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The world’s first hydrogen train is now in service

September 21st, 2018 at 10:37 am » Comments Off

  Two Coradia iLint trains have begun running a line in northern Germany. The world’s first (and second) hydrogen-powered trains have entered service in northern Germany, marking the start of a new era for sustainable travel. Two Coradia iLint trains, made by Alstom, have begun working the line between Cuxhaven and Buxtehude just west of […]



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.”



Siemens set to unveil world’s first autonomous tram

September 12th, 2018 at 9:05 am » Comments Off

The Germany-based automation company, Siemens, is set to unveil the world’s first autonomous tram through its division Siemens Mobility, Global Rail News reports. Siemens, alongside its development partner Verkehrsbetrieb Potsdam (ViP), will present their findings at InnoTrans 2018 to show how a tram will drive autonomously in real traffic on 18-21 September.



China’s social credit system has blocked people from taking 11 million flights and 4 million train trips

May 22nd, 2018 at 1:54 pm » Comments Off

The social credit system in China has blocked people from taking more than 11 million flights and 4 million train trips. The social credit system is used to punish citizens for bad behavior with numerous blacklists preventing them from traveling, getting loans or jobs, or staying in hotels, and even by limiting internet access.



Boring Company will prioritize pedestrian transportation over cars, says Musk

March 19th, 2018 at 7:24 am » Comments Off

When Elon Musk first unveiled The Boring Company, its plan was to create a network of underground tunnels used to transport vehicles at high speeds to help bypass and eliminate traffic. Now the founder has come out with an updated vision, saying that The Boring Company’s tunnels will first focus on transporting pedestrians and cyclists […]



Almost half of all buses will be electric by 2025

February 14th, 2018 at 8:03 am » Comments Off

Nearly half of all public buses will be electric by 2025 and China will emerge as the market leader. All over the world, municipalities are making a push for cleaner buses.



Self-driving buses are being tested in China and they’re the largest of their kind yet

December 4th, 2017 at 12:59 pm » Comments Off

A small fleet of self-driving public buses has started running on the roads of China’s tech district of Shenzhen, Guangdong.



3D printed blood vessels in teeth a viable alternative to root canal procedures

July 19th, 2017 at 9:52 am » Comments Off

More than 15 million root canals are conducted every year in the United States, but that number could soon start to drop. Dental researchers at the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon have developed a new method of engineering artificial blood vessels in teeth, as explained in a new study that could […]



Electric planes and $25 tickets could be the future of regional air travel

May 13th, 2017 at 9:00 am » Comments Off

Imagine taking your next trip of a couple hundred miles. New York City to Boston, for example. Or Houston to Dallas. Tampa to Miami. The obvious choice now might be to drive. But what if you could show up at an airport at one of those cities, bypass security checkpoints, board a small hybrid-electric plane with luggage […]



How will maintenance change with the autonomous vehicle?

May 7th, 2017 at 11:00 am » Comments Off

All machines eventually break down. Self-driving vehicles are no exception. Autonomous vehicles pose two problems for the future of vehicles. The removal of the driver means there is no person providing feedback on how the vehicle performs over time. You are removing the point-person who says “something feels wrong, this needs to be checked out.” […]



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