Category Archives: Automotive & Transport

Random #5

If we don’t need to drive, we might find that we rather want to. We may return to the early days of the motor car when we drove for fun, not to go anywhere.

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Pilotless planes

So when are we going to see pilotless planes? We have the technology as they say. Insane? Not really. If you’d mentioned the idea on an elevator (passenger lift) without a human operative to someone in the 1920s they would … Continue reading

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The Future of Aviation

Following on from my earlier post about scenarios for the future of aviation, I’m still thinking about flying. In terms of no-brainers, the three highest impact events are likely to be a high (or volatile) oil price, legally binding emission … Continue reading

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Scenarios for the future of aviation

OK, I need some help. I’m doing a talk about the future of aviation to the British Air Line Pilots Association (BALPA). It’s essentially a trends talk, but I want to end on a slide showing a rough scenario matrix … Continue reading

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Speed (the lack of)

Here’s a funny thing. Thanks to technology and globalisation life is speeding up. But some things are actually slowing down. Traffic speeds in London are now slower than they were fifty years ago. The new VW Golf GTi is slower … Continue reading

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Reinvention of public transport

It would seem logical that as roads (and parking spaces) fill up there would be a growth in public and mass transport. However, the car is so linked to ideas of individualism, freedom, private space and personal identity that we … Continue reading

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Car politics

According to the New Economics Forum (a UK think tank), owners of 4×4 (SUV) vehicles should be forced to display health warnings on the side of their cars similar to the health warnings seen on cigarette packs. We’ve already seen … Continue reading

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Safety

In 2002, 42,815 people died on America’s roads and while cars have been getting safer for years there is still a way to go. Future innovations will probably include the widespread adoption of technologies like lane warning and guidance devices, … Continue reading

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Embedded intelligence

Audi is experimenting with fingerprint technology to adjust seat settings, temperature control and radio settings. It doesn’t open the doors or start the engine, but it could. Other ‘intelligent’ features already include tyres that tell the driver when they’re getting … Continue reading

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Retro

Looking at cars like the Mini, Beetle, PT Cruiser and Ford Thunderbird, you would think that we were living in the sixties. Well to some extent we are. People are longing for simpler times, when roads were empty and driving … Continue reading

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