Siemens and Deutsche Bahn showcase automatic train

The digital S-Bahn

The driver remains on the train to supervise the journey with passengers on board but shunting, such as turning the train around, is done without on-board personnel. Deutsche Bahn (DB) and Siemens Mobility have developed what they claim is the world’s first train that operates by itself in rail traffic. The digital S-Bahn had its premiere run at the opening of the Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress (ITS), taking place in Hamburg until 15 October. During the congress, four digital S-Bahn trains are operating automatically along the 23km section of…

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Telangana trials drones to deliver medical supplies

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Indian southern state of Telangana has announced a pilot programme for the delivery of vaccines by drone to remote areas. The initiative aims to improve equity in healthcare while enabling healthcare access for isolated populations and hazard-prone areas. Designated air corridors The trials, which have been organised by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in partnership with the state government of Telangana, Apollo Hospital’s HealthNet Global and NITI Aayog, will be conducted over 28 days in designated air corridors in the district of Vikarabad, Telangana. The “Medicine from the Sky” trials…

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World’s longest driverless metro begins operation in Dubai

The metro and tram systems are part of a wider, multimodal network that expands travel options in the emirate by linking metro stations with bus, taxi and marine services. The world’s longest driverless metro in Dubai has begun operating under a new a 15-year contract awarded by the emirate’s Roads & Transport Authority (RTA). The running of the metro and the tramway is a joint venture (Keolis-MHI1) led by Keolis that includes Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering (MHI) and Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) which have both been heavily involved in the construction…

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EHang trials parcel delivery drone flights in Estonia

EHang 216 and Falcon Perform Trial Flights for EU GOF 2.0 Project in Estonia

Autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) technology platform company EHang has announced the first passenger-grade AAV to have completed beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) trial flights in Estonian airspace. The trial flights for airport transport and parcel delivery were performed under the European Union’s GOF 2.0 Integrated Urban Airspace Validation (GOF 2.0) project. Peri-urban flights During the live trials, the EHang 216 flew from Tartu Airport to the Estonian Aviation Museum, with no passengers onboard, to demonstrate the uses cases and scenarios of eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) intra-urban and…

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Stockholm launches one of largest public e-bike shares in Europe

Stockholm Vaimoo e-bikes

The e-bikes are linked to an integrated management system that claims to help reduce urban clutter by enabling virtual stations where vehicles can be parked after rental. Swedish municipality of Stockholm has signed an agreement to implement a new city e-bike sharing service. The new service will be operated by Spanish micro-mobility company CityBike Global, part of the Moventia Group, operating in Europe and Latin America with more than 30,000 vehicles. Smart electric bikes For Stockholm, which is expected to be one of the largest public e-bike sharing service in…

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Stuttgart transit authority provides passengers with automated best price option

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Stuttgarter Straßenbahnen (SSB Stuttgart transit authority) is enabling passengers to automatically buy the best price ticket when they are travelling. The transit operator has partnered with Siemens Mobility subsidiary eos.uptrade to integrate the best price option into the SSB Move app. It means passengers no longer need to decide whether a single ticket, a day ticket or even a weekly/monthly ticket is the right choice for them. Mobility behaviour The new ticket can be booked via the trip planner. Once a user has decided on a connection, the price overview…

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Port of Los Angeles demonstrates hydrogen-powered electric vehicles

Port of Los Angeles hydrogen-powered electric vehicles

The Port of Los Angeles and its partners are launching a new era of pollution-free goods movement with the debut of five hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) and are also opening two hydrogen fuelling stations. Part of a large-scale, multi-year demonstration, the project is designed to advance the Port’s Clean Air Action Plan goals and help California achieve statewide climate change, air quality improvement and sustainability targets. Shore-to-Shore programme Under the $82.5m Shore-to-Store (S2S) project, more than a dozen public and private sector partners have teamed up for a…

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Toronto approves plan for continued use of cargo e-bikes

Toronto smart city

Toronto City Council has approved a plan to allow for the continued use of cargo e-bikes. The update to the City of Toronto bylaws will also make way for a micromobility pilot for larger cargo e-bikes. The council said in a statement that throughout the pandemic cargo e-bikes have supported businesses in meeting enormous demand for local deliveries, as well as provided a new cycling option for residents and families to get around the city. Sustainable delivery option Cargo e-bikes are popular among businesses and delivery agents because they are…

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West Midlands tram system goes digital

West Midlands Metro

New radio system enables the operator to monitor tram movements and passengers via the network and provides the mechanism to react to incidents with accuracy and efficiency. West Midlands Metro network has installed a digital radio communications system to run its tram operations as part of a £1.3bn upgrade. Over the coming years the network will triple in size with further additional trams, upgrades to depot-maintenance facilities and operations control centre. Future network The new radio system is being designed and deployed by TES Communication Solutions and will add further…

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Ehang partners to build eco vertiport in Italy

Heliport Giancarlo Zema Design Group

The autonomous aerial vehicle technology platform company is partnering with architecture firm Giancarlo Zema Design Group to help extend its air mobility solutions in Europe. Autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) technology platform company Ehang is partnering with Rome-based architecture firm Giancarlo Zema Design Group (GZDG) to build an eco-sustainable vertiport in Italy. The vertiport will use green design and construction materials and can generate energy to recharge the EH216 passenger-grade AAVs. New era of flight Vertiports will play a significant role in the urban air mobility (UAM) market and the new…

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Paris to launch universal charging pilot for micro-mobility

Duckt lock charge points

Duckt will install 150 dock, lock and charge points across the Paris Rive Gauche area to demonstrate how the infrastructure can accelerate micro-mobility to reduce climate impact in the city. The Paris Rive Gauche (13th arrondissement) area of Paris is to undertake a pilot project for the installation of 150 dock, lock, and charge points. The project, awarded to micro-mobility infrastructure provider Duckt, aims to demonstrate how universal charging infrastructure can accelerate micro-mobility use to reduce climate impact in the city. Universal charge solution After responding to a Paris municipality…

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Hitachi tests battery-powered tram in Florence

Hitachi Rail tram Florence

Hitachi Rail has reached an important milestone following a successful trial of its first battery-powered tram in Florence. While traditional tram lines require electrified infrastructure – usually overhead wires supported by poles or pylons – that are expensive to install and visually unattractive. Battery trams offer the opportunity to run high-capacity public transport through city centres, while saving millions on installing wires and reducing the unsightly visual impact. Energy consumed The trial involved installing battery packs on an existing Hitachi-built Sirio tram, which covered a section of the line under…

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Voi to launch e-scooters that measure air quality in the UK

Voi e-scooters

Voi Technology is launching an e-scooter that measures air quality as it travels in UK cities this spring. It features optional smart pollution sensors, as well as noise and light sensors, to help identify areas with poor air quality and high levels of noise pollution. The Voiager 4 (V4) model also offers new safety features – including audible alarms and indicators – designed to increase the visibility of e-scooters to pedestrians and to vulnerable road users, including those with vision impairments. Integration with public transport As well as lower traffic…

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Partners launch smart city air mobility trials

aerotaxi smart city

Locations chosen for the trials in the Horizon 2020 project are Santiago de Compostela in Spain, Cranfield in the UK and Amsterdam and Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Amu-Led, a newly created Single European Sky ATM Research (Sesar) U-space demonstration project, aims to trial a range of smart city air mobility services over the next two years in several cities across Europe. The aim is to demonstrate the safe integration of all types of drone operations including air taxis, cargo delivery drones or unmanned systems in support of emergencies in urban…

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London hits electric vehicles charging milestone

London smart city

The UK capital has more than 500 rapid charge points and over 5,500 residential charge points, with some points dedicated exclusively for almost 4,000 electric taxis. London has hit its target of delivering 300 more electric vehicle (EV) rapid charging points across the UK capital before the end of 2020, bringing the total to around 600. Working with BP Pulse and ESB Energy as charging point operators, Transport for London (TfL) met its target, despite works being paused from April to June 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Charging hubs…

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