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Hyperloop technology gets huge boost in newly passed infrastructure bill

Virgin Hyperloop Vehicle

“The massive infrastructure package includes provisions that will support further development and deployment of hyperloop technology in the U.S. Hyperloop is a new form of ground transportation currently being developed by a number of companies, including Elon Musk’s Boring Company and Richard Branson’s Virgin Hyperloop. ” See More . . . Image: Photo By Virgin Hyperloop / Media Kit, via …

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Munich Airport and Nuremberg Airport to become hubs for Lilium operations

“Based on agreements in principle with the landing site operators, Lilium has undertaken extensive preparatory work, covering site search, structural implementation and airspace integration, use cases and routes. This partnership will offer all-electric connections, with each of which can transport six passengers between different locations across Southern Germany.” See More . . . Image: Photo By Lilium / Media Kit, …

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Air Force Looks to Hybrid Electric Solution for eVTOL and UAS Energy Concerns

Wingcopter

“The Air Force is investing in LiquidPiston’s X-Engine technology to create a hybrid-electric propulsion system to power emerging technologies like unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and orbs, the company announced on March 4.” See More . . . Image: Photo By Akash 1997 / CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia CommonsText Source: https://www.aviationtoday.com/2021/03/04/air-force-looks-hybrid-electric-solution-evtol-uas-energy-concerns/By: Kelsey Reichmann (Aviation Today)

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Autonomous Vehicles or eVTOL: Which Will Be First?

Joby Aviation Aircraft

“eVTOLs will initially be human-piloted and, barring any near-term leaps in battery technology, first iterations may even have hybrid propulsion. Both factors will significantly accelerate the timeline against AVs. Because they will provide such drastic time savings, even with human pilots, these new aircraft will deliver tremendous value.” See More . . . Image: Photo By Joby Aviation / Media …

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Jaunt Air Mobility and Varon Vehicles Partner for Aerial Mobility in Latin America

Cartagena, Colombia

“Jaunt had previously partnered with Uber Elevate, and although Elevate has now been acquired by Joby Aviation, the partnership showed Jaunt’s readiness to enter markets in the U.S and abroad within the next few years. Jaunt believes its ‘Journey’ aircraft will be in operation moving people and aircraft by 2026, with demonstrations beginning in 2023.” See More . . . …

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Tampa Bay has a history of deadly wrong-way crashes, like the one that killed a Tampa police officer

Wrong-Way Sign

“FDOT is working to install systems to reduce the fatal crashes. . . When triggered, sensors inform FDOT, which monitors the system 24/7. Florida Highway Patrol is then alerted, and overhead highway signs warn drivers about the potential threat. Flashing lights warn the wrong-way driver to turn around.” See More . . . Image: Photo By Coolcaesar / CC BY-SA …

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Historic Hyperloop Vehicle to be Unveiled to the Public at the Smithsonian FUTURES Exhibition this Fall

Virgin Hyperloop

“By combining an ultra-efficient electric motor, magnetic levitation, and a low-drag environment, hyperloop systems can carry more people than a subway, at airline speeds, and with zero direct emissions – completely transforming the way we live, work, and play. The world’s first passenger testing aboard the Pegasus vehicle brought this vision one step closer to reality, ushering in a new …

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Elon Musk’s tunnel crusade sparks new talk of a possible rail tunnel under Fort Lauderdale’s New River

Elon Musk

“The idea of building tunnels beneath cities isn’t a pipe dream for Musk, whose business The Boring Company is already digging a tunnel under Las Vegas and recently announced a massive expansion of that project.” See More . . . Image: Photo By FlickreviewR 2 / CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons Text Source: https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/transportation/fl-ne-fort-lauderdale-new-silicon-valley-20210120-63fn3pshbbdwdpjzbwngz6lyam-story.html By: Chris Perkins (South Florida …

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In Florida, no permit needed for driverless cars, state senator says

“in 2016, the Florida Legislature passed new rules that eliminated some of the requirements, including the $5 million in insurance. The new law also got rid of the requirement that a human operator be present in the vehicle, as long as an operator can be alerted in case of technology failure and stop the vehicle.” See More . . . …

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Bus Project Finds a Way Around China’s Traffic Jams: Gliding Above Them

“The bus, powered in part by solar energy, would run on tracks, carrying up to 1,200 passengers in raised compartments that can glide over the traffic below. Critics at the time it was first unveiled questioned whether the hovering bus could interact safely with other vehicles.” See More . . . Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/27/world/asia/china-elevated-bus.html?_r=0By: EMILY FENG – The New York Times

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