E-scooters, hoverboards – the tech transforming travel

Electric scooters and other new modes of transport could be allowed on Britain’s roads under a wide-ranging review. It is currently illegal to ride powered scooters – which can travel up to 30mph – on public roads or pavements, but the government has said the traffic laws are “a barrier to innovation” and is considering changing them. That’s the headline anyway. The Department for Transport has subsequently played down the possibility of reform in the short term. Nevertheless, the sustainable transport charity Sustrans says there is a “huge untapped demand for people to get around without a car”. But under the UK’s Highways Act 1835, footpaths can only be used by pedestrians – the driving of any “horse, ass, sheep, mule, swine, or cattle or carriage of any description” is banned. And electric scooters fall within the legal definition of a “motor vehicle”, which means they cannot be used on public roads without meeting a number of requirements, which include conforming to technical standards and being subject to driver testing. The Department for Transport says prospective users “find it ver...

Lululemon Athletica charges about $20 more for a pair of basic yoga pants than Gap Inc.’s

Lululemon Athletica charges about $20 more for a pair of basic yoga pants than Gap Inc.’s Athleta simply because it knows women will pay for the brand. Lululemon’s $98 pair looks almost exactly like Athleta’s $79 pants. The materials, a mixture of nylon and Lycra, are also the same. The Lululemon “Groove” pants are made of the brand’s own patented “Full On Luon,” which is 81% percent nylon and 19% Lycra. Athleta also makes its yoga pants with its own patented material — called Pilayo — which is 88% nylon and 12% Lycra. The only real difference we found between the two pairs of pants is that Lululemon’s has a hidden waistband pocket. So is that pocket worth $20? Probably not, which has led some analysts to wonder whether Lululemon can keep its prices so high as the yoga apparel market gets increasingly crowded. “Our biggest concern [with Lululemon's business] lies with the flood of new competition,” Morningstar analyst Bridget Weishaar wrote in a recent research note. “With few barriers to entry and new, well-capitalized entrants possessing the capability to innovate and grow quickly, we think pricing pressu...