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I love this idea. I've made heaps of friends on the bus over the years.

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I'm a huge fan of the rationale that Walker presents. People get stuck on ideas that autonomous cars are going to save us from transit, but until I see people capacity in line with buses and trains, autonomous cars can only partially address the problem. Autonomous buses, though, that's a winner.

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This is brilliant. Very localised, but point is clear.

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Urban art that my oldest would approve of. Nothing beats an anglerfish.

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As a transit planner, I’m routinely told that we should neglect our transit systems, and certainly not improve them, because transit will soon be made obsolete by “autonomous cars.” There are very low density places where this is true, but it is geometrically impossible for dense cities, because there is simply not room to move everyone out of big transit vehicles into the tiny ones that the word “cars” implies.
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“If you talk about autonomous vehicles, you can promote autonomous technology without sounding like you’re advocating cars over transit, with all the problems for big cities that this implies.”

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If the article didn't mention the source of the material, would it have been obvious?

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Might we see bespoke electric vehicles becoming an industry of its own?

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Electric vehicles are far simpler to design than conventional vehicles with internal combustion engines. They require only one tenth as many people to assemble them, which lowers production costs dramatically. The vans are designed to last 16 years, stay in use for six days a week for 10 hours at a time. They need some particularly robust components, such as doors that can be opened and closed up to 200 times a day.
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Ignore the click-bait headline - what's important is how (relatively) easy and cheap it was for DHL to design and build their own electric vehicles when everyone else told them to go away....

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During a conversation in the comments of a previous post, I'd mentioned use of Green Walls in urban environments. This article goes further into the effects that these planted walls have on air pollution, noise and urban temperatures.

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It's great that the ideas are spreading through cities around the world. It would be better if we could find ways to reduce the costs of traffic enforcement and approval. Technology can help with some of that, but cultural normalisation can do much, much more.
Every Sunday Bogota closes its streets to traffic & now other cities are following suit http://bit.ly/2dDPi37 #enviro @voxdotcom
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