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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For a little over a year Tesla and SpaceX visionary Elon Musk has been talking about a revolutionary new way to travel called Hyperloop. Today he announced his designs in a 57-page document, ending months of speculation by the public and media alike.
Autonomous automobiles are looking more like an inevitability, rather than a mere possibility. Benefits of self-driving cars include safe high-speed travel, optimized fuel economy, relaxed commuting, and self-parking features.
Locating a parking spot in a big city can come down to sheer luck. Instead of relying on parking karma, Audi plans to use data to shorten your search of the perfect spot.
Ed. Originally published 12/15. Updates below.
According to Forbes, Google's development of a self-driving car could create trillions in economic impact. But, interestingly, not all will benefit.
Car sharing is catching on so much that rental car giant Avis has purchased the best-known brand in that industry, Zipcar, for $500 million.
One of the most thrilling aspects of SpaceX's business plan is the reusability of their rockets. Earlier this week SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted pictures and video of their Grasshopper rocket taking a brief test flight and landing. It's quite a spectacular sight to see.
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.
Real-time traffic data is used by motorists who receive in-car updates via their nav system and smartphones in hopes of avoiding unexpected gridlock. Until recently, the information has been less than helpful due to lag and inaccuracies. But that's all about to change.
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.