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We explore ongoing shifts in how people and products move around an increasingly connected world with a particular focus on transit and logistic and the opportunities for sustainability while enabling mobility. 

Amazon, on its road to upending retail and ruffling the country’s social fabric, has stepped on its share of toes. From fights with the U.S. president to protests over pay and working conditions, Amazon has courted controversy...
The world needs to cut greenhouse gas emissions nearly 8% a year over the next 10 years to avert temperatures rising to levels that would unleash worsening heatwaves and storms, the U.N. said in its yearly greenhouse...
Vice President Mike Pence may have promised to make America’s space program “great again” and to make sure Americans were the next humans on the Moon, but robots may beat the U.S. to it.
Good days and bad have met Elon Musk over the years as he blazed a path to outer space, electric vehicle dominance and the title of one of the world’s strangest CEOs.  Last night...
Ford unveiled its first purpose-built EV, the Mustang Mach-E, with stylings influenced by its pony-car series and power that takes the vehicle from zero to 60 mph in about three seconds. Prices start at $43,895 with deliveries...
Virgin Galactic, the first and still the only space tech company to go public, disclosed results for the third quarter this week. It reported $80 million in deposits and $120 million in potential revenue, and...
Key Takeaway: Stratospheric drones, which developers see as capable of handling satellites’ telecom jobs, still require lighter batteries, more efficient solar cells and tougher structures.
Key Takeaway: Revel’s stability-first business model may interest investors looking for moderate gains in the growing micro-mobility sector. 
As entrepreneurs eye space as the next location for internet infrastructure, astronomers worry the night sky may never look the same. Elon Musk’s SpaceX, using its Falcon 9 reusable rocket, launched 60 Starlink satellites...
Uber Technologies Inc., which has shown it can dominate the ride-sharing industry, has yet to prove to Wall Street that it can make money, and hangs on to its ultimate unicorn status. The company...
Virgin Galactic’s shares briefly scraped the stratosphere before returning to earth in the space tourism company’s stock market debut. The world’s first publicly traded space tourism company closed down four cents at $11.75, valuing...
Key Takeaway: Formula E, the electric car racing series, serves as an incubator for the world’s biggest car companies’ EV aspirations. The companies test their latest work...
They sound like terms from a science-fiction movie: Dark matter. Dark energy. An exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star. But there’s no need for a Universal Translator. Three scientists from the U.S. and Switzerland have...
Uber has been fighting for years to keep its 3.9 million drivers classified as independent contractors, which means they are in business for themselves and ineligible for benefits.  Now heavyweight California, home to the...
John Thornton remembers his passion for space being ignited when, in his early teens, the robotic spacecraft Pathfinder landed on Mars with a roving probe. “My ‘Apollo moment’ was seeing the Pathfinder mission” the 35-year-old Thornton...
Car shoppers soon may have another option to consider when buying -- whether or not to add solar. While vehicles powered entirely by the sun won’t be sold for a long time, if ever,...
Most car fresheners try masking bad smells, with pine or fruit aromas. But why not subtly change the way the driver perceives an odor, tricking the person into thinking the smell is pleasurable? And...
That empty plastic bottle you threw in the recycling bin used to be in for a trip to another hemisphere. That changed in 2017, when China stopped accepting U.S. waste, disrupting the way the global recycling market...
Prince Harry, whose commitment to environmental protection was questioned after a few too many private jet trips, has started a company to help consumers make more eco-friendly travel decisions. Travalyst is the first initiative...
Elon Musk talks and tweets Mars travel a lot. He even flirted with the red planet over Twitter around Valentine’s Day this year. His most recent comment about planet seemed uncharacteristically un-romantic, sounding like...
With robots doing jobs everywhere from factory floors to suburban lawns, putting them to work in space was a matter of time. For Japanese space start-up GITAI, that time is now. The company raised...
Electric car operators are now able to charge up at BP stations.  The oil major unveiled its first two ultra-fast electric vehicle (EV) chargers at UK retail stations last week. The initiative highlights BP’s...
Slowly but surely, the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) is becoming more economic. Since 2010, the battery cost per kilowatt hour has collapsed from $1000 to to just over $200, suggesting that soon EVs could reach price...
Optimus Ride marks its debut week of running New York City’s first test of a driverless shuttle, and it’s had no shortage of passengers. Riders queued up at the stop sign along a yellow-colored...
Sensors are everywhere -- on street lights, traffic signals, buried in electric substations -- taking the pulse of a city, measuring its vital statistics. Figuring out what to do with all of that information hasn’t been an...
Critics have called electric scooters a nuisance and safety risk; New York bans them. Still they grow, with promises of green urban transport and backing from companies like Uber. Now a North Carolina State...
Rocket Lab takes recycling to new heights
SpaceX is moving ride-sharing to outer space. Taking a hint from fellow unicorn Uber, Elon Musk’s rocket launching company is starting a service it says will keep it at the head of the private...
As one of the world’s most densely populated countries, Japan takes flying cars seriously. And having missed taking the lead on electric cars and ride-hailing services, the government is urging Japanese companies to pioneer electrical flying cars. 
Amazon may be taking a huge step into India’s bustling food delivery market, seeking to improve its mixed record in deliveries. The largest online retailer is in talks to acquire Uber Eats’ operations in...
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