Transportation news roundup 10 years of Houston light rail, Google launches auto alliance

Posted on Jan 6, 2014 by thudsondd
Here are your transportation headlines for Jan. 6, 2014. Want to submit a headline or have a question, comment, or concern? E-mail me. On this day in transportation history: 1947 - Pan American Airlines schedules the first around-the-world commercial flight. Houston's METRO marks 10 years of light-rail service [Progressive Railroading]
Known as the Main Street or Red Line, the route achieved major milestones years ahead of projections, such as by exceeding the 50-, 75- and 100-million boarding marks four years ahead of schedule, agency officials said in a press release. Those achievements were reached when METRO operated only 18 rail cars.
Google launches the Android-based Open Automotive Alliance with Audi, Honda, GM, and more [The Verge]
Google and a number of automakers are planning to bring Android to cars with the launch of a new group called the Open Automotive Alliance. The alliance consists of Google, GM, Honda, Audi, Hyundai, and chipmaker Nvidia, and will focus on bringing the successful mobile operating system to in-car entertainment systems "in a way that is purpose built for cars."
Study: Self-driving car sales will explode [USA Today]
Annual sales of self-driving cars worldwide — including those that require some driver input — will balloon from 230,000 in 2025 to 11.8 million by 2035, a new study predicts.
How London Was Redesigned To Survive Wartime Blackouts [Gizmodo]
One of the more interesting aspects of urban life during the bombing raids of World War II was the clever and strategic re-designing of the London streetscape so that residents could live in a state of blackout.
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