GetTransfer – Get the Best Possible Means of Transportation

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Since it’s the busiest time of year and we know traveling can be exceptionally stressful, we want to remind you of their exceptional service for travelers. And in addition to covering GetTransfer before, we wanted to highlight how it gives you the best possible means of transportation, without all the hassle.

It allows you to book chauffeured cars so you can get to and from airports, hotels, and cities worldwide. It’s so easy to use, too. All you have to do is book a transfer from your phone or desktop, pick what kind of ride you want – whether it’s a premium SUV or Van for a larger group of people – and you’ll schedule your ride in minutes.

Beyond how easy it is to book a ride, you’ll always find the best prices on GetTransfer, meaning you won’t have to worry about any costly taxi fares. And no matter where you go, you can rest easy in knowing your carrier has been carefully vetted by GetTransfer’s team.

Whether you’re getting transferred from Miami to Orlando or heading directly to the slopes from the airport, GetTransfer has you covered.

Learn more about how you can schedule your very first ride by heading to gettransfer.com today or just download the mobile app. Use promo code GTRNEW18 when you book and get 10% off your ride.

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Why You’ll Probably See More Smart Bikes in the Future

By: Kassidy Coleman

(Photo source: Volata Cycles/YouTube)

(Photo source: Volata Cycles/YouTube)

Biking has always been one of the eco-friendlier options of transportation, but it has also always been a little more dangerous. According to the CDC, bicyclists are more at risk for a crash-related injuries and deaths than those in motor vehicles. However, Volata Cycles, a company based in San Francisco, is bringing high-tech features to bikes that could make them more interactive and safer for riders.

 

On their website, Volata states, “Your bike could be smarter. It could be equipped with everything you need to enjoy safer and more interactive rides. We created Volata with the rider’s needs in mind, and we designed all of its advanced, integrated features to work seamlessly together.”

 

They weren’t kidding, either. With a 2.4” display, GPS tracking, lights that automatically turn on when it gets dark out, a horn, self-charging battery, and anti-theft technology all built into the bike, riding a bike is about to get safer, smarter, and more fun. The built-in computer, that is the main way for riders to interact with their bicycle, can be controlled with a thumb joystick that’s built into the handlebar. On the computer you can check directions, weather, music, and info all without taking your eyes off the road.

 

While this isn’t the first company that has tried to bring smarter technology to biking, Volata is fairly confident this is the first time something like this will succeed. In 2014, Canadian company, Vanhawks started a Kickstarter campaign for the Valour, a smart bike. Their campaign ended up raising over $100,000, however, a mere two years later and the company is out of money. Founder of Volata, Marco Salvioli told Tech Crunch what sets the Volata apart from the Valour, “The Valour was a great product but it was particularly criticized by bike community due to their hardware choices. This pushed many users back. Also it does not feature a display (so there is no visual UI except for the turn-by-turn LEDs) which is the core of Volata’s user interaction, or a horn, or automated lights. And their antitheft system is not based on a bike’s built in network connectivity (GSM) able to send the bike’s location to the internet anytime, and a built-in accelerometer that detects the theft attempt.”

 

With all these built-in features, it isn’t surprising that the Volata is a little pricey. If you’re interested in purchasing one, they’re asking for $299 as a down payment, and $3,200 would be due upon delivery. It’s a little expensive, but considering if you were to add all that stuff on your own to your bike, it would cost a whole lot more – we would say it is more of an investment than anything. Not only that, but some of the features, such as the built in GPS to find your stolen bike, would be pretty difficult to even add yourself.

 

What do you think about this smart bike? Let us know in the comments below or join the conversation on Twitter!

 

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What You Need to Know About the Future of Transportation

By: Kassidy Coleman

Whether or not you’ve realized it, there is a transportation revolution going on right now. From cars that drive themselves to supersonic travel, we have definitely been seeing more futuristic transportation methods being tested this year. But just in case you haven’t been paying attention, here’s a little bit about what’s been going on in the world of transportation.

 

  1. Super Sonic Travel

Hyperloop-esc_2640932bThe Hyperloop system has promised super fast, efficient transportation by eliminating the barriers of time and distance. The main company working on the full-scale Hyperloop system, Hyperloop One, has been working on the project since 2013.  Well, the concept has been around since 2013…they only finally got to start testing it this year. You can see it being tested out here. In early May, the startup announced the project has raised $100 million. The plan is that one day this 5th form of transport will be able someday transport both cargo and people in a tunnel at the speed of sound (roughly 750 miles per hour). It is looking like this will one day be considered a normal form of transportation, although it is still in a testing and development stage. Hyperloop hopes that one day you will be able to travel from San Francisco to Los Angeles in only 30 minutes. Not only is it super-fast, but it wouldn’t crash, due to it running on computer programs that would completely eliminate human error.

 

2. Cars that Drive Themselves

(Photo source: Google/YouTube)

We’re expecting Google’s self-driving cars to be available relatively soon. Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt recently stated that it’s hard to know when these cars will be available, but mostly due to having to get them regulated, not because we don’t have the technology. He expects the technology to be ready in years, not decades. Google has been working on the driverless car project for over seven years and has made tremendous progress since the project first started. As of March 2016, these self-driving cars have driven over 1,498,214 miles. The driverless cars obey the speed limit, maintain their distance from other vehicles, and they have even learned when and how to honk. There are still some concerns about these cars getting into a few accidents, obviously there are a few things to kink out, but we can definitely expect these to become a reality in the somewhat near future.

 

3. Drones that Drive You to Your Destination

(Photo source: EHANG/YouTube)

Have you ever thought about how convenient it would be to just take a drone to your destination? Well you might be able to soon. A drone taxi has been cleared for testing in Nevada. The EHang 184 is a drone that can carry one passenger on short rides. The drone was first introduced at CES 2016, and this technology blew everyone’s mind. The Guardian  reported that this is the “world’s first passenger drone capable of autonomously carrying a person in the air for 23 minutes.” The Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), The Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS), and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) have officially approved for this taxi-drone to be tested. Right now the technology can only carry one passenger for flights of about 23 minutes and reach speeds up to 63 miles per hour. The experience for a passenger would be a simple one – You don’t have to have a license, there are no steering wheels or controls, literally all you have to do is sit back and relax while it takes you to your destination.

Are you excited to take a trip in one (or all) of these new forms of transportation? Let us know in the comments below or join the conversation on Twitter!

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