The realtor.com data team set out to find the best housing markets for 10 of the fastest-growing professions in the country. Lance Lambert, provided by Published 3:00 am, Monday, April 16, 2018 Photo: IStock; Realtor.com Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Photo: IStock; Realtor.com 10 Most Affordable Cities for the Fastest-Growing Careers: Is Your Job on This Lucky List? 1 / 1 Back to Gallery When it comes to winning the real-world Game of Life, there are a pair of treasured action cards everyone is eager to play. One is "Get a great new career"; the other is "Buy the home of your dreams." For most of us, they're a critical one-two combo. Homeownership is one of the reasons we shell out thousands for a good education, spend endless hours studying for certification tests, and smile through … [Read more...] about 10 Most Affordable Cities for the Fastest-Growing Careers: Is Your Job on This Lucky List?
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Just like there were experiments before the Internet really took off, with people locked in apartments ordering all necessities online, or recently people living entirely off Craigslist, there should be an experiment of personal transportation done only via car-hire and sharing apps, just to prove a point. Those who have tried the convenience of services like Zipcar swear by it, especially in large metropolitan cities, where car ownership and parking costs way too much. There are also a number of on-demand car hure apps like Uber, Lyft or SideCar that hook you up with vetted drivers, sometimes people using their own cars for the purpose, or services with their own shared fleets. Some of them work as a small "donation" fee goes towards your driver, and they collect a certain percentage to maintain the app and the database, like what a traditional dispatcher would do. These voluntary "donations" are often half of what you'd pay for a cab fare, and it's like you get driven … [Read more...] about Hitch that ride: can the rise of car-hire and sharing apps continue unregulated?
This week, a subsidiary of Volkswagen called Moia unveiled a new concept vehicle in Berlin: a six-seater all-electric van. Blandly brown in color and retaining none of the flash typical of other concept vehicles, the Moia EV probably flew under the radar for most people. But what’s interesting about it is that the vehicle is designed for ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft, and more specially for carpooling. And Moia isn’t the only company that sees the advantage of a large wheelbase vehicle as the perfect hedge against an uncertain future. Over the last year, the auto industry has been leaning into minivans, vans, and shuttles as the types of vehicles best suited for these shared, pooled rides, either with a human driver or an autonomous one. Thanks to a convergence of self-driving technology, ride-sharing and car-sharing apps, and battery-electric vehicles, OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) are rushing to respond to shifting consumer habits. And the fact … [Read more...] about The car of the future isn’t a car at all
Look at some of the autonomous vehicle concepts, predicting a future of us being able to treat a car as a lounge or work area when we don’t want to actually drive, and you’ll notice one thing: space. By that, I mean the space they take up on the road. Everyone seems to be designing a large, autonomous SUV because that’s what people want. Mercedes-Benz is guilty of the same thing, with its vast F105 Concept it showed a few years ago. Sleek, spacious and lounge-like, it’s one idea for a self-driving future. But its tiny Smart division has other ideas. Last month, transportation reporter Sean O’Kane got a “ride” in Smart Vision EQ Fortwo concept — Daimler’s idea of what a self-driving urban car should be. At CES in January, Smart CEO Dr. Annette Winkler told us that the Smart is on its own in the world. “No other car packs in so much into so small of a space,” she said, which has been a hallmark of the brand. “The … [Read more...] about The Smart car goes electric before it plans its autonomous future
Main image: Airbus and Italdesign are planning to have a fleet of their Pop.Up taxis in the air by 2021. Credit: Italdesign/Airbus"Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads." 'Doc' Brown was right in Back to the Future. Okay, not about the time-travel thing, but the flying car thing is definitely going to happen.Big names like Airbus, Uber, Google and Toyota all plunging big money into the development of airborne autos, and some even think we'll have flying cars in just five years. Cars shows are already exhibiting prototypes. Long-term plans are being made by cities and transport authorities that involve flying cars. So why the heightened interest? "There is quite a lot of hype and buzz around flying cars now, because for the first time in human history we have cutting-edge technology that can assist in building a flying car," says Joe Praveen Vijayakumar, a Mobility Industry Analyst at Frost & Sullivan, and author of a report called Future of Flying Cars, … [Read more...] about Here’s what flying cars will actually look like