Google self-driving cars deemed ready

I’m all for this:

Google’s Self-Driving Cars Complete 300K Miles Without Accident, Deemed Ready For Commuting

Google’s self-driving car project is probably one of the most audacious experiments the company has embarked upon. Today, Google announced another milestone for this project: its fleet of about a dozen autonomous cars has now driven 300,000 miles without a single accident under computer control. While this is obviously very positive news for the project, Google warns that “there’s still a long road ahead.” The cars still need to learn how to handle snow-covered roads, for example, and how to interpret temporary construction signs and other situations that could throw its systems for a loop.

Google also announced that it has added the Lexus RX450h hybrid car to its self-driving car family.

Source: Techcrunch

People can be affected by the emotions when they drive, with driver-less technologies this can be circumvented. I’m waiting for this, it puts back the auto in an automobile. I can’t wait for this to be in Singapore one day. We could very well have our first accident-free day.

[And meanwhile, I am hearing some rumors about Mr. Lee Kuan Yew.]

Evacuated tube transport

Evacuated Tube Transport is an airless, frictionless, maglev-like form of transportation which is safer, cheaper and quieter than trains or airplanes. Six-person capsules travel in the tubes and can reach a maximum speed of 6,500 km/h, and provide 50 times more transportation per kwh. A tube can travel from New York to Beijing in two hours, and make a round-the-world trip in just six hours.

Evacuated Tube Transport could take you around the world in just 6 hours

This would be so awesome if it becomes a reality.

KL Monorail

Here’s KL Monorail. Took the monorail from Bukit Bintang area to Crowne Plaza. It is clean and pretty comfortable. If you bring a book to read or a laptop to update your blog or play games on during your journey, you won’t even notice time go by. Try KL Monorail next time! They’ve really done a good job at making public transportation easy and affordable.

(KL Monorail.)

Last time I go to KL I took Rapid KL I think. It’s a short train service that looks like a bus on tracks. Looks energy efficient to me.

Weird buses exist in Singapore

I was going to my work place the other day and I took a bus that looks like this:

SBS bus with nice white chairs

Looks really strange to me. The design is not really practical. I think it probably is some special tie-up with Nokia or something. Was just thinking the bus could have carried a lot more people.

But still, it looks refreshing. I sat on one of those white chairs. There is even a fake bar top. What’s up with buses these days?!

Malaysia drops KL-Singapore bullet train project

Ah good. I didn’t quite like the idea actually. It doesn’t have significant advantages to our country in my opinion and I rather good money be spent on improving our current transport system. Five years down the road we’d probably see more congestions on the roads.

Anyway, I just post this article because the word ‘feasibility study’ is there. So…

Malaysia drops KL-Singapore bullet train project

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia has shelved plans for a bullet train linking Kuala Lumpur to Singapore because of the cost, a top planning official said on Tuesday. 

The 8 billion ringgit (US$2.5 billion) project, proposed by Malaysian infrastructure and utilities group YTL Corp in 2006, aimed to cut travel time between the two cities to 90 minutes from seven-and-a-half hours presently. 

The idea for a high-speed train between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, about 300 kilometres apart, dates back to the late 1990s, but was revived after the Malaysian government invited companies to submit ideas for privately funded projects.

The Malaysian government backed the project in 2007 after it passed a feasibility study, but said at the time it wanted to conduct a social impact study since the project would involve land acquisition. Continue reading “Malaysia drops KL-Singapore bullet train project”