On March 27, 1976 the first section of the Washington D.C. Metro opened.
When the president of Ferrari and the French rail company SNCF get together to design a new train, you can expect something very fast, very expensive, and very red. The Italo has been unofficially nicknamed the "Ferrari train," and it made its first run out of Rome just last Friday.
Say goodbye to range anxiety with the electric car you don't have yet if Stanford makes this project a reality: by embedding resonating magnetic coils under roads, you'd be able to charge your car while you drive and get to your destination with more juice in your batteries than when you left.
Upscale accents aside, Britain is apparently at risk for being rendered, um, impotent by the rest of the EU. Or that's what Lord Foster, an actual Lord and the guy in charge of design firm Foster + Partners, thinks. His solution? A $80 billion artificial island, airport, rail hub, tidal barrier, power plant and "utility spine" just south of London.
The vast majority of car accidents occur because a human driver failed to see and react to something like a traffic light or another car. Let's face it, we kind of suck like that. It's a good thing that computers are so much smarter than we are, and by setting up cars to talk to each other, accidents could (mostly) be a thing of the past.
At the Paris Air Show, aerospace giant EADS teamed up with European tech consulting firm Altran to figure out a a concept for a hypothetical airport of 2050. It's gonna be so friendly and efficient that they're going to call it... Wait for it... Friend-lean.
The 'Superstreet' intersection design has been lurking around transportation planning textbooks for decades, but North Carolina State University has been testing it out recently and as long as you never want to turn left, it promises to make intersections much more efficient.
By 2040, two thirds of Earth's population will be living in or around cities. If you think rush hour sucks now, it's only going to get worse, and food and energy and space are all going to be at a premium. The outlook may be bleak, but with a little planning, we might just be able to make it work.
Until we get our flying cars, one way to take advantage of all of that unused airspace above our heads might be to build a bunch of tiny 'pocket airports' in local parks and fill them with futuristic flying SUVs.
"Magic Highway USA" is a Disney cartoon that aired back in 1958 and showed the kind of good ol' fashioned future that was all the rage back then. What did people have to look forward to? Color-coded and air...