With its parking and radar sensors, the Gigatronik Golf Cart could replace scooters as a common vehicle on curbs or throughout neighborhoods
Felix Schumacher has designed a realistic concept for an electric golf cart that will not solely find use on golf courses. Instead, the Gigatronik Golf Cart would be built with the range and maneuverability to travel safely in neighborhoods. While the motor driving it is almost identical to some electrical automobiles, its size and chassis prevent it from being fully street legal. The open sides, front and back mean it would stay on sidewalks and in bicycle lanes.
Kunio Okawara's anime-inspired car can alter its shape to increase maneuverability
In the world of anime fandom, there aren’t many names bigger than Kunio Okawara. You may not instantly recognize the name but chances are you’ve seen his work. Okawara was the first mechanical designer for the original Mobile Suit Gundam series that debuted in Japan in 1979. The show didn’t do well initially but Okawara’s designs were adapted to model kits which became wildly popular and responsible for a reboot of the show. The series revolutionizing the giant robot genre pairing normal pilots with mechs designed for combat.
The Passport Index ranks passports of the world by how freely citizens can travel the globe without the need for a visa
If you’re a frequent international traveler, you probably look forward to the next stamp that will be added to the collection of pages inside. But as you approach airport security, clutching the document in your hand, have you ever wondered just how powerful it is? The answer depends on your passport’s country of origin. A tool called Passport Index aims to help curious travelers rank countries based on how easily their citizens can travel the globe.
SmartHalo is a biking system for urban cyclists that provides intuitive navigation and automatic tracking
When cyclists ride on bumpy roads, Auto-Complain notifies government agencies with app and visual cues
Florian Born wants to simplify communication between cyclists and government agencies responsible for road maintenance. He has created an application dubbed Auto-Complain that connects to a paint unit mounted on the bike chassis. The app detects bumpy patches of road via a phone’s accelerometer, and signals the paint unit to mark the bumpy areas so government officials can quickly identify areas requiring attention.
Uber launches UberBOAT, a luxury sea transportation service for users in Istanbul
From Tokyo to Tulsa, Uber has made it easier for users of its app to traverse the highways and boulevards of a new city or return home safely from a night out on the town. But in Istanbul, pulling up the company’s app no longer limits travelers to options like a luxury sedan or an SUV. With the launch of UberBOAT, the company has expanded its domain from land to sea.
To show off its platform's searchability, Google Photos Food Truck rewarded participants who paid with prompted photo searches
Free food is always fantastic. This is why Google decided to offer pedestrians free munchies. However, Google wanted to add some fun by asking people to show photos of something specific in exchange; the photos serve as “payment” for the free food. And so, Google Photos, in collaboration with innovation studio Deeplocal, launched the Google Photos Food Truck challenge.
Victor Miron's Travel By Book Initiative incentivized commuters in Cluj-Napoca to read a book to help the city's literacy levels
While every piece of information you need can be found on the Web, there’s still nothing like reading a book. In Cluj-Napoca, a city in Romania, an initiative called Travel By Book was launched to help promote and encourage public commuters to read a book while riding the bus, tram or trolley. If they do, their ride is free.
The automotive leader patents a concept for autonomous cars with front seats that can face backward, opening up the cabin for work or play
Piggybacking on innovations in driverless cars, Ford has announced a patent application for a new passenger area featuring front seats that can turn to face backward. This gives the cabin a feel more similar to a family living room than the automobiles we’re used to riding in.
Based on your GPS location, Citymapper tells you the train spot that will most quickly get you where you're going
Citymapper added a new feature to help optimize train travel. The application will give a suggestion of the best location on a train—the front, middle or back—to sit in based on where the passenger plans to disembark.
Corredor Cultural Chapultepec is a pedestrian-only overpass that could forever change a road whose history dates back to 1532
Mexico City may soon host an innovative solution to both its traffic and pedestrian traffic with an elevated park and walkway located above the Avenida Chapultepec. The 0.8-mile walkway, Corredor Cultural Chapultepec, would form a structure similar to the upper deck of a two-level traffic bridge, and consist of a set of walkways, bike paths and parks.
BLIP Systems' beacons will provide up-to-date wait times for baggage check, ticket lines, and taxis
Travelers in New York’s JFK airport with Wi-Fi or Bluetooth signals can now get up-to-the-minute updates via time stamps on beacons spaced throughout the facility. The beacons, installed by BLIP Systems, give and receive a two-way time stamp to help mitigate travel-related migraines.