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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 […]



A day in the life of a Waymo self-driving taxi

August 25th, 2018 at 10:22 am » Comments Off

Waymo is ready to start charging for its self-driving trips, but first, it needs to master the dreaded art of fleet management. In a nondescript depot in suburban Arizona, the future of transportation is getting a tune-up. This is where Waymo, the self-driving unit of Google parent Alphabet, houses its growing fleet of self-driving cars: […]



4 futuristic transport methods that will change how we travel around the world

August 15th, 2018 at 9:39 am » Comments Off

Since the invention of air travel, the world has felt like a smaller place – it’s now possible for pretty much anyone to fly around the globe, learning about different countries and cultures. It’s pretty amazing. But some companies aren’t satisfied with this – they want to make the world seem even smaller, with faster, […]



Bird is the fastest startup ever to reach a $1 billion valuation

August 15th, 2018 at 9:10 am » Comments Off

Electric scooter startup Bird is the fastest company to reach a valuation of $1 billion. Bird, one of many scooter startups currently sweeping the US, was last valued at $400 million after closing $100 million in series B funding in early March. In late May, Bird was reported to be raising $150 million in series […]



Chinese city signs up for hyperloop project

August 1st, 2018 at 8:21 am » Comments Off

The city of Tongren, in the southwestern Chinese province of Guizhou, has signed an agreement with Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT) to develop the futuristic tube-travel system envisaged by Elon Musk. HyperloopTT and Tongren Transportation & Tourism Investment Group announced the agreement yesterday, saying HyperloopTT would provide technology, engineering expertise and equipment, while Tongren will be […]



Flying trains could be coming your way

July 15th, 2018 at 11:05 am » Comments Off

French firm has designed an airplane with removable wings. It’s presenting plane to Boeing, Asia to cut Europe dependence. It sounds like something Q, the tech guy in James Bond movies, would create: A plane that lands on a runway, shrugs its wings off, turns into a train and rolls on to rails to drop […]



Uber shows its flying car prototype, which looks like a giant drone

June 19th, 2018 at 9:00 am » Comments Off

Uber has unveiled its “flying car” concept aircraft at its second annual Uber Elevate Summit, which showcases prototypes for its fleet of airborne taxis. The flying cars, which the company hopes to introduce to riders in two to five years, will conduct vertical takeoffs and landings from skyports, air stations on rooftops or the ground. […]



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