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Best Reads of the Week: June 12 – 16

By Editorial Team on June 16, 2017

Every week we’ll share a selection of the most recent news that grab our attention. Here are our favorite picks of the week:

The 20 Most Bike-Friendly Cities in the World, From Malmö to Montreal

Wired – Mikael Colville-Andersen

With today’s growing urbanization, modern cities are now asking themselves “ How can we send more people down the street?”. Biking in a city is good for the climate but also business. The cycling population of Copenhagen contributes $261 million a year in public health savings. Based on the Copenhagenize Bicycle Friendly Cities Index 2017, the Copenhagenize Design Co. have ranked the 20 most bike-friendly cities in the world.

In Shrinking Akron, a Dead Highway Becomes a Forest

Citylab – Laura Bliss

Envisioned as a connection between central Akron and the peripheral expressways, the six-lane Innerbelt connector obliterated downtown Akron in the 1970s. This summer, the artist Hunter Franks will transform two acres of highway with trees, light installations and public events. He hopes that his three-month-long “Innerbelt National Forest” project will foster social connections between West Hill, the University of Akron, and downtown.

Qualcomm Demonstrates Driving While Charging

Techcrunch – Kristen Hall-Geisler

Qualcomm has been working on dynamic electric vehicle charging (DEVC) systems which allows vehicles to charge while driving. The company tested a 100-meter test track in France with two Renault Kangoo electric vehicles. The test showed that cars can be charged at up to 20 kW at highway and that two cars can charge simultaneously.

France Aims to Have “Driverless” High-Speed TGV Trains by 2023

The Verge – Amar Toor

France’s national railway operator, SNCF intends to operate autonomous high-speed TGV trains by 2023. The French train operator will test its first prototype in 2019. Equipped with sensors, the autonomous train will be able to detect obstacles and will run at a maximal speed of nearly 200 mph. The adjoint director, Matthieu Chabanel, compared this train to the autopilot systems used in airplanes: “In airplanes, you always have a driver, fortunately, but you have an automatic steering system”.

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