Delta Airlines has released a new iPad app that comes with quite a bit of new features that the airline's current iPhone app doesn't offer. Most notably, there's a new "Glass Bottom Jet" feature that allows you to explore the places that you're currently flying over -- a great feature that can help pass the time on that long flight.
If you've never heard of Uber before, it's essentially a startup company based in San Francisco that allows you to request a luxury car or SUV for pick-up and will take you where you need to go -- similar to any taxi service, but without the offensive yellow paint scheme and all the advertisements. Today, the company announced that folks living in Washington DC can now use the service to order up a regular city cab right from their smartphones.
China has always been about fast trains and expanding their high-speed rail lines, and today the country is now home to the world's longest high-speed train line, spanning 1,428 miles from Beijing to Guangzhou. The train tops out at 186MPH and can conquer the 1,428-mile trip in just eight hours, replacing the previous train route which took about 20 hours to complete.
Swiss folding electric bike start-up Voltitude has begun taking orders for its eye-catching urban transport alternative, a collapsable battery-powered bike with a roughly 25 mile range. Intended to make the final jaunt between public transportation and your home or office more straightforward, the Voltitude V1 borrows the best of scooters and pushbikes for something that can be trundled off the train and have you at your desk in short order.
Japan has unveiled the prototype to their new maglev train that promises speeds of around 310 MPH. After more than five months of beginning work on the new train, the Central Japan Railway Company has finished the prototype and are ready to begin testing. Due to go into service in 2027, the train will be first used on a route between Tokyo and Nagoya, where it will travel 160 miles in just around 40 minutes.
This month an inventor by the name of Izhar Gafni has shown off his "Alfa" bicycle made of cardboard, one he says has the potential to change transportation as we know it. This vehicle is heading to mass production in just a few months and has been demonstrated by the inventor on several occasions. After four years - or so he says - of working on negating the weak points in the structure of traditional cardboard, Gafni says he's done it, and it's time to ride paper around the city.
Honda has unveiled a new personal mobility device called the UNI-CUB. The device is a unicycle that has its own motor and reminds me more the little of Wall-E's girlfriend with a smashed head. The new version is the latest evolution of the U3-X personal mobility device that Honda unveiled 2009. The new version has Honda's proprietary balance control technology.
Commuters in Italy will have a new and very fast method of getting around the country that will open next week. A new high-speed railway is opening with a train called the Italo with a top speed of 186 mph. The train will connect Milan, Rome, and Naples and is billed as the most advanced train in Europe.
If you're one of the thousands of press and public heading to the Mobile World Congress 2012 event at the end of the month here in February, you may have heard of the planned Public Transport strikes that will be taking place. Today the folks at GSMA Mobile World Congress have released a statement assuring soon to be attending ladies and gentlemen that negotiations are currently taking place between government officials from the City of Barcelona, Catalonia Regional Government, Spanish Ministry of Industry, the Fira and the various police authorities as well as the GSMA senior executives themselves. These negotiations will, they hope, be resolved before the dates of the event: February 27th through the 1st of March.
There is no shortage of geek modes of transport to get you around town with as little energy expenditure as possible. Not long ago we talked about the Honda compo concept scooter that would do the job and is easy to pack into the trunk of a car. A new project has turned up on Kickstarter that will get you around in geeky style. The project is called spnKIX Wearable Mobility.