Statewide California Bullet Train Project Reduces Road Rage and Increases Happiness

Amongst all the election hoopla this past Tuesday, California voters passed a proposition giving the state $10 billion to begin building a high-speed rail between Northern and Southern California. The Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act, or Proposition 1A »11/06/08 11:40pm11/06/08 11:40pm, opens up a possibility that Californians may…

One-Person Maglev Car, Like Riding a 300MPH Roller Coaster to Work

It sure looks like a roller coaster, but this maglev (magnetic levitation) car is more likely in development for personal transportation. By Tyco and Gakken, the maglev system suspends the car 2-3 centimeters above the track, propelling the rider forward without friction. Since the fastest record for a full-blown… »10/01/08 12:40pm10/01/08 12:40pm

Top Gear Races Nissan GT-R Vs. Bullet Train In Japan

The Top Gear crew is in Japan for this week's episode and they've got another heated race for us: A Nissan GT-R R35, a gadget car by dynamic handling and Playstation inspired dashboard vs. a bullet train, running both from Japan's northern Hakui-Shi coast to Tokyo. With no surprise ol' Clarkson is driving the fiery… »7/15/08 7:00pm7/15/08 7:00pm

JR Central Says World's Fastest Maglev Train Arrives in 2025

It may be the world's fastest, a maglev bullet train capable of exceeding 500 kph (310 mph), but it feels like the world's slowest to arrive. JR Central announced today that it would deploy its maglev system in 2025 to carry commuters between Tokyo and central Japan (despite one test of the technology resulting in a… »12/26/07 9:04am12/26/07 9:04am

Japan's Type N700 Bullet Train Almost Half as Fast as an Airplane

Despite its maiden voyage at 6AM on Sunday, the first public N700 drew quite a crowd. 1300 passengers enjoyed the 342 mile trip to Tokyo from Shin-Osaka Station, and in only two hours and twenty five minutes—five minutes shorter than previous trains. If that doesn't impress you, bear in mind the N700 covers the ground… »7/03/07 10:09am7/03/07 10:09am

Pantech Slim Phone: Maglev Makes It Skinnier But Doesn't Make You Float

At 9.99mm (0.39 inches), Pantech's new slim phone is the skinniest slide-phone currently on the market, beating Samsung by 3mm. And, in a cellphone first, it's all down to Magnetic Levitation, the same technology that is used by Japan's Bullet Trains some high speed trains. The phone also sports a 1.3-megapixel… »3/15/07 9:31am3/15/07 9:31am

Hell on Wheels: Japanese Bullet Train Billed as World's Fastest

As trains in the United States remain firmly planted in the horse-and-buggy era, the rest of the world leaps ahead, and here's the fastest wheeled train yet, the phallic-looking 224mph Fastech 360Z. The working prototype of the next-generation bullet train was unveiled to the press in Japan by the East Japan Railway.… »4/06/06 11:45am4/06/06 11:45am