Greenville County Regional Personal Rapid Transit

GREENVILLE COUNTY: REGIONAL PERSONAL RAPID TRANSIT PRT systems are electric rail systems with small, ultralight podcars that operate on-demand 24/7 rather than on a set schedule. POPULATION: 482,000 SQUARE MILES: 785 Located about halfway between Atlanta and Charlotte on Interstate-85 in northwestern South Carolina, Greenville County is served by the Greenville-Pickens Area Transportation Study (GPATS)—the regional Metropolitan Planning Organization. This …

Starting later this month, Uber will allow customers in downtown Pittsburgh to summon self-driving cars from their phones

Source: Uber.  Uber’s modified Volvo XC90 sport-utility vehicle. Near the end of 2014, Uber co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick flew to Pittsburgh on a mission: to hire dozens of the world’s experts in autonomous vehicles. The city is home to Carnegie Mellon University’s robotics department, which has produced many of the biggest names in the newly hot field. …

Justice Department announces they will end the use of private prisons

“They simply do not provide the same level of correctional services, programs, and resources; they do not save substantially on costs; and as noted in a recent report by the Department’s Office of Inspector General, they do not maintain the same level of safety and security.” The Justice Department just announced they would end the use of private prisons. Letting …

Baltimore’s ‘Pop-Up’ protected bikelane aims for greater ridership and injury reductions between 10% and 50%.

Cross-posted from Transforming Streets, August 18, 2016 Four city blocks in Baltimore were transformed last Thursday, with a “pop-up” two-way protected bike lane, open for use by the end of the afternoon. Pratt Street between Central Avenue and Broadway is a three-lane, one-way street between two schools to the north and a residential area to the south. The width of the …

Piezoelectric crystals the size of watch batteries will be installed on several freeways in California to test power provision

This article was reposted from Car2. Piezoelectric crystals, about the size of watch batteries, give off an electrical discharge when they’re mechanically stressed, such as when a vehicle drives over them. Multiply that by thousands of vehicles and it creates an electric current that can be harvested to feed the grid.  In fact, scientists estimate the energy generated from piezoelectric …

The demand for electricity is going to increase dramatically as we electrify transportation, transition heating, and more – a view from Elon Musk and Peter Rive

During the Q2 earnings call for SolarCity, Elon Musk and Peter Rive laid out their vision for the future as Tesla and SolarCity combine forces. In his remarks, Musk told the analysts and investors on hand that demand for electrical power will double or triple, as the world transitions away from fossil fuels to renewables. “Electricity usage is going to …

Indigenous land rights: how far we’ve come and how far we have to go

By Katie Reytar, Peter Veit and Nicholas Tagliarino – August 09, 2016 cross-posted from World Resources Institute How well do national laws protect the interests of historically marginalized Indigenous Peoples? Photo by Thomas Muller/SPDA Peru Today is International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, observed every year on August 9, the anniversary of the first meeting of theUN Working Group on …