Monthly Archives: January 2014

EGT 2010 : mobilité selon les modes, profils de population et départements – Direction Régionale et Interdépartementale de l’Equipement et de l’Aménagement d’Ile-de-France

A series of data on the evolution of mobility in the Île de France is available here:

EGT 2010 : mobilité selon les modes, profils de population et départements – Direction Régionale et Interdépartementale de l’Equipement et de l’Aménagement d’Ile-de-France.

Clip-Air and Horizon mass : between train and plane

Clip-Air_EPFL Clip-air_trainstation

“l’avion modulaire Clip-Air sépare l’élément transporteur, une aile volante, de sa charge, des capsules pour les passagers, le fret ou le carburant.”

See more about this EPFL project: Clip-Air.

A simlar solution, named Horizon Mass:

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For more information see: Druce-McFadden, C. (2013, juin 27). Meet « The Horizon System, » Clip-Air’s worst nightmare. DVICE.

What Intersections Would Look Like in a World of Driverless Cars

Driverless car crossing

“Intersections will change not just because they’ll need to accommodate driverless cars, but because driverless cars will make intersections much more efficient. Right now, you may wind up sitting at a red light for 45 seconds even though no one is passing through the green light in the opposite direction. But you don’t have to do that in a world where traffic flows according to computer communication instead of the systems that have been built with human behavior in mind.

“There would be an intersection manager,” Stone says, “an autonomous agent directing traffic at a much finer-grain scale than just a red light for one direction and a green light for another direction.”

Because of this, we won’t need traffic lights at all (or stop signs, for that matter). Traffic will constantly flow, and at a rate that would probably unnerve the average human driver. The researchers have modeled just how this would work, as you can see in the animation below. You have to admit the patterns are mesmerizing even if the whole idea still seems far-fetched. The yellow cars pausing at the intersection in this simulation are old-timey human-driven vehicles that haven’t yet caught up with the future (because while we may all be riding in driverless cars one day, that day won’t arrive overnight)”

Read more in: Badger, E. (2012, may 1st). What Intersections Would Look Like in a World of Driverless Cars. The Atlantic Cities.

 

GWL terrain: an urban eco area

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“The Westerpark municipal district council decided to develop the former minicipal waterboard terrain (GWL terrain) in Amsterdam into a residential area in 1989. The complex was to be a car-free, environmentally friendly residential area. The plans not only influenced car use but also car ownership – the only parking spaces available were created on the edge of the complex. The complex includes properties for both renting and buying, with the emphasis on larger houses for families. There are generous outdoor spaces, apartments with roof gardens, private gardens for the ground floor properties and a green public space intended not only for the residents, but also for those living in the densely built adjacent neighbourhoods.”

Read more in: GWL-Terrein.

i-REAL by Toyota Motor

 

Towards an augmented pedestrian with Toyota?

“The new personal mobility i-REAL was developed with the intention of increasing opportunities to enjoy encounters with a variety of people and objects by enabling movement. Development of this new type of mobility was unconstrained by conventional car manufacturing concepts.”

What experience of the actual urban with this device? What urbanism?

Read-more about the object itself:

i-REAL | TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION GLOBAL WEBSITE.