Tag: Suburban Utopia

As part of a new traffic safety initiative, a car manufacturer, a telecommunications operator, and a coffee chain have joined forces to develop a new app designed to promote safer driving.
Suburban Utopia

Safe Driving Rewarded with Free Coffee

As part of a new traffic safety initiative, a car manufacturer, a telecommunications operator and a coffee chain have joined forces to develop Driving Barista, a new app designed to promote safer driving. For every 100 kilometers you drive without picking up your phone, you are rewarded with a coupon for a free cup of blended or iced coffee. But if you drive 99 kilometers and decide to pick up the phone, it resets back to zero.

Read more

The first self driving boat in Amsterdam
Wild Systems

Roboat Ahoy: the First Autonomous Boats

Just when you thought the development of autonomous transportation couldn’t be any better, the Roboat arrived. This self-driving boat will be entering the canals of Amsterdam in 2017 with versatile ends. The Roboat will be used to transport goods and it will also be deployed as a temporary floating infrastructure, assembling itself into a walking bridge or a concert stage.

Read more

The People Walker Add
Suburban Utopia

Walk, Talk and Get Paid

A plain white backgound with just three sentences listed: “Can you walk and talk? Or are you just interested in being walked? Enter your email” followed by a submit button. This no-design website stands against the vividly coloured ultra-responsive web design we got used to. It praises simplicity aiming at direct personal contact. And so does the job it is advertising: walking people.

Read more

The Norwegian Public Roads Administration proposed an underwater tunnel hanging from floating pontoons from the southern city of Kristiansand to Trondheim in the north.
Manufactured Landscapes

A Floating Tunnel for Norway

Is it a tunnel? Is it a bridge? No, it is a combination of both! The Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA) proposed an underwater tunnel hanging from floating pontoons from the southern city of Kristiansand to Trondheim in the north. Now travellers are facing seven ferry crossings and a drive of 21 hours to overpass the western coastline. According to Wired, the infrastructure could cost over 22 billion euros.

Read more

Morality-of-a-autonomous-ar
Wild Systems

Morality of an Autonomous Car

Imagine three traffic situations that lead to unavoidable harm: 1. Turn to save the life of several pedestrians but kill one person; 2. Turn to sacrifice yourself in favour of a single pedestrian; 3. Turn to sacrifice yourself in favour of several people. What would you do in each of them? Would it affect your decision knowing the age of the people that would die? Or the chances for survival (speed, road conditions etc.)? Now imagine that these questions need to be answered by a car.

Read more

Hallstatt in China
Manufactured Landscapes

Copy-Paste City: from Austria to China

As the saying goes “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”, so Hallstatt – a small UNESCO World Heritage city in central Austria – can feel really proud. Among numerous fake Italian villas and French palaces, it is the only village in the world entirely copied and rebuilt in China. State-owned developer Minmetals constructed it in the suburbs of Huizhou, in the southern part of the country.

Read more