NextGen Transportation

SO, BMW WANTS TO BUILD NETWORKS OF ELEVATED CYCLING PATHS

This week, the automaker’s somewhat redundantly named Research, New Technologies, Innovations division, based in Mountain View, Tokyo, and Seoul, revealed its idea of building a network of bike lanes above street level. It’s called the E3 Way—that’s for elevated, electric, and efficient—and BMW says it could help growing cities everywhere fight congestion and ease emissions by making cycling a safer, more convenient, and thus more popular way to get around

Uber signs deal to buy up to 24,000 autonomous vehicles from Volvo

Arbib said Uber drivers shouldn’t worry about getting a new job immediately but should take note of the company’s long-term strategy.
“You’ll probably be okay for the next three or four years,” he said, “but it would be wise to begin planning for a different long-term future.” So much for being caller a uber ‘partner’! Atleast the company will probably not face the issue of full time employees vs contractors they faced. The robot revolution will hit the transportation industry faster than we all imagined becos it is YUGE!

The Boring Company, first tunnel, Cutterhead & electric sled 125mph (200 km/h) test run

Its going to be a hell of a ride. Beats sitting in traffic and wasting one’s life!! Once people, goods start moving in these underground tunnels driving should be a better experience with lesser traffic. Do we still need these four seaters lugged in the tunnels forever though with a passenger or two sitting in it most of the time. Whats the future is it still the four seater sedan? Time will tell !!

This is the Tesla semi truck

Musk appeared Thursday night in Hawthorne, California, to show off his company’s newest vehicle, promising a range in the neighborhood of 500 miles for the Class 8 heavy-duty vehicle. Earlier reports pegged the range between 200 and 300 miles, but Musk delighted in besting those numbers in his remarks, including his claim that the truck has a 400-mile range with 30 minutes of charging. Musk had also promised self-driving abilities, and Tesla says this delivers at least semi-autonomous capability. The Tesla Semi truck is a hulking and menacing hauler, with the presence of Darth Vader lurking from above when cast in the black hue, or more like an apparition in metallic silver-white

‘New Concorde’ could be in the skies as early as next year

“Baby Boom” will, the company says, fly at Mach 2.2, and be capable of speeds of up to 1,451mph (2,330kph), while a full-sized version of the plane will be even swifter, at 1,687mph (2,330kph) – 100mph faster than Concorde. Time is valuable and business travellers and first/business class passengers would love saving time. Would the option trickle down to the economy segment in future like Tesla has done in the car industry?

Are those 80,000 pound trucks tailgating each other? Soon it may be perfectly normal — and safe

If you look to the next lane and see two 18-wheelers roar past at 70 mph with just 10 yards between them, you’ll probably think they are dangerously close.A wave of new technology intended to make trucks safer — using radar, cameras and reflective light scanning — is sweeping the industry. By next year, much of it may be combined to put pairs of trucks on the road at a distance that before would not have been possible or safe.

Passenger Drone lives up to its name with manned flight

Passenger Drone has been quietly working on its tech for the last three years and it has produced a lightweight, car-sized drone that can fly autonomously, be maneuvered remotely or be controlled manually. It’s lifted by 16 rotors and produces zero emissions. Passenger Drone says it plans to build five more prototypes and log over 1000 hours of flight time before proceeding with commercial production.

 

SELF-DRIVING CARS WILL KILL PEOPLE. WHO DECIDES WHO DIES?

Like any computer, a driverless car will not do anything unless instructed. A programmer can’t simply give it instructions for most scenarios and avoid thinking about edge cases. At the same time, a driverless car must make decisions within a fraction of a second. There is no opportunity to present the circumstances to an external, human “road jury” for review.

Five billion-dollar businesses for the driverless future

Automotive industry is transitioning from per-vehicle to per-mile economics. Historically, the automotive industry has been measured by how quickly it assembles cars, pushes them to customers, lends money against them, and collects money to maintain and upgrade them.
Tomorrow, the industry will be measured by how many miles it moves passengers, and how much margin it generates on every mile traveled.

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