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According to National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan, cycling can be a viable mode of transport. He not only believes it can be a viable mode of transport, he’s pushing for it as well.

Citing examples from bicycle friendly cities such as Amsterdam and Copenhagen, he believes that authorities will have to ensure that such trips are safe and pleasant to attract more to cycle. Currently, cycling is only one to two percent of transport modes in Singapore.

Part of the plan to ensure cyclists are safe, a 700km cycling network will be built by 2030 to connect various neighbourhoods.


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Officials in Kuala Lumpur have confirmed that the Singapore-KL High Speed Rail (HSR) project will have 7 stations in Malaysia, which are Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Seremban, Ayer Keroh, Muar, Batu Pahat and Nusajaya.

As details which include financing and the exact location of the train stations have yet to be confirmed, no date has been confirmed for the groundbreaking work yet, but do expect construction to start as early as Q3 next year.

With the new rail network, travelling between Singapore and KL will only take 90 minutes.

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Nissan delivered its first 100% electric taxis to Madrid and Barcelona. The introduction of the Nissan LEAF to Madrid's taxi fleet, and the e-NV200 taxi for Barcelona - brings the option of quiet, zero-emission travel to these bustling city centers.  

The Barcelona deliveries served as an important step in the execution of an agreement between Nissan, the City of Barcelona, and the Barcelona Metropolitan area which brings the Barcelona-built e-NV200 to the streets of the city where the revolutionary electric van is produced.

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Ever since Aston Martin became independent in 2007, it has undergone almost a complete makeover. The British firm hired a new chief executive, signed a new engine deal with Mercedes-AMG, and has been working on a new platform. The long-dead but iconic Lagonda marque has been revived, hinting at a new design direction. It all sounds good on paper, but so far, nothing concrete has come out of the aforementioned changes.

Well, that is until now. A test mule has been spotted, which could be hiding the said new platform under the widened Vantage shell. The mule may also pack the new Mercedes engine, although both rumours are unconfirmed at the moment.

However, the prototype may hint at the future of Aston Martin. With a total revamp and a new powerunit, this radical makeover may be extremely thrilling for potential and existing customers alike.

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Unlike its rivals from Coventry, Mercedes has no plans to soften the looks of the iconic G-Wagen. The 2016 refresh comes after regulatory changes have forced Mercedes to alter several aspects of the vehicle. That said, the overall brutalist design aesthetic will march on, for Daimler AG boss Dieter Zetsch believes that the G-Class shouldn’t become a quasi-offroader, it has pedigree and will always be the original German offroader.

Rumours suggest Mercedes may use the 2016 refresh to widen and lower the car to keep it relevant in the highly competitive market today. Currently, the Range Rover is their only true competitior, but that is set to change as the likes of Bentley and others start to manufacture their own luxury SUVs.

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Researches from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have figured out a way to cure congestion without resorting to the usage of expensive road pricing systems. Dubbed ‘Roadrunner’, it is a smart phone-enabled platform which enables cars to 'talk' to each other on the move. Currently, the system has proven to be more efficient than the existing ERP system in simulations.

The increase in efficiency is attributed to the active monitoring and controlling of the number of vehicles in congested regions. The system works by issuing tokens to each vehicle, which is then taken away again when that vehicle leaves the affected area. The freed up token is then passed on to another car. Should a car fail to get a token, RoadRunner will suggest an alternative route to prevent further congestion.

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GrabTaxi is a smart phone taxi booking app, which, as its name suggests, helps users reserve and call for cabs. Since its inception last October, more have been using the app, so much so that the usage rate has gone up by a hundredfold; an estimated 1,300 taxi bookings are made via the app today, compared to the measly 10 from last October.

The firm has more to celebrate, for it has secured a third round of funding from capitalists, which has increased its total revenue for 2014 to approximately S$114 million.

Observers estimate the app to outpace ComfortDelGro's current booking volume. For each booking, GrabTaxi gets a cut. The firm earns $0.30 and $0.60 respectively for every current and advance booking a cabby accepts, less than half of what their rivals are charging.

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From everyone at the Oneshift office, we would like to wish all our Hindu friends a Happy Deepavali! 

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