Transportation Facts

This May marked a world record occasion as the first solar powered ship, the Turanor, completed its around the world trip in 585 days. According to CNN, this $16 million vessel, roughly as heavy as a whale and 30 meters long is equipped with enough solar panels to cover two tennis courts.

Two men in 1930 drove in reverse nonstop from New York City to Los Angeles and back. The entire trip took 42 days to complete, according to bestfunfacts.com.

According to Gizmag, an automotive company in China has developed a full-sized remote control car. The Su Rui Sedan, a family sized car, has the ability to enter remote mode. The remote range is 33 feet and can instruct the car to start, stop, go backward, turn left and right and turn on the air conditioning. The max speed in remote mode is 1.2 mph.

Hoverbike technology is real. According to Popular Science, the aerospace company Aerofex has created a bike powered by fans that moves in a likeness of a bike. It has been tested up to 30 feet high and at 15 mph. The company plans to use this technology as a platform to develop hover drones, though this means there won’t be any hoverbikes on the market anytime soon.

In 1839, a Scottish blacksmith, Kirkpatrick Macmillan, invented the first pedal bike as a personal means to get around. He attached cranks to the rear wheels and then connected them to the pedals with rods. The entire contraption was very heavy. However, this was the basis of all pedal bikes to follow. He unfortunately did not think to patent his invention. Soon after, others were copying his design and selling the clever invention according to bbc.co.uk.

Project Hexapod a project to build an 18-foot-wide, two-seater, six-legged, 4,000-pound robot, has been fully funded on Kickstarter.com. The robot, dubbed Stompy by the builders in Somerville, Mass. will only cost $65,000 to build and will be able to move at 2-3 mph while carrying up to 1,000 pounds.

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