Taxi Killer A new study from MIT finds that 3,000 four-passenger ride-sharing cars, like Uber and Lyft, would be enough to meet 98 precent of the demand in NYC for passengers. MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) developed an algorithm which also revealed that ride-sharing could also reduce pollution by shrinking the number of cars on the road by 75 percent. Yes, you'd have to wait a few more minutes—2.7 to be exact—to get a ride, but the study said drivers would make more money. There are 14,000 taxis on the road in NYC today—meaning 11,000 people would need to find a new line of work.
Tesla Deadline Time is running out on the free supercharging deal from Tesla where new car owners can charge up their car on the network for free. Starting January 15th, new Tesla buyers will have to pay for any energy use beyond 400 kWh a year—or about 1,000 miles. After that? You have to pay. (Via Engadget)
Asus Leak Qualcomm accidentally showed off the new Tango phone, the Asus ZenFone AR—way before its planned announcement this week at CES. Android Police says Qualcomm pushed out the details on its blog—which is has since removed. But the phone will run Daydream augmented and virtual reality apps including Netflix, HBO and Hulu. An Asus Chromebook got teased just last week ahead of schedule. Perhaps a bad week for Asus, or a carefully cultivated marketing plan.
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