Inhabitat's Week in Inexperienced: Chicago's excessive-flying cable automobiles

In relation to transportation, no car is extra futuristic than the hoverboard — and it is getting so much nearer to actuality. This week a French inventor broke a Guinness World Report by flying 7,388 ft on a hovering system. In the meantime, Chicago is contemplating constructing a line of excessive-flying crystalline cable automobiles all through the town. Chrysler and Google teamed as much as create a self-driving minivan, whereas Lyft introduced plans to launch self-driving electrical taxis inside a yr. We additionally interviewed Lucas Toledo, who created the Gi FlyBike, a futuristic electrical bicycle that folds in half in a single second.

This week the US celebrated a renewable power milestone because it put in its one millionth photo voltaic system, and that determine is about to double within the subsequent two years. San Diego is shifting ahead with formidable plans to turn into the most important US metropolis to run utterly on renewable power. Two German states managed to succeed in one hundred-% renewable power, and solar energy is now cheaper than coal in Dubai.

The UK’s shiny purple phone cubicles are iconic, but seldom used. That is about to vary, as an organization is reworking the cubicles into tiny workplaces full with 25-inch screens, WiFi, printers and merchandising machines. In one other instance of adaptive reuse, two designers are reworking previous Swiss ski gondolas into cool electrical saunas that may pop up anyplace on the earth. In different design and know-how information, Aerofarms is planning to construct the world’s largest indoor vertical farm simply forty five minutes from Manhattan. And should you hate doing laundry, this bicycle washer makes the chore just a bit extra thrilling.