Every week we’ll share a selection of the most recent news that grab our attention. Here are our favorite picks of the week:
Futurism – Kyree Leary
A devastating crash in 2011 forced China to slow down its transit. Yet, the country intends to reclaim its title for the world’s fastest train. Next month, China will introduce several bullet trains that will run at 350 km/h and will be capable of going 400 km/h. As a comparison, the pod currently developed by Hyperloop reached a speed of 308 km/h and is intended to reach 402 km/h while still in testing.
Wired – Jack Stewart
“Today you have several sensor systems which are available to provide information on the surroundings to detect moving objects or human forms,” says Neva Aerospace CEO, Robert Vergnes. “But the software which is going to make decisions does not yet exist.” To address this issue, Airbus’ self-flying car Vahana uses laser scans to detect objects at an altitude lower than 65 feet. This enables the vehicle to determine whether the landing spot is clear and safe.
IEEE Spectrum – Philip E. Ross
Mitsubishi and GS Yuasa claimed to have developed a lithium-ion battery that will provide electric vehicles twice the range that current designs do for the same cost. According to the report published on Nikkei Business Daily, the battery will go to into mass production in 2020. Such a battery would allow manufacturers to reduce its size and thus cut the car’s weight, energy usage, operating cost and price.
Citylab – Joshua Noble
In May, Kenya opened a major new railway between the port city of Mombasa and Nairobi. Despite the headlines, this new line does not make much of a difference for the majority of citizens in the capital of Nairobi. In fact, 70 percent of the capital use a matatu — or privately owned shared bus. The matatu is the only efficient and realistic way to move its citizens from A to B, yet it is still regarded as evil.