Watch: Yamaha’s insane Motobot race Valentino “The Doctor” Rossi on the track

Watch: Yamaha’s insane Motobot race Valentino “The Doctor” Rossi on the track

WHY THIS MATTERS Part marketing stunt part serious experiment Yamaha’s Motobot robot took on Valentino “The Doctor” Rossi on the track to improve bike safety.   Yamaha was just caught showing off their latest humanoid robot that they put onto one of their motorcycles and pitted it against Valentino Rossi, one...

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Maritime regulator gets set to allow autonomous ships on the high seas

Maritime regulator gets set to allow autonomous ships on the high seas

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As new autonomous ship technologies race ahead we mustn’t forget that nothing happens unless the regulators allow it, but now the dam’s bursting   It can be said that the majority of people and companies normally see change coming well before it arrives, take the...

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Intel enters the self-driving car market

Intel enters the self-driving car market

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It used to be the case that car companies were car companies and tech companies were tech companies, but now the lines between the industries are blurring and the old rules have changed   Intel has announced that it will join almost every other auto manufacturer...

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World’s first fully autonomous freight train goes for a spin in Australia

World’s first fully autonomous freight train goes for a spin in Australia

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF While every transportation company on Earth is racing to build fully autonomous vehicle they’ve all been beaten to market by the world’s first fully autonomous freight train   This week Rio Tinto, who are already operating the world’s largest autonomous dump truck, the 250 ton...

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Kalashnikov show off their first ever hoverbike

Kalashnikov show off their first ever hoverbike

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Kalashnikovs new hoverbike has civilian and military use cases but most people will just want one to commute in   Last week Kalashnikov, makers of the famous AK-47 and part of the Russian defence giant Rostec, announced that it’s branching out into what it calls...

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Travel to anywhere on Earth in under an hour, Elon Musk reveals his newest plan

Travel to anywhere on Earth in under an hour, Elon Musk reveals his newest plan

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world needs visionaries because they’re the individuals who make us excited about the future and our own human potential, and Elon Musk just did it again   At yesterdays’ International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide, Australia, Elon Musk, the billionaire polymath and founder of Neuralink,...

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World’s first autonomous cargo ship to enter service in 2018

World’s first autonomous cargo ship to enter service in 2018

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Faced by “cratering profits,” low margins and bankruptcy, shipping companies are starting to look at ways they can roll out autonomous cargo ships faster than planned   Last year the CEO of Rolls Royce announced his company’s grand plan to create fleets of “Ghost ships,”...

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UK to start self-driving semi-truck trials on public roads in 2018

UK to start self-driving semi-truck trials on public roads in 2018

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Technologies that were thought to be decades away from maturity are arriving faster than most people anticipate, and as the UK starts autonomous vehicle tests it won’t be soon before we see the first driverless trucks ploughing our highways   Hot on the heels of...

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The death of the combustion engine, China prepares to announce ban

The death of the combustion engine, China prepares to announce ban

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It now looks inevitable that the world will make the switch to electric vehicles, but there is still a lot to be done to build out the infrastructure and capacity needed to support these governments aspirations   Sell your oil and gas stocks, and throw...

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China announces plans to build a 2,500mph train to rival the Hyperloop

China announces plans to build a 2,500mph train to rival the Hyperloop

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When people looked into the future they saw faster more efficient planes that made trains obsolete, but the tables look like they’re starting to turn   As the race to be the first company to build the world’s first commercial Hyperloop network, a network of...

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US legislators new SELF DRIVE Act lays the foundation for a country full of driverless vehicles

US legislators new SELF DRIVE Act lays the foundation for a country full of driverless vehicles

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As automakers continue their pursuit of the perfect self-driving car US lawmakers are uncharacteristically leading the charge and laying the groundwork to facilitate a nation full of autonomous vehicles   Last year Michigan became the first city in the US to sign into law a series...

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Tesla enters the Hyperloop race, instantly breaks speed record

Tesla enters the Hyperloop race, instantly breaks speed record

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The race to dominate the future of high speed travel is on, and Elon Musk just showed his hand   In 2013 billionaire polymath Elon Musk “gave” the world his Hyperloop idea, a concept of a train in a vacuum tube that could travel at...

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Hyperloop One’s pod hits 192mph in first real world test

Hyperloop One’s pod hits 192mph in first real world test

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In 2013 the Hyperloop was just a concept, and now it’s being tested in Nevada, and it won’t be long before we can travel in one   The Hyperloop, a futuristic Mach 1.0 “train in a tube” concept, that was first touted by Elon Musk...

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Britain bans sale of combustion engines from 2040

Britain bans sale of combustion engines from 2040

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As electric vehicles become more reliable and affordable countries around the world are sounding the death knell for the combustion engine and banning them from their roads   Everything seems to be going electric these days, from aircraft and ships to cars, and last week UK...

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France’s railways to run semi-autonomous from 2023

France’s railways to run semi-autonomous from 2023

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Every mode of transportation is going autonomous, and the railways will be no different   The French national railway company, SNCF, has announced that it has begun working on semi-autonomous high speed trains that will top out at 300km/h, and it hopes to have a...

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Dubai considers delaying the roll out of its flying taxi service

Dubai considers delaying the roll out of its flying taxi service

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Flying taxi’s are great, but like any other responsible country Dubai wants to make sure they meet all the safety standards before they’re rolled out   Dubai is rapidly transforming itself into an Emirate that is embracing the future at full tilt, and early in...

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Hyperloop One completes the first successful test of its Hyperloop system

Hyperloop One completes the first successful test of its Hyperloop system

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In 2013 the Hyperloop, a Mach 1.0 train in a tube, was nothing more than a drawing on a napkin, now Hyperloop One have completed the first full system test of one   While you might never have naturally thought as a child that one...

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France bans sales of combustion engines from 2040

France bans sales of combustion engines from 2040

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The days of the century old combustion engine are numbered as some of the world’s largest car markets turn to electric vehicles instead   France will follow in the footsteps of Germany and India, who both recently announced plans to end the sales of combustion engines...

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HTT’s first Hyperloop will use passive levitation

HTT’s first Hyperloop will use passive levitation

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The Hyperloop is a futuristic Mach 1 “Train in a pod” that companies are racing to turn into a reality, and if HTT have their way their ride will be as smooth as silk   Earlier this week Southern California based start up Hyperloop Transportation...

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GM announces it’s ready to mass produce self-driving cars

GM announces it’s ready to mass produce self-driving cars

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Building a few prototype self-driving cars is one thing, but mass producing them is another ball game entirely, and now GM say they’ve cracked it   As the race to create the world’s first viable self-driving car fleets hots up with companies like Ford promising...

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