The Answer May Be Blowing in Ford’s $200 Million Wind Tunnel (M Live)

The not-exactly-aerodynamic Ford Model T.

Ford Motor Company aims to enhance both production and racing vehicles by investing in new testing facilities in Michigan.

The car maker has announced plans to build a wind tunnel and climatic chamber that will allow it to improve fuel efficiency in its vehicles. The tunnel will generate forces up to 200 mph and cost $200 million, and will “replicate real-world drag through a rolling road aerodynamic tunnel that enables Ford to bring the road to the vehicle, rather than the vehicle to the road,” Ford explains. Read more.

Two European Culture Capitals are Partying Like It’s 2017 (Newsweek)

Two European cities — Aarhus, on the coast of Denmark, and Kingston-upon-Hull, 450 miles away on the coast of England — promise year-round celebrations of art and culture to boost their morale and economies.

Aarhus, awarded the EU’s Capital of Culture, hopes to connect to residents and art lovers by focusing on children. Hull, second place in the U.K.’s City of Culture, aims to heal divisions in the maritime community by creating open art spaces of public involvement. Read more.

Airbus’ Swappable Airplane Interiors (Wired)

Airbus has introduced Transpose, a “low-fidelity” aircraft with swappable inflight interiors.

The concept allows aircrafts to exchange cramped rows for varying activity cabins. Airbus is working with 100 engineers and designers to test and improve their creation to meet federal aviation standards. Read more.

‘Road to Nowhere’: The Challenges US Faces in Rebuilding Infrastructure (Council on Foreign Relations)

Traffic, carsThe Council on Foreign Relations analyzes transportation policy initiatives, highlighting the challenges the United States faces as infrastructure expires and investments stagnate.

Though the country has historically fostered one of the world’s best transportation networks, global economic competitors are quickly surpassing it. Read more.