“A bus designed for people who never take buses”: how London’s Routemaster became a £300m white elephant |City Metric

The article has an interesting take on tradition vs modernity.

http://www.citymetric.com/transport/bus-designed-people-who-never-take-buses-how-londons-routemaster-became-300m-white

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).

Questions:

  • Should cultural icons or traditions be preserved at all costs?
  • If traditions are allowed to die out, what might the repercussions be?
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Poland Unveils Glow-In-The-Dark Bicycle Path That Is Charged By The Sun | Bored Panda

Read here: http://www.boredpanda.com/glowing-blue-bike-lane-tpa-instytut-badan-technicznych-poland/

Source: https://youtu.be/jmSs7ZBnUso

Questions:

  • Who might find this the most useful?
  • Is this applicable to your country?
  • What are some implications of this technology?
  • Any possible issues?

BMW Bike of the Future

Source: https://youtu.be/1wLvZ7pJwOk

Source: https://youtu.be/Vt2bTLH58wc

The two videos above are fairly similar, with some differences in amount of information.

Questions:

  • 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?

Circular bridge: Laguna garzón bridge

Source: https://youtu.be/2hbusEjDWmg

Source: https://youtu.be/Xh9BahD-pec

http://www.businessinsider.com/circular-bridge-laguna-garzon-bridge-2016-1?IR=T&r=US&IR=T

Questions:

  • 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?

Self-Driving Taxis

Source: https://youtu.be/MKZc25z2Wy4

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?