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Urban Transport

Gogoro Smartscooter counts on a network of battery-swap stations to stay on the move

Electric two-wheelers seem to be the weapon of choice for big-thinking entrepreneurs looking to keep urban centers of the future on the move. One major design focus, whether they be folded up and thrown in the car or squeezed inside your backpack, has been maximizing the distance the vehicles can travel before they need plugging in for a recharge. But if the plans of Taiwanese firm Gogoro do materialize, then the range of these bikes and scooters may not matter so much after all. The company rolled up to this week's CES to showcase its Smartscooter, which it says will one day move around smart cities swapping out batteries at vending machines as it runs out of juice. Read More

Carbon Black might just be the coolest wheelchair on the block

Since suffering a broken back at age 14, Andrew Slorance has imagined reinventing the wheelchair. Now, more than 30 years following his spinal injury, the broadcast journalist-turned entrepreneur is finally setting the wheels in motion. Slorance's Carbon Black is a sleek, minimalistic design aimed at giving wheelchair users an efficient and stylish new way of getting around. Read More

All aboard: Japan's maglev train hits 500 km/h

The Central Japan Railway Company has whisked passengers along a section of track at up to 500 km/h (311 mph) during testing of the Shinkansen maglev train. The BBC reports that one hundred wide-eyed train enthusiasts were onboard the train's first manned voyage, with trials to continue over eight days. Read More

Eurostar celebrates 20th anniversary with new e320 trains

It’s been 20 years since Eurostar revolutionized rail travel in Europe, with the ambitious Eurotunnel project linking the UK to continental Europe. Since then, Eurostar has become faster and routes have expanded, while the London station moved from Waterloo to a refurbished St. Pancras station in the central area of the city. To mark the date, Eurostar has just unveiled a new addition to its fleet, the new e320 train, which will start operating in late 2015. In total, Eurostar will add seven new e320 trains to its fleet. Read More

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