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London begins charging drivers of older cars to curb pollution
London begins charging drivers of older cars to curb pollution

Beginning last week, drivers of most diesel vehicles and all older cars will pay an extra charge to enter certain parts of London. The Ultra Low Emissions Zone rules went into effect, which are intended to discourage driving older, higher polluting cars into central London. According to a report...Read More»

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British firm Addison Lee plans self-driving London taxis for 2021 launch

The iconic London cab could soon lose its most iconic feature: the cabbie. British firm Addison Lee announced Monday that it plans to introduce self-driving taxis in the English capital by 2021 according to Bloomberg. The company, which has about 5,000 taxis currently in service in London, signed a...Read More»

Hybrid New York Taxi by Flickr user Yodel Anecdotal
NYC hopes congestion fee won’t get stuck in legislative gridlock

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed a so-called congestion charge in an attempt to combat New York City—and specifically Manhattan—traffic jams. If implemented, drivers would face fees of $11.52 to enter the most traffic-prone areas of Manhattan, and trucks would see a daily fee...Read More»

Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid prototype in London, U.K.
London ups congestion charge on older cars

Brexit be damned. In an effort to comply with European Union pollution regulations, London says that later this year it will begin levying a £10 (about $12.50) charge on older cars if they want to drive in the city's core. Though not an outright ban on cars, the fee is a step toward creating...Read More»

London anti-Uber taxi protest: June 11, 2014 (photo by Flickr user David Holt)
Uber Alles? European Cab Drivers Rally To Save Traditional Taxis, But It May Be Too Late

There are lots of great ways to make friends: a simple smile, a handshake, offerings of fudge. Upending an entire industry that employs millions of people around the world? Not on the list. But ridesharing/taxi startup Uber isn't here to make friends -- at least, not with cab companies. The San...Read More»

Pedestrian crossing sign
London Uses Smart Crosswalks To Make Streets Safer For Pedestrians (And Drivers)

Most cities have an extensive network of sensors embedded in their streets -- usually at intersections. They're designed to regulate traffic lights: when sensors detect that traffic in a turning lane is particularly heavy, for example, the light will stay green longer. We've all seen this process...Read More»

Audi City showroom
Audi Opens Digital Showroom: Is This The Future Of Shopping?

By now, most of us have visited an Apple store, or at least passed one at the mall. When they debuted in 2001, some analysts laughed at their spartan design and hands-off sales approach, wondering how Apple would ever make money in brick-and-mortar retail. But by 2008, Fortune magazine pointed out...Read More»

Representative Anthony Weiner
Anthony Weiner: Shoulda Stayed Off Twitter, Kept On Twaffic

By now, the travails of Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY)--and the photo of a bulging male crotch in gray underwear that may or may not be his, which he may or may not have Tweeted to a young woman--are far too well known. This article is not about that. It's an editorial to express our disappointment at...Read More»

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Middle Eastern Supercar Hoodlums Torment Posh Parts of London

Let's face it, this is hardly home invasion or drive-by shootings. But some of London's most expensive residential neighborhoods are feeling beset by a particularly specialized new threat: public misbehavior by supercar-driving rich folks, at least some of them from wealthy Arab nations. Yesterday...Read More»

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