Insight into all things transportation and mobility, covering driverless vehicles, trends in public transportation, the rise of cycling, ride- and car-share, smart city developments, ITS, and more.
Below are your links for the best mobility stories this week, courtesy of Timo, Manuel, and James.
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BBL Ventures has opened the first Reverse Robotics Pitch for ExxonMobil. Interested applicants are invited to enter the challenge by March 29th for the chance at an invitation to Houston to participate in the reverse pitch the week of April 17. The prize for the winning challengers is $60,000 and eligibility for a commercial pilot.
With the world on the ground becoming increasingly congested, innovators are setting their sights a little higher - seeing unused airspace as the perfect pathway for flying taxis, designed specifically for business travellers.
BMW is officially launching its wireless electric car charging system today. Starting now, customers can order a BMW 530e iPerformance with a factory-fitted system to work with BMW’s optional inductive charging system.
Lots of capital and effort is being poured into building fundamental technology to enable autonomous cars, but there’s another big opportunity in the space that is so far being largely ignored: building the ecosystem that they need to operate.
The World Travel & Tourism Council invited transport ministers attending the International Transport Forum to make travel more efficient and secure by partnering with the tourism sector to implement biometric technologies.
Barely a week goes by without air quality being in the news. What’s been concerning me is how in recent months, much of the media coverage has been about regulation and compliance. Just last week, the UK along with France, Germany, Italy, Hungary, and Romania, has been referred to the European Court of Justice for failing to tackle illegal levels of air pollution. This is on top of numerous legal issues that the UK has faced, having lost 3 times in the High Court to action taken by Client Earth.
MIT researchers have developed 3-D printed autonomous boats to taxi people, deliver goods, and self-assemble into platforms. The work comes from the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and Senseable City Lab in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP).
Tesla and Waymo are working on building autonomous semi-trailer trucks, meant to automate the task of driving goods around the US. Human truckers have expressed worry and disbelief about the technology, but it might burgeon at the perfect time for the struggling transportation industry. Right now, there aren’t enough truckers.
The trucking industry had a shortage of 51,000 truck drivers at the end of last year, American Trucking Association chief economist Bob Costello told the Washington Post
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