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Bye-Bye, Buses; Hello, Driverless Pods

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10 months ago

What's the Latest Development? Milton Keynes, a town about 45 miles northwest of London, is preparing to become the first municipality in England to have a public transportation system consisting entirely of 100 self-driving electric pods. Customers can order and pay £2 (about US$3.20) for a pod ...

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A Bike Path That Lights Itself Up At Night

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10 months ago

What's the Latest Development? UK-based Pro-Teq Surfacing is currently making bike and foot travel a lot easier for visitors to a Cambridge park: They have coated 460 feet of pathway with a prototype "solar-enhanced liquid and aggregate" called Starpath, which absorbs ultraviolet rays during the ...

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Amstel Hops Onto The Digital Detox Train

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10 months ago

What's the Latest Development? In a world where increasing numbers of people are literally attached to their smartphones, Sofia-based Next Digital Creative Agency (Next-DC) has come up with a number of marketing campaigns for their client, beer manufacturer Amstel. The most recent one, launched ...