China unveils hybrid self-driving electric vehicle

China has unveiled an innovative public transportation solution to ease commute in the form of a hybrid self-driving vehicle that looks half like a train and half a bus and may be the world’s first railless train. Termed as the Autonomous Rail Transit (ART) the elongated vehicle was shown off in the city of Zhuzhou in Hunan…

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Switching off and switching on again may have caused BA’s meltdown

The Guardian reports that British Airways has ordered an independent investigation, to be conducted by an external company, into the IT meltdown that left 75,000 passengers stranded over the bank holiday weekend. The inquiry is expected to focus on the actions of a technician who switched off and then reconnected the power supply to BA’s…

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Lyft’s self-driving test to challenge Uber

Leslie Hook at the Financial Times reports that ride-hailing company Lyft, Uber’s chief US rival, will launch its first pilot programme for self-driving taxis in Boston later this year, in conjunction with autonomous car start-up nuTonomy.

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New Flybe chief to shed planes as losses spiral

The Evening Standard reports that Flybe’s new chief executive Christine Ourmieres-Widener has pledged to pull the troubled airline out of its difficulties by next year. Flybe fell to a bigger than expected pre-tax loss of £19.9m in the year to March, against a profit of £2.2m the year before, though revenues increased by 13.4% to…

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Nottingham begins launch of world’s largest gas double-deck fleet

Nottingham City Transport (NCT) has launched a £17 million fleet of 53 double-deck Bio-Gas buses, in partnership with Nottingham City Council, Scania, Alexander Dennis and Roadgas, with part funding from OLEV (Office of Low Emission vehicles). NCT engineering director Gary Mason says: “We are hugely proud of our new biogas buses. This is the largest…

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SEGRO to embark on major development programme

Segro is to launch a major new programme of development across south-east England as the warehouse and logistics specialist looks to take advantage of new rail and air links, the Daily Telegraph (Rhiannon Bury) reports. The company has submitted plans for four new industrial buildings at the Slough Trading Estate, as well as a new…

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Commuter drone ready for first flight this year

The Times reports that Airbus has plans for an ‘urban air mobility’ vehicle that can carry a passenger and take off vertically. Tests will be conducted on the commuter drone at the end of this year. Mathias Thomsen from Airbus said: ‘We believe there has been a convergence of battery technology, connectivity and autonomy that…

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BA power fiasco blamed on staff blunder

The Times’ Graeme Paton reports that a power supply unit that was at the centre of last weekend’s British Airways fiasco was in perfect working order, but was deliberately shut down in a disastrous error. An investigation into the incident, which disrupted the travel plans of 75,000 passengers, is likely to focus on human error…

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