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Cutting-edge Maglev elevators look like something straight out of science fiction

Cutting-edge Maglev elevators look like something straight out of science fiction | Transportation Station | Scoop.it
We’ve accomplished a lot with technology over the past 150 years, but one vintage technology in desperate need of a refresh is the elevator. Enter Maglev tech.
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Access Across America: Transit 2014 ... #accessjobstransit

Access Across America: Transit 2014 ... #accessjobstransit | Transportation Station | Scoop.it
Our Access Across America: Transit 2014 report is now out. The report (CTS 14-11) and methodology  (CTS 14-12) can be downloaded from the Accessibility Observatory. Report Accessibility is the ease...
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Google's self-driving cars and others get permits to drive in California

Google's self-driving cars and others get permits to drive in California | Transportation Station | Scoop.it
Google's self-driving cars have made impressive progress in the past few years, logging over 700,000 accident-free miles without human intervention, according to the company (there has been at...
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Google Maps Now Integrates Uber: Are On-Demand Robotaxis Coming?

Google Maps Now Integrates Uber: Are On-Demand Robotaxis Coming? | Transportation Station | Scoop.it
Maps now shows you the best way to drive, bike, walk, or Uber to your destination.
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Navy’s New Railgun Can Hurl a Shell Over 5,000 MPH | Danger Room | WIRED

Navy’s New Railgun Can Hurl a Shell Over 5,000 MPH | Danger Room | WIRED | Transportation Station | Scoop.it
The Navy's electromagnetic railgun launcher uses the Lorentz force to hurl a 23-pound projectile at speeds exceeding Mach 7.
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I see potential for shooting cargo into orbit.  We only need to enhance this to escape velocity... five times its mach 7 speed.

 

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Public to get shot at riding 500-kph maglev train starting in October - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun

Public to get shot at riding 500-kph maglev train starting in October - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun | Transportation Station | Scoop.it
NAGOYA--Fifty years after the start of Shinkansen service, construction of the next-generation train line using magnetic levitation technology is expected to begin in October, along with a chance for the public to experience riding at 500 kph.
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Literal Android: Google develops robots to replace people in manufacturing, retail

Literal Android: Google develops robots to replace people in manufacturing, retail | Transportation Station | Scoop.it
Now that the mystery surrounding the elusive Google barges in the San Francisco Bay reported last month has been brought to light, the Silicon Valley giant is announcing another new endeavor: robots.

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"Google's robotics ambitions and Bezos's drone PR should be a reminder to investors that they are not only investing in the trend lines of the current financials, but in the future vision and broad ambitions of these companies," Ben Schachter, an analyst at Macquarie, wrote in a note to clients sent Wednesday and cited USA Today. "Amazon and Google clearly are going to invest in projects that may not bear fruit for 5-10 years, if at all.”

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Levitating Train Between DC And NYC Would Leave The Rest Of America Behind

Levitating Train Between DC And NYC Would Leave The Rest Of America Behind | Transportation Station | Scoop.it
Japan is offering the U.S. a tempting way to build our own levitating train, but it would only service a privileged few.
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We Need to Design Parking Garages With a Car-less Future in Mind

We Need to Design Parking Garages With a Car-less Future in Mind | Transportation Station | Scoop.it
Building adaptable structures will save time, money, and material waste.
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Smart traffic lights use game theory to ease traffic congestion

Smart traffic lights use game theory to ease traffic congestion | Transportation Station | Scoop.it
Anyone who drives around the downtown area of a large city has experienced the frustration of gridlock, and it always seems that the traffic lights are part of the problem.
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Molten air – a new class of battery | Chemistry World

Molten air – a new class of battery | Chemistry World | Transportation Station | Scoop.it
New rechargeable batteries combine molten electrolytes, high capacity electron storage materials and oxygen from the air
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Transport: Freed from the wheel - FT.com

Transport: Freed from the wheel - FT.com | Transportation Station | Scoop.it
Greg Fischer, the mayor of Louisville, takes out a piece of paper and draws a map that might give the US motor industry cause for concern.
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Biking more, driving less...

 

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Why don't Americans ride trains?

Why don't Americans ride trains? | Transportation Station | Scoop.it
AMERICA has by far the largest rail network in the world, with more than twice as much track as China. But it lags far behind other first-world countries in...
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Japan Conducts First Public Test of New 311 MPH ‘L-Zero’ Maglev Train

Japan Conducts First Public Test of New 311 MPH ‘L-Zero’ Maglev Train | Transportation Station | Scoop.it
Central Japan Railway Company conducted the public demonstration that utilized "L-Zero" technology that brings the train up to a speed of around 100 mph (160km/h) before engaging the maglev system and slowly accelerating to the top speed of 311 mph (500 km/h).
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Tesla is now most important automaker in world, Morgan Stanley says

Tesla is now most important automaker in world, Morgan Stanley says | Transportation Station | Scoop.it
Could Tesla Motors be the world’s most important car company?
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Driverless Cars Are Going to Kill Insurance Companies

Driverless Cars Are Going to Kill Insurance Companies | Transportation Station | Scoop.it
"We're choosing between lives and jobs," one analyst says.
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Toyota confirms fuel cell launch for 2015 | Autocar

Toyota confirms fuel cell launch for 2015 | Autocar | Transportation Station | Scoop.it
A mid-sized saloon powered by hydrogen will go on sale in Europe next year
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BYD Develops World's First Articulated BRT Electric Bus - EVWORLD.COM

BYD Develops World's First Articulated BRT Electric Bus - EVWORLD.COM | Transportation Station | Scoop.it
18 meter (60 foot) high-floor bus specifically engineered for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems now spreading worldwide.
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11 Reasons Why Bicycling in the U.S. Is Exceptionally Dangerous

11 Reasons Why Bicycling in the U.S. Is Exceptionally Dangerous | Transportation Station | Scoop.it
There are huge variations in bicycle safety, country by country.
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China could become the first country to legalize parcel delivery by drone

China could become the first country to legalize parcel delivery by drone | Transportation Station | Scoop.it
In building drones that kill people, the US has a couple-decade head start on China.
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The Case Against Cars in 1 Utterly Entrancing GIF

The Case Against Cars in 1 Utterly Entrancing GIF | Transportation Station | Scoop.it
Dense travel in a dense world makes sense.
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Morph: a bold seating concept for flexible air travel

Morph: a bold seating concept for flexible air travel | Transportation Station | Scoop.it
Air travel on a budget isn't often pleasant. Despite huge leaps forward in comfort for the upper classes (and the more recent "premium economy" class), the economy section of a cabin is more often...
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Parking a Lamborghini at a Sky Garage in Singapore

Parking a Lamborghini at a Sky Garage in Singapore | Transportation Station | Scoop.it
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An extravagent waste.  An multi-room elevator process involving complicated moving and rotating floors sets the car in a massive elevator which takes a large part of the building... to raise the car past multiple double garages that consume large floor space, to deposite the car (and its floor) at your own level.  I wouldn't be surprised if a third or more of the dwelling's floor space was storage for the car.  Consider the time it takes as well, especially when everyone in the building is leaving at once.  You could wait forever, as this isn't a speedy process... it's for show.

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Reinventing Parking: Is 30% of traffic actually searching for parking?

Reinventing Parking: Is 30% of traffic actually searching for parking? | Transportation Station | Scoop.it
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