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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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

Elon Musk says SpaceX to focus on Big Falcon Rocket following the successful Falcon Heavy launch

The Falcon Heavy Launch was a success; 2 of the 3 boosters were landed successfully, whilst the main core booster crashed into the ocean. SpaceX will now turn their attention to their next development project, a much larger reusable rocket "Big Falcon Rocket". It is intended that this launch System will be able to deliver [...]

By | February 7th, 2018|Space, Transport|0 Comments

Canadian energy company to replace 400 truck drivers with self driving trucks

Canada’s largest oil company announced on Wednesday that they will be cutting about 400 heavy-equipment operator positions over the next six years as they phase in a new fleet of self-driving trucks. The company, Suncor Energy based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, announced on Wednesday, January 31st, that it plans to deploy over 150 driver-less trucks, [...]

By | February 3rd, 2018|Transport|0 Comments

Google Flights will now predict airline delays – before the airlines do

Google is rolling out a few new features to its Google Flights search engine to help travellers tackle some of the more frustrating aspects of air travel – delays and the complexities of the cheaper, Basic Economy fares. With the regard to delays, Google Flights won’t just be pulling in information from the airlines directly, [...]

By | January 31st, 2018|Business, Transport|0 Comments

Designing roads for driverless vehicles: apply for contracts

The National Infrastructure Commission and Highways England have up to £200,000 to invest in projects that look at changes to roads and related infrastructure to maximise the benefits of driverless and connected vehicle technologies. Change in how we use roads Self-driving cars could be on UK roads in the next decade. The way we use [...]

By | January 21st, 2018|Transport|0 Comments

Transport for the North unveil £70bn travel masterplan

A £70bn plan to overhaul transport across the north of England has been met with a mixed response. Ministers have hailed the 30-year road and railway upgrade scheme as "revolutionary". Transport bosses have also claimed it could help create 850,000 jobs and boost the economy by £100bn. But critics raised questions over funding, with one [...]

By | January 18th, 2018|Transport, UK Affairs|Comments Off on Transport for the North unveil £70bn travel masterplan

Ford to boost investment in electric cars by 2022

Ford says it will boost its investment in electric vehicles to $11bn (£8bn) in the next five years, more than doubling a previous commitment. Chairman Bill Ford said the car maker would have 40 hybrid and fully electric vehicles in its range by 2022. It comes as countries around the world put more pressure on [...]

By | January 16th, 2018|Energy, Transport|Comments Off on Ford to boost investment in electric cars by 2022

Nissan unveils Brain to Car communication technology for faster controls

Nissan unveiled research today that will enable vehicles to interpret signals from the driver’s brain, redefining how people interact with their cars. The company’s Brain-to-Vehicle, or B2V, technology promises to speed up reaction times for drivers and will lead to cars that keep adapting to make driving more enjoyable. Nissan will demonstrate capabilities of this [...]

By | January 10th, 2018|Transport|Comments Off on Nissan unveils Brain to Car communication technology for faster controls