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Uber Is Launching 'Uber For Hot Air Balloons'

In a move just short of self-parody, Uber has announced a new feature that will let certain users request a hot air balloon or boat — you know, for that casual commute to work.


Here's Our Closest Look At Alphabet's Plans For The City Of The Future

The smart city is on the horizon, and if Alphabet’s Footpath Labs has anything to do with it, it will have subsidised ride-sharing, “Airbnb for cars” and AI that helps parking cops fine the most people.


Why Columbus Won $189 Million To Become The Transportation City Of The Future

Of the seven cities chosen as finalists for the US Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge, Columbus, Ohio may have seemed like the underdog. (It was the only finalist that has no rail system whatsoever.) But last week, USDOT announced Columbus as the winner of over $US50 million ($67 million) in cash that will transform its transportation system into one of the most forward-looking in the country.


This 1938 Magazine Cover Showed Britain With A Shinier, Happier Future

The late 1930s were dark times for Britain. War was on the horizon, and things were about to get very, very tough. But some periodicals tried keeping things light with utopian visions of tomorrow. Like this March 5, 1938 cover of Modern Wonder which featured the streamlined transportation of the future.


Design Firm Suggests Turning Penn Station Into Roller Coaster

Many New Yorkers have schlepped to Penn Station to take a train out. We’ve sat in the waiting room, bored, and said to ourselves, I know what would improve my experience better. If only I could go on a 1,200 foot amusement-park ride before my train arrived.


Your Self-Driving Car Will Be Programmed To Kill You, Deal With It

A recent survey shows that people want self-driving cars to be programmed to minimise casualties during an accident, even if it causes the death of the rider. Trouble is, the same survey shows that people don’t actually want to ride in cars that are programmed this way. That’s obviously a problem — and we’re going to have to get over it.


Watch This Apocalyptic Timelapse Of The DC Metro Flood

Yesterday, a DC subway station turned into a surprise water park ride. It wasn’t a huge deal — the station was closed for a few hours, the water drained and service went back to normal — but it certainly looked like it. Seeing a timelapse of the whole thing from the station’s entrance shows how this happened.


DC's Metro Should Probably Just Take A Few Months Off

Washington DC’s subway is scheduled to be shut down for an extended period of time to deal with a slew of deferred maintenance. But after today’s service problem — literal waterfalls in one station — maybe DC’s Metro needs a holiday sooner than that.


The New NASA X-Plane Will Be Fully Electric

Last year, NASA casually announced its intention to disrupt the aviation industry by sticking fully electric commercial passenger planes in the sky in 20 years. In a small step toward that goal, space agency director Charles Bolden has just announced plans for the X-57, the first all-electric addition to the famous X-plane series.


Google's Larry Page Has Been Secretly Investing In Flying-Car Start-Ups

Forget self-driving cars. For years now Google co-founder Larry Page been thinking ahead by personally — and secretly — investing in two start-ups that promise something much more exciting: Flying cars.


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