transport: 12 articles found

Berlin Brandenburg Airport – why doesn’t it take off

Italy is famous for fashion, France for its food culture, and Germany...? Germany is famous for its excellence in engineering, right? “Made in Germany” guarantees quality, rigorous reliability, and eternal endurance. No doubt. But Germany’s self-conception is experiencing a serious setback at the moment. The construction of the Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER), once proclaimed as

Where driverless cars transport students

Back in the days, when people had their first encounter with airplanes they must have thought of a miracle. Same with television – how is it possible that I can see on a screen what a person is doing at the other end of the globe? Often we’ve experienced that something initially regarded as fantasy-like

The Hyperloop: brilliant or mad?

Ever heard of Elon Musk? He is a South African middle-aged business magnate who invents ultramodern mobility solutions in California. He co-founded PayPal and currently is the CEO of Tesla Motors (among others). When Mr. Musk is not kept busy by the daily affairs of his business empire, he starts pondering over the world, life,

Ankara’s large ropeway

It’s truly amazing – out of all possible transport means out there, it is the cable car that appears to be developing most at the moment. So the cable car, right. Why would that be of any surprise? Well, did you believe 10 years ago that gondolas tied to a rope could present themselves as

Hong Kong’s on the move

posted on April 27, 2013

Last week, we reported about the cable car as a mobility solution in hilly cities. Its success can be appreciated in South America, especially in Caracas and Medellin. When it comes to overcoming mobility problems due to complicated terrain conditions, one city, however, stands out in particular: Hong Kong. Seven million inhabitants cramped into an

The cable car conquers the cities

We frequently discuss the concept of urbanisation and the mobility problems that arise from it. Two weeks ago, for instance, we showed that Dhaka is one of the most congested urban areas in the world whilst also being one of the fastest growing. These two aspects combined require the city to implement innovative mobility solutions

The past and the future of mobility: Munich and its tram

Trams, self-powered rail vehicles that run on tracks built into city streets, have been a fixture in the public transportation system of the Bavarian capital since the first horse-drawn streetcars appeared in 1876.[1] The tram system was essential for Munich’s industrial and physical growth around the turn of the century; however, after the World Wars

The horse-drawn carriage of the future

Horse-drawn carriages are familiar sights in New York City’s Central Park, Paris’s Champs Elysses, and the Alpine hills leading to Neuschwanstein. Horses and carriages are romantic symbols of yesteryear, and they are used in tourism as an escape from the present. But several cities in France and Switzerland are reinvigorating horse-drawn carriages to create a


Busses, Business, and Brazil

Los Angeles, Seattle, Seoul, San Diego, Detroit, and Bogotá are all trying to revamp their bus systems. But they are not looking to any of the world’s most famous cities for inspiration. Instead it’s Curitiba, a city of 1.7 million in southern Brazil.[1]

Munich’s challenges during the Oktoberfest

Are you ready for another round of “Ein Prosit der Gemütlichkeit” (possible translation: “A cheers to togetherness”)? Millions of people are on their way to the city of Munich in order to celebrate the worldwide largest fair, the Oktoberfest. Let’s start with some facts to illustrate what kind of mayhem Munich must prepare for in