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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Uber’s self-driving car crashes and flips in Arizona

Uber’s self-driving car crashes and flips in Arizona

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Technology takes time to perfect, but in an age where sci-fi keeps becoming sci-fact it’s easy to forget it has flaws   A self-driving car operated by Uber was involved in a crash earlier this morning in Tempe, Arizona, in what is just one of a series...

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HTT shows off its concept Hyperloop passenger pod

HTT shows off its concept Hyperloop passenger pod

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The amount of interest in the Hyperloop as a future mode of transport is increasing, and companies want you to buy into the vision   Building a new Mach 1.0, or 760mph “train in a tube,” dubbed the Hyperloop – an idea first put out there by...

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Toyota’s latest third space concept car wants to be your friend

Toyota’s latest third space concept car wants to be your friend

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Cars are evolving, they’re no longer modes of transportation, they’re lounges and homes on wheels, and Toyota’s Yui wants to be your friend   Toyota recently revealed a new concept vehicle with a virtual companion named Yui built in and while, in the past a...

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Hyperloop One announces first test run of its propulsion system in Las Vegas desert

Hyperloop One announces first test run of its propulsion system in Las Vegas desert

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The Hyperloop is a train capable of Mach speed and this is the first time its propulsion system will be put through its paces   Hyperloop One, the company behind trying to bring Elon Musk’s fabled Mach 1.0, or 760mph “train in a tube” Hyperloop,...

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The hyperloop could be coming to India

The hyperloop could be coming to India

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF High speed infrastructure has long been shown to boost economic development and growth, and there’s no faster way to connect cities than by using a Hyperloop   India is a country that’s on the ascent but for all its promise much of the country is...

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Airbus unveils PopUp, the sky taxi of the future

Airbus unveils PopUp, the sky taxi of the future

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of mobility is still going to be multi-modal but nothing says we have to stay on the ground.   None of us like sitting in a traffic jam and watching the taxi meter rise, or the world pass us by, but now an...

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Hyperloop One have built the world’s first Hyperloop test track

Hyperloop One have built the world’s first Hyperloop test track

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Four years after Elon Musk first gave the Hyperloop concept to the world Hyperloop One have just finished building the world’s first test track   The Hyperloop concept, a futuristic transportation system that speeds passengers seated inside pods through low pressure tubes at blistering speeds of...

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China vows to replace 67,000 taxis with electric vehicles

China vows to replace 67,000 taxis with electric vehicles

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many cities around the world, including London, are struggling with high pollution levels which affect the health of their citizens, Beijing’s new mandate will help alleviate it   Many people think that taxis are a bane, and depending on where you live many of them...

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Uber’s self-driving cars, not their drivers, ran red lights in San Francisco

Uber’s self-driving cars, not their drivers, ran red lights in San Francisco

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The race to stay ahead can sometimes lead companies to do strange things but technology still has its limits   Last December, a self-driving Uber was caught on camera running a red light in San Francisco, shortly after the vehicles began testing on the roads –...

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Dubai buys 200 self-driving Teslas to complete the world’s first autonomous transportation network

Dubai buys 200 self-driving Teslas to complete the world’s first autonomous transportation network

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Dubai’s government have now got everything they need to create the world’s first, full end to end autonomous transportation network   A little over a year ago Dubai Future’s Foundation and Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced they were committed to seeing at least...

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World’s first flying taxi service will start operations in Dubai this summer

World’s first flying taxi service will start operations in Dubai this summer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Dubai wants to be the most futuristic city on Earth so it’s no surprise it’s going to be the first with a flying taxi service.   On Monday the emirate’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), who’ve already announced that they’re going to be the first...

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Musk: Telsa’s first fully autonomous car to appear within six months

Musk: Telsa’s first fully autonomous car to appear within six months

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many analysts used to believe that driverless cars were a decade away, but company after company, including Tesla, wants to prove them wrong   The majority of people, well, when I say the majority of people what I actually mean, looking at the surveys, is...

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An American first as self-driving buses hit the streets of Vegas

An American first as self-driving buses hit the streets of Vegas

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Every time a new self-driving vehicle hits public roads it brings the technology one step closer to being rolled out en masse, and Vegas is leading the charge   Last week residents in Las Vegas became the first in the US to be able to catch...

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Nissan’s self-driving cars are coming to London

Nissan’s self-driving cars are coming to London

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The UK and Europe lag behind the US and other countries in trialling autonomous vehicles, but now the UK Government looks like it’s starting to thaw and let manufacturers loose in the cities   In the first test of its kind in Europe, next month...

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