Re-imagining retail, Robomart unveil their autonomous, mobile shop concept

Re-imagining retail, Robomart unveil their autonomous, mobile shop concept

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As society starts to get used to the idea of autonomous vehicles it’s giving companies the opportunity to re-imagine entire industries.   As companies start to realise that the future of transportation will inevitably be autonomous there are an increasing number of start-ups, as well...

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Toyota’s autonomous vehicle concept signals the death of the car

Toyota’s autonomous vehicle concept signals the death of the car

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF By 2040 the concept of the car will be dead, replaced instead by autonomous multi-modal pods, and this is Toyota’s vision of a possible future.   As we begin to stare the death of the car in the face, with even companies like Audi realising...

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European giants team up to build electric aircraft

European giants team up to build electric aircraft

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Aviation is one of today’s biggest polluters so now companies are ploughing more effort into building the world’s first viable electric aircraft. In March this year Rolls Royce’s CEO announced that the future of flight was electric, and this week Airbus, Rolls Royce and Siemens announced...

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Nvidia’s newest AI turns sunny streets into snow filled ones in real time

Nvidia’s newest AI turns sunny streets into snow filled ones in real time

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Leaps in computing performance are letting AI’s produce real time, photo realistic fake video footage that has a variety of applications, from training self-driving cars to helping create fake news.   As everyone knows, or at least can suspect, the sunny weather in California is...

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Audi unveils a future without cars

Audi unveils a future without cars

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Most people think that self-driving cars are simply the next natural evolution of the car when actually they signal the death of the car as we know it.   Not all concept cars make it off the auto show floor and into production, but now,...

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UK Government announces self-driving cars to hit the roads by 2021, prepares 1 million drivers for redundancy

UK Government announces self-driving cars to hit the roads by 2021, prepares 1 million drivers for redundancy

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world around us is changing rapidly and the UK Government has just become the first government in the world to announce plans to start the transition to self-driving vehicles, quoting it’s going to be “painful and challenging.”   Following in the footsteps of Dubai...

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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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