Linklist: October 3, 2011

AFP at Google News London on war footing for Olympic transport battle “The eye-watering size of the transport budget for the Olympics speaks volumes about the size of the task — it is £6.5 billion (7.5 billion euros, $10 billion), compared with a budget for the Games of around £9.3 billion, not including transport.”

Kurzweil: Nissan teams up with EPFL for BMI-assisted driving “The car of tomorrow will scan your thought patterns and predict your next, says Nissan, which is collaborating with the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland (EPFL). Brain machine interface (BMI) systems developed by scientists at EPFL already allow disabled users to maneuver their wheelchairs by thought alone. “The idea is to blend driver and vehicle intelligence together in such a way that eliminates conflicts between them, leading to a safer motoring environment,” said Professor José del R. Millán, project leader.”

CNET: Ig Nobels honor study of horny beetles, why we sigh “And of course there are the tongue-in-cheek awards, including the public safety prize for experiments in which someone tries to drive on a highway with the sun visor flapping down over his face, blinding him. The mayor of Vilnius, Lithuania, Arturas Zuokas, got the peace prize for “demonstrating that the problem of illegally parked luxury cars can be solved by running them over with an armored truck,” according to the Ig Nobel statement.” hat tip: David A. King’s blog

Bloomberg via Strib: As cancellations take off, fliers have fewer options : “United Continental Holdings, Delta Air Lines and other large carriers have scrubbed nearly 104,000 flights this year through Sept. 21, or 2.36 percent of the scheduled total. A full-year rate at that level would be the highest since 2001, according to the federal Bureau of Transportation Statistics.”