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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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