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Who Needs Drones? The Future of Delivery is Underground

Mole Solutions’ subterranean transport system begins its first pilot program

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After issuing a new set of proposed rules for domestic drones in mid-February, the FAA recently granted Amazon permission to start testing their fleet of delivery drones. While some picture a near future where our skies will fill with buzzing fulfillment copters, dropping books and iPads from the heavens like so much manna, a U.K. company is bringing next-generation delivery back down to earth—or rather, beneath it. Mole Solutions’ innovative concept for transporting goods involves sending capsules full of freight through a series of underground tubes. The capsules would run on an electric track, propelled by magnetic fields like maglev trains. If successful, the idea could cut costs in a number of ways, but, most notably, the system would bypass (and maybe even help clear up) the U.K.’s stupefying traffic problem—in London alone, congestion is thought to cost the economy more than eight billion dollars every year.

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Japan Will Build Blazingly Fast Tokyo to Osaka Maglev Train Japan Will Build Blazingly Fast Tokyo to Osaka Maglev Train

Imagine making it from New York to D.C. in 45 minutes. That's how quickly Japan's maglev train will make it from Tokyo to Nagoya.

The route between Tokyo and Nagoya, Japan, stretches about 225 miles, the same distance that separates New York City from Boston and from Washington, D.C. For more than three decades, Japan has been considering building a train that would cut travel time between Tokyo and Nagoya to about 45 minutes. The line would use maglev technology, which channels magnetic force to levitate the train almost four inches above the track and propel it forward at speeds over 300 miles per hour.

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