NASA’s revolutionary metamaterial “morphing” wing mimics birds wings

NASA’s revolutionary metamaterial “morphing” wing mimics birds wings

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Aircraft wings are subject to different conditions during flight, but until now rigid wings weren’t optimal for any of them.   A team of researchers led by NASA and MIT in the US have come up with a radical new aeroplane wing design that is...

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Autonomous planes, hypersonic jets and flying cars, Boeing unveils its future

Autonomous planes, hypersonic jets and flying cars, Boeing unveils its future

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF One day aircraft will be fully autonomous, but getting there is a journey of many steps and this is one of them, and Boeing is placing its bets.   Everything it seems these days is going autonomous, from cars, trains and trucks, to giant cargo ships...

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Boeing unveil their stunning hypersonic space plane concept

Boeing unveil their stunning hypersonic space plane concept

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of transportation is fast, very fast, and companies are once again getting serious about building commercial hypersonic aircraft.   It’s a vision of the future that could someday jet people from the Los Angeles to Tokyo in just three hours or cut the...

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Mercedes shows off the company’s latest autonomous vehicle concepts

Mercedes shows off the company’s latest autonomous vehicle concepts

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As we watch the future of autonomous transportation evolve automotive companies are now experimenting with new business models and product concepts.   As more vehicles, from cars to aircraft and everything in between, become electric and autonomous Mercedez Benz decided a while ago that it...

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Elon Musk unveils the future of urban transport, and living on Mars

Elon Musk unveils the future of urban transport, and living on Mars

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Urban transportation is often a nightmare of clogged and congested roads, Musk believes he has a solution, and it’s going underground.   Elon Musk unveiled his vision for the Boring Company last night with the unveiling of the company’s first 12 ft wide test tunnel...

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Virgin Galactic soars into space and the record books with succesful test flight

Virgin Galactic soars into space and the record books with succesful test flight

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the costs of accessing space fall we’re seeing the start of a new era in tourism – space tourism.   Late last Thursday a Virgin Galactic rocket plane blasted to the edge of space, capping off years of difficult testing to become the first US commercial...

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Elon Musk gets ready to unveil the future of urban transportation

Elon Musk gets ready to unveil the future of urban transportation

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Tunnelling is often a complex and expensive process but musk has sped up the process by making the tunnels smaller, and now he wants to revolutionise urban transportation.   After months of wondering what was going on beneath their feet outsiders are about to get a...

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Hyundai unveils the worlds first car with a solar power panoramic roof

Hyundai unveils the worlds first car with a solar power panoramic roof

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the future electric cars won’t solely be reliant on Lithium Ion batteries, as battery technology and new materials evolve we’ll see the emergence of battery-less electric vehicles.   If you ever watch one of my keynotes on the Future of Transportation, like the one...

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Lockheed Martin goes full throttle to develop NASA’s quiet supersonic jet

Lockheed Martin goes full throttle to develop NASA’s quiet supersonic jet

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Regulators don’t like noisy supersonic aircraft flying over land, so Lockheed and NASA have teamed up to create a quiet supersonic aircraft.   One of the reasons why the iconic Concorde was mothballed was because it was too noisy when travelling at supersonic speeds, so...

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The world’s first silent, engineless aircraft takes flight at MIT

The world’s first silent, engineless aircraft takes flight at MIT

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF This new type of engine, an ion engine, could one day be a useful propulsion system for drones and small aircraft but a lot of work remains to be done.   Since the first airplane took flight over 100 years ago, virtually every aircraft in...

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Emirates boss says future aircraft will be windowless

Emirates boss says future aircraft will be windowless

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Windows on airplanes add upto 50 percent to the weight of the aircraft, and reduce their structural integrity, so people want to get rid of them.   Would you want to fly eight hours or more on an airplane with no windows? Absolutely you would I...

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Record breaking solar powered aircraft stays aloft for 26 days straight

Record breaking solar powered aircraft stays aloft for 26 days straight

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The aviation industry is one of the world’s biggest polluters so companies around the world are trying to find new ways to power aircraft.   Recently I talked about SolarStratos, a company that’s looking to produce “the world’s first commercial solar aircraft,” and a couple...

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The UK’s new Quantum Compass makes GPS satellites obsolete

The UK’s new Quantum Compass makes GPS satellites obsolete

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF GPS signals are often unreliable and they don’t reach every part of Earth, such as the deep oceans, this breakthrough replaces GPS everywhere.   Over the past year I’ve been increasingly discussing how researchers around the world, from the US to China, have been experimenting...

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Triton’s $48million submarine takes the super rich to the bottom of the deepest ocean

Triton’s $48million submarine takes the super rich to the bottom of the deepest ocean

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Technology isn’t just democratising mobility above ground, it’s increasingly reducing the cost of exploring the world’s deepest oceans too.   There’s a lot of talk recently about conquering space, whether it’s by living on the Moon or Mars, and space tourism, but the fact still...

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New Mantis Shrimp inspired camera will make self-driving cars safer

New Mantis Shrimp inspired camera will make self-driving cars safer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Over the past few years people have been killed when their semi-autonomous cars got confused and blinded by the Sun so scientists have turned to biology to solve the problem.   A little while ago a man driving a Tesla on autopilot was killed when...

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Ground transport at 760mph, HTT unveil their hyperloop passenger capsule

Ground transport at 760mph, HTT unveil their hyperloop passenger capsule

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Countries around the world reinventing mobility and transportation, and the Hyperloop is a crucial part of many countries future vision.   Elon Musk’s dream of travelling by hyperloop, essentially a Mach 1 train in a vacuum tube, is getting closer to reality as the UAE...

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BMW unveils it’s first fully autonomous motorbike

BMW unveils it’s first fully autonomous motorbike

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF While a fully autonomous motorobike sounds odd, it’s designed to improve driver safety and comfort.   Will you need a motorbike license to ride in the future? Well, maybe not. At the Miramas testing ground circuit in Provence, France, last week, BMW unveiled its first autonomous...

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Uber has killed off its self-driving truck division

Uber has killed off its self-driving truck division

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As Uber faces challenges on multiple fronts the company has had to take the hard decision to double down on strategic bets.   Two years after Uber bought self-driving truck developer Otto for $680 million, the ride hailing company has announced that the Uber Advanced...

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Aston Martin unveils its first stunning flying car concept

Aston Martin unveils its first stunning flying car concept

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the technology to build flying cars improves, and as companies start to look rolling out the first services, the competition is heating up.   Lamborghini recently unveiled their first electric hyper car concept where the car is the battery, but now Aston Martin, the iconic...

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Rolls Royce unveil their new flying taxi

Rolls Royce unveil their new flying taxi

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As more companies pile into the flying taxi market it’s increasingly likely that you’ll start seeing them appear in cities near you, kickstarting the next transportation revolution.   British engine maker Rolls Royce revealed its plans this week to develop a hybrid electric vehicle, dubbed...

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