New York

Lyft opens Big Apple office in bid for larger slice of ride-share pie
Lyft opens Big Apple office in bid for larger slice of ride-share pie

New York is already one of the most hotly-contested rideshare markets, with Uber surging ahead of the city’s famed Yellow Cabs and Lyft registering gains on both, in terms of rides hailed. Now, Lyft is folding the battle for the Big Apple into its overarching strategy, amplifying its East...Read More»

Toyota Camry Hybrid NYC Taxi [Photo: Flickr user gomattolson]
Uber eclipses the ubiquitous yellow taxi in New York

According to Morgan Stanley, Uber has parted New York’s yellow sea, surpassing the city’s famed taxi fleets for the number of dispatched trips in the month of July. While Uber had been gaining for a while, the real surprise could just Uber’s main competition in the ridesharing...Read More»

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick
Uber, Lyft could cut NYC taxi fleet by 85 percent because they're more efficient

Love them or loathe them, there's no denying that companies like Uber and Lyft are attractive to many consumers. Unlike most taxi fleets, ride-sharing services are app-based, they provide detailed estimates of when a car will arrive, they facilitate carpooling to cut down on fares, and of course...Read More»

DeLorean DMC-12 time machine from Back to the Future
Forget The BMW 7-Series: Today, New Yorkers Get Free Rides In A DeLorean

On Monday, we told you about the free rides that BMW and Uber were giving to promote the all-new 2016 BMW 7-Series that arrives in showrooms Saturday. Today, Uber's biggest competitor, Lyft, is upping the stakes. The company has partnered with Verizon to give a handful of lucky New Yorkers rides in...Read More»

New York City skyline (by Flickr user AngMoKio)
New York City Wants To Make Car Loans More Transparent & Eliminate Dealer Markups

Earlier today, we reported that the Department of Justice had launched an investigation of U.S. auto lending practices. Specifically, the DOJ is concerned that minority borrowers are being offered loans with higher interest rates than those presented to their white peers. Auto News reports that New...Read More»

Cadillac moving headquarters to NYC, splintering off as separate business unit
Start Spreading The News: Cadillac Ditches Detroit, Moves HQ To New York

Where Scotland failed, Cadillac has succeeded: General Motors' luxury brand gained independence this week and is making plans to relocate to New York. Well, sort of. According to GM, Cadillac is being spun off into a separate business unit. As GM's president Dan Ammann explains, "With the...Read More»

Tesla Model X
Eight States Join Forces To Put 3.3 Million Zero-Emission Vehicles In Service By 2025

Back in 2011, the federal government announced new fuel economy standards affecting U.S. fleets through the year 2025. But a handful of states aren't satisfied with combustion engines boasting 54.5 mpg: they want to put millions of battery electric and other zero-emission vehicles on American roads...Read More»

Taxi accident
NYC Taxi Driver Dodges $28,000 In Tolls By Tailgating

We've all been there: stuck in line, waiting to fork over a toll or parking fee, thinking to ourselves, "Couldn't I zip out of here, while the crossing arm is closing behind the person ahead of me? Couldn't I skip paying, just this once?" ALSO SEE: 2015 Toyota Camry Video: New York Auto Show It...Read More»

2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI, 2014 New York Auto Show
Volkswagen Reveals Facelifted 2015 Jetta: 2014 New York Auto Show Live Photos

Just two days before the beginning of the New York International Auto Show, Volkswagen has revealed a round of revisions that will come to next year's compact Jetta sedan. The car's exterior receives a few subtle changes to the front and rear fascia, which VW claims should aid in improving the...Read More»

Google Glass
New York May Nix Google Glass For Drivers

Unless you've been living under a rock -- a rock without wi-fi -- you know that wearable technology is the Next Big Thing. From rings to running shoes to the fabrics in our clothes, we'll soon carry around a host of gadgets that record our lives, monitor our health, and, of course, pester us with...Read More»

Texting while driving, by Flickr user ericathompson
The Driver Of That SUV Could Be A Trooper Watching You Text

If you're one of the 38.9 million American motorists planning to hit the road this Thanksgiving and you've got a penchant for texting behind the wheel, keep an eye on the driver beside you – especially if you're in New York and she's in a big SUV. According to the New York Times, troopers in...Read More»

Hevo wireless electric car charging station
That's Not A Manhole Cover, It's An Electric Car Charger

Fully electric cars and range-extended vehicles like the Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S, and Chevrolet Volt have only been on the market a few years, but it's pretty clear that they're on the front line of an automotive revolution. For that revolution to be successful, though, automakers need to...Read More»

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveils "texting zones" along thruway and highways (9-23-13)
You Call Them "Rest Stops", New York Calls Them "Texting Zones"

The noble rest stop: an oasis of the interstate where weary travelers can relieve themselves, grab a soda, and do a few jumping jacks to perk up for the long drive ahead. Now, the rest stop is also the place to make phone calls and send text messages -- at least in New York State. This week, New...Read More»

Toll plaza with E-ZPass on the Spaulding Turnpike near Rochester, NH (via Wikimedia user Fletcher6)
E-ZPass, Smartphones, GPS-Tracking, And The End Of Privacy

Privacy ain't what it used to be. Just a decade or so ago, most of us paled at the thought of sharing our phone numbers and addresses with corporations, knowing that an onslaught of junk mail and telemarketing calls would follow any slip-up. Today, we distribute our contact info as freely as we'd...Read More»

On YouTube, Matthew Cordle confesses to killing Vincent Canzani in a drunk-driving accident
On YouTube, Motorist Zips Around NYC, Another Confesses To Killing A Man While Driving Drunk UPDATE

UPDATE: See below YouTube is not for the timid. It's a cacophony of crap, most of which consists of (a) shaky cell phone footage of stadium concerts shot from nosebleed territory, (b) 12-year-old vloggers yelling inarticulately into their webcams about how their parents just don't understand, and...Read More»

Destruction in the wake of Hurricane Sandy (via Wikimedia)
Thousands Of Vehicles Ruined By Hurricane Sandy Sit On New York Airfield

In Calverton, New York, toward the eastern end of Long Island, there is an airfield. It's no longer home to planes, though: it's become an impromptu graveyard for thousands of vehicles destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. This does not sit well with environmentalists like Dick Amper, who heads up the Long...Read More»

Long gas lines in Summit NJ in aftermath of Hurricane Sandy
Should Gas Stations Have Backup Power For Pumps? Some Say No

In the areas of the U.S. affected by Hurricane Sandy, lines for gasoline have been long. The problem isn't really one of supply; rather, it seems to be one of electricity. After all, if there's no power, there's no way to run the pumps. Several elected officials have proposed a legislative solution...Read More»

New York City taxi cab
Bucking The Trend: Traffic Fatalities Rise in New York City

Traffic fatalities have been on the decline for the past several years, thanks in large part to enhanced safety gear on vehicles and stricter enforcement of drunk-driving laws. In fact, 2010 saw the lowest fatality rate on record in the U.S., and when the Department of Transportation finishes...Read More»

PayLock's Smart Boot
Starting Tomorrow, New Yorkers Can Unboot Cars By Phone

New York City drivers, we have bad news and good news. First the bad news: if you have a fistful of unpaid traffic tickets, you're in danger of having your car booted. But then, you probably already knew that. The good news? If you do get booted, starting tomorrow, you'll have a quick and easy to...Read More»

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