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Self-flying air taxi lifts off in New Zealand

A firm funded by Google founder Larry Page has unveiled an electric, self-flying air taxi that can travel at up to 180 km/h (110mph). It can do 100 km on a single charge, and it takes off and lands vertically. It will eventually be available to customers as a service "similar to an airline or [...]

By | March 14th, 2018|Transport|Comments Off on Self-flying air taxi lifts off in New Zealand

Drone deliveries in the US could happen ‘within months’

Drone delivery could be coming to the US very soon: Package delivery trials are expected to begin "within months," according to a recent Wall Street Journal report. According to the report, which cited federal regulators and industry officials as sources, the White House is pushing for closer collaboration between the government and companies like Amazon [...]

By | March 13th, 2018|Business, Transport|Comments Off on Drone deliveries in the US could happen ‘within months’

UK takes first step towards criminalising driverless car hackers

The Law Commission is to conduct a study into British driving laws with the aim of making sure humans can still be blamed for road accidents caused by driverless cars – and criminalising hackers who target autonomous vehicles. "Key aspects will be adjusting traditional laws to reflect the fact self-driving vehicles of the future will [...]

By | March 7th, 2018|Transport, UK Affairs|Comments Off on UK takes first step towards criminalising driverless car hackers

Drone-tracking system paves way for UK deliveries from air

Efforts to create an automated UK drone-tracking system pave the way for commercial operators to fly unmanned aircraft regularly over longer distances than is currently possible. At present, owners are required to keep drones within their own line of sight unless they have been given special permission to do otherwise. The new system is being [...]

By | March 7th, 2018|Transport|Comments Off on Drone-tracking system paves way for UK deliveries from air

Satellite links to optimise European airspace

The European Space Agency and London's Inmarsat company are moving to the next phase of their project to improve the efficiency of European airspace. The pair's Iris programme would see air traffic controllers route planes via robust and secure satellite data links. At the moment, this management involves VHF radio voice messages - a system [...]

By | March 6th, 2018|Space, Transport|Comments Off on Satellite links to optimise European airspace

California now allows driverless cars without a human behind the wheel

On Monday, the California Department of Motor Vehicles approved new rules that would allow self-driving cars to hit the road without a human behind the wheel, ready to take over at any time. The new regulations, which take effect as of April 2, will pave the way for companies like Waymo, Uber, GM, and others [...]

By | February 28th, 2018|Transport|Comments Off on California now allows driverless cars without a human behind the wheel

Seamless Air Alliance aims to improve in-flight connectivity

In a bid to make in-flight connectivity as fast, reliable, and cheap as it is on the ground, Airbus, Delta, OneWeb, Sprint, and Bharti Airtel have teamed up to create the Seamless Air Alliance. The goal is for airlines to work with affiliated mobile services and use satellite technology to provide passengers with the same [...]

By | February 27th, 2018|Transport|Comments Off on Seamless Air Alliance aims to improve in-flight connectivity

Express delivery: use drones not trucks to cut carbon emissions, experts say

Stolaroff and his colleagues spent three years studying the environmental difference between quad copters, a type of drone and diesel-powered delivery trucks in the US. In new research published in Nature Communications, they found that within the 4km (2.5 mile) range of current battery-driven delivery drones, the airborne devices consumed less energy per package and [...]

By | February 13th, 2018|Business, Environment, Transport|Comments Off on Express delivery: use drones not trucks to cut carbon emissions, experts say

Eurostar launches London-Amsterdam route

Channel Tunnel train operator Eurostar is launching direct services between London and Amsterdam. Trains will run twice daily from 4 April, with the journey from St Pancras to Amsterdam taking three hours and 41 minutes. But for an initial period, the Eurostar service will only run direct one-way, from London to the Dutch city. Passengers [...]

By | February 10th, 2018|Transport|Comments Off on Eurostar launches London-Amsterdam route

Google sibling Waymo launches fully autonomous ride-hailing service

Waymo, formerly known as Google’s self-driving car, is launching a fully autonomous Uber-like ride-hailing service with no human driver behind the wheel, after testing the vehicles on public roads in Arizona. Waymo, which is owned by Google parent Alphabet, said members of the public will begin riding in its fleet of modified Fiat Chrysler Pacifica [...]

By | February 8th, 2018|Transport|Comments Off on Google sibling Waymo launches fully autonomous ride-hailing service