Elon Musk just casually announced on Twitter that he received “verbal government approval” for The Boring Company, his new tunnel boring startup, to build an underground Hyperloop system connecting New York city, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington DC.
Building a new 700mph transport system sounds pretty tricky, so one Hyperloop company has decided to kick things off by building the passenger pods first.
Hyperloop is a proposed plan to transport people or cargo between cities at near-supersonic speed in vacuum-sealed pods.
The technology is just a pipedream at the moment, with rival companies Hyperloop One and Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT)at the forefront of developments.
The success of companies like Uber can be attributed to one factor: independent contractors. A business model built around the sharing economy, it’s brought about a boom of cash flow in niche markets. But with new territory comes new challenges, and already these industries are feeling the heat for their approach to labor management. Continue reading… “1099 or W-2? Uber, changing the way we think of transit”
“It’s an electric car, except you don’t drive it,” Ollie Mikosza said while describing Metrino pods, individual units of his personal rapid transit system that the Indian government is looking into. Continue reading… “Reducing traffic congestion in India with suspended, driverless pods”
Istanbul’s Uber passengers will soon have a new way to travel: Speed boats. Continue reading… “Uber to offer boat service in Istanbul”
Owning a car, in just a few short decades, could be a lot like owning a horse — mostly for hobbyists and really unnecessary for transportation purposes. Continue reading… “The death of car ownership?”
Elon Musk aims to make travel fast, efficient and affordable, with his Hyperloop, but would it be comfortable? Continue reading… “The Hyperloop could end up being this luxurious inside, and it will be amazing”
Areoflex has reached a speed of 30mph and a maximum flying height of 15 feet with their Hoverbike, now an all-electric flying bike being developed by a team from Hungary has just recently achieved its first manned venture. Continue reading… “All-electric flying bicycle has first manned flight”
Why is the Mercedes Benz Smart Car called smart? In reality it is just small. A true smart car might be able to change shape, and even drive sideways, like the EO Smart Connecting Car 2. Continue reading… “New tiny car that can change shape and drive sideways”
Rollin’ Rollin’ Rollin!
We’ve always been a fan of monowheels, the hubless design that has a certain ascetic simplicity. So we were psyched to see that some folks had decided to take that concept and make monowheels for your feet. The Orbitwheel skates are just two monowheels (okay, so there’s a bit of a contradiction there) that you step in to and then move around on by making an s-pattern with your feet. When someone is good at it (as the guy at ToyFair is) it’s actually very graceful, like a figure skater.
Inspiration can strike at odd times. Anthony Mikrut got the idea for his business about 3 o’clock one morning, when he and a girlfriend were in search of some products to enhance their special evening. “We figured you can get pizza any time of night,” he said. “Why can’t you get [sex] toys?”
Thus was born The Kinky Llama, a purveyor of adult goods that promises one-hour delivery by bicycle to most places in Chicago. Mikrut, 33, said the company has been around for 21/2 years and that, despite the recession, he’s busier than ever.
As sleek and sexy as an electric motorcycle gets these days.
Take a gander at the Mission One, the plug-in electric motorcycle from Mission Motors. With a 150-mile range and a top speed of 150 silent miles per hour, all wrapped up in a Yves Béhar design, the Mission One isn’t a crotch rocket-it’s a crotch whisper (in a good way).