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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.
Finally, Google has branded its self-driving car unit: Waymo is a self-contained entity spun out from the tech firm’s Alphabet holding firm. The unit’s chief executive, John Krafcik, spoke about the new name at an event in San Francisco on Tuesday, calling Waymo a “new way forward in mobility”.
Back in 2010, the electric car revolution appeared to be underway. Car makers around the globe were revealing all kinds of EVs – either in development, or, like the Tesla Model S, about to go to market. But fast-forward six years and the electric car industry simply hasn't ballooned into the success story manufacturers and governments hoped for. In the United States, the segment has grown from 2.3 per cent of the industry in 2008 to just 2.8 per cent in 2016
Ford is testing new technology which will help drivers avoid red lights. The system works by taking traffic light timing data from roadside units and providing motorists with a recommended speed in order to hit the next green light. Ford says UK motorists who drive every day spend an average of two days a year at red traffic lights, so the prospect of such a system will be welcomed by many.
A motorist has crashed into the side of a Google self-driving car, in what is believed to be the worst crash yet for the tech giant's autonomous driving program. The driver of the other car is believed to have ran a red light, before smashing into the side of the Google-owned Lexus. There were no injuries but the car's airbags were deployed and the side panels were badly damaged. The vehicle had to be towed away.
Far from being merely a communications device, the smartphone has become integral to many a citizen’s life. From paying for goods with services like Apple Pay, to boarding flights with digital passes, we can now manage various aspects of our day-to-day existence with these devices. And being able to show digital versions of our driving licence could be next. The DVLA is looking into the possibility of a digital driving licence, which currently takes the form of the photocard licence.
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