are attracting the most customers? NewMotion, a company that builds vehicle charging networks conducted a survey to find out the bestselling models. Compact cars with a long range are popular, as well as models suitable for road trips.
News and tips on road trips, outdoors and gear
If a bicycle is too large (even a foldable model) for you to take along for a trip, perhaps a foldable scooter is your vehicle. Gadget company Archos has designed a small, foldable scooter – the Citee – that is powered by an electric motor and controlled by a dashboard running on Android software.