France’s railways to run semi-autonomous from 2023
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Every mode of transportation is going autonomous, and the railways will be no different   The French national railway company, SNCF, has announced that it has begun working on semi-autonomous high speed trains that will top out at 300km/h, and it hopes to have... Read more
Dubai considers delaying the roll out of its flying taxi service
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Flying taxi’s are great, but like any other responsible country Dubai wants to make sure they meet all the safety standards before they’re rolled out   Dubai is rapidly transforming itself into an Emirate that is embracing the future at full tilt, and early... Read more
Hyperloop One completes the first successful test of its Hyperloop system
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In 2013 the Hyperloop, a Mach 1.0 train in a tube, was nothing more than a drawing on a napkin, now Hyperloop One have completed the first full system test of one   While you might never have naturally thought as a child that... Read more
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... Read more
HTT’s first Hyperloop will use passive levitation
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The Hyperloop is a futuristic Mach 1 “Train in a pod” that companies are racing to turn into a reality, and if HTT have their way their ride will be as smooth as silk   Earlier this week Southern California based start up Hyperloop... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
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,... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
Scientists work out that time travel is ‘mathematically possible’
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Science fiction has a habit of very often becoming science fact and proving that something is mathematically possible is often the start of a journey of discovery and invention   As a futurist, or, yes, okay, an emerging technology nerd, I often find that... Read more
Elon Musk bought a boring machine but is it for LA or Mars?
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Los Angeles has a traffic problem, Mars has a radiation problem… Elon Musk has a boring machine, but is it headed for LA or Mars, and is he throwing us a red herring…?   After Elon Musk launched his latest company, Neuralink, whose sole... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
Watch: Daedulus is an insane, real life flying Iron Man suit
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world needs inventors, dreamers… and crazy people, but most of all we need an Iron Man suit so we can beat the rush hour traffic   A new company called Gravity has unveiled of its first product – the Daedulus flight suit, and... Read more
Domino’s to start robo-deliveries in Germany
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Automation appears to be the way of the future, and now even the humble pizza delivery driver is under threat   The food delivery robots, and drones, are coming. The technology is improving, people seem to be more receptive to the concept than they... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
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