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Dec 13, 2019

California considers electric fire trucks

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MENLO PARK, Calif. (KYMA, KSWT, KECY/NBC News) — In the future, California firefighters may battle blazes with all-electric engines.

On Thursday, the world’s first all-electric fire truck made a stop at a fire station in Menlo Park.

This vehicle is one of a kind. It looks, and functions, differently than any other fire truck currently on the streets. It also smells different, and Chief Harold Schapelhouman says that’s a good thing.

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Dec 12, 2019

China’s driverless, trackless train that runs on virtual rails launches first commercial line

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

China’s ART has succeeded where its “Straddling Bus” could not, launching for commercial use for the first time in the Sichuan city of Yibin.

Dubbed the “Autonomous Rail Rapid Transit,” the ART is essentially a driverless tram that runs on “virtual rails” mapped out by cameras and censors — so, it’s kinda like a bus too.

The Yibin ART T1 line extends for 17.7 kilometers. It’s expected to serve more than 10,000 passengers daily, a number that will go up to 25,000 once the line is extended to a high-speed railway station.

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Dec 11, 2019

No driver needed: 20 tons of butter takes road trip from California to Pennsylvania

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A California startup made the first cross-country trip completed by an autonomous truck, delivering 40,000 pounds of butter in under three days. The self-driving truck drove from the west coast to Pennsylvania.

Dec 11, 2019

First commercial electric plane takes flight in Canada

Posted by in categories: engineering, transportation

The world’s first fully electric commercial aircraft took its inaugural test flight on Tuesday, taking off from the Canadian city of Vancouver and offering hope that airlines may one day end their polluting emissions.

“This proves that commercial aviation in all-electric form can work,” said Roei Ganzarski, chief executive of Seattle-based engineering firm magniX.

The company designed the plane’s motor and worked in partnership with Harbour Air, which ferries half a million passengers a year between Vancouver, Whistler ski resort and nearby islands and coastal communities.

Dec 11, 2019

Tesla Revealed Its ‘Cyberpunk’ Pickup Truck. What You Need to Know

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The much anticipated pickup truck from Tesla can tow 14,000 pounds, and the base model is priced under $40,000. How does it look? Triangular.

Dec 10, 2019

China Proposes Establishing Moon-Based Special Economic Zone

Posted by in categories: economics, space, transportation

Real intent may be to usher in lunar ownership claims.

Bao Weimin, a Director of the Science and Technology Commission of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) has been reported in Chinese and Russian state media as suggesting that China would benefit from establishing an “Earth-Moon Special Economic Zone”.

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Dec 10, 2019

In surprise breakthrough, scientists create quantum states in everyday electronics

Posted by in categories: computing, engineering, mobile phones, particle physics, quantum physics, transportation

After decades of miniaturization, the electronic components we’ve relied on for computers and modern technologies are now starting to reach fundamental limits. Faced with this challenge, engineers and scientists around the world are turning toward a radically new paradigm: quantum information technologies.

Quantum technology, which harnesses the strange rules that govern particles at the , is normally thought of as much too delicate to coexist with the electronics we use every day in phones, laptops and cars. However, scientists with the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering announced a significant breakthrough: Quantum states can be integrated and controlled in commonly used made from silicon carbide.

“The ability to create and control high-performance quantum bits in commercial electronics was a surprise,” said lead investigator David Awschalom, the Liew Family Professor in Molecular Engineering at UChicago and a pioneer in quantum technology. “These discoveries have changed the way we think about developing quantum technologies—perhaps we can find a way to use today’s electronics to build quantum devices.”

Dec 8, 2019

‘Siri, I’m getting pulled over’: A shortcut for iPhones can automatically record the police

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, transportation

A road stretching to more than 80% of the world – russia proposes a superhighway that will take you from europe to the united states!

According to a report in The Siberian Times, Russian Railways president has proposed a plan for a massive trans-Siberian highway.

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Dec 8, 2019

Kansas City becomes first major American city with universal fare-free public transit

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Today, Kansas City became the first major American city to have fare-free public transit.

City council voted unanimously to make city bus routes fare-free, reports KSHB, directing the city manager to develop and enact a plan. The city’s light rail was already free.

Free bus service, which is expected to cost about $8 million, has been pitched as a major help to low-income residents who rely on transit to commute to work.

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Dec 6, 2019

Renault’s New Luxury Self-Driving Car

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Renault’s new luxury car is entirely self-driving.

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