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Airbus plans to test a flying car prototype by the end of 2017, in a development that could dramatically ease congestion in the future. The news was revealed by Airbus's chief executive, Tom Enders, at a recent technology conference in Germany. Airbus, one of the world's biggest aircraft manufacturers, set up a special unit last year to develop flying vehicles, called Urban Air Mobility.
A new system is being tested in Sweden which can interrupt in-car audio systems to warn drivers that an ambulance needs to get past. The system was dreamt up by students of KTH Royal Institute of Technology in the city of Stockholm. Alongside a voice warning, the radio displays a text message. Speakers are jammed and music stopped through the FM radio signal. Only cars with their radios turned on will receive the warning.
Parking restrictions, busy streets and complex road systems have pushed many city-dwelling motorists out of their cars and on to public transport. But driving the right kind of car can make urban commutes far more pleasant. The following top 10 best city cars are fuel-efficient, stylish and compact – crucial criteria for city driving.
The demise of diesel cars has been predicted by UK car industry bosses, with the increased take-up of electric cars. Over the next five years investment in battery electric car technology will rise dramatically, according to 93 per cent of car chiefs. 62 per cent believe that diesel technology will become less important to car makers.
2016 was a monumental year for the global car industry, with a host of new technologies taking big leaps towards the mainstream. Transportation affects every aspect of our lives, so the direction of the car industry is of great importance to us all. Autonomous car tech from the likes of Google and Apple continues to develop, while Tesla's forthcoming Model 3 may put electric cars within the reach of millions;
For those considering either an electric motorcycle or an electric bike, Monday Motorbikes' M-1 could be the perfect alternative. There are many electric cars, motorbikes and scooters currently on the market, but nothing quite like the M-1. Similar to an electric moped, this machine also gives you the option of good old-fashioned manual cycling. The company behind the product was previously called the Bolt M-1 when it was launched on Indiegogo in 2015, but has since been rebranded the M-1.