Virtual reality developer Sólfar Studios has launched Everest VR, a simulated first-person trek to the summit of Mount Everest available exclusively for HTC Vive headsets.Designed in a partnership with Nordic visual effects and animation house RVX and powered by Unreal Engine 4, Everest VR includes five playable scenes that simulate a complete expedition from Base Camp to Everest s summit.Rather than approach the project as a traditional game, developer Sólfar Studios built Everest VR from the ground up as an accessible experience that focuses on the strengths of VR to transport you to an impossible real world location.Though the game features climbing mechanics and traversal goals, players are encouraged to explore their surroundings for the best possible view of the famed mountain range.If climbing to Everest s peak proves too daunting, Everest VR players can instead opt to traverse the Khumbu Icefalls, experience an overnight stay at Camp 4, or climb the Hillary Step, a massive rock wall that marks the end of the Cornice Traverse.Early Steam reviews note that Everest VR can be fully explored in 30 minutes or less.
Want private transportation at public transit prices?Via might have just answered your prayers.The New York City-based ridesharing service announced its expansion into Washington D.C. on Monday, its third city of operation.With a number of commuters anticipating disruptions to their normal commutes due to a new SafeTrack program in the metro area, Via has swooped in with a new offering of its own.Promising an affordable, convenient, and reliable alternative for D.C. commuters, you can hitch a ride on Via starting at just $2.15, otherwise known as the price of a Metro ride in our nation s capital.Already, Via is helping around 200,000 Chicagoans and New Yorkers each week get from Point A to Point B.
Airbus will build a new version of its Beluga transport aircraft which will be able to carry even more goods than the original and dubbed the Beluga XL. Beluga XL will be able to transport 50 tons of cargo, which is 30 percent more than today's Beluga plane, see picture below, capable of transporting writes New Technology. The aircraft will be 63.1 meters long, have a height of 18.8 meters and a wingspan of 60.3 meters. The load area is 45 meters long. Airbus plans to build five Beluga XL the first of which is supposed to be operational 2019th
MoreAn autonomous car from Delphi departs Treasure Island for a cross-country trip from San Francisco to New York City in San Francisco, California March 22, 2015.August 1 Reuters - Delphi Automotive Plc will launch a small test fleet of automated taxis in Singapore next year, aiming to ferry passengers around a city district in one of the first real-world tests of automated rides on demand, the company said on Monday.The project, run in partnership with the Singapore Land Transport Authority, will road test a concept that many companies investing in automated driving believe offers the fastest path to making such technology commercially viable.A cab ride in a dense urban area can cost $3 to 4 a mile, Delphi vice president of engineering Glen DeVos said in an interview.We think we can get to 90 cents a mile with an automated vehicle.That drops the price of transporting goods and people, and allows for the costs of automated driving systems to be spread over hours of operation and multiple users.
Asset tracking software builder is latest Internet of Things big buy for a telco giantJust as Uber is said to be putting £500m into a global mapping project, US telecoms firm Verizon is to pay $2.4bn for Fleetmatics, which builds software to track vehicle location, and usage data.It seems location is the big business driver in transport.In a press statement the company said:Verizon Communications Inc. and Fleetmatics Group PLC announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Verizon will acquire Fleetmatics, for $60.00 per share in cash – representing a value of approximately $2.4 billion."Fleetmatics is a market leader in North America -- and increasingly internationally -- and they've developed a wide-range of compelling SaaS-based products and solutions for small- and medium-sized businesses," said Andrés Irlando, CEO of Verizon Telematics.
Flight information screens at Vietnam's two main airports were hacked over the weekend to spout pro-Chinese propaganda.AP reported that the public address system of Hanoi's Noi Bai airport and the Tan Son Nhat airport, which serves Ho Chi Minh City, were also hacked on Friday evening.The hackers used the systems to make digs against Vietnam and the Philippines over a long-running territorial dispute against China involving disputed regions of the South China Sea.Authorities took the hacked systems offline.Vietnam Airlines was also hacked most likely defaced around the same time, according to local reports.Vietnamese transport minister Nguyen Nhat played down the significance of the attacks by saying neither the security of the airport nor its air traffic control systems was affected, according to local news outlet VnExpress.
Airbus Beluga XL Photo: Airbus Airbus has unveiled a new, larger version of the Beluga transport plane, called XL. The newcomer is even uglier than the previous model. Now is not the Beluga going to win any beauty contests for the aircraft, but to be effective vehicles of components for Airbus regular airplane. Parts of these are built around Europe and are then assembled in Toulouse, France and Hamburg, Germany. New Beluga based in the front part of an Airbus A330-200F, a cargo plane, and the rear part of an Airbus A330-300.
Another self-driving taxi company is testing in Singapore.MIT spinoff NuTonomy is already on the streets of Singapore, testing a fleet of self-driving cabs.Now, Delphi has announced it will introduce a small fleet of self-driving cars using the company s autonomous and mobility-on-demand AMoD software, according to a Delphi press release.Delphi was selected by the Singapore Land Transport Authority for Autonomous Vehicle Mobility-on-Demand Program.The program is a strategic partnership aimed at implementing autonomous mobility concepts using a fleet of self-driving cars and cloud-based mobility-on-demand software.The Delphi test will be in a business park designated as the city s Autonomous Vehicles Test Bed.
Elon Musk reveals more about his plans for the future of TeslaElon Musk has revealed some new details about future Tesla vehicles.Expanding from the current three-car lineup, the company is already looking into producing a smaller sports utility vehicle, a minibus, a pickup truck and a van.Chassis-sharing will be key to making this major expansion a financial success.The Model Y will be an SUV based on the same chassis as the Model 3.A new chassis will be used by both the pickup truck and a van to rival the Ford Transit, while a minibus can share the same platform as the Model X.
Two weeks ago, Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed the second part of his master plan for the upstart automaker.In it, he divulged that Tesla would build a commercial vehicle called 'Tesla Semi,' along with a few other intriguing tidbits — including the fact that autonomous Teslas might compete with Uber in the future.Last Friday, however, in response to some pestering by automotive website Jalopnik, Musk admitted that Tesla is planning to build an EV minibus based upon the Model X platform.This revelation stemmed from the passage in the 'Master Plan, Part Deux' that stipulates the producing of a "high passenger-density urban transport" vehicle — i.e.Now, I think most of us took this to mean a city bus, based upon the 'Tesla Semi' name of the platform, which indicates a large, heavy duty vehicle.However, Jalopnik took this to mean Tesla might also build a relatively small minibus based upon the Model X platform.
Developers using Intel's Crosswalk SSL library: it's time to patch and push out an upgrade.Crosswalk is a cross-platform library that supports deployment to Android, iOS and Windows Phone, but the bug is Android-specific.The library has a bug in how it handles SSL errors, and as a result, end users on Android could be tricked into accepting MITM certificates.As consultancy Nightwatch Cyber Security explains, if a user accepts one invalid or self-signed SSL certificate, Crosswalk remembers that choice and applies it to all future certificates.In other words, if an attacker tricked a user into accepting a bad cert from for example a Wi-Fi hotspot, Crosswalk would retain that choice forever, so a future MITM attack would pass without presenting any certificate warning to the end user: This applies even to connections over different WiFi hotspots and different certificates , the advisory states.As with all toolchain bugs, its impact is as big as the reach of the downstream apps that use it: the number-one app in Crosswalk's showcase, Pirate Treasures , claims 10 million downloads, and all off the top fifteen have more than 500,000 downloads.
Have you ever folded a paper boat and floated it in the water, wishing that you could jump in and paddle away?If so, then Onak, the origami foldable canoe, could be the answer to your wishes.Onak is a full-sized, 183-inch long by 33.5-inch wide canoe constructed of a polypropylene honeycomb structure, which gives it a rigidity while remaining both lightweight and buoyant.Onak founders Otto Van De Steene and Thomas Weyn started the design process folding pieces of origami in a coffee shop.We wanted to travel with a canoe and use it in the city, but we couldn t find anything right.After hundreds of paper models and 15 real prototypes, Onak launched on Kickstarter in July and has already surpassed its $166,713 €150,000 goal.
And predictably, especially for those who have seen Musk s ability to tackle society s largest problems, it s causing some excitement.There s a lot to love about the new plan.But one of Musk s new key objectives could actually worsen the very problems he s trying to solve: his declaration that autonomous buses of the future take riders all the way to their destination.Today, except in the most densely populated environments, getting to and from the bus or subway requires multimodal transit – i.e., walking, riding a bike, or using other transit aside from the mass transportation modes.In many cases, people have to deal with missed transfers, different payment systems, often long distances from home or work to a transit stop, and a general confusion about where transit goes.That s clearly a suboptimal experience for the rider.Musk s vision, while attractive, is likely not compatible with the realities of our cities e.g., infrastructure and space limitations .As transit consultant Jarrett Walker discusses in a recent blog post, in dense urban environments, delivering riders to their precise destination implies a vision in which buses are shrunk into something like taxis, because a vehicle going directly from your exact origin to your exact destination at your chosen time won t be useful to many people other than you.Essentially, the more pick-up and drop-off points included on any given trip, the more likely it is that larger transit buses would have to be replaced by smaller and more numerous autonomous vehicles to satisfy this demand, which is a problem in most cities due to limited space.
When London's new Elizabeth Line starts running in May 2017, this is the 160 metre-long train will be tracking to the tracks.A total of 66 trains will operate on Crossrail, which will run across the city from west and east.In 2018, when the platform at Liverpool Street has been extended, it will be able to accommodate a 200m-long train that can carry up to 1,500 people.The line will be fully operational in 2019 and will serve Reading and Heathrow in the west through to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east."All the trains feature walk-through carriages, air conditioning, CCTV for passenger security and real-time travel information," TfL said in a statement.Brakes on the train will "regenerate" electricity when they break – TfL says this will use 30 per cent less energy.
Transport for London has picked up criticism after data revealed that it pocketed £277 million from passengers making incomplete journeys between 2011 and 2015.Just £72 million was refunded over the same period.Consumer rights group Revolver has accused the transport body of taking advantage of uncertainty amongst customers, with a spokesperson saying, This is another example of the transport industry profiting from consumer confusion.Excessive effort is put into excess fares and charging but not into ensuring pricing is plain and simple, or that we get back what we are owed.Incomplete journeys can incur a penalty fare of up to £8.90 per rail journey, and tend to happen when customers fail to tap in out with their Oyster card or contactless payment card, or smartphone, or smartwatch, or homemade wand .However, while some people no doubt deliberately try to dodge fairs, others can simply be caught out through no fault of their own.
Google today said that it s now automatically re-routing HTTP web requests for pages on the www.google.com domain through the more secure HTTPS protocol.The S at the end stands for secure, and it means your connection between your computer and Google is encrypted — more directly, this protects you from man-in-the-middle attacks and other hacks.This move does not only affect Google searches.There s a whole lot of services available from the www.google.com domain, including Google Alerts, Google Analytics, Google Flights, Google Maps, Google Trends, and Google Voice.Google Search and Google Maps both have more than 1 billion active users.To make this shift, Google is using the HTTP Strict Transport Security HSTS standard.HSTS prevents people from accidentally navigating to HTTP URLs by automatically converting insecure HTTP URLs into secure HTTPS URLs, Jay Brown, senior technical program manager for security at Google, wrote in a blog post.Users might navigate to these HTTP URLs by manually typing a protocol-less or HTTP URL in the address bar, or by following HTTP links from other websites.
Transport for London has picked up criticism after data revealed that it pocketed £277 million from passengers making incomplete journeys between 2011 and 2015.Just £72 million was refunded over the same period.Consumer rights group Revolver has accused the transport body of taking advantage of uncertainty amongst customers, with a spokesperson saying, This is another example of the transport industry profiting from consumer confusion.Excessive effort is put into excess fares and charging but not into ensuring pricing is plain and simple, or that we get back what we are owed.Incomplete journeys can incur a penalty fare of up to £8.90 per rail journey, and tend to happen when customers fail to tap in out with their Oyster card or contactless payment card, or smartphone, or smartwatch, or homemade wand .However, while some people no doubt deliberately try to dodge fairs, others can simply be caught out through no fault of their own.
UberCopter s reputation as the most eye-catching form of urban transport is set to be superseded by a bubble-shaped river shuttle that will glide across the Seine.The electric Sea Bubbles might sound stranger than fiction, but the founders think Parisians will be hailing the pods via their mobiles as soon as next summer.Anders Bringdal and Alain Thebault, creators of the record-breaking Hydroptere sailing boat, have raised €500,000 £422,000 from venture capitalists and a French government-backed fund, in order to put Sea Bubble prototypes into production, Bloomberg reported.Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo also supports the concept, which is designed to alleviate congestion on the French capital s busy streets.The shuttles are eco-friendly too: Zero emissions, zero noise, zero waves, Thébault told HuffPost France earlier this year.To begin with, each shuttle will carry up to five people, including a pilot, but the long-term goal is to automate the system.
The next tournament for esports smash Dota 2 will be a little different, with the event 'broadcast' in virtual reality for the first time.Dota 2 is a multiplayer online battle arena with a huge global following.The competitive game sees two teams of five players each attacking the other's defences.With more than 100 playable heroes, each with their own skills, matches can be hugely varied to watch, making it one of the most prominent esports titles.Its annual tournament, The International, sees players from around the world competing for a significant prize pool.But even for the most ardent esports fan, watching others play a game is an inherently passive experience - until now.
Helsingin Sanomat reports that the buses do not even attempt to get very cOOl, because the use of air conditioning at high power would significantly increase fuel consumption. However, the air-conditioned buses trying to take care that the temperature does not rise excessively high. Air conditioners will begin to cool indoor air, no later than the time when the temperature has risen to 25 degrees. It does not mean, however, that the air would remain at 25-degrees. "25 has not yet been stiflingly hot, over 25 degrees is too hot. This is also not to waste energy is still very much ", says Reijo Mäkinen, Head of Department of HSL's transport services to Helsingin Sanomat.
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