Infrastructure

  • American Road Patch

    American Road Patch is a shingle-like patch over filled-in potholes that could make pothole fixes last much longer.

  • Teen driver - busy street- AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
    Philadelphia ponders congestion fees to ease traffic

    Congestion charges aren't a new idea, but they're new to the United States as a means of controlling traffic gridlock. New York City will become the first to implement the practice and the latest city to consider a congestion fee is Philadelphia, according to an April 3 report from local NBC News...

  • Boring Company opens first test tunnel in LA, Dec. 2018
    First test run completed at 35 mph in Musk's LA Boring Company tunnel, turns cars into "rail-guided trains"

    What started as a joke has turned into a real-life prototype. Elon Musk japed that he'd dig tunnels under Los Angeles to avoid traffic, and on Tuesday his Boring Company opened its first prototype tunnel in LA. The entrepreneur behind Tesla and SpaceX also provided more details on how the system...

  • Jaguar-Land Rover Green Light Optimal Speed Advisory system
    Future Jaguar-Land Rover vehicles will communicate with traffic lights

    In the future, Jaguar-Land Rover vehicles could help motorists avoid pesky red lights. The automaker announced Wednesday that it's begun to trial its Green Light Optimal Speed Advisory (GLOSA) system. GLOSA communicates with connected traffic lights via vehicle-to-everything technology (V2X). Audi...

  • Hong Kong-Macau-Zhuhai bridge
    China opens world's longest sea-crossing bridge

    The world's longest sea-crossing bridge is now open to traffic. Chinese President Xi Jinping opened the marvel of infrastructure, officially called the Hong Kong-Macau-Zhuhai bridge, on Tuesday during a ceremony in the southern city of Zhuhai. CNN reported the bridge cost $20 billion to construct...

  • The Boring Company garage elevator
    The Boring Company wants to connect your garage to its tunnels

    The Boring Company (TBC) and its network of underground tunnels won't just ship pedestrians around from various stations; it may one day take cars and drivers straight into the system from their garages. The Mercury News reported Wednesday that the city of Hawthorne, California, gave The Boring...

  • Waze Connected Citizens Program

    Waze has helped many a motorist in recent years, but the app's data can now be used to help U.S. cities. The company announced on Tuesday that it is now leveraging its crowd-sourced traffic data to offer free alerts to all U.S. cities via its "Connected Citizens" program. Waze, which is owned by Google, is extending the data from its partnership with Esri for use by cities. Esri provides the navigation and traffic mitigation service's geolocation data, which can help city planners and officials make key decisions about infrastructure. Officials will also be able to see wrecks in real time...

  • Tesla Model X in Boring Company tunnel
    Boring Company runs Tesla Model X in prototype tunnel

    The Boring Company tunnels will fit a Tesla Model X electric car. That's the latest bit of news from Elon Musk's underground adventure. The company posted a short video (taken vertically...) of a Model X moving through a tunnel on what appears to be the "skates" that propel the car. It's important...

  • Boring Company Chicago O'Hare station rendering
    The Boring Company tunnels given green light for line to Chicago's O'Hare airport

    The Boring Company has plans to invade Chicago's O'Hare airport. The Chicago Infrastructure Trust (CIT) announced on Thursday that it has chosen The Boring Company to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain a high-speed rail line called the Chicago Express Loop from downtown to the O'Hare...

  • Volvo on pothole - flickr user comedy_nose
    Drones may one day fix potholes

    Nothing ruins a spectacular piece of roadway more than cracks, bumps, and enormous potholes. These road imperfections can be more than just annoyances. They can also cost drivers and cities money in repairs for blown tires and ruined wheels. One day, drones could make the process of fixing roads...

  • Hyperloop Transportation Technologies begins building test track in France
    New Hyperloop test track under construction in France

    The world's third Hyperloop test track is now under construction in France. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) announced on Sunday that construction is underway for a kilometer-long (0.62-mile) test track near its research and development center. The California-based HTT is one of three...

  • New York City skyline (by Flickr user AngMoKio)
    NYC could become first US city with London-style congestion charge

    Some drivers in one specific part of New York City could have to pay new charges in a pay-to-drive plan that would charge them $11.52 to enter the busiest parts of Manhattan. Under the congestion-charge plan, according to The New York Times last Thursday, the "Fix NYC" task force working for New...

  • VolkerWessels plastic roadway

    The materials and processes used to build roadways haven't changed much in the past century, but a Dutch company has plans to potentially revolutionize the infrastructure and clean up a lot of plastic pollution. VolkerWessels, along with two other partners, proposes plastic roads made from recycled plastics and other materials, and the idea has many benefits, according to the company. Foremost, it helps take care of plastic waste and pollution filling oceans and landfills. That's a major plus by itself. However, the construction process is also much more environmentally friendly than asphalt...

  • Richard Branson with Virgin Hyperloop One executives
    Hyperloop One rebrands as Virgin Hyperloop One following sizable investment

    The CEO of both Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk, may have initially proposed the idea of the Hyperloop, but the legendary entrepreneur only began work on his own Hyperloop system recently after offering the idea to the world a four years ago as an open-source project of sorts. In the meantime, a...

  • Traffic
    Future Urban Mobility Relies On Real-Time Data Access

    The requirements for travel within the urban environment comes under greater pressure with every passing year. We're already past the point at which more than 50 percent of the world's population live in cities rather than rurally, and it's only set to increase. The Future Urban Mobility (FM)...

  • Google's Electric Vehicle Fleet Infrastructure
    Google Buys 30 Leafs, Volts, and 250 Charging Stations: Video

    Google built its reputation as a small, simple search engine, but there's nothing small about the company's investment in electric vehicles. Google has just placed an order for 30 Nissan Leafs and Chevrolet Volts, as well as 250 EV charging stations from Coulomb Technologies. Google will add the...

  • Google Maps' Live Transit Update
    Car In The Shop? Google Maps Tells You How Late The Bus Is: Video

    The only thing more annoying than putting your car in the shop is waiting to catch the bus the next day. It's such a common frustration, it made up Everywoman Sandra Bullock's entire backstory in Speed. The worst part is that while some transit systems offer updates to commuters, indicating when...

  • Willer Express luxury Japanese bus
    Don't Like Your Fellow Bus Passengers? Crawl Into A Cocoon!

    If you regularly use public transport, you should start writing to your local transit authority, because the Japanese have an idea that could make things a lot more pleasant! Passengers travelling on the Willer Express between the sprawling cities of Osaka and Tokyo in Japan get to enjoy a first...

  • Partridge Family bus via Wikimedia

    Here's a question that we've heard a lot at High Gear Media: what does it take to get people to ditch their cars and take alternate transportation? Soaring gas prices make people travel less but don't really change their travel methods. Having an abundance of mass transit options doesn't have much effect, either. Even with a shaky economy and high unemployment, Americans drove a near-record number of miles in 2010. So what can change the public's mind about taking the bus, subway, bike, and walking? A new study from Latitude Research reveals a four-letter answer: apps. MAJOR TAKEAWAYS...

  • Fuel Cell Equinox
    GM's Project Driveway fuel cell program rolls past 500,000 miles next week

    With all that's going on in Washington lately, the slow economy and a general apathy or even hostility toward the automotive industry, it's nice to see a technological bright spot on the horizon. While it's not a ground-breaking or earth-shattering development, General Motors' fuel cell test fleet...

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