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High-speed electric trains by 2025 | The Copenhagen Post | The Danish News in English

High-speed electric trains by 2025 | The Copenhagen Post | The Danish News in English | Transportation for the Future | Scoop.it
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Denmark announces plans for the deployment of a high-speed rail system by the year 2025, wiht the costs to be covered by a tax on North Sea oil production.

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Appoint HS2 minister to get grip on costs, urges Lord Adonis

Appoint HS2 minister to get grip on costs, urges Lord Adonis | Transportation for the Future | Scoop.it
Architect of high-speed rail scheme criticises coalition's inertia and says project needs a dedicated minister
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The original architect of HS2, the planned high-speed train for England, urges the appointment of a dedicated minister to manage the project and make sure that it is not beset by cost overruns.

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South Korea is testing technology to wirelessly charge buses while in motion

South Korea is testing technology to wirelessly charge buses while in motion | Transportation for the Future | Scoop.it
South Korea is experimenting electric buses that can charge wirelessly while in motion, a technology that could help ease the pollution plaguing cities.
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South Korea is testing electric buses that are recharged wirelessly . . 

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Taking Smart's 2013 Fortwo Electric Drive for a San Francisco spin

Taking Smart's 2013 Fortwo Electric Drive for a San Francisco spin | Transportation for the Future | Scoop.it
It zips through traffic, is surprisingly spacious and doesn't feel like a death trap. Oh, and it's got a new low lease price.
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The latest smart car. Still pricey in comparison to zipcars . . 

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RITA - Intelligent Transportation Systems - USDOT

The Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) is dedicated solely to the advancement of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT, US DOT or DOT) research and innovative technology program.
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Here is a description of the intelligent transportation system projects on which the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) in the US Department of Transportation is working.

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The Future of Electric Vehicles - Intelligent Utility

The Future of Electric Vehicles - Intelligent Utility | Transportation for the Future | Scoop.it
This is an article speculating upon advanced cars of the future, looking at the near-future ...
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A look at the future of electric vehicles and other possible improvements in car technology. It seems that the wait for truly efficient batteries will not be short, which may delay the displacement of fossil-fueled cars with EVs longer than the environment would like.

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Ideas coming down the track

Ideas coming down the track | Transportation for the Future | Scoop.it
COMPARED with other modes of transport, train technology might seem to be progressing as slowly as a suburban commuter service rattling its way from one station to...
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A great recap from the Economist of the many changes, large and small, being made in train technology to improve operations and reduce energy consumption. Many things going on around the world although the U.S seems to be close to a bystander . . The EC aims to cut the use of fossil-fueled cars inn half within 20 years by tripling high-speed rail and investing in urban rail networks.

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What! No Traffic Jams? - Voice&Data

What! No Traffic Jams? - Voice&Data | Transportation for the Future | Scoop.it
Monitoring traffic flow is actually quite easy, as is deducing where the congestion is and working out where to reroute the cars. However there is a big piece of the puzzle missing at the moment
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A hybrid form of the self-driving car in which the car receives a constant flow of signals on a myriad of subjects (like the location of the nearest empty parking space) is udner consideration. Such a system (and presumably a similar system for self-driving cars) will require a new wireless communications system that is designed to carry and transmit over large distances many short but intermittent messages, perhaps using white space, and very lightweight chips and sensors that require little to no power . .IEEE is working on standards for the new communication system.

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EXCLUSIVE: Google Designing Its Own Self-Driving Car, Considers ‘Robo Taxi'

EXCLUSIVE: Google Designing Its Own Self-Driving Car, Considers ‘Robo Taxi' | Transportation for the Future | Scoop.it
Google Inc., which has been working on software to help major automakers build self-driving cars, also is quietly going around them by designing and developing a full-fledged self-driving car, acco...
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Google is laying the ground work to build its own self-driving cars, reacting in part to its inability to establish a partnership with existing car manufacturers to develop self-driving cars. It is working with component manufacturers like Continental AG to develop its own car manufacturing capabilities. Shades of Google Fiber as the disruptive entrant in the broadband world.

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How a High-Speed Rail Disaster Exposed China’s Corruption

How a High-Speed Rail Disaster Exposed China’s Corruption | Transportation for the Future | Scoop.it
As last year’s high-speed train crash in Wenzhou revealed, the scale of temptation for members of China’s government is unlike anything encountered in the West.
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New Yorker exposes the extraordinary levels of corruption in China that came to public attention soon after the 2011 Wenzhou HSR crash caused by a signal malfunction. The Director of the Minister of Railways, Liu Xhijun faces corruptnio charges but is far from alone.

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The TTC once knew how to move people but now we spend more time arguing than building subways

The TTC once knew how to move people but now we spend more time arguing than building subways | Transportation for the Future | Scoop.it
Peter Kuitenbrouwer: How come in 1946, we managed to approve a subway and cut the ribbon eight years later? Today, with twice the taxpayers, we can't afford subways?
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A good history of the Toronto subway system, which opened in 1954 and in its early years was largely sefl-funded. Fast forward to today and disagreements abound as how to expand the system and finance that expansion.

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New Model to Improve Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication for 'Intelligent Transportation'

New Model to Improve Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication for 'Intelligent Transportation' | Transportation for the Future | Scoop.it
NCSU News (07/16/13) Matt Shipman
North Carolina State University (NCSU) researchers say they have developed a model to improve the clarity of vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) transmissions needed to make...
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Researchers at North Carolina State University are hard at work on perfecting vehicle-to-vehicle technology for intelligent transportation systems.

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Elon Musk Thinks He Can Get You From NY to LA in 45 Minutes | Autopia | Wired.com

Elon Musk Thinks He Can Get You From NY to LA in 45 Minutes | Autopia | Wired.com | Transportation for the Future | Scoop.it
Elon Musk wants to revolutionize transportation. Again. The serial entrepreneur envisions a future where mag-lev trains in enormous pneumatic tubes whisk us from Los Angeles to New York in 45 minutes.
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A little more on the evacuated tube trasnport system. Elon Musk is involved but so is ET3, a compnay based in Colorado. Musk is drawn to the technology in part because he beleives that the $70B price tag for HSR in California is too high.

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Nissan follows bold EV moves with vow of self-driving cars by 2020

Nissan follows bold EV moves with vow of self-driving cars by 2020 | Transportation for the Future | Scoop.it
Nissan Motor Co.'s startling announcement last week that it will have self-driving cars ready for dealerships in 2020 thrusts the company into the forefront of an emerging and controversial new technology.
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Nissan makes an aggressive commitment to autonomous cars, promising to have self-driving cars "ready" by 2020.

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High Speed Foundation

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A High Speed Foundation-recommendations for how to plan to maximize the opportunities associated with the new high-rail system being built in California.

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We'll build high speed rail by 2035: Rudd

Labor has pledged to deliver high speed rail between Sydney and Melbourne by 2035, with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd promising $52 million to get the multi-billion dollar project started.
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The future of high-speed rail in Australia is caught up in the national election scheduled for Sept 7, with the Labor PM, Kevin Rudd, a strong supporter of the project.

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Report: Google Might Just Build Its Own Self-Driving Car

Report: Google Might Just Build Its Own Self-Driving Car | Transportation for the Future | Scoop.it
Google is reportedly having a hard time finding a partner to manufacture self-driving cars, so the company's thinking about just building them itself.
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A little more analysis of Google's introduction of self-driving cars through the taxicab industry -- reading between the lines, the vision may be to set up an alternative for driving to work, a sort of privatized and individualized mass transit system.

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Canberra-Sydney high-speed rail link backed in advisory group's report

Canberra-Sydney high-speed rail link backed in advisory group's report | Transportation for the Future | Scoop.it
An Australian government report recommends a Sydney-to-Canberra high speed rail link be up and running in 17 years.
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A government advisory committee recommends that Australia begin its ventures in the high-speed rail area with a Sydney-to-Canberra run at a cost of about $23 billion. This would be the first leg of what will ultimately be a Brisbane-Sydney-Canberra-Melbourne and cost about $114 billion. It is interesting to note that Australia will have to import workers for construction because it lacks the necessary skilled workers . . 

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Uber Filing in Delaware Shows TPG Investment at $3.5 Billion Valuation; Google Ventures Also In

Uber Filing in Delaware Shows TPG Investment at $3.5 Billion Valuation; Google Ventures Also In | Transportation for the Future | Scoop.it
Like ATD said: Fast car.
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Investment in Uber reaches $3.5 billion, with TPG Investment and Google Ventures holding big stakes. Google is likely interested in Uber as a way to introduce self-driving technology to the public through the taxicab industry.

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China's high-speed-rail programme a case of too far, too fast

China's high-speed-rail programme a case of too far, too fast | Transportation for the Future | Scoop.it
No other country has built an express network, and the trains to run on it, so fast, and the system still has far to go to prove it as safe as any other
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This article focuses on the possibility of design and construction flaws in the Chinese high-speed rall system due to the compressed time frame for design and construction and the dangers inherent in trying to integrate technology from multiple sources (Kawasaki (Japan), Siemens (Germany), Alstom (Sweden), Bombadier (Canada)). The Wenzhou accident in 2012 was horrific but still it is impressive that China has created a new industry and built an amazing 9,800 km of high-speed routes in less than 10 years.

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Google reportedly working on its own car, considering autonomous taxi service

Google reportedly working on its own car, considering autonomous taxi service | Transportation for the Future | Scoop.it
It's no secret that Google has been slowly but surely finding its way into the automotive industry, as it's already been working with manufacturers to
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Google looking at making its own cars to jump start the self-driving car industry.

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Elcano: An Open Source Ultra-Light Automated Vehicles Project

Elcano: An Open Source Ultra-Light Automated Vehicles Project | Transportation for the Future | Scoop.it
An open-source project so people can build their own self-driving vehicles
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Developers of an open source, ultralight, autonomous vehicle are looking for crowdfunding. The prject is known as the Elcano Project but its website tells a less than compelling story.

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No more free rides on LA subways

No more free rides on LA subways | Transportation for the Future | Scoop.it
LOS ANGELES - A hybridized honor system -- in place for subway and light-rail riders since 1990 -- will go the way of the Pacific Electric Red Car starting at 11 a.m.
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Los Angeles is cracking down on subay freeloaders (as been operating under an honor system for more than 2 decades). The farecards seem now to be simialr to DC's "smartcards." The bigger surprises is that the LA subway system, limited as it is, has robust ridership (ridership of 360,000/day on 2 of the more heavily traveled lines (red and purple).

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How HS2 will tear up rural England - Telegraph

How HS2 will tear up rural England - Telegraph | Transportation for the Future | Scoop.it
More than 100 of Britain’s most important wildlife habitats and dozens of ancient woodlands will be directly affected by the proposed high-speed rail link between London and the North.
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Environmental impact of HS2 is document. It will do damage to wildlife and historical sites as it races across rural parts of England. Wonder whether TGV in France and the Italian high-speed trains also caused collateral damage whern they were built. 

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The five best high speed rail networks in the world | TheCityFix

The five best high speed rail networks in the world | TheCityFix | Transportation for the Future | Scoop.it
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The countries with the best HSR are Japan, France, China, Germany, and Spain.

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