Archinect - News 2016-12-07T05:37:47-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149980853/trump-nominates-elaine-chao-for-secretary-of-transportation Trump nominates Elaine Chao for Secretary of Transportation Justine Testado 2016-11-30T14:40:00-05:00 >2016-11-30T14:46:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ul/ulghg53f1ujuc7sg.jpg" width="614" height="768" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mr. Trump...has said that infrastructure redevelopment will be a priority of his first 100 days in office. And Ms. Chao has experience &mdash; politically and personally &mdash; in navigating the competing centers of power in the capital...But now that she is in line for a prominent position in Mr. Trump&rsquo;s cabinet, it is her own ties to business that are likely to come under scrutiny. As labor secretary, she faced criticism that her department favored business and was lax on enforcement and worker safety.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149980007/president-elect-trump-offers-hud-post-to-ben-carson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">President-elect Trump offers HUD post to Ben Carson</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149979660/trump-pilfers-clinton-s-plan-for-an-infrastructure-bank" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trump pilfers Clinton's plan for an 'infrastructure bank'</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149980845/scott-frank-senior-director-of-media-relations-for-the-aia-resigns-following-the-aia-s-statement-of-support-for-president-elect-trump" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Scott Frank, Senior Director of Media Relations for the AIA, resigns following the AIA's statement of support for President-elect Trump</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149977504/hyperloop-designs-by-big-revealed-for-dubai-featuring-autonomous-pods-and-city-wide-portals Hyperloop designs by BIG revealed for Dubai, featuring autonomous pods and city-wide portals Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-11-08T13:43:00-05:00 >2016-11-11T20:34:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bh/bh1odn71odpbf3zv.jpg" width="650" height="420" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Dubai is set on getting its own hyperloop, and the Los Angeles-based Hyperloop One (formerly Hyperloop Technologies), in collaboration with BIG, is champing at the bit to make that a reality.</p><p>The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority has agreed to review Hyperloop One&rsquo;s feasibility study for a high-speed network throughout the United Arab Emirates, designed to get passengers between Dubai and Abu Dhabi (about an hour and a half apart by bus) in 12 minutes. BIG and consulting firm McKinsey &amp; Co. will work in collaboration with Hyperloop One on the proposal. In a separate agreement formed this past August, Hyperloop One also has plans with Dubai to develop a hyperloop network for cargo.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8b/8b68trtnie42trrx.jpg"></p><p>This step closer to a full-scale, working hyperloop (which Hyperloop One estimates will come to fruition in the next five years) comes after the company&rsquo;s dry run of its propulsion technology in the Nevada desert&mdash;part of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129714649/elon-musk-launches-hyperloop-pod-competition-to-university-students-and-engineers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SpaceX&rsquo;s competition</a> to design the pods and run them on a smaller-scale test-track. No...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149975714/u-s-transportation-secretary-foxx-on-the-future-of-transportation-we-had-to-do-something-different U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx on the future of transportation: "We had to do something different." Alexander Walter 2016-10-28T13:49:00-04:00 >2016-10-28T13:49:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/an/anfan9iy30hpc3ah.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Car and Driver caught up with Foxx in Pittsburgh. The&nbsp;DOT chief, previously&nbsp;mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, reflected on the promise of autonomous and connected cars, the recent Smart City Challenge, the massive increase in traffic deaths, the potential of the shared vehicles unfolding right outside the window, and more. What follows&nbsp;is a transcript of our conversation, lightly edited for grammar and brevity.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942780/u-s-transportation-secretary-foxx-on-the-troubled-relationship-between-infrastructure-and-race-we-ought-to-do-it-better-than-we-did-it-the-last-time" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx on the troubled relationship between infrastructure and race: "We ought to do it better than we did it the last time"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149964179/uber-lets-you-hail-its-self-driving-cars-in-pittsburgh-later-this-month" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uber lets you hail its self-driving cars in Pittsburgh later this month</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953520/columbus-ohio-wins-dot-s-50m-smart-city-challenge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Columbus, Ohio wins DOT's $50M Smart City Challenge</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145806465/the-u-s-just-got-4-billion-to-spend-on-self-driving-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The U.S. just got $4 billion to spend on self-driving cars</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149971385/an-ambitious-plan-to-overhaul-penn-station-by-moving-madison-square-garden An ambitious plan to overhaul Penn Station, by moving Madison Square Garden Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-30T13:21:00-04:00 >2016-10-09T17:19:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/q8/q8cp2pci3wc447e5.jpg" width="609" height="472" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Penn Station is much more than a transportation center. As the heart of the Northeast Corridor rail system, it has the potential to link downtown to downtown along the Eastern Seaboard in a way far more economical, expedient and environmentally sustainable than air travel. But while the governor&rsquo;s recently announced plan is a step toward this goal, more must be done. What we propose in addition is a completely new commuter station on the site of Madison Square Garden</p></em><br /><br /><p>The proposed plan for Penn Station's redesign comes by way of&nbsp;Vishaan Chakrabarti, founder of the&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139466539/vishaan-chakrabarti-leaves-shop-launches-new-firm-pau" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Practice for Architecture and Urbanism</a>.&nbsp;Previously, Chakrabarti was&nbsp;the director of Manhattan's Department of City Planning under former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, where he also oversaw prior refurbishment plans for the station.</p><p>Previously, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo had released a plan to bring Penn Station up to speed (it was designed for a third of its current 650,000 daily commuters). But while the Governor's plan, headed by SOM, is focused mostly on utility, Chakrabarti's plan (as he writes for&nbsp;<em>The Times</em>) aims to provide the city with a grand public space&mdash;by physically relocating Madison Square Garden (an idea that has been floated <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111944486/urban-planners-propose-moving-madison-square-garden-to-nearby-post-office" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">before</a>) to honor the original station's legacy where travelers <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117731927/an-ode-to-the-old-penn-station-where-travelers-entered-the-city-like-a-god" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"entered the city like a god"</a>.</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Governor Cuomo Announces New Penn Station Private-Public Partnership RFP" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145128863/governor-cuomo-announces-new-penn-station-private-public-partnership-rfp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Governor Cuomo Announces New Penn Station Private-Public Partnership RFP</a></li><li><a title="Selective memory: Old Penn Station, ruined before it was ruined" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144579300/selective-memory-old-penn-station-ruined-before-it-was-ruined" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Selective memory: Old Penn Station, ruined before it ...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149965464/airbus-promises-autonomous-flying-taxis-in-the-very-near-future Airbus promises autonomous flying taxis in the (very) near future Alexander Walter 2016-08-26T14:12:00-04:00 >2016-09-03T11:08:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jo/jofb63dst5w5g4p0.jpg" width="650" height="422" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Airbus appears to be serious about its "Vahana" project, aimed at creating an autonomous passenger drone network, and thinks testing can begin as early as 2017. [...] Airbus is also working on a drone delivery service [...] and plans to start testing it at a Singapore university by mid-2017. The cargo-laden vehicles fly automated routes in "aerial corridors," then drop them off and send delivery notifications to customers.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Airbus engineers are dreaming up no small endeavor as laid out in the company's <a href="http://www.airbusgroup.com/int/en/news-media/corporate-magazine/Forum-88/My-Kind-Of-Flyover.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Future of Urban Mobility</a> vision:</p><p><em>"Imagine landing at a major international airport after a long flight in an A380. Instead of suffering through a 90-minute taxi ride in the megacity&rsquo;s gridlocked traffic, you hop into an electrically operated aerial vehicle from zenHOP, which brings you to your destination &ndash; landing on your chosen zenHUB &ndash; in just nine minutes. Too expensive? No, zenMOVE has found three other travellers who also want to get to the city centre. As a result, the flight costs no more than a taxi ride. On top of that, no need to worry about your luggage &ndash; zenLUGGAGE takes care of that &ndash; or your security, as zenCYBER protects your flight against hacker attacks."</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jf/jflppgr7pt44qdsx.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; Illustration of Airbus' Skyways drone parcel delivery service, which will enter test mode on the campus of the National University of Singapore in mid-2017.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145287841/the-ehang-passenger-drone-might-be-another-way-people-will-get-around-town-someday" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Ehang passenger drone might be anothe...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149964179/uber-lets-you-hail-its-self-driving-cars-in-pittsburgh-later-this-month Uber lets you hail its self-driving cars in Pittsburgh later this month Alexander Walter 2016-08-19T14:54:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T00:21:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vo/vozeac2fjbn5eij4.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Starting later this month, Uber will allow customers in downtown Pittsburgh to summon self-driving cars from their phones, crossing an important milestone that no automotive or technology company has yet achieved. Google, widely regarded as the leader in the field, has been testing its fleet for several years, and Tesla Motors offers Autopilot [...] But none of these companies has yet brought a self-driving car-sharing service to market.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories recently in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942771/google-uber-lyft-ford-and-volvo-join-forces-to-lobby-for-autonomous-vehicles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google, Uber, Lyft, Ford and Volvo join forces to lobby for autonomous vehicles</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943328/a-look-at-the-history-and-future-of-the-american-commute" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A look at the history and future of the American commute</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961180/new-study-finds-ride-sharing-apps-like-lyft-and-uber-have-no-effect-on-drunk-driving-fatalities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New study finds ride-sharing apps like Lyft and Uber have no effect on drunk-driving fatalities</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149963669/examining-the-international-airport-species-from-in-the-unlikely-event Examining the International Airport “species” from “In The Unlikely Event” Justine Testado 2016-08-16T20:31:00-04:00 >2016-08-21T23:15:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8n/8nrog6isi2nle6hx.jpg" width="650" height="380" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;In The Unlikely Event&rdquo; by artist Janet Abrams digs into the nature of the fantastical International Airport typology &mdash; &ldquo;a significant species of monumental urbanism, perhaps the archetypal City State of our time&rdquo;...Created in 2013...ITUE is an ambitious large-scale ceramic installation that showcases the Top 30 of the world's busiest international airports as terra cotta ceramic bas-reliefs, which Abrams molded individually by hand.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Arranged&nbsp;like ancient&nbsp;fossils&nbsp;at a natural history museum,&nbsp;In The Unlikely Event (ITUE) is part two&nbsp;of Abrams' ongoing "A Natural History of Technology" case study series. In ITUE, each airport stands as&nbsp;a&nbsp;physical architectural expression of its home&nbsp;country's ambitions to compete in the global economy.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/58/58ptuaiytlkzxljj.jpg"><br><em>In The Unlikely Event, view during its US debut at form + concept gallery, Santa Fe, May 27 2016. Photo courtesy of Janet Abrams.</em></p><p>The exhibition is currently at Santa Fe's form + concept gallery until August 22. Read&nbsp;more about the project&nbsp;<a href="http://bustler.net/news/5085/in-the-unlikely-event-examines-the-international-airport-species" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149961796/engineers-grapple-with-a-melting-alaskan-highway Engineers grapple with a melting Alaskan Highway Justine Testado 2016-08-05T14:57:00-04:00 >2016-08-05T14:57:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4v/4vlpyrm6fk154y4c.jpg" width="650" height="430" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Today the highway serves as the main artery connecting the &ldquo;Last Frontier&rdquo; with Canada and the northwestern U.S., bringing tourists to Alaska cruise ships; food, supplies and medicine to remote towns; and equipment to oil fields and mines that are the region&rsquo;s lifeblood... &ldquo;Communities are unable to reach each other, it&rsquo;s harder to get goods there,&rdquo; [...] Thawing permafrost isn&rsquo;t &ldquo;just an inconvenience, folks; it&rsquo;s a change in the way of life.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149952025/global-warming-is-redrawing-national-borders" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Global warming is redrawing national borders</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123894934/russia-considering-plans-for-a-12-400-mile-superhighway-linking-london-and-alaska" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Russia considering plans for a 12,400-mile superhighway linking London and Alaska</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135578877/obama-changes-the-name-of-tallest-mountain-from-mt-mckinley-to-denali" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Obama changes the name of tallest mountain from Mt McKinley to Denali</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941219/why-american-infrastructure-funding-keeps-facing-such-an-uphill-battle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why American infrastructure funding keeps facing such an uphill battle</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149961324/public-transit-boon-or-boondoggle-china-tests-out-its-road-straddling-bus Public transit boon or boondoggle? China tests out its road-straddling bus Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-03T13:21:00-04:00 >2016-08-03T20:18:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5w/5w1u835sta173w7n.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Just months after its spectacular design was unveiled, the Transit Explore Bus had its inaugural run this week on 300 metres of specially constructed test track in Qinhuangdao [...] The vehicle, which goes up to 60km/h (37mph), runs on tracks with passenger spaces standing two metres above the road so that two lanes of cars can pass undisturbed underneath, helping to alleviate the notorious traffic jams of China&rsquo;s biggest cities.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More transportation News on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title='China plans to build an underwater "space station" in the South China Sea' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149951897/china-plans-to-build-an-underwater-space-station-in-the-south-china-sea" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China plans to build an underwater "space station" in the South China Sea</a></li><li><a title="Take a look at the rapid urbanization of China's Pearl River Delta" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944440/take-a-look-at-the-rapid-urbanization-of-china-s-pearl-river-delta" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a look at the rapid urbanization of China's Pearl River Delta</a></li><li><a title="'Jet-like' maglev pods are coming to Abu Dhabi's Yas Island" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149954976/jet-like-maglev-pods-are-coming-to-abu-dhabi-s-yas-island" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Jet-like' maglev pods are coming to Abu Dhabi's Yas Island</a></li><li><a title="Bjarke Ingels Group + AECOM join forces with Hyperloop" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944742/bjarke-ingels-group-aecom-join-forces-with-hyperloop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels Group + AECOM join forces with Hyperloop</a></li><li><a title="Aerial cable cars proposed for Chicago" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943941/aerial-cable-cars-proposed-for-chicago" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aerial cable cars proposed for Chicago</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149960406/how-republicans-and-democrats-differ-when-it-comes-to-infrastructure How Republicans and Democrats differ when it comes to infrastructure Nicholas Korody 2016-07-28T13:36:00-04:00 >2016-08-02T02:25:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tt/tt6u1g3iqu9xk10l.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On issues related to the funding, mass transit, biking, and the environment, the two parties have staked out dramatically different views about how they envision the future of the nation&rsquo;s transportation system. Democrats are proposing an expansive increase in federal support for transportation investment, with a focus on building access to opportunity, bolstering access to non-automobile modes, reducing the impacts of climate change, and maintaining the role of unions.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Republicans, on the other hand, propose no increase in federal spending (though Mr. Trump may disagree), an elimination of the federal role in funding non-automotive transportation, an emphasis on pollution-spewing modes and energy sources, and a reduction in the role of unions.</em></p><p>For more on the state of American infrastructure, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957644/carrying-a-racist-legacy-highways-today-play-a-central-role-in-civil-rights-activism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carrying a racist legacy, highways today play a central role in civil rights activism</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149956785/los-angeles-selects-hdr-to-manage-its-1-4-billion-sidewalk-repair-program" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles selects HDR to manage its $1.4 Billion Sidewalk Repair Program</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944472/department-of-transportation-secretary-threatens-to-shut-down-dc-metro" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Department of Transportation Secretary threatens to shut down DC Metro</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149954976/jet-like-maglev-pods-are-coming-to-abu-dhabi-s-yas-island 'Jet-like' maglev pods are coming to Abu Dhabi's Yas Island Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-29T17:36:00-04:00 >2016-06-29T17:37:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/86/86c4b12d634ec43c6cf12f4fc332a132.jpg" width="650" height="443" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>skyTran&rsquo;s computer-controlled, 2-person &ldquo;jet-like&rdquo; vehicles employ magnetic levitation technology instead of wheels. The patented high-speed, low-cost, elevated PRT system built at the NASA Ames Research Centre, will have cars zipping above traffic along magnetic lines from one destination to another across the island, a statement said.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More transportation news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Hyperloop hopefuls turn to 'passive' maglev technology" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944419/hyperloop-hopefuls-turn-to-passive-maglev-technology" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop hopefuls turn to 'passive' maglev technology</a></li><li><a title="Would self-driving cars be useful to people living outside urban cores?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149950112/would-self-driving-cars-be-useful-to-people-living-outside-urban-cores" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Would self-driving cars be useful to people living outside urban cores?</a></li><li><a title="Aerial cable cars proposed for Chicago" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943941/aerial-cable-cars-proposed-for-chicago" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aerial cable cars proposed for Chicago</a></li><li><a title="World's first fully autonomous taxi service will arrive in Singapore later this year" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938713/world-s-first-fully-autonomous-taxi-service-will-arrive-in-singapore-later-this-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World's first fully autonomous taxi service will arrive in Singapore later this year</a></li><li><a title="Women-only Uber alternatives face pushback from antidiscrimination laws" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937269/women-only-uber-alternatives-face-pushback-from-antidiscrimination-laws" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Women-only Uber alternatives face pushback from antidiscrimination laws</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149952348/russian-government-wants-to-build-its-own-hyperloop-with-china-s-help Russian government wants to build its own Hyperloop, with China's help Justine Testado 2016-06-17T18:00:00-04:00 >2016-06-18T11:48:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ew/ewqu3hj65xokmt62.jpg" width="650" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The government of Russia has announced a desire to build a 70km Hyperloop line on its Pacific Coast to link the port of Zarubino with China&rsquo;s Jilin province, but wants China to help fund it. The link would be part of Russia&rsquo;s plan to develop a series of transport corridors between its Primorye region and northeast China...The project&rsquo;s cost has been estimated at about $500m...the ministry would try to interest China in co-financing the link as part of its Silk Road grand strategy.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947131/hyperloop-as-transportation-s-new-girlfriend-mysterious-unencumbered-exciting-expensive" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Hyperloop as transportation&rsquo;s new girlfriend: mysterious, unencumbered, exciting, expensive.'</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944742/bjarke-ingels-group-aecom-join-forces-with-hyperloop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels Group + AECOM join forces with Hyperloop</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944419/hyperloop-hopefuls-turn-to-passive-maglev-technology" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop hopefuls turn to 'passive' maglev technology</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147190059/mit-and-tu-delft-emerge-victorious-at-hyperloop-competition-elon-musk-drops-hint-about-electric-jets" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT and TU Delft emerge victorious at Hyperloop competition; Elon Musk drops hint about "electric jets"</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149950112/would-self-driving-cars-be-useful-to-people-living-outside-urban-cores Would self-driving cars be useful to people living outside urban cores? Justine Testado 2016-06-07T18:47:00-04:00 >2016-06-08T13:11:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ak/akhgzs3gb5whpeb3.jpg" width="650" height="419" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>So a lot of us own or lease cars...But when the talk turns to autonomous cars &ndash; and it always does &ndash; I sigh. Our overcrowded highways really could use a break from human stupidity, and that human factor is behind nearly all of the fatalities and injuries and property damage we see strewn across our roads every day. Get rid of the human behaviour to save the human body! This is where autonomous cars make sense; but not all the world is a crowded, urban highway.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149946190/what-are-the-ethics-of-self-driving-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What are the ethics of self-driving cars?</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943328/a-look-at-the-history-and-future-of-the-american-commute" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A look at the history and future of the American commute</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942771/google-uber-lyft-ford-and-volvo-join-forces-to-lobby-for-autonomous-vehicles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google, Uber, Lyft, Ford and Volvo join forces to lobby for autonomous vehicles</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149947827/google-launches-waze-carpool-with-cost-neutral-pricing Google launches Waze Carpool with cost-neutral pricing Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-26T18:46:00-04:00 >2016-06-02T01:29:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4a/4a55oiexfqtfwcbd.jpg" width="640" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The pilot program is limited to about 25,000 employees of companies including Walmart and Adobe Systems... Waze will match riders with drivers already heading along similar routes during the morning and evening rush hours. [...] Waze Carpool is charging riders just $0.54 a mile, which is also what the IRS recommends companies reimburse their employees per mile for business-related travel. &ldquo;Waze Carpool focuses on covering costs, not generating an income,&rdquo; the company explains.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Google purchased Waze, the Israeli GPS-based navigation system with real-time travel details submitted by users, in 2013 for $1.15B. With a fleet of already operating autonomous vehicles, Google stands to leverage its Waze transit data in big ways for an autonomous taxi service that could hit companies like Uber and Lyft hard.</p><p>That $0.54 rate for the Carpool rides is also significant because it won't lead to the same insurance-scrutiny that has plagued other ridesharing companies:</p><p><em>Waze Carpool&rsquo;s $0.54 rate is also important from a regulatory standpoint. As Waze explains, car insurance policies in states including California typically cover &ldquo;not for profit, share-the-expense carpooling.&rdquo; By framing its operations that way, Waze Carpool may be able to avoid the scrutiny around insurance coverage that has at times sidelined Uber and Lyft.</em></p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Women-only Uber alternatives face pushback from antidiscrimination laws" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937269/women-only-uber-alternatives-face-pushback-from-antidiscrimination-laws" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Women-only Uber alternatives face pushback from antidiscrimination laws</a></li><li><a title="Google, Uber, Lyft, Ford and Volvo join forces to lobby for autonomous vehicles" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942771/google-uber-lyft-ford-and-volvo-join-forces-to-lobby-for-autonomous-vehicles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google, Uber, Lyft, Ford and Volvo join forces to lobby for ...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149947131/hyperloop-as-transportation-s-new-girlfriend-mysterious-unencumbered-exciting-expensive 'Hyperloop as transportation’s new girlfriend: mysterious, unencumbered, exciting, expensive.' Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-24T13:12:00-04:00 >2016-05-29T10:38:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5f/5f7be73712d9a74da16d977d29c18c00.jpg" width="650" height="440" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;What we&rsquo;re seeing right now is what I saw in 1996,&rdquo; said Mr. Lloyd, a former president of sales and development at Cisco. &ldquo;We all had I.P. routers and everything was done a certain way. At Cisco, we said, &lsquo;You can carry that over the Internet,&rsquo; and everyone said, &lsquo;No.&rsquo; But those high-speed networks made the Internet possible.&rdquo; Hyperloop, he said, &ldquo;will do to the physical world what the Internet did to the digital one.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Allison Arieff (editorial director at SPUR and former <a href="http://dryfutures.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures</a> judge) has some questions for Hyperloop One (formerly Hyperloop Technologies) after a propulsion test demonstration in the Nevada desert. While the company has managed remarkably fast developments in its tube technology for such high-speeds as the Hyperloop demands, it's nowhere near reality &ndash; and Arieff clearly articulates the (many) remaining concerns of such technology, after mere feasibility.</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Bjarke Ingels Group + AECOM join forces with Hyperloop" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944742/bjarke-ingels-group-aecom-join-forces-with-hyperloop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels Group + AECOM join forces with Hyperloop</a></li><li><a title="Hyperloop hopefuls turn to 'passive' maglev technology" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944419/hyperloop-hopefuls-turn-to-passive-maglev-technology" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop hopefuls turn to 'passive' maglev technology</a></li><li><a title="Hyperloop announces plans for first European routes" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934230/hyperloop-announces-plans-for-first-european-routes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop announces plans for first European routes</a></li><li><a title="Reality checking the Hyperloop hyperbole" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146116363/reality-checking-the-hyperloop-hyperbole" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reality checking the Hyperloop hyperbole</a></li><li><a title="The town that Hyperloop built" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122049432/the-town-that-hyperloop-built" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The town that Hyperloop built</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945080/germany-s-railway-sees-future-in-harmony-with-driverless-cars Germany's railway sees future in harmony with driverless cars Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-13T12:46:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T00:49:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3t/3t2o7g83zlq0cje6.jpg" width="650" height="486" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Deutsche Bahn, a German-based railway and logistics company that transports about seven million train passengers every day ... plans to operate fleets of autonomous vehicles that could be ordered via an app, much people already do when they order a ride-hailing service like Uber. These driverless cars would be used to pick people up and bring them to public transit stations, solving the so-called &ldquo;last mile&rdquo; problem.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More news on automated vehicles and public transit:</p><ul><li><a title="Google, Uber, Lyft, Ford and Volvo join forces to lobby for autonomous vehicles" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942771/google-uber-lyft-ford-and-volvo-join-forces-to-lobby-for-autonomous-vehicles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google, Uber, Lyft, Ford and Volvo join forces to lobby for autonomous vehicles</a></li><li><a title='"In LiDAR We Trust" &ndash; Poking the subconscious of autonomous vehicles with special guest Geoff Manaugh, on Archinect Sessions #43' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141436229/in-lidar-we-trust-poking-the-subconscious-of-autonomous-vehicles-with-special-guest-geoff-manaugh-on-archinect-sessions-43" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"In LiDAR We Trust" &ndash; Poking the subconscious of autonomous vehicles with special guest Geoff Manaugh, on Archinect Sessions #43</a></li><li><a title="Beverly Hills wants to provide driverless cars as public transit" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941412/beverly-hills-wants-to-provide-driverless-cars-as-public-transit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beverly Hills wants to provide driverless cars as public transit</a></li><li><a title="World's first fully autonomous taxi service will arrive in Singapore later this year" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938713/world-s-first-fully-autonomous-taxi-service-will-arrive-in-singapore-later-this-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World's first fully autonomous taxi service will arrive in Singapore later this year</a></li><li><a title="The U.S. just got $4 billion to spend on self-driving cars" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145806465/the-u-s-just-got-4-billion-to-spend-on-self-driving-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The U.S. just got $4 billion to spend on self-driving cars</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944742/bjarke-ingels-group-aecom-join-forces-with-hyperloop Bjarke Ingels Group + AECOM join forces with Hyperloop Julia Ingalls 2016-05-11T19:32:00-04:00 >2016-05-19T23:14:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hp/hp46rkws7hwz0alp.jpg" width="650" height="431" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Not content to merely redefine <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149580668/a-closer-look-at-big-s-west-57th-street-courtscraper" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">skyscrapers</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935095/big-unveils-moat-encircled-stadium-design-for-d-c" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">football stadiums</a>, and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132566360/architects-are-not-the-creators-of-the-city-but-the-midwives-says-bjarke-ingels" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the agency of the architect</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/39902/big-bjarke-ingels-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels Group</a> is now leaping into the realm of transportation, joining up with Hyperloop to "transform the future of public infrastructure."&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8p/8pwl9wtb85yt1jnr.jpg"></p><p>Bjarke explained it thusly:&nbsp;"Traditionally, the work of an architect is to design buildings for the same known program - a residence or a workplace - and try to squeeze in a marginal improvement here or an elegant design solution there. With Hyperloop we are not only designing a futuristic station or a very fast train - we are dealing with an entirely novel technology with the potential to completely transform how our existing cities will grow and evolve - &nbsp;and how new cities will be conceived and constructed."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jj/jjmtxlnl8b2ent7s.jpg"></p><p>For its part, AECOM will focus on improving the freight end of the transportation system, focusing its highly trained teams on the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.&nbsp;"AECOMs partnership with Hyperloop One has the potential to transform ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944419/hyperloop-hopefuls-turn-to-passive-maglev-technology Hyperloop hopefuls turn to 'passive' maglev technology Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-10T13:47:00-04:00 >2016-05-19T21:53:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/39/39gijwfkb93hu56x.jpg" width="650" height="362" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Utilizing a passive levitation system will eliminate the need for power stations along the Hyperloop track, which makes this system the most suitable for the application and will keep construction costs low," [...] "From a safety aspect, the system has huge advantages, levitation occurs purely through movement, therefore if any type of power failure occurs, Hyperloop pods would continue to levitate and only after reaching minimal speeds touch the ground."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (not to be confused with Hyperloop Technologies Inc., a peer company also hoping to realize Elon Musk's hyperloop vision) published a statement yesterday announcing the company had licensed "passive magnetic levitation" technology to power their Hyperloop prototype.</p><p>Billed as "a cheaper, safer alternative" to maglev technology, the passive magnetic levitation doesn't require as much infrastructural build-out, as it doesn't need to be powered by sources along the track. The system is "passive" insofar as instead of using superconducting magnets or powered electromagnets, it uses "permanent room-temperature magnets, similar to the familiar bar magnet". You can read all about the technology <a href="https://web.archive.org/web/20050309204941/http://www.skytran.net/press/sciam02.htm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>More Hyperloop on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Hyperloop announces plans for first European routes" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934230/hyperloop-announces-plans-for-first-european-routes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop announces plans for first European routes</a></li><li><a title="A first look at the Hyperloop's real tubes and imagined winged terminals" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145191434/a-first-look-at-the-hyperloop-s-real-tubes-and-imagined-winged-terminals" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A first look at the Hyperloop's real tubes and imagined winged terminals</a></li><li><a title="LA's Arts District now home to Hyperloop World Headquarters" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123680434/la-s-arts-district-now-home-to-hyperloop-world-headquarters" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA's Arts District now home to Hyperloop World Headquarters</a></li><li><a title="The town that Hyperloop built" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122049432/the-town-that-hyperloop-built" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The town that Hyperloop built</a></li><li><a title="Don't write off Elon Musk's Hyperloop yet..." href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116345850/don-t-write-off-elon-musk-s-hyperloop-yet" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Don't write off Elo...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943941/aerial-cable-cars-proposed-for-chicago Aerial cable cars proposed for Chicago Julia Ingalls 2016-05-05T21:03:00-04:00 >2016-05-11T14:57:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0x/0xfc24u3gsm6fq5q.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/19439/london-eye-gets-eviction-notice" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London Eye</a> designers <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1923marks-barfield-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marks Barfield Architects</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://archinect.com/davis-brody-bond" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Davis Brody Bond</a>&nbsp;have created a new aerial cable car for <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148835364/how-chicago-s-reviving-chinatown-is-building-upon-its-history" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago</a>. The plans, which are being sponsored by&nbsp;Lou Raizin&nbsp;and Laurence Geller CBE, have yet to gain approval from any official city agency, but in the meantime here are a few renderings of the gleaming cars gliding to and fro across the cityscape:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3t/3tj8qhkt0tnchnh1.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/k6/k6tfg1bqwy9bfq9n.jpg"></p><p>By cruising over the&nbsp;Navy Pier, the Chicago Lakefront, the Riverwalk running alongside the Chicago River, and downtown Chicago, the cable cars would "showcase an aerial vista of Chicago and its architectural&nbsp;heritage to the eyes of the world." The full video can be seen at the 26:42 mark of this much longer tourism presentation spiel:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942771/google-uber-lyft-ford-and-volvo-join-forces-to-lobby-for-autonomous-vehicles Google, Uber, Lyft, Ford and Volvo join forces to lobby for autonomous vehicles Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-28T12:51:00-04:00 >2016-04-28T13:04:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8z/8z5qo9dyja6sil0g.jpg" width="650" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets, a lobbying group with the express purpose of advocating autonomous driving. [...] "Self-driving vehicle technology will make America's roadways safer and less congested," [David Strickland, a former administrator of the NHTSA] said [...] "The best path for this innovation is to have one clear set of federal standards, and the Coalition will work with policymakers to find the right solutions that will facilitate the deployment of self-driving vehicles."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Lyft has also been in talks with General Motors (which is not a part of the Self-Driving Coalition) to put out its own group of autonomous for-hire vehicles. Models for Google's vehicles include both bespoke prototypes and Lexus SUVs, and Uber is developing its own testing grounds for self-driving cars in Pittsburgh.</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title='"In LiDAR We Trust" &ndash; Poking the subconscious of autonomous vehicles with special guest Geoff Manaugh, on Archinect Sessions #43' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141436229/in-lidar-we-trust-poking-the-subconscious-of-autonomous-vehicles-with-special-guest-geoff-manaugh-on-archinect-sessions-43" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"In LiDAR We Trust" &ndash; Poking the subconscious of autonomous vehicles with special guest Geoff Manaugh, on Archinect Sessions #43</a></li><li><a title="Beverly Hills wants to provide driverless cars as public transit" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941412/beverly-hills-wants-to-provide-driverless-cars-as-public-transit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beverly Hills wants to provide driverless cars as public transit</a></li><li><a title="How prepared are American cities for the new reality of self-driving cars?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149939041/how-prepared-are-american-cities-for-the-new-reality-of-self-driving-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How prepared are American cities for the new reality of self-driving cars?</a></li><li><a title="U.S. says computers qualify as drivers in Google's autonomous vehicles; won't even have to go to the DMV" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147883279/u-s-says-computers-qualify-as-drivers-in-google-s-autonomous-vehicles-won-t-even-have-to-go-to-the-dmv" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. says computers qualify as drivers in Google's autonomous vehicles; won't even have to go to the DMV</a></li><li><a title="The U.S. just got $4 billion to spend on self-driving cars" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145806465/the-u-s-just-got-4-billion-to-spend-on-self-driving-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The U.S. just got $4 billion to spend on self-driving cars</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942656/waiting-for-the-washington-metro-a-not-so-fictional-tale Waiting for the Washington Metro: A not-so-fictional tale Justine Testado 2016-04-27T20:27:00-04:00 >2016-04-28T14:34:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vz/vz0ancaswc55ev6w.jpg" width="640" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The train will not come because the track does not exist, says the voice on the loudspeaker. You must believe as hard as you can. Everyone on the platform ignores him. Your belief is not enough. It has never been enough. Construction has just begun on the new Fuchsia Line, which Metro management says will solve all the system&rsquo;s problems, and which is the only thing that anyone has allocated any funding for. It is entirely under water and plated in gold. It will be completed in 18 years.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Alexandra Petri of The Washington Post pens a maybe not-so-fictional tale about the &ldquo;horrors&rdquo; of the current state of the Washington Metro, which shut down last month.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938721/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-fictional-architecture-intern" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A day in the life of a (fictional) architecture intern</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936174/fairy-tales-2016-winners-highlight-real-architectural-issues-through-fictional-storytelling" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fairy Tales 2016 winners highlight real architectural issues through fictional storytelling</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144591361/a-fairy-tale-for-an-age-of-global-urbanization" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A fairy tale for an age of global urbanization</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941502/how-portland-state-s-trec-hopes-to-improve-bike-lane-design-regulations How Portland State's TREC hopes to improve bike lane design regulations Justine Testado 2016-04-19T20:48:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T23:00:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ik/ikw2v2cah4tqwy4i.jpg" width="640" height="427" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Even where protected lanes are in place, when they meet up with busy intersections, those protections typically go away, and the logic behind their design can quickly fall apart...Will more widespread standards for bike lane treatment at intersections ever emerge in the U.S.? The Transportation Research and Education Center at Portland State University aims to move that conversation forward with its newest study.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Portland State University's TREC research group is working to develop a resource that will aims to help transportation agencies in any city design the safest and most useful bike lane infrastructure for both cyclists and drivers.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149933899/the-bike-wars-are-over-and-the-bikes-won" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Bike Wars Are Over, and the Bikes Won</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135269008/australia-s-biggest-bike-lane-skeptic-plans-to-remove-a-popular-sydney-cycleway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Australia's "biggest bike-lane skeptic" plans to remove a popular Sydney cycleway</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98147614/bike-lanes-don-t-cause-traffic-jams-if-you-re-smart-about-where-you-build-them" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bike Lanes Don&rsquo;t Cause Traffic Jams If You&rsquo;re Smart About Where You Build Them</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941488/the-netherlands-moves-closer-to-leaving-gas-and-diesel-cars-in-the-dust The Netherlands moves closer to leaving gas and diesel cars in the dust Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-19T18:47:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T22:59:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c3/c3avw9u1epstqi3b.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The parliament of The Netherlands has passed a motion which would require that all new cars sold by 2025 will have to be electrified in some way [...] The Dutch government hasn't yet banned gas and diesel-powered cars, however, and the motion does allow for hybrid cars to be sold beyond 2025. [...] Although localized governments have sought to ban public cars from urban streets in a number of European cities, the Dutch Labor Party's motion is by far the most aggressive campaign</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Money, gas and death: the insanity of America's car worship" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940570/money-gas-and-death-the-insanity-of-america-s-car-worship" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Money, gas and death: the insanity of America's car worship</a></li><li><a title="Is America actually shifting away from its car obsession? Not entirely." href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139616789/is-america-actually-shifting-away-from-its-car-obsession-not-entirely" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is America actually shifting away from its car obsession? Not entirely.</a></li><li><a title="Paris pulls off an (almost) car-free day" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137960977/paris-pulls-off-an-almost-car-free-day" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris pulls off an (almost) car-free day</a></li><li><a title="MVRDV is building a giant staircase to honor Rotterdam's post-WWII reconstruction" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149939182/mvrdv-is-building-a-giant-staircase-to-honor-rotterdam-s-post-wwii-reconstruction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV is building a giant staircase to honor Rotterdam's post-WWII reconstruction</a></li><li><a title="Dutch court mandates reduction of greenhouse gas emissions" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130329271/dutch-court-mandates-reduction-of-greenhouse-gas-emissions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dutch court mandates reduction of greenhouse gas emissions</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940570/money-gas-and-death-the-insanity-of-america-s-car-worship Money, gas and death: the insanity of America's car worship Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-13T20:24:00-04:00 >2016-05-07T00:06:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/d3/d3z9klgesh7jzifs.jpg" width="650" height="520" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Cars conquered the daily culture of American life back when top hats and child labor were in vogue, and well ahead of such other innovations as radio, plastic, refrigerators, the electrical grid, and women&rsquo;s suffrage. A big part of why they&rsquo;ve stuck around is that they are the epitome of convenience...Convenience (some might call it freedom) is not a selling point to be easily dismissed [...] In almost every way imaginable, the car, as it is deployed and used today, is insane.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title='More Americans are becoming "mega-commuters", U.S. Census stats show' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149050607/more-americans-are-becoming-mega-commuters-u-s-census-stats-show" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More Americans are becoming "mega-commuters", U.S. Census stats show</a></li><li><a title="Is America actually shifting away from its car obsession? Not entirely." href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139616789/is-america-actually-shifting-away-from-its-car-obsession-not-entirely" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is America actually shifting away from its car obsession? Not entirely.</a></li><li><a title="Can a loss of driver autonomy save lives?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137951306/can-a-loss-of-driver-autonomy-save-lives" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can a loss of driver autonomy save lives?</a></li><li><a title="Q&amp;A with Kati Rubinyi, author of The Car in 2035: Mobility Planning for the Near Future" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/88989197/q-a-with-kati-rubinyi-author-of-the-car-in-2035-mobility-planning-for-the-near-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Q&amp;A with Kati Rubinyi, author of The Car in 2035: Mobility Planning for the Near Future</a></li><li><a title="Christopher Hawthorne on repairing L.A.'s long-broken relationship with its freeways" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133743642/christopher-hawthorne-on-repairing-l-a-s-long-broken-relationship-with-its-freeways" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christopher Hawthorne on repairing L.A.'s long-broken relationship with its freeways</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149938713/world-s-first-fully-autonomous-taxi-service-will-arrive-in-singapore-later-this-year World's first fully autonomous taxi service will arrive in Singapore later this year Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-06T12:58:00-04:00 >2016-04-10T00:31:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bb/bb3fb135f3522c585e17b0fe3dd135c9.jpg" width="620" height="465" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[nuTonomy's] Level 4 autonomous vehicle "is designed to perform all safety-critical driving functions and monitor roadway conditions for an entire trip;" all you have to do is provide a destination and (possibly) open and shut the doors. Google's autonomous cars, in contrast, are currently at Level 3, with limited self-driving automation [...] [nuTonomy] is building into [its] decision-making engine the ability for cars to actually violate the rules of the road when it's necessary to do so</p></em><br /><br /><p>More from the autonomous vehicle beat:</p><ul><li><a title="The &quot;Impossible&quot; Car &ndash; Faraday Future's lead designer, Richard Kim, on One-to-One #17" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938205/the-impossible-car-faraday-future-s-lead-designer-richard-kim-on-one-to-one-17" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The "Impossible" Car &ndash; Faraday Future's lead designer, Richard Kim, on One-to-One #17</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141436229/in-lidar-we-trust-poking-the-subconscious-of-autonomous-vehicles-with-special-guest-geoff-manaugh-on-archinect-sessions-43" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"In LiDAR We Trust" &ndash; Poking the subconscious of autonomous vehicles with special guest Geoff Manaugh, on Archinect Sessions #43</a></li><li><a title="This startup hopes to bring autonomous campus shuttles to colleges by 2017" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937226/this-startup-hopes-to-bring-autonomous-campus-shuttles-to-colleges-by-2017" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This startup hopes to bring autonomous campus shuttles to colleges by 2017</a></li><li><a title="Google's self-driving car hits bus and causes its first crash" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149351656/google-s-self-driving-car-hits-bus-and-causes-its-first-crash" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google's self-driving car hits bus and causes its first crash</a></li><li><a title="U.S. says computers qualify as drivers in Google's autonomous vehicles; won't even have to go to the DMV" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147883279/u-s-says-computers-qualify-as-drivers-in-google-s-autonomous-vehicles-won-t-even-have-to-go-to-the-dmv" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. says computers qualify as drivers in Google's autonomous vehicles; won't even have to go to the DMV</a></li><li><a title="The U.S. just got $4 billion to spend on self-driving cars" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145806465/the-u-s-just-got-4-billion-to-spend-on-self-driving-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The U.S. just got $4 billion to spend on self-driving cars</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149937269/women-only-uber-alternatives-face-pushback-from-antidiscrimination-laws Women-only Uber alternatives face pushback from antidiscrimination laws Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-03-30T17:04:00-04:00 >2016-03-30T20:37:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/51/51x0v119i2xll6ih.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Civil rights lawyers say the new service being touted by local entrepreneurs, Chariot for Women, would probably conflict with Massachusetts&rsquo; antidiscrimination laws. [...] safety of female passengers has dogged Uber and Lyft Inc. and regulators around the country are debating new requirements for ride-hailing services that include [a] background check [...] SheTaxis, or SheRides, faced questions from regulators in 2014 when it launched an app that connects female passengers with women drivers.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on the technology and ethics of ride-sharing:</p><ul><li><a title="Uber faces suspension and $7.3M fine in California" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132024752/uber-faces-suspension-and-7-3m-fine-in-california" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uber faces suspension and $7.3M fine in California</a></li><li><a title="Kalasatama, Finland goes carless (and yes, there's an app for that)" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935277/kalasatama-finland-goes-carless-and-yes-there-s-an-app-for-that" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kalasatama, Finland goes carless (and yes, there's an app for that)</a></li><li><a title="Mass transit may benefit expansion of Uber and other for-hire car services" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136362341/mass-transit-may-benefit-expansion-of-uber-and-other-for-hire-car-services" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mass transit may benefit expansion of Uber and other for-hire car services</a></li><li><a title="Parisian Exports and Silicon Valley Imports on Episode #37 of Archinect Sessions" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131434851/parisian-exports-and-silicon-valley-imports-on-episode-37-of-archinect-sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Parisian Exports and Silicon Valley Imports on Episode #37 of Archinect Sessions</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149934230/hyperloop-announces-plans-for-first-european-routes Hyperloop announces plans for first European routes Alexander Walter 2016-03-11T13:23:00-05:00 >2016-03-17T21:40:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vt/vtmu485ho6945r8d.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a joint statement yesterday the Playa Vista, California-based Hyperloop Transport Technologies (HTT) and the Slovak Republic&rsquo;s economy minister held out the future vision of the Hyperloop whisking passengers at 760 mph between Vienna in Austria, Budapest in Hungary and the Slovakian capital of Bratislava. A Bratislava-to-Vienna route would take just 8 minutes at full speed, while a Bratislava-to-Budapest route would take 10 minutes.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Hyperloop previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147190059/mit-and-tu-delft-emerge-victorious-at-hyperloop-competition-elon-musk-drops-hint-about-electric-jets" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT and TU Delft emerge victorious at Hyperloop competition; Elon Musk drops hint about "electric jets"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146731728/hyperloop-brought-to-you-by-aecom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop, brought to you by Aecom</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136726928/unpacking-the-hyperloop-s-lofty-promises" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unpacking the Hyperloop's lofty promises</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149050607/more-americans-are-becoming-mega-commuters-u-s-census-stats-show More Americans are becoming "mega-commuters", U.S. Census stats show Justine Testado 2016-02-26T17:51:00-05:00 >2016-02-26T17:54:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gp/gpr1bo0rsczw2co5.jpg" width="640" height="465" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 1980, for instance, fewer than 12 percent of American workers commuted for 45 minutes or more one way, according to the Census. The Census didn't even bother separating out 60- and 90-minute commuters in 1980, since it was relatively rare. But they began tracking these mega-commuters in 1990. That year, 1.6 percent of workers commuted 90 minutes or more one way. In 2014, 2.62 percent of workers were commuting this long, an increase of 64 percent over the prevalence in 1990.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More about urban mobility:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146756658/so-cal-has-dumped-a-lot-of-money-into-transit-projects-but-there-s-been-little-pay-off-so-far" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">So Cal has dumped a lot of money into transit projects, but there's been little pay-off so far</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145287841/the-ehang-passenger-drone-might-be-another-way-people-will-get-around-town-someday" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Ehang passenger drone might be another way people will get around town someday</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139616789/is-america-actually-shifting-away-from-its-car-obsession-not-entirely" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is America actually shifting away from its car obsession? Not entirely.</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141511613/think-driverless-cars-will-reduce-traffic-not-so-fast" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Think driverless cars will reduce traffic? Not so fast.</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/147883279/u-s-says-computers-qualify-as-drivers-in-google-s-autonomous-vehicles-won-t-even-have-to-go-to-the-dmv U.S. says computers qualify as drivers in Google's autonomous vehicles; won't even have to go to the DMV Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-11T12:54:00-05:00 >2016-02-27T22:37:26-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/54/54yz68x38yyf095d.jpg" width="650" height="376" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>U.S. vehicle safety regulators have said the artificial intelligence system piloting a self-driving Google car could be considered the driver under federal law [...] "NHTSA will interpret 'driver' in the context of Google's described motor vehicle design as referring to the (self-driving system), and not to any of the vehicle occupants" [...] Google told NHTSA that the real danger is having auto safety features that could tempt humans to try to take control.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The technological and legal impediments to making self-driving cars a reality on U.S. roads seem to be falling away &ndash; and as the regulatory market opens for business, so may more competition, with Google and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/58027971/california-legalizes-driverless-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California</a> (which legalized self-driving cars in 2012) leading the way.</p><p>More on the development of autonomous vehicles:</p><ul><li><a title="The U.S. just got $4 billion to spend on self-driving cars" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145806465/the-u-s-just-got-4-billion-to-spend-on-self-driving-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The U.S. just got $4 billion to spend on self-driving cars</a></li><li><a title="Think driverless cars will reduce traffic? Not so fast." href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141511613/think-driverless-cars-will-reduce-traffic-not-so-fast" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Think driverless cars will reduce traffic? Not so fast.</a></li><li><a title='"In LiDAR We Trust" &ndash; Poking the subconscious of autonomous vehicles with special guest Geoff Manaugh, on Archinect Sessions #43' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141436229/in-lidar-we-trust-poking-the-subconscious-of-autonomous-vehicles-with-special-guest-geoff-manaugh-on-archinect-sessions-43" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"In LiDAR We Trust" &ndash; Poking the subconscious of autonomous vehicles with special guest Geoff Manaugh, on Archinect Sessions #43</a></li><li><a title="Tokyo's 2020 Olympics won't have Zaha, but it's looking like there will be &quot;Robot Taxi&quot;" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140292045/tokyo-s-2020-olympics-won-t-have-zaha-but-it-s-looking-like-there-will-be-robot-taxi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tokyo's 2020 Olympics won't have Zaha, but it's looking like there will be "Robot Taxi"</a></li><li><a title="Milton Keynes invests in driverless cars over public transit infrastructure" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138594315/milton-keynes-invests-in-driverless-cars-over-public-transit-infrastructure" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milton Keynes invests in driverless cars over public transit infrastructure</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/147190059/mit-and-tu-delft-emerge-victorious-at-hyperloop-competition-elon-musk-drops-hint-about-electric-jets MIT and TU Delft emerge victorious at Hyperloop competition; Elon Musk drops hint about "electric jets" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-02T12:45:00-05:00 >2016-02-02T12:49:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/e5/e5d4c4843c1ec18d84071fbfdd8acc35.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[MIT's] team was awarded the top prize, and...Delft University of Technology from the Netherlands were the next runners-up. [...] Musk took questions from the audience on everything from what inspired him to create the Hyperloop idea (being stuck in LA traffic), what advice he had for the winning teams (lots of dry runs), and what "crazy idea" he is working on next (electric jets &mdash; Musk says he thinks he's close to something, but said precious little about how they'd work).</p></em><br /><br /><p>MIT's design will go on to compete at the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129714649/elon-musk-launches-hyperloop-pod-competition-to-university-students-and-engineers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop test-run competition</a> this summer, hosted at a bespoke race track being built near Hawthorne, CA &ndash; SpaceX's headquarters. Here's the complete list of winners from the <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/description/spacex_hyperloop_pod_competition/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">competition</a>, hosted by Texas A&amp;M University:</p><ul><li>Best Overall Design Award:&nbsp;MIT Hyperloop Team, Massachusetts Institute of Technology</li><li>Pod Innovation Award:&nbsp;Delft Hyperloop, Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands)</li><li>Pod Technical Excellence Award:&nbsp;Badgerloop, University of Wisconsin-Madison</li><li>Pod Technical Excellence Award:&nbsp;Hyperloop at Virginia Tech, Virginia Tech</li><li>Pod Technical Excellence Award:&nbsp;HyperXite, University of California Irvine</li></ul><p>Other teams advancing include:</p><ul><li>rLoop (non-student team)</li><li>uWaterloo Hyperloop, University of Waterloo</li><li>UWashington Hyperloop, University of Washington</li><li>University of Toronto, University of Toronto</li><li>RUMD Loop, University of Maryland and Rutgers University</li><li>GatorLoop, University of Florida</li><li>Team HyperLynx, University of Colorado-Denver</li><li>Hyperloop UC, Univers...</li></ul>