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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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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New Chinese camera can see round corners

New Chinese camera can see round corners

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to photograph and “see” objects that are out of sight have both military and civilian applications.   In an age dominated by megapixel counts, a research group from Xi’an Jiaotong University in China led by Bin Bai have designed a one megapixel camera...

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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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New breakthrough polymer could charge electric cars in seconds

New breakthrough polymer could charge electric cars in seconds

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Electric vehicles have been held back by battery and charging technologies, now a single supercapacitor technology might be able to solve both in one hit.   UK technology firm Augmented Optics and its partners, the University of Surrey and the University of Bristol have revealed a...

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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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Velodyne’s new miniature LiDAR means many more autonomous things

Velodyne’s new miniature LiDAR means many more autonomous things

  WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Most of the new smart things that we are creating rely on sensors to map, move around and interact with our world, and LiDAR is a key sensing technology that helps things see, Velodyne’s new product will accelerate the creation of smart, autonomous things...

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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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New heat resistant material shatters records

New heat resistant material shatters records

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As we push the boundaries and create new, more powerful nuclear reactors, and faster vehicles, protecting them from thermal harm becomes increasingly important, this breakthrough could mean more powerful reactors and faster hypersonic vehicles   A team of researchers in the UK have discovered that...

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France opens the worlds first solar panel road to the public

France opens the worlds first solar panel road to the public

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF While there are questions about the return on investment and viability of solar panel road schemes it’s important to experiment with the technology, especially as more electronic vehicles hit the roads.   France has opened what it claims to be the world’s first solar panel...

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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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MIT researchers have taught their AI to recognise sounds

MIT researchers have taught their AI to recognise sounds

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Developing AI’s that can recognise and understand raw sound could have implications for autonomous vehicles, elderly care, entertainment, home security and much more   In recent years, computers have gotten remarkably good at recognizing speech and images. Think of the dictation software on most smartphones,...

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See the world through the eyes of a driverless Tesla Model S

See the world through the eyes of a driverless Tesla Model S

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With over sixty percent of the American public either against, or nervous about getting into a self driving car more manufacturers are trying to demystify them by showing them what’s going on under the hood   Tesla recently released a video that demonstrates, in real time, what...

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