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    No one knew just how many Ubers and Lyfts were out there—until now

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories In urban areas—and in not so urban areas—around the globe, Uber and Lyft are ubiquitous. But knowing just how many are out there at a given time is a problem that’s eluded municipal transportation officials since the ride-hailing services burst onto the scene. That is, until now. [...]

    Featured video: A self-driving wheelchair

    Original @ MIT News – Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) Autonomous wheelchair developed by researchers at MIT and in Singapore promises improved independence for the disabled. [...]

    Marines Want Swarming Delivery Drones for Resupply, Disaster Relief

    Original @ Defensetech Marine Corps leaders have spoken often about acquiring new aerial unmanned platforms for combat and surveillance. But a lesser-known effort to transform logistics using drones… [...]

    Back to our roots

    Original @ MIT News – Civil and environmental engineering MIT short program, Innovation and Technology in Agriculture and the Environment, unifies industry and academia. [...]

    This Is Tesla’s Greatest Competitive Advantage

    Original @ Singularity Hub Tesla’s stock price recently took a hit because of concerns about its delivery capabilities and about increasing competition from carmakers who are switching their product lines to electric. With a market cap still exceeding $50 billion, it can be easy to argue that Tesla’s price remains severely inflated, especially when you compare it with those […] [...]

    Will this Aussie robot be Amazon’s ‘pick’ of the bunch?

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories It’s the competition that could save Amazon.com billions in logistics – and QUT’s custom-built robot may be the winning solution. [...]

    Musk says government likes plan for high-speed tunnels

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories In a tantalizing Tweet, Elon Musk says he has “verbal government approval” to build a tunnel for high-speed transportation from New York to Washington. [...]

    Optimizing hydrogen-powered passenger ferries

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Maritime transportation has emerged as one solution to the traffic gridlock that plagues coastal cities. But with urban passenger ferries operating in sensitive environments and tourist areas, hydrogen fuel cell-powered passenger ferries offer a quiet,… [...]

    More driving on city streets, less on country roads

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Despite a plethora of alternative transportation modes—buses, trains, bicycles—city dwellers are driving more miles than ever, say University of Michigan researchers. [...]

    3 Questions: Angela Belcher and Kristala Prather on the promise of energy bioscience

    Original @ MIT News – Energy Engineers and co-directors of MITEI’s Energy Bioscience Low-Carbon Energy Center discuss their vision for transforming the energy system. [...]