You probably have seen cars driving around with the black and grey “U” Uber logo in their windows, or maybe the bright pink mustaches on the hoods of Lyft cars. In the few years they have been around, ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft have grown immensely and become part of our everyday lives. It is now the norm to take an Uber instead of a taxi because of how seamless it is to order an Uber, not to mention Ubers cost less than most taxi rides. With just a click of a button on your phone, an Uber driver can be at your location within minutes to pick you up.
Self-driving cars, an idea that not too long ago seemed like part of the distant future, are quickly becoming more and more of a reality. Huge companies including Tesla, Apple, and Google along with famous car brands like Mercedes Benz and BMW are developing their own autonomous cars. Companies like Uber are planning on using self-driving cars soon, and in a society where we can be picked up in minutes through just a tap on our phone, this seems like the logical next step. Some people predict that one day every car will be self-driving, and others say that this will be only a fad and we will continue to prefer to drive our own cars. Regardless, it is important to be educated on self-driving cars, especially since Florida is one of the few states to have legalized then.
Now that Labor Day has passed, we are unofficially in the fall season, even though it still feels very much summer here in Brevard County. To most of us, Labor Day is a just holiday that gives us a three-day weekend, with a much-needed break from work or school. We take advantage of this free day and usually plan trips or fun activities that we don’t normally have time to do. Despite celebrating it every year, not everyone knows the history and meaning behind Labor Day.
Road trips are a staple of summer. Students are on vacation, and families take the summer months to drive across the nation. However, not all road trips destinations have to be outside of Central Florida. Living on the Space Coast, we are surrounded by a large variety of local day trip options. We can stay in the Melbourne area and explore the local charms that Melbourne, Viera, and Palm Bay has to offer like the Brevard Zoo! We can go to Orlando to visit the multitude of theme parks and shopping malls in the city. We can even head north to the famous beaches of Daytona, where people can drive on the white sand beaches, a foreign concept in Brevard County. Another option is exploring Vero Beach. Less than an hour south of Melbourne, Vero Beach offers many different amenities and activities that are perfect for a family day trip.