TRANS PORTATION curated News October 9th

Bykes - $4,500 Electric Scooter Turns Smartphones Into Dashboards
While much of the focus has been on electric cars, two-wheeled electric vehicles actually stand to gain much more from electrification. America already has a few top-notch electric motorcycle manufacturers, and a Japanese startup called Terra Motors hopes to bring an innovative electric scooter to market, using smartphones to serve as the vehicle’s dashboard and infotainment center.It’s a clever way to cash in on the popularity of smartphones in ...
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http://gas2.org/2013/10/09/4500-electric-scooter-turns-smart


Bykes - A Walk and Bike to School Day photo roundup
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)This morning Portlanders from every corner of the city made an extra special effort to walk and bike to school. According to PBOT, 65 schools participated in the annual Walk and Bike to School Day. We asked our friends on Twitter to share photos of their rides to school so we could share some of the action here on the Front Page. Walking and biking to school is booming in Portland thanks to the City's Safe Routes to ...
Trillium Charter School bike train-14-12
http://bikeportland.org/2013/10/09/a-walk-and-bike-to-school


Bykes - You've seen Amsterdam and Copenhagen, now check out Groningen where 50% of trips are done by bike
Every time I look at the bike culture and infrastructure in Copenhagen or Amsterdam, I feel inspired and hope that people around the world will learn from these great examples .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/bikes/youve-seen-amsterdam-and-cop


CARS - 13 Safest Midsize Cars And SUVs
Here's a baker?s dozen models that not only safeguard their occupants in a crash, but can help prevent a driver from getting into a collision altogether .. ...
http://www.forbes.com/pictures/ehmk45ligm/acura-mdx-2


CARS - I Go to Texas With Honda, Part 3: Driving the 50 MPG Accord
Here it is, the revolutionary new for 2014, 50 MPG Accord Hybrid. Before we get too far into my driving impressions of the car, though, I want to make a few things clear. First, the new Accord hybrid is a revelation. Second, In-n-Out Burger is seriously overrated. It’s all about the vastly superior Whataburger, and that was the first stop I (and the similarly burger-wise Jeff Palmer, from Temple of VTEC) made in Honda’s newest toy.At that point i ...
50MPG Accord
http://gas2.org/2013/10/09/go-texas-honda-part-3-50-mpg-acco


CARS - Judge Nixes Nissan’s Taxi Of Tomorrow
New York City’s May Bloomberg has long been a controversial figure, from his ban on oversized soft drinks and smoking to his insistence on a uniform taxi fleet. But Bloomberg and Nissan have been dealt a severe setback, with a high court judge striking down the provision that legally obligates cabbies to buy the NV200 “Taxi of Tomorrow.”The NV200 was the winner of a contest held by New York City, which up until a few years ago had left taxi opera ...
2014 Nissan NV200 Taxi
http://gas2.org/2013/10/09/judge-nixes-nissans-taxi-tomorrow


CARS - Nissan's Autonomous Car: A Test Drive
Chiba, Japan?It was on a closed course and we never got moving fast enough to lay down skid marks or alarm passengers. But I have to admit, the Nissan Autonomous Car was somewhat impressive .. ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelkanellos/2013/10/09/nissa


EVs - Tesla Model S is best-seller in Norway, getting higher prices on used market than new
Tesla Model S the best-selling car in Norway with 5.1% of total sales for the month of September, bumping the Volkswagen Golf into second place with 4.6% .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/cars/tesla-model-s-best-seller-nor


EVs - Toyota drops price on slow-selling plug-in Prius
Toyota is lowering the price of the Prius plug-in hybrid .. ...
http://phys.org/news/2013-10-toyota-price-slow-selling-plug-


PUBLIC - The Benefits Of Public Transport + Infographic
The benefits of public transport have always been relatively obvious to me — it’s cheaper than owning and driving a car. As I’ve gotten older, however, the benefits have become somewhat more expansive, encompassing more than my own wallet.In a world which, for all intents and purposes, has dismissed the environment as a concern and is treating the planet’s atmosphere as a reusable commodity, public transport is one of the few initiatives tha .. ...
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http://cleantechnica.com/2013/10/09/benefits-public-transpor


TRAINS - Tesla Hyperloop Train Can Travel At 4000 mph
Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has revealed more information on his top-secret Hyperloop, a vehicle he says will take passengers from Los Angeles to San Francisco in a mere half hour.The Tesla Motors co-founder called the fast train “a cross between a Concorde and a railgun and an air hockey table” at the D11 Conference earlier this year. The pneumatic tube train system will be “twice a .. ...
http://www.whydontyoutrythis.com/2013/10/tesla-hyperloop-tra