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    Official: Audi forecasts a kinder, gentler, more collaborative urban future
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    Turns out, the good folks at Audi aren't nihilists. The German automaker has joined up with Columbia University researchers to make predictions about city life in 2050, when 7 billion people will be urban dwellers. The result is five potential future scenarios, and none of them involve world ...

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    Official: Smart, BoConcept offer tiny solution to crowded streets, tight living spaces
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    Urban life is getting trickier all the time. In almost ever city, usable space gets more and more limited even as the amount of cars and traffic congestion grows. Ever the poster child for urban personal transportation, Daimler's Smart brand is one again thinking up a solution, this time working ...

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    Official: Visio.M all-electric prototype tested near Munich [w/video]
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    The Visio.M urban electric vehicle, launched last year by BMW and Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler, is on the road. Well, test site roads anyway, where a prototype of the lightweight EV is being evaluated near Munich. The car uses carbon fiber and other composite materials to provide what Visio.M's ...

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    Official: Toyota will debut i-Road two-seat plug-in concept at Geneva
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    The phrase "it's a bird, it's a plane" may be straight out of Norman Rockwell days, but it certainly applies to the Toyota vision of futuristic urban, gas-free transportation. The Japanese automaker says the world-premiere concept unveiling of a two-seat urban electric vehicle called the i-Road ...

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    Report: Hiriko, MIT's updated two-seat, all-electric foldable prototype, bound for carsharing
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    Despite the name, it's not Japanese. That's one of the first surprises about the Hiriko, an urban battery-electric two-seat vehicle that a Basque consortium of auto suppliers is looking to start selling to municipalities for carsharing purposes starting next year, according to the New York ...

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    Official: BMW, Daimler will work together on Visio.M urban EV project
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    BMW and Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler AG are among a group of more than a dozen private and public entities that are working together on a project designed to speed up the development of urban electric vehicles. The German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) is providing 10.8 ...

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    Video: BMW imagines the future of mobility, part one
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    Not the new BMW Megacity, thankfully – Click above to watch the video after the break
    If you enjoyed watching the trailer of BMW's four-part documentary on the future of mobility, you should definitely check out BMW's first installment of the Activate the Future video, which you can find ...

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    Philips develops LED crosswalk that warns of silent traffic
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    If you've ever tried to back a Prius (or any other vehicle capable of running in EV mode) out of a blind parking spot or alley, you know the icy feeling of being audibly invisible to every living thing around you – pedestrians, paperboys, small animals. It can be frustrating at best, ...

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    Surprise: Study finds electric cars a good fit for urban environments
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    Is there a funding department for research of the obvious? If so, we want to know how to apply for money to conduct research that finds that electric vehicles can work well in a city. This is the result of a study recently concluded by global consulting firm McKinsey & Co. and published in ...

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    In the future, everyone will live in parking lots
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    digg_url = 'http://digg.com/offbeat_news/Building_from_Minority_Report_is_being_made'; The science fiction movie the Minority Report imagines cars driving up vertical highways and parking on the side of high rise apartment buildings. Driveways just in front of your doorway are not uncommon in ...

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    May 23, 2007, marks a "mayday" call for all concerned citizens of the world?
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    This, although not strictly related to automobiles, strikes me as something that our readership might be interested in. According to current trends, researchers have theorized that May 23rd, 2007 - that's right, just a few days ago, was the date when the world went from mostly rural to mostly ...

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