Lifestyle 

Whisky with your wax? South Africa rides ‘metrosexual’ wave

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Before male beauty parlors began popping up in South Africa a few years ago, image-conscious men like Gerhard Joubert felt awkward being pampered and preened in salons filled with women. FILE PHOTO: FIA worker gestures as he grooms a client at the Bespoken Man, a full-service gentleman’s barber shop in Sandton, South Africa, December 14, 2018. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko “It’s a male environment. They give you a whisky if you want a whisky. In the old days we had to go to female hair salons,” said Joubert, reclining…

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Technology 

California lets self-driving startup Zoox offer autonomous rides

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Self-driving car startup Zoox Inc has become the first company to receive approval from California regulators to operate an autonomous ride service for public passengers, state regulators said on Friday. The California Public Utilities Commission said Silicon Valley-based Zoox is the first company to join a state pilot program in which self-driving cars will transport members of the public, marking a step forward in the development of fully autonomous urban transportation options. The ability to test cars with members of the public allows self-driving companies to…

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Technology 

Self-driving startup Zoox gets OK to offer autonomous rides to the public

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Self-driving car startup Zoox Inc has become the first company to receive approval from California regulators to operate an autonomous ride service for public passengers, state regulators said on Friday. The California Public Utilities Commission said Silicon Valley-based Zoox is the first company to join a state pilot program in which self-driving cars will transport members of the public, marking a step closer toward fully autonomous urban transportation options. However, the robot cars will not be unleashed on the streets without human oversight. Regulators are requiring…

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Technology 

China’s Didi imposes strict driver requirements for late-night rides

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Chinese ride-hailing firm Didi Chuxing Technology Co Ltd said on Friday that it had implemented stricter requirements for drivers who want to pick up passengers late at night and tripled the number of customer service staff responsible for safety. Logo of Didi Chuxing is seen at its headquarters building in Beijing, China August 28, 2018. REUTERS/Jason Lee These measures come as the firm faces increasing pressure from the government and public to improve the safety of its platform after a 20-year-old passenger was murdered by her Didi…

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Technology 

Lyft surpasses 5,000 self-driving rides with Aptiv fleet

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Lyft has completed more than 5,000 self-driving rides through its ride-hailing app, the company said on Tuesday, as it aims to become a serious competitor in autonomous driving while its biggest rival, Uber, retrenches. An illuminated sign appears in a Lyft ride-hailing car in Los Angeles, California, U.S. September 21, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Helgren Lyft launched its self-driving service in January in Las Vegas, where passengers can take a ride in an autonomous BMW to and from some 20 different pick-up and destination spots around the city’s…

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Technology 

Exclusive: Jeff Bezos plans to charge at least $200,000 for space rides – sources

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Jeff Bezos’ rocket company plans to charge passengers about $200,000 to $300,000 for its first trips into space next year, two people familiar with its plans told Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos addresses the media about the New Shepard rocket booster and Crew Capsule mockup at the 33rd Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States April 5, 2017. REUTERS/Isaiah J. Downing/File Photo Potential customers and the aerospace industry have been eager to learn the cost of a ticket on Blue Origin’s…

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Science 

Exclusive: Jeff Bezos plans to charge at least $200,000 for space rides – sources

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Jeff Bezos’ rocket company plans to charge passengers about $200,000 to $300,000 for its first trips into space next year, two people familiar with its plans told Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos addresses the media about the New Shepard rocket booster and Crew Capsule mockup at the 33rd Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States April 5, 2017. REUTERS/Isaiah J. Downing/File Photo Potential customers and the aerospace industry have been eager to learn the cost of a ticket on Blue Origin’s…

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Technology 

Surplus energy rides the ‘gravity train’

Power grids encounter varying levels of demand throughout the day. When demand is light, excess energy is produced. The challenge for energy companies is finding ways to store this energy, so it can go back into the grid when demand is high. But a company in California, US, thinks it may have the answer. It’s developed something called an Advanced Rail Energy Storage System (ARES), which stores and transports surplus energy using a “gravity train”. BBC Click finds out more. See more at Click’s website and @BBCClick. Source link

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FIFA 

2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ – News – Aspas rides to Spain’s rescue

​The Celta Vigo striker has six goals from 12 appearances with La Roja Scored his first World Cup finals goal to salvage point against Morocco Made his world finals debut against Portugal at the age of 30 By Antia Andre with Spain Few players make the most of their opportunities as well as Iago Aspas, who has now scored six goals and provided five assists in his 12 appearances with La Roja. What makes those statistics all the more impressive is that his international career to date amounts to fewer…

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Science 

Elon Musk promises free rides through tunnel, but to where?

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Billionaire businessman Elon Musk is promising the public “free rides” in the next few months through the first high-speed passenger tunnel drilled beneath Los Angeles by his aptly named underground transit venture, the Boring Company. Elon Musk arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala (Met Gala) to celebrate the opening of “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., May 7, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid The question is whether the tunnel as advertised by Musk on social…

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