Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Penn researcher studies how regional airport planners can help airports grow sustainably

Megan Ryerson, an assistant professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at PennDesign, and PennDesign Ph.D. student Amber Woodburn have found that since 2000, 18 of the 19 national airports that planned to expand eliminated alternatives to new runways—such as congestion pricing—from their studies. These 18 airports did not have a chance to compare the pros and cons of policy and pricing strategies against building a new runway.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

What happens when public transit becomes private?

As Shift—a privately-held public transit system—launches in Las Vegas, founder Zach Ware says he’s out to change the way people think about getting around.

The Flying Car Is (Almost) For Real

More than a hundred people have paid deposits of $10,000 each for the Transition, which will be capable of 70 miles (110 kilometers) per hour on the road and 100 mph in the sky when it finally comes to market sometime within the next three years. Dietrich is refining details on the third-generation prototype of his $279,000 vehicle before attempting certification by both the FAA, which regulates planes, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees cars.

Audi tests vehicle time-shares in Germany, Sweden

Audi is testing two new vehicle time-share programs in Stockholm, Sweden, and Berlin. The Swedish Audi Unite program allows four different drivers to schedule and reserve time on a vehicle lease with adjustable monthly payments dependent on individual driver usage, while the German program allows one customer to use multiple Audi models on rotation during the course of a year. Audi says its programs offer a luxury alternative to other car-share services, such as Car2Go.

Should You Buy an Electric Car?

Few transportation technologies provoke as much debate as electric vehicles. Fans love them for performance—a well-designed electric car can accelerate faster from a stop than many a muscle car—as much as for cleanliness. Skeptics ask why they should pay a premium or subsidize tax breaks for cars with limited range and utility.

Experts: Self-Driving Cars Could Add $1.3 Trillion to U.S. Economy

In a research report, Morgan Stanley predicted that widespread adoption of autonomous vehicles would contribute $1.3 trillion to the U.S. economy through cost savings from reduced fuel consumption and accidents, including $507 billion in productivity gains because people could work while commuting instead of driving.

6 Innovative Electric Vehicles From the Los Angeles Auto Show

Not every automaker was turning away from the battery-powered automobiles that have supplied the drivetrain of most electric vehicles. Mercedes showed what its top-level sedan looks like in hybrid clothing, while a plug-in hybrid crossover and all-electric car with 180 miles of range made headline appearances in the City of Angels. Here are seven innovative electric vehicles on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The Swedish Approach to Road Safety: 'The Accident Is Not the Major Problem'

It still has been a struggle to get our road engineers to understand that they are responsible, it starts with them. Then the individual road user also has a responsibility. But if something goes wrong it goes back to the designer of the system.

UK's Bio-Bus Channels the Power of Poop

"Gas powered vehicles have an important role to play in improving air quality in UK cities, but the Bio-Bus goes further than that and is actually powered by people living in the local area, including quite possibly those on the bus itself," Mohammed Saddiq, general manager of GENeco, said.

Driverless Car Interior Concept Unveiled by Mercedes

Recently, the three-pointed star brand revealed its new driverless car vision. The concept showed futuristic interior similar to the characteristics of a high-end living room. “With this visionary interior concept we are defining the luxury of the future,” stated Gorden Wagener, Daimler’s Head of Design. Once again, he and his team did not fail to impress.