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NEW MOBILITY WORLD @IAA 2019Frankfurt/Main, September 10–15, 2019
Best of The Week

Best of the Week CW37

By Editorial Team on September 14, 2018

Here’s a short summary of what happened in the world of mobility, logistics & transportation this week:

Autonomous Trains for France
Come aboard the autonomous hype train – literally. Autonomous driving is one of the hottest topics of future mobility right now. And the French rail operator SNCF just announced their introduction of operational autonomous trains by 2023.

Vertical Aerospace leads successful test runs for flying taxi
Autonomous news 2.0! Flying cars have been a dream for the longest time, but we’re coming closer to making it a reality by the day: British company Vertical Aerospaceise now successfully running their first tests with an unmanned vertical-started flying taxi.

Taxify getting in on the E-Scooter game
This week the Estonian ride-hailing company Taxify launched their own brand of e-scooters, called Bolt, in Paris to compete with Bird and Lime in the European market.

The future of mobility..might not be such a pretty sight
Mercedes-Benz unveiled the Vision Urbanetic, an all-electric, autonomous concept that the German auto giant thinks will redefine mobility. According to Mercedes, “Vision URBANETIC eliminates the separation between people moving and goods transport. It enables on-demand, sustainable and efficient movement of people and goods – and applies an innovative approach to fulfil the needs of cities, businesses from diverse sectors as well as city dwellers and travellers. The concept reduces traffic flows, relieves inner-city infrastructures and contributes to an improved quality of urban life.”

But with DriveMag calling it a “blob on wheels” and The Verge stating outright that it is “ugly”, the brand might need to rethink the design of their new eyesore.

See for yourself:

Stealing a Model S in Seconds
Researchers at the KU Leuven in Belgium have demonstrated an attack technique which could allow criminals to unlock a Tesla Model S vehicle in only two seconds. According to the team, the Tesla Model S key fobs send out an encrypted signal, based on a cryptographic key, to a vehicle’s radio system in order to initiate the lock/unlock process. The Belgian researchers quickly cloned the key fob of a Tesla Model S designed by Pektron. Although Tesla fixed the vulnerability, McLaren, Karma and Triumph systems are also likely vulnerable.

Image courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.
Hero image source: Mercedes-Benz Vision URBANETIC People-Mover-Modul Mercedes-Benz Vision URBANETIC people-mover module

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