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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Featured Futurist, TV Interview: The Future of Aviation 2020 to 2070, APEX Insider

Featured Futurist, TV Interview: The Future of Aviation 2020 to 2070, APEX Insider

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The pace of change is accelerating, and new technologies are re-writing the narrative for many industries, including aviation.   In the coming decades the aviation industry will, arguably, see more change than it has in the past century, whether it’s because of the introduction of...

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Breakthrough carbon fiber battery could usher in batteryless electric vehicles

Breakthrough carbon fiber battery could usher in batteryless electric vehicles

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As our understanding of how to turn mundane objects and materials into batteries increases in the future anything and everything could be a battery.   As I discussed a little while ago Carbon Fiber is going through its own little revolution, firstly it can now...

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A powerful battery breakthrough from MIT could usher in electric planes

A powerful battery breakthrough from MIT could usher in electric planes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The airline industry is one of the world’s heaviest polluters and it’s getting worse as air travel increases, electric aircraft will reverse that trend.   Over the past year or so I’ve been discussing the eventual emergence of fully electric aircraft and sky taxis, such...

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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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World’s first commercial solar aircraft aims for the Stratosphere

World’s first commercial solar aircraft aims for the Stratosphere

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Tomorrow’s aircraft will be battery powered, but future generations of aircraft could do away with the batteries entirely.   While Elon Musk is invested in getting humans to different places, whether it’s from one side of the planet to the other in rocketships, or to...

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European giants team up to build electric aircraft

European giants team up to build electric aircraft

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Aviation is one of today’s biggest polluters so now companies are ploughing more effort into building the world’s first viable electric aircraft. In March this year Rolls Royce’s CEO announced that the future of flight was electric, and this week Airbus, Rolls Royce and Siemens announced...

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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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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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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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