transportation

Keeping Bike Shares Running Smoothly Requires Seriously Complex Maths

Here’s kind of a dirty secret about bike share: Bikes don’t end up distributed evenly across the system, so most cities use trucks and trailers to shuffle the bikes around to the kiosks where they’re needed most at different times of day. Turns out it requires a complicated algorithm to determine exactly when and where to move them.


Will Autonomous Cars Kill The Traffic Light?

The first electric traffic light blazed to life a century ago this month, transforming the way our cities managed vehicular flow. But this icon of the automobile age could become a rarity on our roads, thanks to the advent of autonomous cars.


Google's Autonomous Car Is Programmed To Speed Because It's Safer

Self-driving cars are coming, some people are freaked out about them. Here’s something that might not put those people at ease: According to a Google engineer, the cars are designed to exceed the speed limit. Don’t worry though! There’s actually a good reason for it.


Watch How Bolivia Built The World's Longest Urban Cable Car System

In most parts of the world, cable cars are relegated to ski areas or amusement parks. But in South America, cities use the gondolas to navigate undulating terrain as public transportation. Later htis year, two more lines will open in Bolivia’s La Paz-El Alto network, making it the longest urban cable car system in the world.


Sorry, But The FAA Has Decided The 'Uber For Planes' Idea Can't Fly

The Federal Aviation Authority has shoved an idea for “Uber for planes” back into the hangar. Yesterday, it ruled that it has banned pilots from “publicly offering seats on their planes in exchange for [fuel] money,” reports TechCrunch. That puts US startups like AirPooler and FlyteNow in a legal bind since they were offering ride-sharing services.


The Panama Canal Is 100 Years Old, Just In Time For Its Makeover

One hundred years ago today, the SS Ancon became the first ship to officially pass through the Panama Canal. Because of the outbreak of World War I, there wasn’t a big party for the grand opening. The waterway would go on change the history of transportation, and now it’s time to change the canal itself.


How One 1920s Feminist Imagined Our Futuristic High-Tech World

Josephine Daskam Bacon was an author known for her adventure serials that featured female protagonists. But in 1929, she took a break from her regular fiction writing and slipped on her futurist goggles for an article in Century magazine titled “In Nineteen Seventy-Nine”.20 Bacon imagined just how much progress women will have made fifty years hence — and whether her granddaughter would be able to “have it all” as some people here in the future might say.


Every City Should Give Seniors A Card That Extends The Crosswalk Time

We’ve all seen what happens when someone can’t cross the street in the allotted signal time — the pedestrian gets frustrated and drivers get mad. A program in Singapore lets seniors swipe a card at an intersection so the signal will give them extra time to cross. It’s a smart solution to a problem that’s increasingly going to be troubling our ageing cities.


How Ford's Top Interior Designer Puts The Future In The Front Seat

Amko Leenarts is the Director of Interior Design for Ford Motor Company, creating the interior look for Ford’s products worldwide. He spoke with Gizmodo about the design influences, technology and safety considerations that go into future designs.


Northrop Once Built Planes That Were Just Giant Wings

After World War II, the future of commercial air travel was supposed to be fantastic. There were promises that planes like Northrop Grumman’s flying wing would become the norm for civilian flying. These promises were often made to Baby Boomers — young, impressionable kids of the 1950s and ’60s — like in this cutaway drawing by L. Ashwell Wood for the comic book Eagle.


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