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Uber Technology Drives Into Portland

Uber technology and the company’s automobiles are making their way to Portland, OR. The company doesn’t have the best history with the city, but that won’t stop Portland from becoming the first U.S. market where Uber will push a set benchmarks for electrifying its fleet.

For the Portland version of Uber Electric, a program that the company rolled out to London last year, the ride-hailing company will team up with Drive Oregon, a partially state-funded nonprofit that seeks to get more electric vehicles on the road. With a combination of incentives and educational initiatives, Uber aims to make 10 percent of its Oregon fleet electric by 2019, statewide. Right now, the company says that 100 of the 6,000 active Portland Uber drivers use electric vehicles, so it has a lot of work to do.

To reach its 10 percent goal, Uber is pursuing a range of local collaborations. The company will work with Portland’s Black Parent Initiative to expand electric vehicle access to underserved communities, Cynergy E-Bikes to connect UberEATS couriers with electric bikes, and Arcimoto, an Oregon-based EV company. Uber is expected to use its auto-lease subsidiary Xchange Leasing to offer in-house deals to drivers wishing to get behind the wheel of an EV.

Uber stated about its mission in the city, “The City of Portland has also adopted some of the nation’s most aggressive measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Uber Electric will help Portland and the state of Oregon achieve these important clean energy goals.” Uber isn’t the only alternative transportation company going electric in Portland. Late last year, the city became the second market for BMW’s ReachNow, a Zipcar-like service with a focus on electric vehicles, and a previous initiative by Car2Go sprinkled electric smart cars onto its rainy streets all the way back in 2012.

In a world where a quarter of cars could drive themselves by 2030, Uber’s decision to take two years to recruit a few hundred EV drivers is more incremental than revolutionary. Still, it shows that the company is implementing both long and short-term strategies for rethinking transportation, even in the midst of one of the worst PR crises the tech industry has ever known.

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Drone Technology: Racing Drone That Reaches 70 Mph

Drone racing technology is becoming more and more popular with teams, television networks, and sponsors getting involved in on this developing scene. There’s a professional drone racing league, live streaming, and even drone-racing simulators. Vendetta, team BlackSheep’s drone kit, is a first-person-view drone that might be one of the finest options.

This drone is unlike most consumer-grade drones for two reasons. The first reason; that it has a top speed of almost 70 mph. The second reason; it can be operated with a headset that basically gives you a bird’s-eye view of the world above, seen through the eyes of Vendetta’s forward and bottom-facing cameras. A first-person view controller exists for the Vendetta (costing almost $250), turning it into a FPV drone where you will see whatever the drone sees during your high-speed flight. This option is recommended for the full drone pilot experience.

Flying drones in NYC is illegal, but if you have watched any famous vlogger from the city use drones in their videos, they have most likely done it regardless. However, the Vendetta is no ordinary drone. Pilots in leagues fly up to 70 mph. It is suggested to practice in an open space at first. After repairing from previous test flights, most of the battery life was spent flying 50 feet up and then landing quickly just moments after. TBS praised the Vendetta for being exceedingly durable due to a carbon fiber body, however, the antennae and propellers are rather sensitive. They broke after a several hard landings.

For its professional races, Team BlackSheep creates custom flying profiles for its drone pilots, as well as a kit that includes tools, a backpack, battery charger, and spare blades. By default, however, TBS includes three flight modes: vertical, acrobatic, and horizontal. Surveying the area in vertical mode, several flips in acrobatic mode, and seeing a dog chase after the drone in horizontal mode was all the information needed to know that the Vendetta was a well-built machine.

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Auto Technology: New Vehicles May Be Required To Come Equipped With V2V By 2023

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a proposal recently to require all new vehicles to come equipped with vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication capabilities. It isn’t an official requirement yet however, if it goes into effect in 2019, manufacturers would be able to phase the technology into their fleets over a few years, with all new vehicles being required to communicate with each other by 2023. The guideline not only requires the technology to be on board; it also standardizes the messages that vehicles will share. Each vehicle would come with a short-range communications (DSRC) unit that receives and sends out basic safety messages (BSMs).

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BSMs are basic and include data like speed, heading, and brake status. The proposal says specifically, “NHTSA purposely does not require some elements to alleviate potential privacy concerns.” The target here is to confirm all vehicles are speaking the same language in short messages. The proposal also includes a requirement that all vehicles be able to receive over-the-air security and software updates, with “consumer consent, where appropriate.” The proposal is pretty clear that vehicles should use the data received to engage other on-board sensor and safety systems, like automatic emergency braking. NHTSA also calls out the benefits of vehicles communicating in a swarm and helping each other to see beyond the limits of their own sensors and DSRC messages.

The government does not believe V2V technology is moving fast enough. The proposed rule states, “Without government action, these challenges could prevent this promising safety technology from achieving sufficiently widespread use throughout the vehicle fleet to achieve these benefits.” NHTSA also notes that without requiring this technology, consumers may not choose to purchase it. If you the consumer only see safety benefits from V2V when other cars have it, but not enough other people are buying it, then you might not buy it either. NHTSA is just going to require all vehicles to have it.

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