Transportation

Korean mass transit moving towards wireless power

Korean mass transit moving towards wireless power

The world is slowly making the switch over to electric power, and while some mass transit systems have been powered by electricity for a while, it's usually delivered through overhead cables that connect to the buses and trains at all times. However, Korea is moving away from overhead cables in favor of wireless power to its mass transit vehicles.

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United becomes first international US-based airline with wi-fi

United becomes first international US-based airline with wi-fi

This week the folks at United Aircraft have let it be known that they'll be bringing wi-fi connectivity to their planes, this making them the first US-based international carrier to offer said connections while traveling over the ocean. Jim Compton, Vice Chairman and Chief Revenue Officer for United, spoke up about the service, noting that this is part of their efforts to make the airline the top choice for international flight - “With this new service, we continue to build the airline that customers want to fly.”

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Uber now lets you request a DC taxi from your smartphone

Uber now lets you request a DC taxi from your smartphone

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.

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China debuts world’s longest high-speed rail line

China debuts world’s longest high-speed rail line

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.

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Voltitude V1 folding electric bike up for expensive preorder

Voltitude V1 folding electric bike up for expensive preorder

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.

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Japan unveils prototype of new 310 MPH maglev train

Japan unveils prototype of new 310 MPH maglev train

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.

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Alfa cardboard bike set for full production

Alfa cardboard bike set for full production

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.

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