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Porsche Will Launch 500 Electric Charging Stations Across The U.S. By The End Of 2019

Prompted largely by China, the world’s largest car market, automakers are going big on electric vehicles in the next few years. But besides Tesla, they’ve offered little more than a collective shrug when asked where Americans are supposed to charge these things. Now at least one more automaker, Porsche, plans to step…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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New Dutch ‘Singing Road’ Removed After Villagers Label Noise ‘Psychological Torture’

Despite the multiple embarrassingly failed attempts to get Honda’s Singing Road right, a village in the Netherlands tried to find a cultural solution to distracted driving by installing musical rumble strips along a roadway. It only took villagers a couple of days to demand the noise be stopped, labeling it…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Apps Keep Sending LA’s Worst Drivers Up This Super Steep Street And They Can’t Handle It

You’d never notice it driving by, but right in the middle of Echo Park works Baron Margo, one of the coolest car builders in the country. He builds his own retro-rocket-art cars nearly from scratch, and there’s one place he always tests them: Baxter street, one of the steepest in LA. If his cars can […]

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Hero Pours An Entire Box Of Lucky Charms In A Michigan Pothole And Eats It

Potholes ruin every car owner’s life, but the ones in Michigan are particularly awful. One pothole was large enough to fit an entire box of Lucky Charms and a whole gallon of milk—which 22-year-old Eastern Michigan University student Andrew ate to our gross-out amusement. Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Report: Engineer Told Officials Not to Worry About Crack in Miami Bridge Just Hours Before Collapse

The death toll from the collapse of a pedestrian bridge over a road at Miami’s Florida International University on March 15th has risen to at least six, with the university admitting on Saturday that one of the project engineers had waved off concerns over a crack just hours before.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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The Florida Pedestrian Bridge Collapse Might Have Been A Disaster Waiting To Happen

The appeal of accelerated bridge construction—where precast parts are pieced together and within hours installed over a roadway before being tested and reinforced for weeks—is that it minimizes road closures. The downside is that the smallest mistakes can lead to disaster. This method, used to build a pedestrian…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Cadillac CEO: No One Will Buy Our Sedans Because Teens And Infrastructure

Cadillac is, quite possibly, the most hapless carmaker at the moment. When its competitors are making huge strides, Cadillac feels like it’s always playing catch up to what everyone else was doing five years ago. And finally, Cadillac has figured out the culprit: it the Youths and their damn infrastructure, clearly.Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Transportation Secretary Admits Trump Personally Intervened To Kill A Crucial Tunnel

Lawmakers are currently debating whether to appropriate billions for a new rail tunnel that would connect Manhattan and New Jersey, a connection that’s key to one-fifth of the U.S. gross domestic product. Reports have suggested that despite initial enthusiasm President Donald Trump now wants nothing to do with the…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Transportation Secretary Admits Trump Personally Intervened To Kill A Crucial Tunnel

Lawmakers are currently debating whether to appropriate billions for a new rail tunnel that would connect Manhattan and New Jersey, a connection that’s key to one-fifth of the U.S. gross domestic product. Reports have suggested that despite initial enthusiasm President Donald Trump now wants nothing to do with the…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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This Is Why People In Southern California Say ‘The’ In Front Of Freeway Names

I don’t know if you have noticed this but I certainly did when I first moved to Southern California: People insist on adding the definite article “the” in front of major freeways. Turns out, it’s not just some baseless regional slang, there’s a decent amount of history behind it.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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The Short, Sad, Corrupt Life Of New York’s Elevated West Side Highway

December 15, 1973, was a chilly and cloudy day in New York City. The city’s fortunes had already begun to take a downturn. A single dump truck, overloaded with more than nine tons of asphalt, rumbled down the old elevated West Side Highway, which promptly collapsed. And in a moment of almost hilarious corruption that…Read […]

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Your Daily Reminder That We Need To Seriously Revamp Our Infrastructure To Support Autonomous Cars

If the future autonomous pod you see above is ever going to successfully navigate around town, it’s going to need clearly-painted roads to drive on, flawless traffic signals and functioning pedestrian crosswalk lights. There’s a lot of work to be done—and some cities are starting to come to grips with that reality, …Read more… Continue […]

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