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Cruise Origin people mover has no controls, completely autonomous

February 4th, 2020 at 12:13 pm » Comments Off

Cruise Origin offers a self driving mini bus for cities It seems these days that there is no shortage of startups promising new vehicles with electric motors and self-driving systems, and now the joint operation between GM and Honda, Cruise, has unveiled its driverless people mover sans any human controls. The Cruise Origin, billed as […]

Hyundai unveils new Uber air taxi design

January 9th, 2020 at 12:11 pm » Comments Off

Hyundai and Uber team on the S-A1 at CES 2020 Hyundai has used the grand platform of CES 2020 to unveil its take on the future of urban mobility. At the heart of its plans is its S-A1, an electric flying taxi developed with Uber. A concept at this stage, the S-A1 is a four-passenger […]

Segway unveils S-Pod personal transport for scooter skeptics

January 7th, 2020 at 9:57 pm » Comments Off

For those of us who aren’t adventurous enough to ride scooters, Segway has come up with something new: the personal transportation pod. The well-known self-balancing personal transport brand (owned by Chinese company Segway-Ninebot since 2015) has unveiled the Segway S-Pod, a smart transporting pod for enclosed campuses such as airports, theme parks, and malls. Segway […]

Toronto to Montreal Hyperloop Train in under 40 minutes

December 27th, 2019 at 3:52 am » Comments Off

Toronto to Montreal Hyperloop Train – Would you like to get from Montreal to Toronto in 39 minutes, in a futuristic vehicle propelling you through a low-pressure tube at up to 1080 kilometers per hour? Well, that soon may very well be possible with the Toronto to Montreal Hyperloop Train. Toronto and Montreal are finalists […]

Waymo is taking the safety drivers out to its autonomous taxis

December 26th, 2019 at 12:48 pm » Comments Off

No Hands! Waymo, the Google-affiliated self-driving car company, has finally started to operate its self-driving taxi service without any humans sitting behind the wheel. That means passengers using the company’s Uber-like Waymo One service might find themselves shuttled around Arizona in the back seat of an otherwise-empty minivan, as one reporter for The Verge did. […]

Volkswagen demonstrates first successful real-world use of quantum computing to help optimize traffic routing

December 14th, 2019 at 1:30 pm » Comments Off

A quantum computer from D-Wave. Copyright: D-Wave. Volkswagen AG has successfully demonstrated the world’s first live use of quantum computing to help optimize traffic routing. During the Web Summit conference in Lisbon, Portugal, nine public transit buses used a traffic management system developed by Volkswagen scientists in the United States and Germany, powered by a […]

NYC turns to electric cargo bikes to solve delivery truck crisis

December 10th, 2019 at 4:09 pm » Comments Off

A new program in New York City will see electric cargo bikes promoted as a solution to the growing number of polluting and congesting delivery trucks throughout the city. Now I love shopping on Amazon and other e-commerce sites as much as the next guy. But I also recognize that the huge shift towards online […]

New airplane seat design will make it easier to sleep in economy

December 9th, 2019 at 11:58 am » Comments Off

London, UK (CNN) — Who hasn’t struggled to sleep on an airplane economy seat, forced to improvise a makeshift pillow out of a rolled up sweater or scarf? A new seat design comes with an innovative solution to this inflight issue, using “padded wings” that fold out from behind both sides of the seat back […]

Large ‘Tesla ships’ all-electric container barges are launching this autumn

November 23rd, 2019 at 12:45 pm » Comments Off

The Dutch company Port-Liner is building two giant all-electric barges dubbed the ‘Tesla ships‘. The company announced that the vessels will be ready by this autumn and will be inaugurated by sailing the Wilhelmina canal in the Netherlands. The 100 million-euro project supported by a €7m subsidy from the European Union is expected to have […]

Inside the high-stakes race to build the world’s first flying taxi

November 13th, 2019 at 1:33 pm » Comments Off

The Lilium prototype in a hangar in Wessling, Germany.Credit…Felix Schmitt for The New York Times Lilium, a German start-up, illustrates the potential and the risks of creating a new generation of electric aircraft for urban transportation. MUNICH — Inside an airplane hangar about 20 miles from central Munich, Daniel Wiegand lifted the door of a […]

The problem with all self-driving cars looking alike

November 7th, 2019 at 1:19 pm » Comments Off

Self-driving cars within fleets will look alike, creating problems. Have you ever seen a sea of yellow cabs, all of which seem indistinguishable from each other? It used to be that if you booked a yellow cab for picking you up at a busy airport or similar venue, the odds were that a slew of […]

Baidu wins China’s first commercial license for self-driving buses

October 23rd, 2019 at 12:15 am » Comments Off

  A self-driving bus with Baidu’s Apollo autonomous driving open platform is displayed at the 2018 Baidu World conference. © Reuters  City of Wuhan also picks two other operators for network using Huawei 5G CHONGQING — Chinese search engine giant Baidu is among three companies to win a license from the city of Wuhan to […]

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