infrastructure

  • Curbside car chargers should start showing up next year

    Given the limited range in fully electric cars, charging points are going to be an important part of the infrastructure in the future. GE has hired a designer to create the “WattStation”, a charger designed to top up your new electric car in four to eight hours. Read More

  • High-speed trains in America one step closer to reality

    It looks like the U.S. is well on its way to becoming a modern Western country after all. Congressional leaders are trying to find funding for high-speed passenger trains, one of which would take people from New York to D.C. in just two hours. Other big lines would take people from Seattle to Portland; all around the midwest with a hub in Chicago; about Florida; about California; and… Read More

  • Fast: New Japanese Maglev trains to travel some 500 km/h

    Current Japanese “bullet trains” can travel at an average speed of 300 km/h (188 mph). Recent proposals could mean that we’ll be looking at trains with average speeds of 500 km/h (310 mph). That’s approaching commercial airline speeds. The trains would run between Tokyo and Nagoya and would cost somewhere in the neighborhood of ¥5.1 trillion ($51.3 billion) to… Read More

  • Report: broadband gridlock 'like whoa' by 2010

    If y’all don’t stop downloading funny YouTube videos and consuming bandwidth, the Internet may experience gridlock the likes of which it’s never seen before. According to Nemertes Research (not Acme, then), Internet gridlock by 2010 could seriously slow down our surfing habits as broadband pipes are taxed, possibly leading to a return to dial-up. (No! Anything but that… Read More