Could Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson Have Stopped That Bomb If They'd Just Taken An Uber?

You could use the public data released by the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission to reveal critical insights about urban transit trends. Or you could use it to conduct a completely serious investigation on the plausibility of one of the transportation scenarios in Die Hard: With a Vengeance. »Wednesday 8:15pm11/18/15 8:15pm


Hendo 2.0: Tony Hawk Helped Design a New Hoverboard That Actually Hovers

This time last year, we reviewed the Hendo—a real-life hoverboard that actually levitates off the ground (as opposed to whatever this thing is.) The same company’s new and improved model looks and feels more like a skateboard—with help from Tony Hawk. The image above is just an illustration, since the real thing will… »10/15/15 8:28am10/15/15 8:28am

8 Reasons Why the Tokyo Olympics Will Be the Most Futuristic We've Ever Seen

In 1964, the last time Tokyo hosted the Summer Olympics, the nation revealed one of the biggest mic drops in transportation history: the debut of the shinkansen, the world-famous bullet train that became a Japanese icon. The first high-speed train in the world, it spurred similar technology to spread to Europe and… »9/24/15 2:57pm9/24/15 2:57pm

Why Airplane Flights Are Taking Slightly Longer Every Year

In the future, hopping on a plane from LA to Honolulu might take a minute longer than it does today. You probably won’t miss that lost moment, but the airline industry will: The tiny additional flight time could amount to thousands of extra hours and millions of dollars of additional jet fuel each year. »7/15/15 1:02pm7/15/15 1:02pm

Why Japan’s Bullet Train Will Finally Bring High-Speed Rail to America

High-speed trains—which can hit 300 miles per hour or more—are the ultimate example of how futuristic engineering can solve real-world transportation problems. In the past several decades, dozens of safe, sustainable high-speed train systems have started racing across the planet. And the place that does high-speed… »6/02/15 12:41pm6/02/15 12:41pm

Sorry Tesla, Electric Cars of the Future Will Be More Like Golf Carts

Contrary to what the news cycle pounds into our brains, the electric car conversation does not begin and end with Elon Musk. There’s a more affordable and more relevant urban mobility solution than Tesla. I’m talking about the humble golf cart, which is already well on its way to ruling the world. »5/23/15 5:30pm5/23/15 5:30pm

An 1899 Plan to Build A Bike Highway in Los Angeles (And Why It Failed)


Over a century ago, the California Cycleway promised an elevated, dedicated bike path from Los Angeles to the nearby city of Pasadena. In this excerpt from the new book LAtitudes: An Angeleno’s Atlas, author Dan Koeppel tracks its path through Southern California—and discovers why it was never finished. »4/29/15 3:00am4/29/15 3:00am

Japan’s maglev train has once again broken the world speed record.

Japan’s maglev train has once again broken the world speed record. The seven-car train reached a top speed of 375 mph (603 km/h) Tuesday, breaking its own record that was set just days earlier. The “magnetic train” hovers above the tracks and is propelled by electrically charged magnets. The challenge now will be in… »4/21/15 5:40pm4/21/15 5:40pm

Welcome to the Rural Town That Wants to Build a Hyperloop Utopia

What do cities look like in the world of Hyperloop transit? Will supersonic travel turn our cities into vast, intermodal suburbs? And what about the edge towns that once bled into the country, fed by car travel—will they empty out and decay, eliminated by a new form of transportation that bypasses them? »3/02/15 1:43pm3/02/15 1:43pm