Automobiles Aren’t Going Anywhere, and More Transport News Today

If experiments on the ground are cool, experiments in the sky are cooler. Therefore we can count ourselves additional icey today, as we got to see to high-flying studies. First, we talked with air travel business UAV Turbines, which is building mini, watermelon-sized jet engines Pourquoi? Turns out 500- to 1,000- pound drones require power to remain aloft, too, and the batteries that power smaller flyers aren’t always up to the job. Then we spoke to the designers and executives behind Rolls-Royce’s improvement of a Qantas jet that was still flying passengers last week into a very costly flying testbed for speculative jet engines.

Also today, our brave reporter attempted out a jet lag-prevention app, and Volvo revealed its electric XC40 Recharge is the capstone in the car manufacturer’s strategy to radically cut emissions. It’s been a week, let’s get you caught up.

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Stories you might have missed from WIRED today

  • Keep In Mind when all those business informed us that individual automobile ownership was made with? Turns out that forecast isn’t becoming a reality At all.

  • Most jet engine designers test their developments on the ground. Rolls-Royce is investing $70 million to revamp a Boeing 747-400, so it can evaluate its productions in the sky.

  • A Florida start-up as soon as simply made design airplanes– now it’s structure little child jet engines for drones. (OK, the child in concern is 80 pounds.)

  • One-handed games for your next commute (PLEASE DON’T PLAY BEHIND THE WHEEL.)

  • Volvo releases its very first all-electric automobile— and a plan to cut its emissions by 40 percent by 2025.

  • This app pledges to assist you get over jet lag, and it had our customer sleeping like a Dane on the 2nd day of her journey to Copenhagen.

Scooter Enemy of the Week

Scooter wariness has actually been around as long as the scooter-share company (that ‘d have to do with 2 years). However occasionally, the motion gains a brand-new adherent. This week, it was comic John Mulaney, who reported on Instagram that his French bulldog Petunia was almost hit by a reckless scooter rider during a visit to Washington, DC. To that rider, we state, “Simmer down!” And to Petunia, we say, “Give ’em another opportunity! Scooters might be the secret to opening street design that’s much better for all!”

Stat of the Week

30%

The drop in travel time on buses traveling New york city’s new bus-only lanes on busy 14 th Street, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority The questionable “busway” entered into effect at the beginning of this month, after more than a year of legal tussling. And it truly appears like it’s working so far. Bus ridership is up, most likely partially because it’s quicker to take the bus now, and information from the traffic analytics company Inrix shows that booting vehicles off the street did not have a discernible effect on the surrounding streets Possibly busways for all?

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Angie Ronson

Angie Ronson is Editor-in-Chief at THRS. She covers the transformative impact of new technology on all sectors.