Lyft Rides To Be Driverless In 5 years

Robots are getting more adept, drones are delivering your Amazon purchases, and now companies like Uber and Lyft are using driverless cars! Welcome to the future, ladies and gentlemen, it’s going to be an awesome ride!

 

You might be thinking, “Hey! I took a Lyft just last week and there was definitely a human driver sitting in the driver’s seat! What gives?” Lyft president John Zimmer thinks that driverless vehicles will comprise the majority of his company’s cars in just five years time! He also thinks that car ownership by the average individual will cease being the norm in a mere nine years. Why is he predicting the big change?

One estimate shows cars costing their owners an average of $9,000 a year in various expenses including parking fees, insurance, and repairs. Zimmer thinks that ride-sharing is quickly becoming an alternative to the traditional practice of owning an individual car.

He said, “The car has actually become more like a $9,000 ball and chain that gets dragged through our daily life… The age of young people with driver’s licenses has been steadily decreasing ever since right around when I was born. All told, a millennial today is 30% less likely to buy a car than someone from the previous generation.”

If Zimmer is right, it could mean a solution to many of the problems of modern urban living including lack of parking, traffic congestion, and cost of living. However, not everyone agrees with his rosy prediction.

Professor Timothy Carone of Notre Dame thinks his timescale might be too short. And, he also predicts that driverless cars will have the ability to be driven remotely, should the need arrive, which sounds equally space-agey and cool to us!

Google Flights Is A Frugal Traveler’s Dream

There is absolutely nothing worse than when you look at a flight one day, decide to think about it overnight, and go back the next day to find that the price has jumped dramatically. These seemingly random increases in flight costs are frustrating and annoying, and now Google Flights is going to try to put a stop to them.

The site run by the most popular search engine on Earth is once again using the vast amounts of data it has collected over the years for good, this time to make fairly accurate predictions about when prices for flights are going to go up.

The feature, which premiered this year, will send you an alert if a flight you have saved is about to increase in price. The key term here is “saved” however – if you don’t express interest in a specific flight, Google Flights won’t know to alert you.

However, being the crafty and innovative Google that we know and love, the site features all sorts of helpful tips for specific routes, found under the “tips” tab.

“Tips can include things like recommendations for alternate airports or dates,” product manager Nabil Naghdy says.  “You may also see a new tip telling you about an expected price jump based on historic prices for that route.” Meaning that Google Flights can make educated guesses about routes and how they will behave in the future, which is pretty cool for consumers looking to score a bargain trip.

Though there is no stand-alone app for Google Flights, the mobile site is also now easier to use by allowing visitors to keep tabs on saved flights.

Seriously, is there anything Google doesn’t think of?

Delta’s App Tracks Your Bags!

One of the most strenuous parts about air travel isn’t that we strap ourselves into a tiny metal tube rocketing hundreds of miles an hour in the air because apparently we have somehow gotten used to that part. No, it’s that when we arrive at our destination, there is no guarantee that our baggage has made the journey with us and will be available for pick up when we need it. Lost luggage is one of the most frustrating and annoying things that can happen on a trip, but now one airline has a plan to combat it.

Delta Airlines, which one disgruntled customer online insists stands for, “Don’t Expect your Luggage To Arrive”, is turning around it’s image. They updated their app that to work with the new Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) system that the company started using in April of last year. This new method replaces the barcode system of tracking bags and ensures that at several points in your bag’s journey, it is scanned and confirmed to be in the right location. When a bag is in the wrong location, the whole belt stops so attendants can identify the misplaced bag and get it on the right belt. Yay for the future!

However, that isn’t the coolest part about this system. The app lets users track their luggage in real time right from their phones by seeing when it is unloaded from the plane and when it arrives at baggage claim! Delta’s senior vice president of airline operations, Bill Lentsch, commented on the app: “From the moment our customers drop off their bag, we want them to know we’re looking out for it every step of the way and working to take the stress out of flying one innovation at a time.”

Delta Airlines Baggage Carousel, Hartsfield Jackson Airport, Atlanta. Photo by John Disney/Daily Report.

It definitely will remove stress seeing as the new system is 99.9% effective! So remember, if you absolutely need your baggage to arrive on time, consider flying Delta and tracking it yourself!

New App Lets You Buy Leftover Food From Restaurants For Cheap

Usually when it comes to leftovers, you either love them or you hate them, but that was before Too Good To Go (TGTG) stepped on the scene. TGTG is an app that was founded in Denmark and has since made it’s way to the UK. The app allows users to order leftover food from restaurants for cheap.

TGTG’s mission is, “to place the lost value back onto food as something that should be eaten and not thrown away. Through the TGTG app, we’re raising awareness of food waste by making surplus restaurant food available for collection before a restaurant closes its breakfast, lunch or dinner service.”  

According to TGTG co-founder, James Crummie, “food waste just seems like one of the dumbest problems we have in this world. The restaurant industry is wasting about 600,000 tonnes of food each year, and in the UK alone there are one million people on emergency food parcels from food banks. Why do we have these two massive social issues that are completely connected, yet there is not much going on to address them?”

With TGTG everyone wins! TGTG earns money from each sale, and restaurants using the app are able to generate revenue by selling food that would have been thrown out otherwise. Then users order leftover food at a discount from restaurants, and food is donated to those in need. If thats not enough, TGTG is also all about being eco friendly. The packing used by TGTG is 100% recyclable. Social good that tastes good, what more could you want?

According the the app’s website, over 5000 meals have been saved, and more than 1,100 meals have been donated. While this isn’t the first program of it’s kind in Europe, we hope finds it’s way across the pond. In the United States it is estimated that 40% percent of food goes uneaten while roughly 12 million families struggle with hunger.

These Powerful Photos Of Smiles Will Change The Way You Look At Strangers

When you’re going about your daily life, have you ever stopped and noticed what your face is doing? Are you sitting there smiling as you browse Instagram? Is your brow furrowed as you start intently?

Often when we are mindlessly walking through life, especially when we are alone, our faces may not express what we are feeling on the inside. Even if we are sad or happy, our exteriors may just show a simple facade.

Photography Jay Weinstein started this photo series, So I Asked Them To Smile,  during a trip to India. One day while at a train station in Rajasthan, he noticed a man he wanted to photograph. The man’s unsmiling face appealed to Weinstein as a photography subject, but also intimidated him.

Weinstein hesitated and instead photographed someone else nearby, only to hear the original man cry out to him to take his picture instead. The man’s lit up face, smiling at Weinstein, inspired the project, and Weinstein has been taking pictures of people smiling and unsmiling ever since.