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World’s First Trackless Trains Now Running In the City Roads of China

The first trackless train is now open and it’s already running in China.

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Among the fastest developing technological products is our modes of transportation. From cars came the water ships, then aircrafts were developed, and of course, the trains were created.

Every year, car makers launch new models…something that we don’t normally see on ships, airplanes and trains. This is probably because innovation on these types of transportation can be more complicated and longer to iron out.

Get a whole new experience on riding trains with China’s Autonomous Rail Rapid Transit

But trains obviously underwent a huge transformation. From coal-powered to diesel-powered then turned into electricity-operated trains. And now, Elon Musk is trying to produce the world’s fastest train that doesn’t use tracks but rather remains elevated as it is pushed by the pressure inside a vacuum tube to reach different stations.

This tech mogul’s trackless train project might have come a little bit late though. Why? Because China has already opened the world’s first ever trackless train and it runs alongside other vehicles on the city roads, and perhaps, later, on the highways!

The ART is the world’s trackless train to run on the road.

China now boasts its tram-bus hybrid but is considered as a small train. This modern land vehicle is known as Autonomous Rail Rapid Transit (ART) Using was launched on the streets of Zhuzhou, Hunan Province with virtual rail lines as its sole guide.

This high tech transportation is quite spacious s it can accommodate 300 passengers at once. And it’s no turtle at all with travel speeds reaching up to 43 miles per hour. Like MRTs, the ART also operates on electricity with only 10 minutes charging time to cover 15.5 miles (25 kilometers).

The project was started by one of the world’s biggest train manufacturers, the CRRC Corporation, back in 2013. Currently, three trains are traveling around the city with drivers, but are expected to become fully automated in the future.

The train will soon serve the public in 2018.

With its hi-tech sensors, Chief engineer Feng Jianghua says this smart train is able to judge distances by the millimeter and continually collects travel information as it moves. He also reveals that the biggest benefit of this train system is its low production cost as building a unit would one fifth the price of building physical tramways in China.

Each ART unit is estimated to have a lifespan of 25 years. The units are still being tested but these smart, trackless trains will be opened to public in Spring 2018.

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Saudi Arabia Makes History After Granting Citizenship To A Robot

Needless to say, the historic act has earned mixed reactions.

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We’ve seen a lot of technological advancements in our time but we’ve definitely never seen one like this. As a matter of fact, this is considered a first in the world.

According to recent reports that have been circulating online, Saudi Arabia has officially granted citizenship to a robot named Sophia. The bizarre historical moment took place in front of an audience at the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh.

Meet Sophia, the humanoid robot.

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Mysterious Hole the Size of Maine Opens in Antarctica’s Winter Sea Ice Cover

This is the first time since the 1970s that a hole of this magnitude has been discovered.

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Researchers have discovered a mysterious hole as big as the state of Maine in Antarctica’s winter sea ice cover. The team of researchers, comprised of experts from the University of Toronto and the Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modeling (SOCCOM) project, was monitoring the area with satellite technology when they spotted the large opening.

The hole is also known as a polynya. It is about 30,000 square miles at its largest, which makes it the biggest polynya observed in Antarctica’s Weddell Sea since the 1970s.

Scientists are fascinated by this discovery and what it could mean for Antarctica's oceans.

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Apparently, You Can Now Send Ashes of Your Dead Loved Ones Into Space

“This feels like a fitting tribute to those of us who have lived through the prologue to the space age.”

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Although our technology has greatly advanced over through the years, our knowledge about space can still be considered shallow. This just proves how vast the universe is and that it'll take forever for us humans to understand its complexities. Regardless, humanity has managed to step further and reach new milestones.

In fact, a British company is looking to make things a little bit interesting for your dead loved ones. They’re basically planning to send the remains of deceased people into space. Their ashes will be lost into the cosmos, making the universe their final resting place. And all of these can be done for only $1,050.

Ashes into space? Not bad.

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