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A Van to Scoop You Up After The Dallas Cowboy Game when you had Too Much Beer!

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Drive.ai’s new service is scheduled to run for one year and begin with three vehicles. Riders can hail the vehicles one of two ways: by downloading an app that allows a user to request a vehicle or by going to a designated pickup point and request a vehicle using a kiosk, according to the company. The service is funded by the city of Arlington and with federal grants, according to city officials.

Riders will connect to a handful of well-traveled local landmarks, such as the city’s convention center, retail areas, restaurants and office buildings, as well as AT&T Stadium and Globe Life Park, the respective homes of the Dallas Cowboys and the Texas Rangers.

Halder said that about 100,000 people flood into the city’s entertainment district on game days, creating a distinct need for transportation, but also new challenges for the company as it continues to refine its technology. This time, the routes will be longer and potentially more complicated, especially when pedestrians descend on the area during games.


(Courtesy of Drive.ai) ((Photo courtesy of Drive.ai))


(Courtesy of Drive.ai) ((Photo courtesy of Drive.ai))

Drive.ai has attempted to distinguish itself by prioritizing “recognizability over beauty,” giving its Nissan vehicles bright orange paint jobs that are designed to grab the attention of pedestrians and drivers, according to company officials.

The vehicles operate along fixed routes, include human backup drivers and travel up to 35 mph. They also include exterior panels with messages — such as “waiting for you to cross” — to take the place of a human driver making eye contact or gesturing with a pedestrian at a crosswalk, for example. In the near future backup drivers will be removed and the vehicles will operate autonomously.

 

The Opioid Addiction Crisis

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SAN ANTONIO – Texas saw 1,186 opioid-related deaths in 2015 and experts say the problem is only getting worse. 

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and the Addiction Policy Forum have announced a new four-year plan. Some doctors are skeptical but hopeful that PhRMA’s vision becomes a reality.

Some of the approaches in mind

 Take an opioid and alter its chemical structure so it won’t be addictive.

Another way is to look at entirely new drugs  and how they may alleviate pain.

Comment:

They should make note that many of opioid addicts take pills to get high and not for pain. IT’S LIKE THEY HAVE A CHOICE OR PREFERENCE ON HOW THEY WANT TO GET HIGH. They might use pain as a cop out so they won’t be judged harshly. If caught early enough  someone such as a therapist, counselor, social worker etc may help alleviate serious addiction.

 

 

Uber Now Working On Flying Taxis

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Helicopters, quad copters, or space-age airplanes, all the craft will have to be capable of vertical takeoff and landing, called VTOL, in order to fit into mini-airports, known as vertiports, spread around cities. And they will have to be quiet enough to take off and land near homes and offices without driving people crazy. Local, state, and federal agencies all have to get on board and convince the public that the technology is safe and not too intrusive.  Dubai has already green-lit a program by Chinese drone maker EHang (unconnected to Uber) that will start sky taxi flights in July.

The likely plan in all cities is to locate vertiports on top of buildings.

Uber’s taxis will start service with fully certified commercial pilots, who may be the company’s first full-time drivers.

Taco Trucks Doubling As Voter Registration Booths

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Texas had the second-lowest voter turnout in the nation in the March primaries so eight taco trucks have signed on with Mi Familia Vota as mobile registration booths. It’s a chance to grab a delicious lunch and register to make your voice heard.  Until October 11.

  • El Taquito Food Truck, 8429 Richmond Ave.
  • El Ultimo Taco Truck, 1743 Jacquelyn Dr.
  • La Gloria Tacos, 7400 Long Point Rd.
  • La Gloria Tacos, 14520 Memorial Dr.
  • Taconmadre, 905 Edgebrook Dr.
  • Tacos Mayra, 10510 Beechnut St.
  • Tacos Tierra Caliente, 1919 W. Alabama St.
  • Tila’s Taco Truck, 2309 University Blvd.

Most Populous States

The 10 Most Populous States on July 1, 2014

State

California
Texas
Florida
New York
Illinois
Pennsylvania
Ohio
Georgia
North Carolina
Michigan

Population

38,802,500
26,956,958
19,893,297
19,746,227
12,880,580
12,787,209
11,594,163
10,097,343
9,943,964
9,909,877

 The 10 Fastest-Growing States from July 1, 2013 to July 1, 2014

Rank

State

North Dakota
Nevada
Texas
Colorado
District of Columbia
Florida
Arizona
Utah
Idaho
South Carolina

The 10 States with the Largest Numeric Increase from July 1, 2013 to July 1, 2014

State

Texas
California
Florida
Georgia
Arizona
North Carolina
Washington
Colorado
South Carolina
Virginia

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