Posts Tagged ‘smart’

And San Francisco’s Worst Parkers are the Drivers of … Smart Cars – Here’s Why – “FIRST TO PARK…WINS”

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

When Smart Cars started showing up in the 415, what I thought we’d see was:

1. Smart Car tipping (Naughty naughty!); and

2. French-style, nose-to-the-curb parking

But what we’ve gotten is just bad parking, like this.

Why’s that? Well, it has to do with the attitude of ” I can park it anywhere!”

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So the smartCar drivers come home to Russian Hill at 10:00 PM and then they find nowhere to park and then they  park their rides illegally.

You see, it’s the lofty expectations what makes them bad parkers.

Presenting “adverCar” – A Way to Make $100 a Month with Your Ride – Plus,Leasing an Electric Car for $139/Mo

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

Sort of.

First up is adverCar - all the stickers north of the bumpers earn the owner of the Smart Car $100 a month or so.

Do I object to the sticker covering part of the back window?

Yes. Yes I do.Moving on…

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Second up is the chance to pay $2000 to get started on a lease for an electric Smart Car, sort of. You pay $80 a month to lease the battery and also $59 to lease everything else – the car itself without the battery.  Why do they do it this way? IDK.

Anyway, all this is news to me…

Uh Oh, San Franco-Based Uber Cab is in Trouble Again: Now Getting Sued in Massachusetts for Retaining Drivers’ Tips

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Apparently, if you have your UberCab driver pahk the cah at Hahvahd Yahd, the tip you pay for that service doesn’t all go to the Uber taxi driver. Deets below.

Is that kind of a setup illegal? I don’t know but we’ll find out soon enough.

Oh Uber Taxi, will you ever win?

Now when Uber drivers aren’t Ubering, they’re illegally picking up people off the street like the drivers of all these vehicles were trying to do on Sacramento last year:

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Uber Cab/

Uber Cab/

It IS your fault

All the deets:

“High-tech car service Uber faces more accusations

Lawsuit alleges labor law violations

BOSTON, Feb. 7, 2013  – A class-action lawsuit filed in US District Court last week alleges car service Uber Technologies Inc. is violating state law prohibiting employers from keeping tips earned by employees.

The suit, filed by a driver for Uber, is another strike against the upstart high-tech car service that has prompted legal and regulatory crackdowns in other cities.

“Uber’s practice of keeping a large portion of the drivers’ tips is both deceptive to the customers, who expect that the drivers get to keep the gratuities that they have given them, and blatantly in violation of Massachusetts law,” said Hillary Schwab of Lichten & Liss-Riordan, P.C., one of the lawyers for the plaintiffs.

The suit comes on the heels of similar action taken by drivers in Chicago and regulations for smartphone applications in the car service industry recently proposed by the International Association of Transportation Regulators. Those proposals, released in November, would curtail the use of GPS devices as a substitute for a taxi meter, prohibit drivers without proper licensing from offering rides for pay, and bar car services from charging extra during hours of peak demand. IATR said its intention was to “bring rogue applications into compliance.” The proposals would have to be adopted by local state and city regulators. New York City, meanwhile, has drafted even more stringent regulations.

Boston fleet owners have said that if smart phone applications in the car service industry are to become standard there still must be uniform rules regarding their use.

In the most recent case, a driver for Uber, David Lavitman, of Milton, alleges Uber kept his tips. He said customers are regularly assessed a 20 percent gratuity but that the company retains as much as half that amount. Lavitman’s suit is seeking class action status and says more than 40 drivers in Massachusetts who served customers beginning Dec. 10, 2012 could join the class. Damages could exceed $5 million, according to statements by the company.

Uber is based in San Francisco.

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Two Cars Parked at One Expired Meter – Which One Gets the Ticket? Those SMART Cars Can Park Anywhere!

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

This particular space on 10th Street is particularly long, so there’s nothing stopping a SmartCar driver from sneaking up on your six and bogarting your space.

And motorcycle drivers do this kind of thing as well.

Maybe DPT would write two citations for the one parking meter violation?

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That’s my guess but I don’t know…

DPT SFPark Fail: Expensive Sensors “Bedeviled by Electromagnetic Interference from Overhead Trolley Lines” per NYT

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Instead of the SFMTA MUNI DPT SFPark happy talk what you’ve been getting from the San Francisco Examiner, why not check out what the New York Times has to say about San Francisco’s expensive SFPark new parking meter program.

“PLACE “smart” in front of a noun and you immediately have something that somehow sounds improved.”

Heh.

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Is There a Bay Area Transit Rail Project Being Built Right Now That Could Actually Be Useful? Yes, the Sonoma-Marin SMART Train

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

I guess they’re building this?

Anyway, they’re advertising it these days, for some reason.

Check it.

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Basically, it’s going to be like a mini-BART* but for the North Bay – news to me.

And unlike massively-expensive California High Speed Rail project, we can actually afford the SMART train.

And unlike the useless Central Subway federal pork subway-to-nowhere project in Chinatown, SMART has the potential to benefit its riders.

Hurray!

*Speaking of which, BART to Livermore and/or San Jose, those projects also sound like they could be useful in the future, I don’t know.  

Smart Car and VW Somehow Share a Parking Space in the Financial District – Which One Should Get the Parking Ticket?

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

I don’t know how this happened but here you can see two cars sharing a metered space meant for just one car.

When the meter expires, which car should get the ticket from DPT?

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Oh, I know, how about both?

Our City and County can certainly use the $200 or whatever those two citations would bring in.

Hurray!

P.S. Just as Toyota Prius drivers are the worst drivers in the 415, Smart Car owners are the worst parkers around. It Is Written.

The Worst Parkers in San Francisco are the Owners of SmartCars – Why? Their Expectations are Too High

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

These new SmartCars are parked willy-nilly all over town these days, on the sidewalks, in red zones, wherever.

Why? It’s ’cause some of the drivers of these vehicles think , “I can park anywhere!” (I’m srsly, that’s literally what they’ll tell you. They’re proud.)

So when they get to their destinations, they figure they’ll just make it fit, they’ll find a place.

As here, where a women in the Western Addition NoPA area tried to park three yards of Smart ForTwo into a curb space between two driveways that, well, just take a look: 

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So, you Smart Car drivers should smarten up and fly straight.

And count your blessings that practices such as Smart Tipping and Smart Tossing haven’t taken root here…

The Presidio Gets Into Geocaching: A New Wildlife-Themed, Outdoor Treasure Hunt – You Know, For Kids!

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Grab your GPS device and head on over to the Presidio to get in on the Geocaching craze.

All the deets, below.

HIGH TECH HIDE-AND-SEEK” IN THE PRESIDIO

GEOCACHING TAKES FAMILIES, ADVENTURERS OFF THE BEATEN TRAIL

Presidio of San Francisco (August 11, 2011) — “I found it!” exclaimed Alex, his face beaming with pride and the excitement only a 7-year old can muster. With a little help from his mom’s smartphone and a lot of perseverance, Alex had located his first geocache, discreetly hidden near a trail in the Presidio’s Lobos Creek Valley.

The Trust, in conjunction with the National Wildlife Federation, has brought Ranger Rick’s Geocache Trails—a new wildlife-themed, outdoor treasure hunt—to the Presidio.

Sometimes referred to as a game of “high-tech hide and seek,” geocaching is relatively new to national parks, but the phenomenon has been around for more than a decade. Using a smartphone or handheld GPS device, people hunt for “caches” (typically small boxes) hidden in public places around the world.

“Geocaching in the Presidio combines the excitement of a treasure hunt with the reward of discovering lesser known parts of the park,” says Damien Raffa, education and volunteer program manager for the Presidio Trust. “Offering this kind of adventure helps us bring new people into the park and expose them to some of the Presidio’s hidden gems.”

The Presidio offers two ways to play. Visitors can go to www.presidio.gov/kids/trails/ and download GPS co-ordinates, while those without a GPS device can download a map for a self-guided experience. Then simply follow the co-ordinates to uncover the geocache. The cache will never be buried but could be tucked inside a log or tree stump, under a bush or behind a wall. Inside the cache, searchers will find a logbook to sign and a unique stamp depicting a member of the Presidio’s wildlife community.

Ever more deets, after the jump.

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The Best Accessory for Your iPhone or Android Device is This Delightful Bunny Ear Case

Monday, August 8th, 2011

As seen in the West Bay, on Noriega:

Even the foggy Outer Sunset can look good when you shoot a 300mm lens totally wide open:

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Isn’t this cell phone case delightful?

Let’s hope the Playboy Magazine people don’t want to sue…