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Uber and NASA to Launch Flying Taxi Service

 

https://www.dezeen.c...ansport-design/

 

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(Dezeen) Uber has partnered with NASA to develop an on-demand electric aircraft taxi service, which is scheduled to begin flights in Los Angeles in three years time.

 

Speaking at the Web Summit in Lisbon yesterday, Uber's head of product Jeff Holden announced that the taxi app had signed a contract with NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) to develop low-flying aircrafts for urban environments.

 

The partnership, signed under NASA's Space Act Agreement, will enable Uber to develop an on-demand, app-based flying taxi service – named UberAIR.

 

It will begin tests in Los Angeles in 2020, and subsequently Dallas, Fort Worth and (San Francisco).

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Uber and Nasa's will see the company launch an on-demand, app-based flying taxi service by 2020


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Bill Gates buys big chunk of land in Arizona to build 'smart city'

7:04 PM. PST November 10, 2017

PHOENIX - One of Bill Gates' investment firms has spent $80 million to kickstart the development of a brand-new community in the far West Valley.

The large plot of land is about 45 minutes west of downtown Phoenix off I-10 near Tonopah.

The proposed community, made up of close to 25,000 acres of land, is called Belmont. According to Belmont Partners, a real estate investment group based in Arizona, the goal is to turn the land into its own "smart city."

"Belmont will create a forward-thinking community with a communication and infrastructure spine that embraces cutting-edge technology, designed around high-speed digital networks, data centers, new manufacturing technologies and distribution models, autonomous vehicles and autonomous logistics hubs," Belmont Partners said in a news release.

http://www.kgw.com/n...-city/491135744

 

 


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Tesla reveals it's new electric Semi truck and the all new Roadster

 

These are just concepts but I don't doubt the figures will be bang on, which is yet another massive nail in the coffin for the combustion engine


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“If the genius of invention were to reveal to-morrow the secret of immortality, of eternal beauty and youth, for which all humanity is aching, the same inexorable agents which prevent a mass from changing suddenly its velocity would likewise resist the force of the new knowledge until time gradually modifies human thought.” 

 

                                                                 Nikola Tesla - New York World, May 19th 1907 


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Prototypes Suggest Hoverbikes May be The Next Police Vehicle

 

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^^^^Oh yes, spoken like a true libertarian.  /sarcasm


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Should be nicknamed the urban daisycutter, maybe they'll use it for mass executions....


“If the genius of invention were to reveal to-morrow the secret of immortality, of eternal beauty and youth, for which all humanity is aching, the same inexorable agents which prevent a mass from changing suddenly its velocity would likewise resist the force of the new knowledge until time gradually modifies human thought.” 

 

                                                                 Nikola Tesla - New York World, May 19th 1907 


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^^^^Oh yes, spoken like a true libertarian.  /sarcasm

Spoken like a true tech enthusiast.

 

But since when have libertarians had a problem with police? They're one of the few legitimate functions of a government.

 

 

 

 

Should be nicknamed the urban daisycutter, maybe they'll use it for mass executions....

 

Those are the Saudis, not the Emiratis.



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Update on rail plans in China, ASEAN and across Russia to Europe

 

This is a update on rail plans in China, ASEAN and across Russia to Europe.

China is pushing ahead to more than double the current high speed rail network by 2030. There are some minor modifications to not fund some projects because of debt concerns.
ASEAN (Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia. Laos) high speed rail projects will be completed over the next ten years.
The frequency and volume of rail freight between Europe and China has increased by eight times over the last three years.
China is making a multi-billion dollar push for more trade and connections with Eastern Europe.

China High Speed rail network will double again by 2030

 

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Bullet Train Project Comes to Life in Central California

 

https://www.courthou...ral-california/

 

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FRESNO, Calif. (Courthouse News) – Driving south on Highway 99 past Madera, a small agricultural town characteristic of California’s Central Valley, the yellow cranes jut out against the horizon.

 

For proponents of the California high-speed rail project, the cranes are not only the symbols of progress, bustle and productivity; they also represent a sense of inevitability for one of the nation’s largest and most daunting infrastructure projects.

 

“Building something like this is very hard,” said California High-Speed Rail Authority Board Chairman Dan Richard. “In 21st century America, to build something of any magnitude is an enormous undertaking.”

 

The challenges the $68 billion project has faced so far are many, including entrenched political opposition, logistical challenges of right-of-way and route selection, clearing the significant environmental hurdles to comply with both state and federal regulations, and securing funding.

 

“The most obvious challenge is funding,” Richard said in an interview. “But I think our biggest challenge is imagination. Most Americans have not ridden high-speed rail. Most Americans cannot imagine how this project is going to change their lives.”


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Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Siemens team on a hybrid electric aircraft

 

https://www.engadget...ctric-aircraft/

 

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(Endgadget)     Purely electric aircraft are still in their relative infancy. Hybrid aircraft, however? They're closer than you think. Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Siemens are partnering on a hybrid electric aircraft prototype, the E-Fan X, that will prove the mixture of conventional and electric engines will work. The demonstrator will modify a BAe 146 by replacing one of its gas turbine engines with a 2MW electric motor, followed by a second if everything goes smoothly. It's currently slated to fly sometime in 2020.

 

The trio hopes that E-Fan X will quickly "mature" hybrid aircraft and lead to an honest-to-goodness commercial single-aisle aircraft. It could be a long while before you're flying aboard a hybrid jumbo jet, then, but this could lead to short-hop aircraft that consume much less fuel. And that's bound to be helpful in reducing not just emissions, but running costs. Carriers may have a vested interest in adopting these vehicles simply because they could improve the bottom line -- helping the environment would be a nice (if important) bonus.

 

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The artist rendering provided by Airbus on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 shows an Airbus e-FanX hybrid test plane. 

(Airbus via AP)


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Japan Airlines pre-orders 20 Boom supersonic passenger jets

 

Japan Airlines has made a $10 million investment and pre-order of 20 Boom supersonic passenger jets.

JAL is helping Boom deliver something further: a mainstream supersonic airliner, which is practical, reliable, and economic. Their decades of experience as a world-class operator, expertise in everything from passenger experience to safety to technical operations will help us build an airliner not just with marquee speed, but also with the practicality required to truly change the way millions travel.

 
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Pipebot can help fix decaying water pipe crisis in the US and the World

 

The United States faces a looming crisis over its deteriorating water infrastructure, and fixing it will be a monumental and expensive task. In Los Angeles alone, about two thirds of the city’s 7,000 miles of water pipes are more than 60 years old — and nearing the end of their useful lives.

Water main breaks can cause flooding, leading to serious structural damage and soil erosion. Even small leaks can exacerbate water shortages and allow potentially harmful contaminants into our drinking water. But locating a leak within a vast network of underground pipes is almost impossible.

Since the infrastructure portion of this thread is often a bit neglected.



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Why Doesn't The United States Have High-Speed Bullet Trains Like Europe And Asia?

 

https://www.forbes.c...a/#143d2d43c080

 

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(Forbes) First, let me state that I am a huge fan of high-speed rail.  My first experience with high-speed rail was on Taiwan's high-speed rail line in 2008 which shortened the time it took to traverse the island from five hours to two.  My second was on my honeymoon when my wife and I traversed continental Europe on its clean and efficient high-speed rail network.

 

 It kills me to think that for the amount of money and resources we have spent on the second Iraq war, we could have built the backbone of a nationwide high-speed rail network and subsidized its use for a number of years while it ramped up to optimal capacity.  If that is not a lesson in the opportunity cost of war -- and why we should take going to war and sending our young men into harm's way very seriously -- I don't know what is.

 

However, I am also a student of Economics and I am fully aware of the realities that make the economics of high-speed rail far less attractive than they are in Europe and East Asia. 

 

These include:

  • Population density or lack thereof
  • Our unique model of urban and suburban development
  • The strength of our property rights
  • Car culture, or America's lingering obsession with the automobile
  • The lasting power of network effects
  • An existing rail network is geared towards long-haul commercial freight traffic

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Lockheed working with Aerion on supersonic business jet
brian wang | December 25, 2017

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Supersonic business jet company Aerion and Lockheed Martin announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today to define a formal and gated process to explore the feasibility of a joint development of the world’s first supersonic business jet, the Aerion AS2. Over the next 12 months, the companies will work together to develop a framework on all phases of the program, including engineering, certification and production.

Aerion Chairman Robert M. Bass stated this relationship is absolutely key to creating a supersonic renaissance.

Lockheed Martin, known for developing the world’s leading supersonic combat aircraft, the F-16, the F-35, and F-22, as well as the Mach 3+ SR-71 reconnaissance aircraft, is committed to fostering new innovations and developing supersonic technologies with civil and commercial applications.

 

https://www.nextbigf...siness-jet.html



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Thailand high speed rail construction starts
brian wang | December 25, 2017

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The construction of the first section of the Thailand-China railway line officially began on Thursday with a ground-breaking ceremony in the northeastern Thai province of Nakhon Ratchasima.

The 253-km first phase of the railway links Bangkok with Nakhon Ratchasima province. China is responsible for design of the railway, supervision of construction and manufacturing of trains and signal systems, among others.

Once completed, the railway with a maximum speed of 250 km per hour will be the first high-speed railway in Thailand.

The first phase of the project, a 250-km (155 mile) high-speed rail line linking Bangkok to Nakhon Ratchasima, is expected to be operational in 2021.

Completion of the first section is expected to take six months.

 

https://www.nextbigf...ion-starts.html



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Legendary longevity

 

https://www.roadsbri...ndary-longevity

 

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(Roads and Bridges) In 1947, when Interstate 10 (I-10) was built as a four-lane highway from Ontario to San Bernardino, Calif., it passed through a landscape of ranches, orchards, and open fields fringed with trees. Originally this section of roadway was assigned as U.S. 70-99, and in 1957 it was reassigned to become part of I-10, which stretches from Santa Monica, Calif. to Jacksonville, Fla.

 

Traces of the historic Rte. 66, or “America’s Main Street,” can still be found running parallel to the I-10 freeway. Today I-10 passes through the familiar urban landscape of homes, business parks and industrial warehouses.

 

Looking back, it is clear today that California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) highway engineers, working under the provisions of the post-WWII Federal Aid Project, made some outstanding decisions when they designed this concrete pavement back in 1945. 

 

Perhaps the most remarkable feature of this 70-year-old highway is the pavement—an 8-in.-thick section of concrete making up the top layer of the roadway including tie bar reinforcement, an innovative practice at that time.

 

Much of this original concrete pavement is still in use today and has survived an incredible beating from the unrelenting forces of traffic and time. By today’s Caltrans design standards, to handle the current traffic loads, this pavement should be 50-75% thicker with more reinforcement, dowels and tie bars.

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2018 California State Rail Plan

 

http://www.dot.ca.gov/californiarail/

 

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Caltrans is releasing the new 2018 California State Rail Plan (and Appendix) which will provide an exciting new framework for planning and implementing California’s rail network for the next 20 years and beyond. The Rail Plan is a strategic plan with operating and capital investment strategies that will lead to a coordinated, statewide travel system.

 

The creation of a railroad network in California in the 19th century connected us to the rest of the nation with what was then the highest-speed form of transportation. Continued rail investments in the 20th century helped California’s rapid economic development. For the 21st century, California is again poised to put “high speed” back in rail. By 2040, Californians will have access to an integrated, state-of-the-art rail system that will revolutionize personal mobility and enhance quality of life.

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American Society of Civil Engineers 2017: The Year in Quotes

 

http://news.asce.org...year-in-quotes/

 

 

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From putting civil engineering on IMAX screens around the world to sending home a report card grading America’s infrastructure, ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) had a big year.

 

This week, ASCE News is taking a look back at 2017, highlighting the members and moments that made the year memorable.

 

Here is a look at the Society’s year through the most quotable of quotes.

 

On Dream Big: Engineering Our World:

 “I don’t know if I’m just a softie, but I was greatly moved by those kids, those young people doing those wonderful projects. It makes you feel good about the future of engineering and the future of the country when you know there are smart people coming along who are going to step in and advance science and technology. I think it will have a huge impact. I personally can’t wait to take my grandchildren to see it.”

ASCE Region 2 Governor Bill Brittle, P.E., F.SEI, F.ASCE, who worked at Bechtel for 44 years in various management roles

 

“Wooooooh! Two big thumbs up! How many times does a civil engineer get to go to a debut of an IMAX film that talks about the joy and wonder of engineering?”

ASCE 2017 President Norma Jean Mattei, Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI, F.ASCE


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REDUCING OUR RELIANCE ON CARS: THE SHIFTING FUTURE OF URBAN TRANSPORTATION

 

http://mitsloan.mit....m_campaign=fine

 

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(MIT Management - Sloan School) In 2005, 66 million cars were sold worldwide. By 2025, Goldman Sachs predicts that number to increase to 112 million.

 

The prevalence of cars has had unintended consequences, though. “Across the world we have high levels of local air pollution in cities, high levels of carbon pollution leading to greenhouse gas effects, and high levels of congestion,” saidCharles Fine, a professor at MIT Sloan and whose research focuses on supply chain strategy. “The continued growth of automobile usage is not sustainable.”

 

In “Faster, Smarter, Greener: The Future of the Car and Urban Mobility,” Fine and co-authors Venkat Sumantran, chairman of Celeris Technologies, and David Gonsalvez, CEO and rector at MIT’s Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation, outline an answer to the problematic dominance of cars in urban mobility. The convergence of new technologies and shifting culture offer a new way to think about transportation, centered on what the authors call the “CHIP architecture.”

 

What are the core issues addressed in this book?

 
We have numerous sustainability challenges in today’s automotive, or mobility, industries. Our book, which looks primarily at urban mobility, is about understanding these challenges and looking for paths to improvement. For many people, the current solution is to own a car. You keep that car in your garage or in a parking space. Whenever you need mobility, you get in your car, go where you need to go, and look for parking.

 

So how do we get people to use alternative modes — walking, biking, buses, trains, and subways? The answer is going to be driven by improving our mobility systems to encourage a significant fraction of people to get out of their cars. In order to do that, those alternative choices have to be made more attractive and useful using the CHIP architecture: increasing connectivity, heterogeneity, intelligence, and personalization.

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People should have a range of transportation options, such as bus, trains, and bike shares.


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