The decline of car ownership in cities

Los Angeles is a great place to observe the reduction in car ownership, even though it is known for its unreliable public transport and its unstoppable sprawl. Many residents have started relying on other forms of transportation, from bikes to ridesharing services, and the movement is starting to reshape the city. In LA, traffic is the biggest …

Autonomous vehicles and their impact on the city

Owning a car used to be a status symbol or an expression of personal identity, but younger generations today are much less interested in cars. They see mobility as a service, and themselves as its users. And as cars are becoming less popular, so is the act of driving. There are more and more attempts …

Audi’s eROT prototype system – energy from potholes

The automotive industry’s ‘green revolution’ hopes to make electric vehicles far more efficient. Every bit of force under the hood should be used to its maximum potential. That’s why there are concepts such as regenerative braking, which returns some of the energy used in braking back into the system. But Audi is looking at tapping into another roadway …

The Engineering Living Materials program – a house that can grow and repair itself

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has certainly had its hand in turning the gizmos and gadgets we used to dream of into a reality. The agency is still hard at work blazing the trail for future tech, issuing challenges for the creation of the most advanced things on this Earth. It has now taken on a new challenge, this …

The zero-emission flying boat taxi in Paris

A French inventor plans to have driverless vehicles – or ‘flying boat taxis’ – hovering over the River Seine in the not-too-distant future. Alain Thebault is a man with a dream – he wants to make sailboats fly – and his design is already proving popular. In fact, it’s something the Frenchman has been working on for …

How open data can make a city better

As cities become denser they also need to become more effective and liveable. Open data can be a great starting point for many actions that a city may take to improve services and living conditions for its citizens. Below are some policy areas where open data can be of great help for authorities and people.  …

Dubai, the city of tomorrow today

Heaven-defying architecture, 3D-printed buildings, self-driving cars, and pneumatic Hyperloop transport. It really looks like every futurist’s wish list – but for Dubai tomorrow is today and this ambitious emirate is taking the lead with numerous projects, completed and planned. Let’s review some of the projects and see why Dubai really is the City of the …

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Dubai’s Hyperloop: moving faster towards the future

Dubai continues to look toward the future, and this year it will host a design competition for the world’s most out-there transport solution. The Dubai Future Foundation has just announced an international competition that will take place in Dubai in September and will see 100 scientists, engineers and tech experts spend 48 hours collaborating to design …

Cyber-threats to smart cities

Cyber-threats are expanding in every way from attack frequency to scale, sophistication and impact severity. The rate of code vulnerabilities found in dated, internet-accessible software also shows no signs of abating. Crypto-ransomware that leverages clever engineering techniques is also on the rise. As more and more smart devices running critical infrastructure organizations can connect to the …

Traffic Light Assist – a vehicle to infrastructure communication

The ‘Traffic Light Assist’ technology, which will be launched by Audi in the autumn, aims to tell driver exactly how long they have before traffic lights change colour. It will communicate with new smart traffic lights already installed  select cities and metropolitan areas. Audi will begin offering a new traffic light technology in three of its …