transportation

7 Ingenious Trains That Slide Up The Slopes So You Don't Have To

Walk? Like up that giant hill? Yeah, no. This ain’t the 15th century, we have funiculars for that now. In fact, here are seven of the swankiest ground-based gondolas to ever put the “fun” in “climbing steep-arse inclines without breaking a sweat”.


A Whole Year Of Taxi Rides In New York City Mapped

New York’s fleet of iconic yellow taxis are still the city’s reliable, non-surge priced transportation backbone. Its 13,500 medallion taxis make 170 million trips a year, every single one of them mapped in this beautiful new visualisation from the folks at the MIT Senseable City Lab. The interactive map isn’t just here to be pretty — it’s also the data behind a strategy to make riding taxis way more efficient.


Linking The World's Highest Cities With The Longest Urban Cable Car

La Paz is situated at a whopping 3,650 meters above sea level in Bolivia. El Alto, the country’s second biggest metropolis, is located 500 meters above that. Now a new cable car system linking the world’s highest cities made its public debut, allowing tens of thousands of commuters to bypass congested roadways for a sleek ride in the sky.


That Beeping Sound You Hear Is The Future

Today’s modern automobile often comes with high-tech crash-avoidance systems. Parallel parking is a breeze when your car beeps to let you know when you’re about to hit something. The people of yesteryear couldn’t have imagined something like that, right? Think again.


Is An Airbag For Your Head Really Safer Than A Bike Helmet?

Remember Hövding, the Swedish bike helmet released a few years back that looks like a stylish, poofy collar and supposedly inflates like an airbag upon impact? In a new video, the company explains more about how it works — claiming it’s actually much safer than a traditional helmet.


This 1947 Train Of Tomorrow Puts Today's Trains To Shame

Here in the 21st century, train travel isn’t seen as very futuristic. But in the years after World War II, trains were right up there with aeroplanes as the coolest in luxurious transportation of tomorrow. And, in 1947, Americans got a peek at what was promised to be their train-bound future.


Hugo Gernsback's Vision For The Flying Car Of 1973

Briefly: Hugo Gernsback’s vision for the flying car of 1973, as it appeared on the May 1923 cover of Science and Invention magazine. The thing had two wheels, a bubble-top and a push-button control panel.


Hackers Can Now Create Fake Traffic Jams

A couple of Israeli students figured out a way to create fake traffic jams using the popular, Google-owned Waze GPS app. And while it sounds silly at first, these kinds of infrastructure hacks could have serious consequences as we depend more and more on data to help us get around town.


Watch A Bus Stop Get Redesigned Before Your Very Eyes

When patience is short and waits are long, squeezing onto the bus becomes a mad, lawless scramble. And that won’t do if your buses have to transport 100,000 passengers a day, like Vancouver’s extremely busy 99 line. So transportation planners got out a camera and some tape — you can watch the results in this transfixing time-lapse video.


6 Freeway Removals That Changed Their Cities Forever

It seems counterintuitive, right? Rip out eight lanes of freeway through the middle of your metropolis and you’ll be rewarded with not only less traffic, but safer, more efficient cities? But it’s true, and it’s happening in places all over the world.