Amazon dominates the online retail space by offering a massive selection, competitive prices and fast, affordable shipping--not to mention personalized ads that seem to know what you want before you even realize it. But one thing Amazon can't compete with is the immediacy of a brick and mortar location. After all, what could be faster than hopping in your car and driving to the store?
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In a sense, the Olympic games have always been a celebration of mobility. For years, athletes have trained in hopes of extending their mobile capabilities--weather it be running faster or jumping farther. But, in modern times, transporting all those athletes and their teams around an Olympic host city is an extraordinary achievement unto itself. As an Olympic sponsor, BMW hoped to meet the transporation needs of the London 2012 Olympics in a more efficient manner than ever before.
Detroit was once known as 'the Paris of the West,' counting itself among the most cosmopolitan cities in America. Its growth was propelled by a booming auto industry, which greatly influenced the city's design. Home to the first paved road and site of early interstate highway development, the Motor City was ahead of the curve in updating its infrastructure to meet the growing demands of a car-crazed culture.
Cars without drivers, like the one Google recently used to put a man who is 95 percent blind behind the wheel, are getting closer to reality. But before a fully autonomous car pulls up at your doorstep, the semi-autonomous vehicle will likely take over driving from time to time first.
Finding a parking spot in densely populated areas can be a real pain. It's expensive, time consuming, has potential for sever fines and often requires a lot more driving than planned. But now, "smart park" systems are looking to leverage the technology we carry with us everywhere--our smartphones--to make the whole process less painful. Here are a few of the best parking solutions we've seen so far.
In a city as densely populated as Paris, driving your own car around is about as good of an idea as speaking English to every French person you encounter. Fortunately, Paris and similar cities are setup with substantial public transit systems. But for those moments when you need a car or bike, Paris has you covered.
Toyota premiered their futuristic Fun-Vii (vehicle, interactive, internet) concept just ahead of the Tokyo Motor Show, where they will also unveil a fuel-cell concept, and a handful of other hybrid and electric cars. The Fun-Vii is drawing comparisons to a giant smartphone because of its glossy black exterior, which doubles as a full-wrap display reminiscent of an iPhone's touchscreen.
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