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QUEEN MARY TWO

queen mary

Recently we came across this beautiful time-lapse video by Adonis Pulatus. Shot with a Lumix GH1 on the upper deck of the Queen Mary 2 he captures the ocean’s quiet beauty as they sail from New York toward the Caribbean. We posted a few photos and the video below. Click Read More to view.

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WORLD OF MOTION

world of motion

Animation and transportation team up for a charming video about the evolution of travel. Colin Hesterly’s World of Motion is an entertaining exploration in nostalgia. It effortlessly pays tribute to the various achievements made in transportation and technology. With all our modern-day conveniences it’s easy to forget how far we’ve come in such a short period of time. Click Read More to view this excellent short video.

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FINLAND'S VALKKY

crossing innovations

The smallest details go a long way. Especially when we’re talking about safety. Finnish company, Havainne Oy, recently created the Valkky – a light device that recognizes cross walk movement and automatically sets off flashing blue & white LED lights to inform oncoming traffic that people are entering the cross walk. It’s a simple solutions that easily attaches to pre-existing street signs. Designed for use in highly populated urban centers this tiny city innovation yields great results for keeping pedestrians safe – especially at night. Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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VOLKSWAGEN'S TAXI

volkswagon taxi

We have an abnormal love for taxis and how they move around the urban grid. Over the past decade it’s been interesting watching their evolution. Electronic payments, GPS and touch screen computers are among a few of our favorites. And more recently, we’ve discovered a new concept vehicle by Volkswagen.

As Wallpaper* Magazine describes it, “Volkswagen’s new conceptual electric taxi for London mixes cutting edge technology with deliberately tongue-in-cheek details such as the silver Union Jack on the roof and the City of London’s coat of arms on the sides and dashboard. These embellishments conceal serious intent; the global market for taxis is burgeoning, but hampered by a host of ageing models long past retirement age.” Read the full article here. We also have a few photos posted below. Click Read More to view.

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ELECTRIC RACER

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As Taj said, “Someone make this a train and put it on the east coast.” I couldn’t agree more. Although it’s not likely in the immediate future, it’s exciting to see developments like the Buckeye Bullet open new possibilities. Just recently Ohio State’s lithium powered Buckeye Bullet 2 shot across the UTAH desert at an average speed of 291 miles per hour breaking the world land speed record for a battery powered vehicle. We have a few photos from the event. Pretty awesome. Click Read More for additional information.

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HELSINKI BIKE LANES

bike lane

Safety doesn’t come easy. Despite the brilliant efforts of safety campaigns, many city officials still don’t get it. There’s no excuse for a city without bike lanes. It’s obvious they improve road safety. That’s why we appreciate Lansivayla’s take on the issue. The Helsinki based collective invited people to join their guerilla operation and paint a bike lane on Hameentie – one of the main roads leading through the Northern part of central Helsinki. Not only is this generally awesome, it looks beautiful too. We also love that the idea was inspired by a few creative folks in Berlin. Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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TOUR DE RETROSPECT

tour de france

The Boston Globe’s Big Picture never disappoints. After major events we can’t wait to see their photography. As the Tour de France came to a close last weekend, with Spain’s Alberto Contador claiming his third win, the Big Picture was there to capture the tour’s greatest moments. It’s a two part series displaying the terrain, beauty and challenges facing the cyclists. We have a few photos below to give you an idea of their beauty, but you should head over to the Big Picture to see them in their true glory.

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Featured in: HOTEL LIFE / Categories: transport, photography, events

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