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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Airbus will test its new “Sky taxi” later this year

Airbus will test its new “Sky taxi” later this year

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With more people moving into the cities gridlock is becoming the bane of most people’s lives, Airbus and others, including Uber propose taking to the skies but people with vertigo should watch out.   Airbus has been eyeing the increasingly interesting, and viable, flying taxi...

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Singapore is developing a drone airspace management system

Singapore is developing a drone airspace management system

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With our skies due to fill up over the coming decades with more and more drones authorities are in a race to try to find new ways to manage and secure their airspace before disasters happen   Over the next decade our skies will be...

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China’s Ehang gets serious about autonomous sky taxis, begins tests

China’s Ehang gets serious about autonomous sky taxis, begins tests

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Flying cars and flying taxis’s have been tried before, they’ve been scoffed at, but the investment, regulatory and technology environment is now coming together in their favour, one day you’ll be able to take a ride in one.   At Las Vegas’ glitzy Consumer Electronics...

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China to spend $500 Billion by 2020 to build new high speed rail links

China to spend $500 Billion by 2020 to build new high speed rail links

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many countries believe that having strong infrastructure helps their economies grow and thrive, and China is out investing everyone.   The Chinese government plans to expand the country’s high-speed rail network to 18,600 miles by 2020, part of public infrastructure spending aimed at shoring up...

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The US Army tests convoys of autonomous trucks in Michigan

The US Army tests convoys of autonomous trucks in Michigan

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF US military convoys are often seen as soft targets in war zones around the world and that puts US service men and women at risk, autonomous trucks take more soldiers out of the firing line.   Late last month the US Army tested its latest driverless...

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It begins, Uber unveils its autonomous trucking business

It begins, Uber unveils its autonomous trucking business

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New technologies are hitting the roads faster than expected, self-driving trucks which many analysts said were years, if not decades away, now need to re-write those reports and tens of millions of people who rely on the industry need to re-evaluate their futures.   A...

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Ubers self-driving car fleet quits California and heads to Arizona

Ubers self-driving car fleet quits California and heads to Arizona

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Regulators often get in the way – sometimes rightly – of the testing and adoption of new technologies but companies often find a way round them   Silicon Valley is known as the home of tech innovation so it’s no surprise Uber chose San Francisco...

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Two self driving Ubers ran red lights in San Francisco

Two self driving Ubers ran red lights in San Francisco

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF While this incident has been put down to human error, allegedly, cyber attacks on fleets of driverless cars could make these sorts of scenes common place unless companies come together to develop new security standards.   Ubers self-driving fleet has already run into trouble after...

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Amazon Prime Air completes its first UK commercial drone delivery

Amazon Prime Air completes its first UK commercial drone delivery

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Brick and mortar retailers have always had an advantage over their online cousins when it comes to delivery times, walk in, buy your item, walk out, but on demand, real time drone deliveries will erode that advantage   Amazon announced today that his company has successfully...

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Fords latest self-driving car looks surprisingly normal

Fords latest self-driving car looks surprisingly normal

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Most of us can spot a self-driving car from a mile off because of the huge, bulky sensor arrays strapped to their rooves, but as s   Ford has pulled the wraps off of its second-generation driverless Fusion Hybrid just one week before the company...

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Self-driving Ubers hit the streets of San Francisco

Self-driving Ubers hit the streets of San Francisco

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF while many questions remain about the safety of self-driving cars companies like Uber continue to push the boundaries of both technology and regulations, this is their second self-driving car pilot and their technology has already come on leaps and bounds.   Already being trialled in...

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