Exciting news for Britain is the prospect of some faster trains. The Hitachi made trains will go faster and use both Diesel and Electricity. The 125s have been around for as long as I care to remember so these shiny new trains will be a welcome site. Of course the problem the UK has is old lines which means many of the faster new trains can’t run as fast as they are designed to.

BBC News – What are the UK’s new trains like?

Hitachi Class 800

Hitachi Class 800

 

So we are finally leaping into the future with Google’s automatic driver-less car. I’ve blogged about the potentialĀ of driver-less vehicles before, but this one is different. It has no steering wheel or pedals and more sensors. Imagine a day with no more news stories about fatal car crashes, never being annoyed at poor drivers, getting on with your life while commuting & having your car come and pick you up from the pub. The future is here!!

http://tiny.cc/mv9kgx

Here’s an interesting idea: roads powered by solar panels. Collecting the energy of the sun, they can use heat to de-ice when they get snow or ice one & with LED lights they can signal to road users of dangers ahead. Genius.

More info including a video here:

http://tiny.cc/278kgx

I saw this brilliant idea by Sir Norman Foster recently, a man who knows a thing or two about architecture.
The idea is simply to use the space in the city vertically by putting cycle lanes above existing railway lines. With the recent spate of cyclists being killed on London’s overcrowded roads, this to me is the way forward. When I was growing up, this is how cities of the future looked like!

Sir Norman Foster Sky Cycle proposal

Proposed SkyCycle lanes

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How about a heated road that glows in the dark! The Dutch are on the case with special paint which glows at night.

See this BBC news report for more details

Rio is getting a new Metro, hopefully in time for the football World Cup 2014. The plans look impressive but hopefully it will be built in time and on budget. I’ve heard news that it is not going to be ready in time as is often the case, so let’s see what happens!

More discussion on the transport infrastructure for the FIFA World Cup is found at the wiki page.