Don’t put those Jetsons dreams on hold just yet–a Google-related startup has eyes on launching flying taxis in San Fransicso, and they’re not kidding around.
Kitty Hawk Corp., is a three-year-old company backed by Larry Page, founder of Google and CEO of Alphabet, Google’s parent company. They say the best way to get people out of traffic is to fly them above it, and are working hard to develop a flying taxi that could do just that. Their vehicle, they say, will take off and land vertically, fly 10 feet above water, and travel at 20 miles per hour on a predetermined path–no driver needed. They’ve opened a test site in Nevada and say they’ll launch a taxi service over the San Fransisco Bay to get people out of their cars. They’ve also apparently hired lobbyists to begin working on the regulatory issues that need to be settled for their taxis to fly.
No word yet on where these vehicles will park, but we’ll keep our ears open. Read the whole story here.
Following several other California cities, San Francisco is considering designating a parking lot as a safe place for people living in RVs to spend the night.
Two lawmakers have proposed allowing RV residents to park and sleep in a lot near a city BART station; the lot is currently used for employee parking and would hold 30 vehicles. A survey earlier this year found that 35 percent of homeless people sleep in vehicles, adding to concerns that previous counts of homeless people had fallen short of real numbers. San Francisco follows Oakland, San Diego, and Los Angeles in the effort.
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San Francisco, whose minimum parking requirements for new developments date to the 1950s, is preparing to do away with them, becoming the first major U.S. city to do that.
Legislation introduced this week will do away with requirements for minimum numbers of parking spaces at new developments. City leaders say it won’t mean dramatic changes, as they’ve been working for some time to reduce car use by residents and offer developers alternatives, including providing more bike parking instead of parking for cars. Parking maximums will not be affected.
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