Singapore luxury ‘car vending machine’ dispenses Ferraris, Bentleys

A futuristic 15-story showroom in Singapore dubbed the “world’s largest luxury car vending machine,” has opened offering customers million-dollar supercars, including Ferraris, Bentleys, Lamborghinis and Porsches.

The facility built by used car dealer Autobahn Motors (ABM) simulates a “fish-bone” system capable of minimizing wind resistance. About 60 luxury cars are displayed in its illuminated showcase.

Vehicles on offer run from modern luxury sports cars to classics, including a 1955 Morgan Plus 4.

According to the company, customers on the ground floor choose from a touchscreen display which car they want to see. The car arrives within one to two minutes using an advanced vehicle retrieval system.

The vending machine format aims to make efficient use of space in land-scarce Singapore as well as standing out from the competition, said ABM General Manager Gary Hong.

“We needed to meet our requirement of storing a lot of cars. At the same time, we wanted to be creative and innovative,” he told Reuters, adding that developers have shown interest in using the company’s Automotive Inventory Management System for parking services.

US company Carvana also uses vending machine-like towers to sell used cars. In March, it opened an eight-floor facility that holds up to 30 cars in San Antonio, Texas. In total, the company has four locations across the United States, with the first car vending machine opened in late 2015. Carvana customers can drop a coin in the slot and pick up their new purchases at the vending machines or have the cars delivered directly to their door.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta – New Mexico

balloonThis yearly festival held during early October is a festival of hot air balloons. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta takes place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA and is a nine day event, The event is the largest hot air balloon festival with over 750 balloons Once the balloons are let off, they paint the sky with their vibrant colours and hues making it a beautiful sight to look at.

Festival Dates : October 1st to 9th 2016

Burning Man – Black Rock Desert, Nevada

burning manNevada’s Black Rock desert hosts the Burning Man, an annual event when up to 48,000 people gather to create art and express their individuality. It takes its name from the ritual burning of a large wooden effigy, which is set alight on Saturday evening. The event is described as an experiment in community, art, radical self-expression, and radical self-reliance. People who have gone to Burning Man gatherings claim you need to attend to truly understand.

Event Date :  August 28 – September 5, 2016

Etihad to commence daily flights to LA

Los AngelesEtihad Airways plans to launch direct daily flights from Abudhabi to Los Angeles with effect from June 1 2014. The service would depart Abudhabi at 0845 and reach Los Angeles(LAX) at 1415.The return flight leaves LAX at 1615, getting back into Abu Dhabi at 1935 the next day.Los Angeles will become Etihad’s fourth US destination, following New York, Washington DC and Chicago.The Boeing 777-200LR to be used would seat 237 passenger,eight in first class, 40 in business class and 189 in economy. Both first and business classes with have fully flat-bed seats.

The most expensive tunnel in the world

EARLIER this month, Amtrak, America’s government-owned passenger rail corporation, released a plan outlining how it’s going to spend $151 billion it doesn’t currently have (and has no prospect of receiving anytime soon) to bring true high-speed trains to America’s crucial Boston-New York-Washington rail axis. Amtrak’s proposal to bore a 10-mile rail tunnel underneath Philadelphia would require the most expensive type of tunnel imaginable—”It is freaking expensive to bore a ten-mile-long tunnel through an alluvial floodplain under a highly urbanised area—and to maintain it, since it will reside below the water table,” an expert writes. At $10 billion, he notes that the project would be about three times as expensive per mile as the Gotthard Base Tunnel under the Swiss Alps. And all this is for marginal improvements in speed and access. The tracks around and through Philadelphia aren’t, generally, big obstacles to high-speed rail—the tunnels in and around Baltimore, Maryland are. It would be much cheaper to replace Baltimore’s terrible tunnels than to build a fancy new one under Philadelphia.