Andrew J. Hawkins

The Verge

@andyjayhawk

  • Currently a reporter at The Verge, focusing on transportation, ride-sharing, Hyperloop, aviation, and much more
  • Previously a politics writer at The New York Daily News
  • Loves to write about how we move through space and time
Tesla to end customer referral program, Elon Musk says

Jan 17

Tesla’s customer referral program, in which Tesla owners can give their friends a referral code to get six months of free charging via Tesla’s Supercharger network, will be ending on March 1st, Elon Musk said in a tweet.

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Portland riders say they’re skipping cars, thanks to electric scooters

Jan 15

Electric scooter companies are known to brag about their potential to reshape cities by reducing car congestion and pollution. Today, the city of Portland, Oregon, released a trove of data that backs up some of those claims.

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Uber adds a ‘clean air fee’ in London to help drivers upgrade to electric cars

Jan 14

London residents who use Uber will have to pay an extra 15 pence (USD $0.19) per mile under the ride-hail company’s new Clean Air plan. The surcharge will go toward helping Uber drivers switch from dirty, fossil fuel burning cars to cleaner, battery-electric …

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Cadillac teases images of its first all-electric vehicle

Jan 14

Days after GM announced that Cadillac would become its lead electric vehicle brand, the automaker teased a few images of its first planned EV.

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Nissan’s new EV concept is a luxury sedan with 380 miles of range

Jan 14

Nissan seems ready to jump into the luxury market and take the fight directly to Tesla. At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the Japanese automaker unveiled a new electric concept that it describes as “an elevated sports sedan.” It’s an u…

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Cadillac will lead General Motors’ push into an electric future

Jan 11

Cadillac will become the leading electric vehicle brand of General Motors, the company announced. The first model will feature GM’s all-new battery electric vehicle architecture, which will underpin a “family of profitable EVs.”

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Ford’s on-demand bus service Chariot is going out of business

Jan 10

Chariot, the microtransit service owned by Ford, is going out of business. The on-demand bus service will cease operation February 1st.

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Lincoln is integrating Tidal’s high-end streaming service into its new cars

Jan 10

Tidal, the Jay Z-led music streaming service that emphasizes audio quality, is making its way into new Lincoln vehicles, the companies announced on Thursday. Lincoln owners with the latest versions of Ford’s Sync infotainment service and an iOS device can acc…

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Bose invented a noise-canceling system for your car

Jan 9

Bose wants to bring its acclaimed noise-canceling technology from your headphones to your car. The Framingham, Massachusetts-based company just unveiled a new technology called QuietComfort which claims that by measuring a vehicle’s vibrations, it can elimina…

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Hyundai is building a car that can walk on four legs

Jan 9

Hyundai has developed a vehicle with moveable legs. Elevate is the first Ultimate Mobility Vehicle, blending technology found in electric cars and robots, which allows it to traverse difficult terrain.

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Robot delivery startup Udelv partners with Walmart and Baidu

Jan 8

Udelv, a self-driving delivery startup, announced it was teaming up with Walmart to pilot an autonomous grocery delivery service. The Burlingame, California-based company said it was also partnering with Baidu to pilot the Chinese search giant’s latest autono…

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London’s Heathrow airport halts departures amid possible drone sighting

Jan 8

London’s Heathrow Airport halted departure flights after a possible drone sighting, the airport announced on Twitter. The news comes several weeks after a drone sighting caused several days of flight disruptions at London’s Gatwick Airport.

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Bell’s hybrid-electric flying car will be available via Uber by the ‘mid-2020s’

Jan 7

This is Bell Nexus, the “air taxi” concept from the company formerly known as Bell Helicopter. A hyrbid-electric propulsion aircraft, the Nexus will use six tilting ducted fans to take off and land vertically from a rooftop or launchpad. And more importantly,…

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Harley-Davidson’s first all-electric motorcycle is coming August 2019, will cost $29,799

Jan 7

Harley-Davidson dropped some important details about its forthcoming (and hotly anticipated) electric motorcycle, LiveWire. The motorcycle manufacturer announced it would begin taking preorders for its first electric two-wheeler, with deliveries expected late…

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New York’s plan to avoid the L train shutdown is innovative, high-tech, and untested in the US

Jan 3

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo surprised subway commuters on Thursday when he announced that the planned 15-month shutdown of L train tunnel between Manhattan and Brooklyn that was scheduled to begin April 27th will instead become an innovative, high-tech, and un…

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Toyota’s self-driving cars can now fit more junk in their trunks

Jan 3

Toyota, the world’s largest automaker, will once again unveil the latest iteration of its self-driving test vehicle at CES in Las Vegas next week. The TRI-P4 test car is designed by the Toyota Research Institute, the automaker’s Silicon Valley-based division,…

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GM’s Cruise partners with DoorDash to test autonomous food delivery

Jan 3

Cruise Automation, the self-driving unit of General Motors, is teaming up with DoorDash to test a food delivery service in San Francisco using autonomous vehicles. The pilot will commence in “early 2019,” the companies said, but it will only be available in t…

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Volkswagen’s mobile charging station will help solve a key problem with EVs

Jan 2

Volkswagen has an interesting solution to the dilemma of owning an electric vehicle without a permanent place to charge it: they’ll bring the charging station to you.

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The Verge 2018 tech report card: Uber

Dec 29

2018 was supposed to be a recovery year for Uber after a disastrous 2017. While it had a busy year to corner every facet of urban transportation, it didn’t quite achieve all it set out to do.

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Uber’s self-driving cars return to public roads for the first time since fatal crash

Dec 20

Uber officially resumed testing its self-driving cars on public roads Thursday, nine months after one of its vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona. The company received a letter from Pennsylvania’s Department of Transportation authorizing …

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