RoundAround dynamic “bridge” is made of autonomous boats

Carlo Ratti and his team at MIT’s Senseable City Lab have come up with a “bridge” made of continuously circling autonomous boats for a tricky patch of Amsterdam‘s waterway. The robot boats, appropriately known as Roboats, use cameras, lidar  – a detection system that uses laser –and algorithms to operate without human drivers. They communicate […]

Bottle recycling scheme in Rome exchanges plastic waste for metro rides

Rome is trialling a scheme where people can recycle plastic bottles in return for free rides on the city’s public transport system. Called + Ricicli + Viaggi, or + Recycle + Travel, the recycling scheme accepts PET plastic bottles which are collected and sent for processing. Machines at three metro stations in the city exchange […]

Lotus Evija is the first fully electric hypercar from the British car maker

British car manufacturer Lotus has launched its first fully electric zero-emission hypercar, the Lotus Evija, which claims to be the most powerful series production road car ever built. Lotus gave a teaser preview of the car earlier this year at Auto Shanghai 2019, where it announced the launch of Evija as the first all-electric supercar […]

Airbus’ Bird of Prey aircraft concept features feather-tipped wings

Airbus has unveiled a bird-like concept for a hybrid-electric airliner that aims to show the potential of using biomimicry in aviation design. Inspired by the “efficient mechanics” of birds, Airbus’ Bird of Prey conceptual aircraft features wing and tail structures with individually controlled feather-like tips, which help with control while minimising drag. The concept also […]

Bentley’s EXP 100 GT concept reimagines grand touring for the year 2035

Bentley looks to the future with the EXP 100 GT concept car that pairs artificial intelligence with sustainable materials made from recycled rice-husks and wine-production waste. Fully electric with the option of autonomous driving, the EXP 100 GT was released yesterday in celebration of the car brand’s 100th birthday. Made from lightweight aluminium and carbon […]

Science Museum curator picks five designs for a driverless future

An exhibition at London’s Science Museum explores the future of autonomous mobility, and the designs that are paving the way. Curator Margaret Campbell selects five pieces from the show and reveals the stories behind them. Driverless: Who is in Control? opened at the Science Museum earlier this month and will remain on view until October […]

Soaring brick archways define Sydney’s Rail Operations Centre

Architecture practice Smart Design Studio and Jacobs have used red brick arches on a “heroic scale” to create the Rail Operations Centre in Sydney, Australia. Nicknamed Red Roc, Smart Design Studio and Jacobs referenced historic train stations for the centre, where all the systems for running and monitoring Sydney’s rail network are housed under one roof. “By […]

Unu’s networked scooter uses smart technologies to allow for sharing

German mobility company Unu has launched the second generation of its electric scooter, with smart features including anti-theft protection and digital key sharing. The new Unu scooter is an evolution of the Berlin-based company’s debut product, the Unu Classic with additional smart technologies. A digital key function built into the accompanying app allows users to […]

Shift Automotive conference returns to Berlin to explore the future of mobility

Dezeen promotion: the biannual Shift Automotive exhibition and convention will be returning to Berlin in September 2019 to explore how technology will affect the future of transport. The two-day convention will bring together leading designers, engineers and brands from the transport industry in a bid to explore how new automotive technologies will change the way […]

Michelin and GM to bring airless tyres to cars

Michelin is partnering with General Motors to bring its airless tyre prototype to the roads, potentially saving 200 million punctured car tyres from the scrap heap annually. The two companies aim to develop Michelin‘s UPTIS (or Unique Puncture-proof Tire System), which promises to eliminate both the waste and the danger that comes from a flat or […]

KLM and TU Delft aim to make aviation more sustainable with V-shaped aircraft

Dutch airline KLM has teamed up with TU Delft to create the Flying-V aircraft concept, which is designed to consume 20 per cent less fuel than Airbus‘ A350. KLM has signed an agreement to financially support Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in its research and development of the V-shaped aircraft, in a bid to make aviation more sustainable. The aircraft’s […]

Foster + Partners completes quartet of high-speed rail stations in Saudi Arabia

Foster + Partners has completed stations in Saudi Arabian cities Mecca, Medina, Jeddah and King Abdullah Economic City, connected by the 280-mile Haramain high-speed rail line. The stations, “conceived as gateways to each city”, are designed to offer a unified appearance to between 60 million and 135 million passengers anticipated to use the high-speed line […]

Norm Architects gives homely feel to interiors of luxury yacht Bella

Danish studio Norm Architects has applied its minimalist aesthetic to a 20-metre-long luxury yacht, decking out its interiors with an array of warm and tactile materials. Named Bella, the yacht’s internal spaces have been designed by Norm Architects to “provoke a homelier feel”. “We wanted to challenge the general understand of a luxurious yacht interior […]

Amazon to deliver purchases by drone “within months”

Amazon‘s all-electric Prime Air drone is expected to start autonomously delivering packages to customers within months, in a bid to get orders to buyers faster than the one-day delivery service. The news was announced yesterday at Amazon’s inaugural re:Mars conference in Las Vegas, where the online retailer unveiled the latest design of its Prime Air […]

“Aviation can be more sustainable than road and rail” says head of Norway’s switch to electric planes

Norway aims to replace fuel-guzzling jets with electric planes on all domestic flights by 2040 as part of its drive to fight climate change. Olaf Mosvold Larsen of state airport group Avinor told Dezeen how they plan to do it. By switching to electric planes, “emissions can be eliminated while emissions from expensive and extensive […]

Bird One is the “most advanced and safe e-scooter on the road today”

Scooter sharing platform Bird has launched a new electric scooter that claims to be “more durable, powerful and longer-lasting” than previous models, and can be bought as well as hired. The Bird One scooter has a steel-reinforced aluminium frame, a fixed neck and tubeless wheels to protect against rain, dust and bad weather and to […]

Joe Doucet’s Sotera motorcycle helmet uses coloured lights to prevent accidents

New York designer Joe Doucet has created a motorcycle helmet with built-in lights that flash red when the driver slows down or breaks. Called the Sotera Advanced Active Safety Helmet, the product is made of polycarbonate and the synthetic fibre kevlar, which are both durable and heat-resistant materials. There is also a transparent visor to […]

Lilium aims to operate all-electric air taxis in several cities by 2025

German start-up Lilium has unveiled a five-seater jet-powered electric air taxi prototype that it plans to have operational in a number of cities around the world in the next six years. The company revealed the design of the five-seater Lilium Jet electric aircraft last week and announced that it had completed its maiden flight earlier […]

Jeff Bezos unveils Blue Moon lander as next step towards a space colony future

Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos has revealed plans for a lunar lander, claiming that humans will become a space-faring species in the near future. Bezos, who funds the Blue Origin space programme, presented the Blue Moon lander at an event in Washington DC earlier this month. His suggestion is that future human beings will live on […]

Layer and Nio’s intelligent Pal scooter learns your favourite routes

Layer has teamed up with Chinese automotive company Nio to design an electric scooter that uses artificial intelligence and machine-learning technology to autonomously take you on your preferred routes. The smart scooter, called Pal, is a “near-future concept” that aims to alleviate the growing issue of congestion in cities by offering flexible and convenient last-mile travel. […]

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