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elon musk tweets new images of forthcoming spaceX BFR spacecraft

ahead of the today’s imminent reveal of the mystery passenger who will fly around the moon in spaceX‘s forthcoming big falcon rocket, elon musk has tweeted two new renders of the spacecraft. announced for the first time last year and nicknamed ‘big f***ing rocket’ by musk, the...
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This Week in Tech: Elon Musk’s Boring Company to Build a High-Speed, Zero-Emissions Transportation System in Los Angeles

Plus, NanaWall Systems debuts a cloud-based design program for architects, Trulia launches a crowdsourced online platform that aims to provide an insight into a neighborhood’s local life, and more design-tech news from this week. By Ayda Ayoubi Elon Musk’s Boring Co....
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Can dockless and station-based bike-share programs coexist?

Two new studies show where bike-share ridership in the U.S. might be headed By Alissa Walker Imagine a “bike-share program that lets novice riders loose” to “flood streets with thousands of uninsured cyclists.” Sounds scary, right? “10,000 extra bicycles could pose a re...
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Hyperloop One formed an agreement with officials in Dubai to jointly evaluate a high-speed transportation system in greater Dubai and the United Arab Emirates in November. Hyperloop

Hyperloop One exec: Here’s how Miami-to-Orlando bullet train will be funded (Video) Email Share Share Tweet Save Print Order Reprints

By Veronica Brezina The Los Angeles-based Virgin Hyperloop One tube train — a concept from Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk — wants to build a 257-mile, 26-minute route that would connect the Orlando International Airport to the Miami Intermodal Center. But first, the Hyperloop One...
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Adobe Stock/naypong The U.S. DOT and Federal Aviation Administration received almost 150 applications for a program where state and local governments partner with the private sector to test drones for all kinds of uses.

U.S. DOT Announces First 10 Drone-Test Participants

It pays to plan: Three transportation departments are among the first participants in a federal technology-integration program. By Stephanie Johnston This story was first published in Public Works. The Kansas DOT wants to see if a drone can find a stranded motorist. North...
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What role do architects have in a driverless future? A healthy transit mix that includes cycling and walking alongside driverless cars would allow neighborhoods to reclaim and infill the even the busiest avenues. (Courtesy KPF)

What role do architects have in a driverless future?

AN probes the good, the bad, and the ugly in contemplating the future of driverless cars. By Jonathan Hilburg The rise of autonomous vehicles (AVs) is inevitable and—depending on who you ask—they’ll either eliminate car crashes and save the environment, or muscle out pedestrians...
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By 2020, Waymo plans to make at least one million self-driving trips per day in the U.S. Waymo

Are self-driving cars safe for our cities?

Autonomous vehicles could save thousands of lives per year. Should the U.S. let them be tested on public streets? By Alissa Walker From ushering in an era of decreased car ownership, to narrowing streets and eliminating parking lots, autonomous vehicles promise to dramatically...
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Elon Musk does a 180 on mass transit and makes rapid buses his first priority. A still from Musk's video showing the revised Hyperloop bus-pod. (Courtesy Elon Musk)

Elon Musk does a 180 on mass transit and makes rapid buses his first priority

Elon Musk has decided that The Boring Company and future Hyperloops will focus on moving people over cars. By Jonathan Hilburg The Boring Company, Elon Musk’s Hyperloop tunnel-digging side company, may have a new mission after Musk claimed that he would be shifting towards...
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Courtesy Delft University of Technology Self healing asphalt contains small steelwool fibers that can be heated with induction energy to seal microcracks, extending the service life of the road.

Infrastructure is Failing—But These Roadway Material Innovations Could Help

Researchers are developing new technologies for self-healing asphalt, pothole prediction, and more. By Blaine Brownell ‘Tis the season of the pothole—and a myriad of other problems to do with road infrastructure. Winter brings out the worst in pavement: once water penetrates...
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How will autonomous vehicles change the way architects think?

By Jonathan Hilburg City planning operates on decades-long cycles, while infrastructure is typically built out using forecasts that extend current trends. If self-driving vehicles are poised to deliver the revolution in urban transportation that Silicon Valley has been promising,...
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