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Dubai Police start training on flying motorbikes

November 17th, 2018 at 9:54 am » Comments Off

(CNN) — The flying motorbike is back in Dubai — and you could see the police riding one in the not-too-distant future. A year after California-based startup Hoversurf showcased its hoverbike at tech expo GITEX in the white and green livery of the Dubai Police, the company has returned with a new model and evidence […]



GM is getting into the electric bike business

November 8th, 2018 at 11:49 am » Comments Off

General Motors said it plans to bring two new electric bikes to market next year — one folding and one compact — as the automaker makes a broader push into electrification and other ideas that try to move beyond its traditional business model of producing and selling gas-power vehicles. The automaker didn’t have a lot […]



The electric future will run on two wheels

October 23rd, 2018 at 4:34 pm » Comments Off

For much of the emerging world, the key to reducing pollution is making the transition to battery-powered motorcycles and scooters. Even those who can afford cars often prefer two-wheelers. Given recent market turmoil, it would easy to overlook the upcoming IPO of Niu Technologies, a Chinese manufacturer of electric mopeds. The $95 million the company […]



The man behind the scooter revolution

October 12th, 2018 at 9:15 am » Comments Off

Like so many inventions, the scooter was a child of necessity: Specifically, the need to get a bratwurst without looking like an idiot. One night in 1990, Wim Ouboter, a Dutch-Swiss banker and amateur craftsman, was “in the mood for a St. Gallen bratwurst at the Sternengrill in Zurich,” or so the story goes. He […]



Flying taxi to travel from Boston to New York in 36 minutes

October 8th, 2018 at 11:27 am » Comments Off

A private transportation company seeks to offer a new form of travel connecting Boston and New York in under an hour. Boston-based Transcend Air Corporation is developing the Vy 400, a six-seat, vertical take-off and landing aircraft. “It takes off and lands straight up and down,” the company said of the aircraft’s design. “This means […]



How Uber is getting flying cars off the ground

October 4th, 2018 at 11:06 am » Comments Off

It wants to fly you around cities as in the Jetsons, but there are still roadblocks to overcome before UberAir can take flight. It’s 6 p.m. in Tokyo and my flying car is late. Three years late. Back to the Future promised me flying cars (and hoverboards) by 2015. Yet here I am in 2018, […]



Boring Company gets approval to build a tunnel connecting a garage to a hyperloop

September 19th, 2018 at 9:06 am » Comments Off

Elon Musk’s Boring Company continues to gain validation from city governments. In June, the company was selected to build a multibillion-dollar rapid transit link between downtown Chicago to O’Hare International Airport, and just this week, it got approval from the Hawthorne City Council in California to start building a prototype garage that would transport cars […]



Bombardier unveils a new battery-powered train

September 18th, 2018 at 9:20 am » Comments Off

Once actually somewhat common, battery-powered trains, especially full-size ones, are less common these days as third-rail-powered and diesel trains have gained in popularity. Bombardier is unveiling a new battery-powered train in Berlin this week – “the first of its kind to enter passenger operation in Europe in over 60 years.”



Volvo’s 360c concept car is a fully autonomous bedroom on wheels

September 9th, 2018 at 3:19 pm » Comments Off

Without a combustion engine or a steering wheel, Volvo reimagines the car as a short-haul flight replacement. “In our striving for efficiency, have we lost empathy for the traveler?” These words, from Volvo’s launch video for its new 360c fully autonomous concept car, hit home with me. I fly a lot, so I’m fully familiar […]



Can we get into space without big rockets?

September 4th, 2018 at 9:54 am » Comments Off

Since humans began putting satellites into orbit in the 1950s, we’ve relied upon big, powerful rockets to escape Earth’s gravity and get into space. But big rockets have a major downside, in that they make space launches expensive. Case in point: NASA’s Space Launch System heavy lift rocket, which is scheduled for its maiden flight […]



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