Toyota’s driverless cars will be able to talk to each other in the future

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Cars will be able to talk to each other to avoid accidents, merge onto highways and drive us to a destination we set on the GPS sometime in the near future. This type of technology is actually already on the roads across the world and will be rolling out in Australia over the next few years.

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Italy’s old bridges will become inverted high-rise communities

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Huge concrete bridges will be turned into vertically-stacked neighborhoods.

Along an old highway that winds through the mountains in southern Italy, a series of huge concrete bridges will eventually be turned into vertically stacked neighborhoods–as long as the government can come up with the cash to build the project. (Pics)

 

 

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Number of People Who Carpool Has Dropped By More Than 50%

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The drop in carpooling has occurred in cities across the country.

Remember the 1970s? Watergate, disco, oil embargoes and, of course, car-pooling. Many big companies organized group rides for their employees, and roughly one in four Americans who drove to work shared a ride with others.

 

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‘Slow Uprising’ – Parasitic City Takes Over Italian Highway

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 A region of souther Italy is currently calling for sustainable ideas on how to renovate or reuse a stretch of the Salemo-Reggio Calabria highway, located between Sicily and Bagnara, with a focus on implementing a renewable energy into the infrastructure. The old highway will be decommissioned and a new highway is set to be built nearby. Currently the jury is still in deliberation and a winner has yet to be decided for the Solar Park South, but being the sleuths that we are, we came across this fascinating proposal for a parasitic city set to take root on the foundations of the highway’s bridges. Although the proposal by Ja Studio Inc called ‘Slow Uprising’ doesn’t actually meet the requirements of the competition, we still love the idea of buildings sprouting on a bridge.

 

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America’s First Electric Highway

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I-5 from Canada to Oregon will be turned into the nation’s first electric highway.

Washington state is about to turn a section of Interstate-5 — all the way from Canada to Oregon — into the nation’s first electric highway. Thanks to a $1.32 million federal grant, they’ll be able to install 10 Level-3 electric charging stations along the route. Each station is capable of charging at 400 volts and 30 amps or more and at these stations a typical EV would be 80% charged in just about 30 minutes. Plug in, grab a cup of coffee, chat with fellow travelers, and be on your way.

 

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Economy Still Keeping Americans Off the Roads

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Despite dropping gas prices Americans still not driving.

Although gasoline prices are dropping ahead of the Memorial Day weekend and the start of the summer driving season, there’s no sign motorists are rushing back to the pump.  Data released Monday by the Federal Highway Administration show the number of miles driven on U.S. roads increased in March compared with February, but was still below March 2009, when the recession was still at its worst.

 

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World’s Most Dangerous Roads

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Cyclists stopping for a break on the infamous Road of Death in Bolivia

Most drivers encounter unsafe driving conditions at one time or another.  Hazards appear in many forms, for instance, bad weather, drunk drivers or human error can complicate an otherwise uneventful trip.  On the other hand, sometimes the condition of the road can put your life in jeopardy.  Here is a list dedicated to all the white-knuckled drivers who have to brave the dangerous roads and to all of the crazy people who navigate them for fun.  (Pics)

 

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1959 Chevy Bel Air Vs. 2009 Chevy Malibu Head On Crash Test

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In the 50 years since US insurers organized the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, car crashworthiness has improved. Demonstrating this was a crash test conducted on Sept. 9 between a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air and a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. In a real-world collision similar to this test, occupants of the new model would fare much better than in the vintage Chevy.

 
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Disney’s 1958 ‘Magic Highway USA’ Cartoon – The Future of Highway Transportation

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“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 conditioned highways, roads that are built instantly by lumbering vehicles, and — something we’re not so far from anymore — self-driving cars.

 

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