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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Companies are racing to fill the seas with autonomous drone ships

Companies are racing to fill the seas with autonomous drone ships

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It seems like every mode of transport is going autonomous these days, and that’s because it is, and cargo ships of every kind are no exception.   Forget Uber’s itsy bitsy diddy self-driving cars, and Otto’s self-driving semi-trucks, if you want a robot to haul a...

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Boeing will trial its first self-piloting planes in 2018

Boeing will trial its first self-piloting planes in 2018

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of transportation is autonomous, and giant passenger planes will be no different.   At this week’s Paris Airshow Boeing, who along with Rolls Royce are talking about fuel-less aircraft, announced that they are looking towards a “brave new world” where jetliners fly without...

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Tesla’s self-driving cars will drive coast to coast in 2018

Tesla’s self-driving cars will drive coast to coast in 2018

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Auto manufacturers are relentlessly pursuing a future without drivers and Elon Musk and Tesla want to be at the forefront of the revolution.   Elon Musk has let of another Twitter storm, this time concerning the future of Tesla’s autonomous cars and software updates, and...

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Switzerland might build a $3.4Bn autonomous underground transport system

Switzerland might build a $3.4Bn autonomous underground transport system

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Roads around the world are filling up with cars and lorries and now Switzerland is thinking about moving lorries, vans and delivery carts underground.   Everyone wants to get away from rush hour traffic, especially if you’re stuck behind a truck, even if it’s an...

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India to go all in on electric vehicles, sale of combustion engines will end in 2030

India to go all in on electric vehicles, sale of combustion engines will end in 2030

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The electric vehicle revolution is gaining speed, and now India follows in Germany’s footsteps announcing the end of petrol and diesel car sales from 2030.   Earlier this week India’s Coal and Mines Minister, Piyush Goyal, announced that by the year 2030 every car sold...

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Scientists work out that time travel is ‘mathematically possible’

Scientists work out that time travel is ‘mathematically possible’

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Science fiction has a habit of very often becoming science fact and proving that something is mathematically possible is often the start of a journey of discovery and invention   As a futurist, or, yes, okay, an emerging technology nerd, I often find that people...

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Elon Musk bought a boring machine but is it for LA or Mars?

Elon Musk bought a boring machine but is it for LA or Mars?

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Los Angeles has a traffic problem, Mars has a radiation problem… Elon Musk has a boring machine, but is it headed for LA or Mars, and is he throwing us a red herring…?   After Elon Musk launched his latest company, Neuralink, whose sole purpose...

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Fuel-less flights are on the horizon as electric aircraft taxi for take off

Fuel-less flights are on the horizon as electric aircraft taxi for take off

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The airline industry is one of the world’s most polluting industries but as battery technology improves more companies are piling in to create the world’s first, viable electric passenger planes.   All of a sudden there’s a lot of gossip and activity buzzing around electric...

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Uber is building its own EV charging network in London

Uber is building its own EV charging network in London

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Uber wants to roll out more electric vehicles in London but London’s lack of EV infrastructure means it’s got to build its own network   Uber, who’ve been facing numerous setbacks recently from scandals to crashes that caused it to suspend its self-driving car program...

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Two companies announce plans to become the Tesla of the air

Two companies announce plans to become the Tesla of the air

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Airlines have been dreaming about electric passenger aircraft for decades, and now the technology is improving we might see the first electric passenger aircraft appear by 2030.   Hot on the heels of Rolls Royce’s CEO announcing that he thinks the future of flight is...

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Watch: Daedulus is an insane, real life flying Iron Man suit

Watch: Daedulus is an insane, real life flying Iron Man suit

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world needs inventors, dreamers… and crazy people, but most of all we need an Iron Man suit so we can beat the rush hour traffic.   A new company called Gravity has unveiled of its first product – the Daedulus flight suit, and just...

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Domino’s to start robo-deliveries in Germany

Domino’s to start robo-deliveries in Germany

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Automation appears to be the way of the future, and now even the humble pizza delivery driver is under threat   The food delivery robots, and drones, are coming. The technology is improving, people seem to be more receptive to the concept than they have...

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Amazon completes it’s first autonomous drone delivery on American soil

Amazon completes it’s first autonomous drone delivery on American soil

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Time to delivery is the new retail battlefield and Amazon is getting closer to realising its 30 minute goal   Amazon, who last December became the first company to successfully complete the UK’s first drone delivery, has been testing its Prime Air drone delivery drones for...

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Uber suspends entire self-driving car program after Arizona crash

Uber suspends entire self-driving car program after Arizona crash

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Getting technology ready for the mass market often involves years of rigorous testing, but again it looks like humans could be to blame for this latest self-driving fender bender   Uber has suspended its entire driverless car program, which affects its trials in Arizona , after the...

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Rolls Royce CEO sticks it to fossil fuels, announces the future of flight is electric

Rolls Royce CEO sticks it to fossil fuels, announces the future of flight is electric

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The airline industry has been grappling with the dual challenge of rising fuel costs and increasing pollution levels for decades, but now executives agree the future is electric.   Twenty years ago if you’d said that the future of cars was electric people would have...

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