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
Meet the robot that wants to replace fork lift truck drivers
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Forklift drivers have so far been lucky to escape the clutches of automation, but now that could be about to change   It seems to be all go in the world of warehouses. Robot pickers can now pick goods as fast, and as accurately... 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
Locus’s new robots learn to navigate warehouses by themselves
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The process of automating, and replacing more human workers, is paved with small advances like this one   Last week Locus Robotics unveiled a robotic navigation system that lets their LocusBots work more effectively together, and with humans in crowded, bustling warehouses. The LRAN... 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
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... Read more
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... Read more
HTT shows off its concept Hyperloop passenger pod
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The amount of interest in the Hyperloop as a future mode of transport is increasing, and companies want you to buy into the vision   Building a new Mach 1.0, or 760mph “train in a tube,” dubbed the Hyperloop – an idea first put out there... Read more
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... Read more
Hyperloop One announes first test run of its propulsion system in Las Vegas desert
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The Hyperloop is a train capable of Mach speed and this is the first time its propulsion system will be put through its paces   Hyperloop One, the company behind trying to bring Elon Musk’s fabled Mach 1.0, or 760mph “train in a tube”... Read more
The hyperloop could be coming to India
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF High speed infrastructure has long been shown to boost economic development and growth, and there’s no faster way to connect cities than by using a Hyperloop   India is a country that’s on the ascent but for all its promise much of the country... Read more
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... Read more
Jeff Bezos announces plans to create the world’s first Moon delivery service
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As agencies around the world race to begin establishing bases and villages on the Moon we’re going to need a company that can help transport all the equipment and supplies   The cost of going into space has plummeted over the past few years,... Read more
Hyperloop One have built the world’s first Hyperloop test track
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Four years after Elon Musk first gave the Hyperloop concept to the world Hyperloop One have just finished building the world’s first test track   The Hyperloop concept, a futuristic transportation system that speeds passengers seated inside pods through low pressure tubes at blistering speeds... Read more
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... Read more
Uber’s self-driving cars, not their drivers, ran red lights in San Francisco
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The race to stay ahead can sometimes lead companies to do strange things but technology still has its limits   Last December, a self-driving Uber was caught on camera running a red light in San Francisco, shortly after the vehicles began testing on the roads... Read more
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