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Battery-powered buses could be a reality for Gallatin Valley:


The Montana Department of Transportation has submitted a proposal to get a chunk of an $85 million dollar Federal Transit Administration grant to purchase four electric buses for Big Sky and Bozeman. Western ...


Four Reasons We Don't Have Flying Cars--Yet:


Electric, vertical-lift air taxis may someday criss-cross the skies, but the timelines their advocates are proposing are ambitious, to say the least. Uber, for example, predicted at its Elevate conference ...


Meet the mad geniuses building personal flying machines:




What Investors Need to Know About Driverless Cars:


If autonomous vehicles become the norm, our thinking around everything from private car ownership to truck transportation and even urban design and planning will be challenged and could become obsolete. John ...


Economic boom from self-driving cars will dwarf job dislocation, report says:


Concerns about self-driving cars displacing a huge number of semi-skilled workers are overblown and should be balanced against overwhelming potential advantages in cheaper transportation, safety, mobility, ...


Free Power From Freeways? China Is Testing Roads Paved With Solar Panels:


The potential appeal of solar roads -- modified solar panels that are installed in place of asphalt -- is clear. "If it can pass this test, it can fit all conditions," said Li Wu, the chairman of Shandong ...


Musk tells fans 'full self driving' Teslas are near, as investigators dig into Autopilot accidents:


In August, Tesla electric cars will offer "full self driving features," CEO Elon Musk tweeted over the weekend. But aside for that brief description, written in response to an owner's comments about ...


These Smarter Stoplights Could Be Lifesavers:


New traffic signals in Detroit are designed to help pedestrians, cyclists and ambulances get through intersections, while helping traffic planners test safety improvements quickly. by Daniel C. ...


What if your car knew where the closest parking spot was?:


Circling for parking creates an enormous amount of congestion. This could help: A new technology that lets passing cars equipped with parking sensors measure open spots and create a map for other drivers ...


5 Huge Benefits of Self-Driving Cars -- Who or what is driving that 18-wheeler?:


Picture the scene: Your favorite band is playing in another town that's only two hours away, but you've still got some work to get done and no one is willing to split the driving. Fortunately, this isn't ...


The Definition of Planning Insanity - It's Time to Take the Keys Away from Granddad:


We unwisely continue to use the same old zoning tools that drove our city into today's housing crisis and auto-domination while expecting more urban outcomes. Conventional zoning is simply the wrong ...


Japan Targeting 2020 Olympics for a Driverless Car System:


Japan prioritizes technological advancement to grow its economy. A self-driving car service could be on Tokyo's public roads in time for the 2020 Olympics as Japan looks to drive investment in ...


Missoula welcomes new American Airlines service to DFW, United to LA:


The skies over Missoula grew a little more crowded on Thursday as American Airlines launched nonstop service to Dallas/Fort Worth and Chicago, followed later in the day by United Airlines service to ...


Missoula County: Mullan-area transportation project would ease congestion, guide development:


Nearly 16 years after a plan to complete a road network west of Reserve Street was first submitted to federal officials, Missoula County and its growing list of partners is ready to try again. The ...


Robert Scoble - My thesis of Tesla's future and why I became a shareholder.:


On Sunday I met five of the programmers who are building Tesla's autonomous driving technology (now called Auto Pilot, but is the same team building "Full Self Driving.") I paid $3,000 for that feature ...


Self-driving cars can deliver huge safety gains if we resist the urge to overregulate them :


Self-driving vehicles promise to revolutionize the way we travel and get around. However, true driverless cars will not be commonplace in the next few years. Thus, a big issue is going to be how federal ...


September Cycle Down Reserve St. - 9/10 - Missoula, Montana:


Please join fellow Missoula citizens and organizations, along with certain local and state officials, to bring more awareness to transportation challenges and opportunities throughout the Reserve ...


Most people expect driverless cars to become common, and they worry about it:


Most Americans think autonomous cars will be quite common within 15 years, though 74 percent of people say they don't expect to have one and two-thirds say they wouldn't want to walk or ride a bicycle ...


Alibaba Unveils A Driverless Delivery Bot:




GM and Softbank are putting $3 billion into self-driving cars:




California will allow certain driverless cars to carry passengers:




Energy revolution: California approves $768 million for electric vehicle charging infrastructure for electric cars, trucks and buses:


The programs, viewed together, are believed to be the largest state-level effort yet by the utility industry to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles. California's electric utility companies ...


This Tiny Country Knows the Future of Driverless Tech:


Pilot plans to test driverless cars on city streets have so far been little more than vanity research projects. But one tiny country has put the whole autonomous vehicle industry on a track to make ...


Will Self-Driving Vehicles Finally Bring Broadband to Rural America?:




Waymo's self-driving car service to include 62,000 minivans:


A self-driving car service that Google spinoff Waymo plans to launch later this year will include up to 62,000 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans. The deal announced Thursday is the latest sign of Waymo's ...


"Data is the New Asphalt": Why Colorado Decided to Become an Early Smart Pavement Tester:


Tim Sylvester, the CEO and president of Kansas City, Mo.-based Integrated Roadways, thinks his startup company's "smart pavement" -- bristling with sensors and the latest fiber-optic and wireless technology ...


Elon Musk Offers Perspective on Traffic Deaths in Response to Tesla Police Car Crash:


"According to the World Health Organization, road traffic injuries caused an estimated 1.25 million deaths worldwide in the year 2010. That is, one person is killed every 25 seconds." When discussing ...


Magnax prepares to manufacture radically high-powered, compact axial flux electric motor:


A week ago we wrote about Equipmake's spoke motor design, which allows it to pump out some 9 kilowatts per kilogram with exceptional cooling and continuous power production ability. To put that kind ...
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Some Fire Departments Are Supporting Change for the Sake of Safer Streets:




BMW i launches wireless charging for plug-in hybrids:


BMW's i division has launched a wireless charging system for plug-in hybrid vehicles. The factory-fitted, fully-integrated inductive charging system is a world-first. BMW says that production for BMW ...

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