Archive for the ‘Transportation’ Category

Hiking or Camping? Take the Bus to the Trail This Summer

May 24th, 2019
Transit agencies and nonprofits are teaming up to expand access to parks and recreation areas.

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Self-Driving Startup Aurora Buys Speed-Sensing Lidar Company

May 23rd, 2019
Aurora is buying Blackmore, whose “Doppler lidar” system can determine how far away an object it, and its speed.

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The Boring Company appears to have its first paying customer

May 23rd, 2019
Test tunnel exit

Enlarge / A view of the exit of The Boring Company's test tunnel in Hawthorne. (credit: The Boring Company)

On Wednesday, the board of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) voted to grant The Boring Company—Elon Musk's private tunneling venture—a $48.6 million contract to build a two-mile Loop at the expanding Las Vegas Convention Center.

LVCVA officials recommended The Boring Company's proposal to the board back in March, saying that it had the most competitive price among the transportation companies that submitted proposals. At the time, Boring Company officials said they could build the Convention Center's transportation system for between $33 million and $55 million. According to the Las Vegas Sun, the final cost for the project is expected to be $52.5 million.

Elon Musk's Boring Company wants to ameliorate traffic by moving people through tunnels on electric cars or electric skates at speeds of up to 155 miles per hour. Musk has said he can significantly reduce the cost of tunneling through the company's technical improvements to boring machines, the reuse of dirt to create concrete reinforcement, the use of continuous tunneling and reinforcing operations, and by digging smaller tunnels that don't need to accommodate internal combustion engines.

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VW’s ‘Dieselgate’ Settlement Isn’t Buying Many Electric Vehicles

May 23rd, 2019
States were given almost $3 billion from Volkswagen’s diesel scandal settlement to buy cleaner vehicles. But many are buying more diesels, a report shows.

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Las Vegas Orders Up a Boring Company Loop

May 23rd, 2019
Which means Elon Musk’s “mass transit” tunneling company has its first official customer.

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The USPS Tests Out Self-Driving Trucks for Hauling Mail

May 21st, 2019
In a two-week test, startup TuSimple will transport mail for the US Postal Service between Phoenix and Dallas.

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GM’s Big Upgrade, ‘Game of Thrones’’ Unsatisfying End, and More News

May 20th, 2019
Catch up on the most important news from today in two minutes or less.

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GM Gives All Its Vehicles a New Soul

May 20th, 2019
GM's new "electronic platform" offers five times the bandwidth and compute power of its predecessor, to deliver better maps and new accessories.

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Want to Bike Cross-Country? Some Old Rails Could Get You There

May 19th, 2019
The Rails to Trails Conservancy is trying to assemble a 3,700-mile route that crosses 12 states. It needs help in Wyoming.

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Another Fatal Tesla Autopilot Crash and More Car News This Week

May 19th, 2019
The NTSB said a Tesla Model 3 had its Autopilot engaged when it collided with a truck in Florida in March, killing the driver.

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