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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. 

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...
Smart transportation -- electric, autonomous, interconnected and shared -- is set to bring dramatic changes to cities around the world in the coming decade. Nations are grappling with how to plan the transition and what approach is...
Tesla is rolling out entertainment features for its vehicles -- while Wall Street questions the automaker’s profitability and critics continue to voice concerns surrounding its lofty self-driving goals.  Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted over...
Mogul, an online platform and mobile app for women, launched a new subscription recruitment tool to help companies discover and bring onboard more diverse talent for senior roles. Founded by coder Tiffany Pham in...
Tel Aviv-based venture firm Maniv Mobility, backed by such automotive leaders as Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, Hyundai and Shell, aims to invest in early stage startups that will help create a new era of greener and cheaper mobility.
With the spread of sensors that help drivers see more, Hyundai Motor Co. is getting behind the idea that another nose might keep us safer. The South Korean car maker’s $7 million investment in...
Lyft, trying to establish itself as the top ride sharing company leader for the disabled community, is boosting efforts to provide rides to visually-impaired riders of its autonomous cars. The No. 2 ride-hailing company...
Uber has grown in a decade to become the world’s largest ride-hailing company, with a market cap of $74 billion, and handling 14 million rides a day -- about the same as driving around everyone in Bulgaria...
Taiwan’s Gogoro unveiled its electric scooter rideshare app, as it seeks to keep its position as the country’s leader amid intensifying competition from larger competitors and overall weakness in the market.  Called GoShare, the...
Waymo pulled ahead in the robotaxi field with California allowing it to ferry passengers in its robot-controlled taxis. Still, the Alphabet unit has enough regulatory and safety hurdles to leap to push broad uptake of its autonomous...
Venture capital’s appetite for EV mobility startups shows no sign of satiation, as India’s electric-vehicle ride-sharing service Ola Electric Mobility gets a $250 million investment from SoftBank. With the SoftBank investment, which Bloomberg said...
The biggest opportunity in space travel may be in the smallest end of the market.  With its seventh successful rocket launch into low-Earth orbit last week, Rocket Lab -- which is billing itself as...
Hydrogen-powered vehicles, despite being wildly hyped by China’s government, are at an early stage and may not be widely available decades. And hydrogen-powered passenger vehicles may never go mainstream. The vehicles still need many...
The spark came when Rafael Jorda Siquier was still a teenager, in his first year at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Barcelona. With some friends, he had mounted a camera on a helium balloon and sent...
The electric motorcycle industry, mostly populated by startups so far, is getting new interest from old-guard manufacturers like BMW, which Tuesday unveiled its vision for an electric bike, the Motorrad Vision DC Roadster.  BMW,...
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