Uber Announces Intro Of Driverless Transportation

Didn’t we see the prototype of a brainless cabbie in the 1976 Robert De Niro movie, Taxi Driver? Uber recently announced it’s experimenting with a Ford Fusion Hybrid driverless car in Pittsburgh.

The ride-sharing, cabbie-shunning company that would have driven Travis Bickle even more insane is encouraged. Its prototype car is operating successfully on mean city streets. Of course, unlike Bickle’s troubled brain, the driverless car is equipped with sensors, radar, laser scanners and high-resolution cameras.

However, don’t expect to ride-share a Uber car very soon. The company says it’s still experimenting. The driverless car operating in current testing actually has an alert human guy by the wheel ready to take over just in case. Stay tuned for further developments.

When Your Flight Ends, Be Ready To Hit The Aisle And Exit PDF Print E-mail

This happens too frequently to your travel4seniors.com editor. It’s irritating when passengers who wait until it's their turn to leave the plane, then block the aisle. They always do it while gathering belongings they should have grabbed immediately after the plane parked.

If you’re not in a hurry to deplane, there are people behind you who have a short window of time to get to their next flight or airport pick-up. In other words, if you don’t need to rush to deplane, get the hell out of the way of those who do.

Coronavirus Cancellations & Other Travel Changes PDF Print E-mail

If you have upcoming flight, cruise and other travel plans, check hourly for possible schedule changes. The negative effects on travel are worldwide and continuing to develop.

An effective current source on getting the latest info is: www.usatoday.com/story/travel/cruises/2020/02/28/coronavirus-latest-cruise-cancellations-itinerary-changes-cancellations

United Airlines Hike Checked Baggage Charges By $5 PDF Print E-mail

The first checked bag is now $35 each way, the second, $45. You can skip the increase by prepaying in advance. The fees are $30 and $40 if paid at any time before online check-in.The increase takes effect for travel beginning March 6.

The increase covers the U.S. on short flights to the Caribbean and Latin America. No-frills airlines including Spirit, Frontier and Allegiant already charge varying prices for checked (and carry-on) bags, depending when you purchase them and when you fly. Solution: Fly without the big bulky bags. Get all your gear into a carry-on plus wear a jacket with many large pockets.

Airport Critters Help Ease Passenger Travel Trauma PDF Print E-mail

With the coronavirus and the other stressful happenings around the world, senior travelers can use some friendly help. So, if you’re lucky while waiting for your flight, you may find a furry friend to help you pass the stressful minutes or more.

Some 70 U.S. airports now offer programs featuring certified therapy animals and their owners who regularly help de-stress travelers. The performers are usually dogs, but there are others. For example, Denver International Airport’s CATS program (Canine Airport Therapy Squad) includes 100 dogs and a cat named Xeli. Also, LiLou the pig is an official member of San Francisco’s International Airport’s Wag Brigade. And miniature therapy horses from Seven Oaks Farm are occasional visitors at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG).

Bad Wall Street News Is Good News At The Gas Pump PDF Print E-mail

With the major stock market dip, prices are down to $2.50 per gallon and lower. It may be worthwhile to greet springtime with a road trip. Considering oil cartel robberies of just a few years ago when prices spiked near $5 a gallon, driving can once again be a senior pleasure.

Choose a national park destination, cruise along Route 66, enjoy the scenic California coast highways or enjoy emerging springtime flowers in the Colorado mountains. Whatever your destiny, you’ll need to spend much less this year filling up your gas tank.


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