Infrastructure

  • Boring Company opens first test tunnel in LA, Dec. 2018

    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 works. Musk started The Boring Company as a solution to traffic and congested cities. Machines dig tunnels to fit a vehicle, and an elevator shaft drops them down. From there, the car deploys tracking wheels that rub against the walls to guide it along the tunnel. For now, it's unclear how a vehicle...

  • 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 now offering traffic data to US cities

    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...

  • 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

    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 major companies working on Hyperloop systems. The other two are Virgin Hyperloop One and Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's Hyperloop via The Boring Company. Thus far, HTT has lagged behind the others in terms of real-world testing. But, the company should have a closed 320-meter (1,050-foot) system...

  • 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
    Will roads be made out of plastic in the future?

    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...

  • 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...

  • 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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