Tag: transport

Driverless car design is learning from dung beetles

Driverless vehicles could benefit from a study in Sweden that discovered how dung beetles navigate by remembering a snapshots of the starlit sky they observe from atop their balls of dung.  Click here to discover how.   Photo by GmanViz

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Green Travel in Portsmouth

The University has a “Green Travel Page”, where you can find out all you ever wanted to know about travelling sustainably to the University. This includes information on cheaper Bus Passes with “First Bus”, timetable information for buses and trains

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City Symphonies

TOTD likes this front page to the Royal College of Art’s Design Interaction Show 2012. http://www.di12.rca.ac.uk/ Click on Mark McKeague to view City Symphonies. The designer has considered the synthesised sounds produced by electric cars and exlores an alternative approach

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Spaghetti Junction

Spaghetti Junction – that synonym for complexity – is 40 years old today! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaghetti_Junction A quick Google produces some terrific images (not all of the Gravelly Hill interchange): http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=spaghetti+junction&hl=en&prmd=imvnsu&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=2lW-T67dO8LR8gPht60-&sqi=2&ved=0CHwQsAQ&biw=1280&bih=843 And here’s a Guardian piece from today: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/may/24/spaghetti-junction-unravelling-britain-modernity

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Every death on every road in Great Britain 1999-2010

A bit grim perhaps (there’ll be more jolly sites to round off the week), but with Christmas just around the corner and the liklihood of seasonal campaigns to stop people from drinking and driving, here’s a sobering map upon which

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Tunnels – Hindhead vs Laerdal

After four-and-a-half years of work and an outlay of £371m, today sees the opening of the southbound section of the Hindhead Tunnel, the longest tunnel of its type in the UK on the A3 from London to Portsmouth. The 1.8km

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World’s scariest bike trail ride

TOTD thinks you’d have to be completely bonkers to ride a motor bike along this vertiginous mountain path. http://www.angelfire.com/ak2/intelligencerreport/scariest_bike.html TOTD has walked some fairly hair raising footpaths before (Sharp Edge on Blencathra comes to mind), but this second clip of

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Commuting time maps

Following on from yesterday’s post, here’s another great site from mySociety.org. The interactive function of the house prices map is very neat. TOTD was particularly interested in the public transport vs cycling map – it would be great to have

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Fix My Street

Potholes in the road have been a side effect of the icy weather we’ve experienced over the last couple on months. Fix My Street is just one of a number of democracy and transparency websites in the UK run by

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Unusual bus stops

We’ve had weird cars and strange buildings. TOTD now brings you 15 unusual and creative bus stops. Waiting for the No.17 would be almost a pleasure in one of these. http://www.toxel.com/inspiration/2009/05/01/15-unusual-and-creative-bus-stops/

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