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Self-Driving

— Automotive

Ultra Pod driverless shuttles to be trialed in London this summer

Later this year, a fleet of driverless vehicles will take to the streets of the London borough of Greenwich. An all-British endeavour, the project is a joint venture between Heathrow Enterprises, Oxbotica and Westfield Sportscars. The vehicles themselves will be developed from an existing fleet of automated pods used for short journeys across Heathrow Airport, which were first brought into operation almost five years ago.

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— Automotive

Mercedes-Benz unveils autonomous social commuting concept for "Generation Z"

Mercedes-Benz is clearly putting its resources toward a self-driving future. After showing the bizarre F 015 at CES earlier this year, it’s now pulled the covers off another autonomous concept at the Tokyo Motor Show. Targeted at "Generation Z," the Vision Tokyo is a youthful and funky take on social commuting, a kind of high-tech karaoke booth on wheels with some very out-there features that give an insight into what the company feels personal transport will be like in the next couple of decades.

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— Automotive

Self-driving car guides itself through 2,400 km journey across Mexico

A self-driving vehicle developed by researchers in Germany has undertaken a monster 2,400 km (1,500 mi) journey from the US/Mexico border at Nogales to Mexico City without any guidance from a human hand. While the lengthy road trip took place mostly on highways, the AutoNOMOS car also had to contend with potholes and city streets before safely pulling into Mexico City to complete the longest trip ever completed by an autonomous vehicle in Latin America.

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— Urban Transport

Next Future modular transportation swarms the commuting hordes

Part mass transit, part personal mobility, the Next Future Transportation system is designed to act as an efficient, coordinated network that shuttles folks from door to door. Still in the early concept stages, the design features a series of modular, self-driving electric pods that pick passengers up on demand and link together in bus-like form on the journey to get each of them from point A to B as efficiently as possible.

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