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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China unveils the world’s largest electric vehicle charging network

China unveils the world’s largest electric vehicle charging network

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF China’s ambitions to embrace renewable energy and electric vehicles shows no signs of slowing down, and they’re leaving other countries in the dust.   Last year the US Government announced it was going to start rolling out a huge network of electric charging points across...

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World’s first autonomous cargo ship to enter service in 2018

World’s first autonomous cargo ship to enter service in 2018

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Faced by “cratering profits,” low margins and bankruptcy, shipping companies are starting to look at ways they can roll out autonomous cargo ships faster than planned.   Last year the CEO of Rolls Royce announced his company’s grand plan to create fleets of “Ghost ships,”...

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The death of the combustion engine, China prepares to announce ban

The death of the combustion engine, China prepares to announce ban

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It now looks inevitable that the world will make the switch to electric vehicles, but there is still a lot to be done to build out the infrastructure and capacity needed to support these governments aspirations   Sell your oil and gas stocks, and throw...

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Britain bans sale of combustion engines from 2040

Britain bans sale of combustion engines from 2040

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As electric vehicles become more reliable and affordable countries around the world are sounding the death knell for the combustion engine and banning them from their roads   Everything seems to be going electric these days, from aircraft and ships to cars, and last week UK...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Scientists create the first carbon free supercapacitor

Scientists create the first carbon free supercapacitor

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Breakthroughs in supercapacitor technology will have multiple benefits, from helping to create new renewable energy grid-scale electric storage systems and faster electric vehicle charging systems.   Elon Musk last year went on record to say that if anything was going to accelerate the roll out...

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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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It’s electric, US to cover 25,000 miles of roads with charging stations

It’s electric, US to cover 25,000 miles of roads with charging stations

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Vehicles are the world’s second largest producers of toxic gases and carbon dioxide, the new EV corridors will help people make the switch to electric vehicles sooner.   Civilisation finally looks like it’s getting serious about moving away from powering homes and cars with energy millions...

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EU likely to follow Germanys lead and ban sales of combustion engines from 2030

EU likely to follow Germanys lead and ban sales of combustion engines from 2030

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Germany passes legislation to ban the sale of all combustion engines after 2030.   In a bold move that could cause a cascade effect around the world one of Germany’s legislative bodies has voted unanimously to ban the sale of petrol and diesel powered cars in favour...

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