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Family who fell on to tube track unharmed after train passes overhead

Husband jumped to help wife and child who fell from platform at Baker Street station A mother and child who fell onto a tube track at Baker Street station survived by ducking into a pit between the rails as the train passed over their heads. The womans husband also escaped unharmed after jumping down from the platform to try to help his family before the train passed. The woman was walking with a pram along the platform at the station in north London at about 10.15pm on Friday night, but…

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Spanish anti-Uber taxi strike ends after government agrees new regulation

A national six-day taxi driver strike in Spain has ended after the government agreed to pass regulation that will allow the country’s autonomous communities to cap the number of private hire vehicle permits within their cities. The VTC licenses are used by Uber and local ride-hailing rival Cabify to offer professional driver services in the country. So the government’s decision looks likely to limit the size of their businesses in regional markets which choose to uphold the cap. Previous decisions by European courts have essentially closed down Uber’s p2p (non-professional driver)…

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Tesla Semi does its first production cargo run with batteries on board

Tesla is putting its new electric Semi to work, with its first run as a “production” vehicle — for a familiar client. Tesla itself is the customer, as the trucks were equipped with trailers loaded up with battery packs fresh from the Gigafactory assembly line, heading to the Tesla Fremont car factory in California. Elon Musk shared an image of the trucks at work, with both the matte black version and the silver one with the aero hood, which presumably are the same they showed off at the official unveil…

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Harley-Davidson and Alta Motors to co-develop electric motorcycles

Motorcycle giant Harley-Davidson is now a stakeholder in Alta Motors, the electric motorcycle and light vehicle EV drivetrain maker based in Brisbane, California. Harley-Davidson and Alta made the investment public today, and also announced that Alta Motors will collaborate with the legendary motorbike maker on building future electric motorcycles as part of the deal. This comes hot on the heels of Harley-Davidson’s announcement that it will be releasing an all-electric motorcycle, a first for the company, sometime in 2019. The collaboration between Harley and Alta will focus on “new electric…

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Oxford Street panic began with fight at tube station, suggest police

Visitors to London West End ran and hid, two tube stations were closed and armed police raced to scene after incident An altercation between two men appears to have triggered the outbreak of mass panic in London on one of the busiest shopping days of the year, leading to people fleeing in fear, armed police being deployed and a section of the West End being evacuated. British Transport Police issued a CCTV appeal for information about two men believed to be involved in a fight in Oxford Circus tube station…

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Lessons from the fast lane: does this study prove car-pooling works?

When Jakarta ditched its controversial three-in-one car-sharing rule many in the city expected the traffic to get better. It didnt. A Harvard and MIT study analysed before-and-after Google traffic data to find out what happened Driving in Jakarta at rush hour is something of a nightmare. The citys 9.6 million population swells each work day with an additional some measures, Jakarta has the worst traffic in the world. Others only put it in jockeys who would stand just outside the enforcement area and offer to join a single-occupancy vehicle for…

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Emil Michael, Ubers SVP of business, has left the company

Uber has confirmed that Emil Michael, one the companys top executives, has left the company. Earlier today Michael sent an internal email to staff that he would be leaving the ride-hailing company, according to a report from Recode. Michael, who served as the companys senior vice president of business, has long been a controversial figure outside of the company (he was the executive who suggested that Uber could and should perform opposition research on journalists). His departure was reported to be one of the recommendations that was set before Ubers…

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Three men detained after London-bound flight diverts to Germany

Pilot on flight from Ljubljana made unscheduled stop after learning of men talking about terrorist matters and baggage was later destroyed Three male passengers have been detained in Cologne after their easyJet flight bound from Ljubljana in Slovenia to London made a diverted landing, German police have said. The aircraft landed in Cologne after passengers reported that the men were talking about terrorist matters, according to the statement. The men were not identified. Police carried out security checks of the aircraft and questioned passengers after all 151 on board were…

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Stealthy Boxbot wins the Pear prize for UC Berkeley with a tech for autonomous last-mile delivery

It was a long road that took the two founders of drinks at Drakes Dealership to winning sponsored by the firm of the same name that awards $250,000 to a startup founded by students, alumna or professors from the University of Berkeley along with some seed investments from Afore Capital and Automa Systems, an early Uber competitor that eventually turned into an Uber for trucking. That company was on the cusp of signing a term sheet and raising capital when Uber approached Godwin with an offer he couldnt refuse. Arcimoto,…

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Jeremy Corbyn’s leaked draft manifesto: what Labour would do

Labour would keep Trident, nationalise the railways and phase out tuition fees, among other policies Details of a draft version of Labours pitch to the country have leaked, with Jeremy Corbyns party hoping to make manifesto commitments to part-nationalise some public utilities and to make funds available for social care. Below is a summary of what the party leadership would like to do in government. Respect the Brexit referendum result and give a meaningful vote on any deal to parliament. EU citizens living in the UK would have their rights…

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