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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Futurist keynote, Helsinki: The Future of Transportation, Nordic Digital Business Summit

Futurist keynote, Helsinki: The Future of Transportation, Nordic Digital Business Summit

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Over the next twenty years the transportation industry will see more change than it has in the previous 200 and the impacts of these changes will be felt within every industry, and every corner of society.   Firstly, thanks to Noel and his team for...

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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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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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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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World’s first GPS Spoofing attack puts 20 ships 32km inland at an airport

World’s first GPS Spoofing attack puts 20 ships 32km inland at an airport

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New technology keeps lowering the bar for criminals and nation states that want to cause mischief and harm, and now the makers of autonomous vehicles have something new to worry about.   Recently there have been reports of satellite navigation problems in the Black Sea...

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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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Futurist keynote, Dubai: The Future of Minds &Machines, Dubai IAICC International Innovation Conference

Futurist keynote, Dubai: The Future of Minds &Machines, Dubai IAICC International Innovation Conference

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Dubai is a city that was gifted nothing, and had to build and earn everything, and it was a great honour to speak there, in a place that is rapidly becoming the very embodiment of the future.   Dubai Dubai so good they named it...

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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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The USAF turned an F-16 fighter jet into the world’s most advanced drone

The USAF turned an F-16 fighter jet into the world’s most advanced drone

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Militaries around the world are weaponising AI and drones to create semi, or fully, autonomous weapons platforms and the pace of development is accelerating.   Earlier this week the US Air Force (USAF) announced that it has managed to turn  an F-16 fighter jet into...

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Robots are taking over and automating the world’s mines

Robots are taking over and automating the world’s mines

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Automation is taking the world’s mining operations by storm, and it will only be a matter of time before the only humans are the ones servicing the machines.   Every one of the giant Komatsu 250 ton trucks is the size of a two story family...

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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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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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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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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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