The article has an interesting take on tradition vs modernity.
Summary: Routemasters were the iconic London buses that were decommissioned in 2004. To revive this cultural icon, Transport for London (TfL) reportedly spent £11.4m to get the new Routemasters designed. Each new bus cost £375,000 (which was almost double the price of a normal bus at £190,000), were heavier and thus less environmentally friendly, could carry fewer passengers due to its design, caused discomfort for the passengers (too hot in summer, and too cold in winter), and cost more to run (a conductor is needed in addition to the bus driver due to the possibly unsafe open design at the back).
- Should cultural icons or traditions be preserved at all costs?
- If traditions are allowed to die out, what might the repercussions be?
Read here: http://www.boredpanda.com/glowing-blue-bike-lane-tpa-instytut-badan-technicznych-poland/
- Who might find this the most useful?
- Is this applicable to your country?
- What are some implications of this technology?
- Any possible issues?
- Why are the differences so drastic between the two subway systems?
- How different is the subway system in your country from Tokyo or New York?
- How can the subway system be improved?
- Who are the target customers of this product?
- Would you use something like this?
- What are potential benefits and drawbacks?
The two videos above are fairly similar, with some differences in amount of information.
- How practical is this bike?
- What issues might prevent the actualisation of this bike?
- What kind of problems might a rider of this bike encounter?
- What were the reasons for the bridge design?
- Do you think they are valid and workable?
- What other alternatives are there to achieve these goals?
Read more here: http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/worlds-first-self-driving-taxis-hit-streets-one-north
Mr Doug Parker, nuTonomy’s chief operating officer, said autonomous taxis could ultimately reduce the number of cars on Singapore’s roads from 900,000 to 300,000.
“When you are able to take that many cars off the road, it creates a lot of possibilities. You can create smaller roads, you can create much smaller car parks,” Mr Parker said. “I think it will change how people interact with the city going forward.”
“We face constraints in land and manpower. We want to take advantage of self-driving technology to overcome such constraints, and … bring about … improvements to public transport in Singapore,” said Mr Pang Kin Keong, Singapore’s Permanent Secretary for Transport and the chairman of its committee on autonomous driving.
- Do you think the quote is valid?
- What are the implications (effects) for such technology?