Passport’s Picks of the Week


Technology is constantly impacting our world.

Autonomous cars are continuing to play a huge part of the technology conversation. Google is testing self-driving car algorithms for honking, Switzerland just opened the longest tunnel in the world, and you can actually self-park your car with Bosch’s new auto-park system.


How To Create A Multimodal Mobile App People Want To Use

Ready to create your next mobile app? Before you start designing and building, there’s a lot of planning that needs to be done. Designing an app for the transportation industry might not sound extremely exciting, but it absolutely can be if you take into consideration your audience and really put yourself in their shoes. As you start creating your app, make sure you’re designing a product that fits your audience’s needs, provides a simple and convenient experience, and can be improved. Designing a mobile app takes time, but by following these tips – you’ll be sure to create an app that your users will continuously utilize. Ready, set, go design!


The Best Way Through the Alps Is the World’s Longest Rail Tunnel

17 years might sound like quite a bit of time to build the world’s longest rail tunnel, but the moment has arrived.  The Gotthard Base Tunnel opened on June 1 and is the longest and deepest tunnel in the world. The 35 mile tunnel dips down 1.4 miles below the surface and cuts through the snow capped Alps. Although the project was a grueling process, it will primarily accommodate 290 freights and could possibly help the pollution issue along France’s alpines. The tunnel, though in beautiful Switzerland, is completely underground, which means the views aren’t going to be the most scenic. The $12.3 billion project was passed and funded in 1998 by Swiss referendum.

Outta My Way! How Will We Translate Google’s Self-Driving Honks?

Self-driving cars. They’re quickly becoming a buzzword-worthy, particularly making headlines all over the world. Google isn’t late to the autonomous car game. Google’s robotic, autonomous cars have added honking to their features. The “cuddly-looking” cars are in the process of being tested for honking. As Google plans, tests, and implements honking into the autonomous cars – they want the honking to be “polite, considerate, and only honk when it makes driving safer for everyone.” Google has been testing the prototypes algorithms in the car for awhile. They are testing the car horns inside cars to be sure not to confuse other drivers. The cars are continuing to improve and the horn testing is now going to be “broadcasted to the world”. Autonomous cars continue to gain momentum in the tech world, this just the beginning for the self-driving cars.

Bosch’s Driverless Parking System Handles Complex Parking With Ease

Bosch, auto-parts maker, debuts its first partial driverless car. The car parts dealer launched the “home zone park assist”, which gives autonomous cars the functionality to auto park in parking lots. Bosch joins the company of Tesla’s Summon, which also utilizes an auto park system and is currently in the market. Although they both can handle auto parking, Bosch’s system can handle up to 100 meters of parking maneuvers – even ones that are quite complex. To utilize the home zone system, the driver sets the starting point with their smartphone. The driver would then manually drive the route. After this is done, the car automatically remembers the route. With a variety sensors, including 12 ultrasonic sensors and stereo video cameras in the rear-view mirror. If any of the cameras are covered, the car would use at least 4 of the sensors to correctly maneuver the car. Bosch is making some significant power moves in the autonomous car game.

What Happened To All The Carpoolers?

Is car pooling really becoming a thing of the past? It just might be. According to Census, the national average for carpoolers is lower than 10%. In 1980s, carpoolers made up 20% of all commuters. As the numbers continue to decrease, we’re seeing more people concerned with taking their own car as opposed to ride-sharing with a coworker or friend. There are a variety of reasons why carpooling has decreased, anything from more medium to small businesses to urban sprawl to even more car advertising. In a survey of over 500, the main culprit for choosing not to carpool is the fact that many do not have the same work schedule. Many face work alignment issues such as, working from home, different shifts, and flexible roles. These all play a major role in the decrease in carpooling as a whole.