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futureHyperloop Technologies will start building in Abu Dhabi in about 10 months

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Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT, HTT) and Dar Al-Handasah (founding member of the Dar Group) will bring the Abu Dhabi commercial hyperloop system to reality in 2019. Construction of the Hyperloop commercial track is targeted to begin in Q3 2019. Dar …

artificial intelligenceSelf-driving taxis will take half of US driving by 2024

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Google’s self-driving car program, Waymo, is allowing cameras inside their autonomous minivans in Arizona as Google prepares to launch the nation’s first self-driving taxi service. Analysts predict self-driving revenue will hit $2.3 trillion by 2030 with Waymo capturing 60 percent …

franceFrance building 5 new high speed rail lines for $15.6 billion

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France has approved 13.4 billion euros of investment into five new high-speed rail TGV lines. They will make the buildout over the next five years. This is an increase of 40% over the previous five-year high-speed rail budget. The …

electricityCost effective proposal for rail in California and from Boston to Washington

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Significant improvements to the trip times of the San Diego to Los Angeles rail connection could be affordably made. Alon Levy is a public transportation expert and writer at Pedestrian Observations. He described what could be done for California and …

chinaCould a China-South Korea to Europe rail connection be used to buy off North Korea?

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Like China, South Korea has used and plans to use high-speed rail for economic development. South Korea and China both have plans to create high-speed rail and cargo links to Europe. The South Korea connection would require rail lines through …

economic impactSubways and light rail cost two to seven times more to build in the USA than Europe or Japan

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Brian M. Rosenthal of the New York Times lists the causes of the $2.6 billion per mile New York subway construction. Excessive staffing, little competition, generous contracts and archaic rules dramatically inflate capital costs for transit in New York. At …

agingReinventing the wheel, robots, drones and transportation with the Revolve Foldable wheel

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Revolve has a groundbreaking innovation – the foldable wheel. The foldable wheel including a double hub, a rim with rubberized sectors, and spokes pivotly connecting each hub with the sectors of the rim. The sectors of the rim can be …

economyA multi-decade economic boom

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There was a long period of stronger productivity growth from 1917 to 1973 driven by low-cost oil and increasing usage of cars and more efficient factories. We are entering a new period of stronger productivity growth from energy cheaper than …

batteriesTesla semi truck coming 2019 and when platooning almost half the cost per mile

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Tesla electric semi-truck will begin production in 2019. * capable of hauling 80,000 pounds * 500-600 mile range between charging. 500 mile range with maximum cargo. * the truck gets the Enhanced Autopilot features that let it drive itself on …

flying carsUberAir flying cars coming to Los Angeles in 2020

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Uber says that by 2020 they will be testing a few flying cars in Los Angeles and a real commercial flying car service will follow a few years later. Uber Elevate and UberAir are the names of the service they …