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The car is so last year – Dubai promises taxi drones

In a marriage of Chinese tech and Dubai financing, the world’s first taxi drones look set to take to the skies this summer. Controlling the single seat, eight-rotor fully-automated Ehang 184 drone couldn’t be more simple. The passenger uses a touch screen to select a destination and the battery-powered drone takes care of the rest. The taxi drone boasts a maximum flight…

Ships and planes wipe out half emissions savings

We hear much about the pollution created by cars and lorries, but the growth in emissions from shipping and aviation will undo 43 per cent of the savings expected to be made by the rest of transport in Europe over the net 13 years. The result is that almost half the already-inadequate emissions savings expected in land transport will be…

VoyageVert: Swap flying for sailing the Atlantic

Long distance travellers should have an environmentally friendly alternative to flying, according to VoyageVert, the pioneers behind a new breed of fast passenger ships for sailing the Atlantic and beyond. Long haul flights account for 750 million tons of CO2 emitted into our atmosphere each year and there is currently no practical alternative. VoyageVert wants to offer travel by fast…

NodPod promises best ever sleep while travelling

If you’ve ever managed to sleep on a flight, there’s a good chance you’ve woken up with a sore neck. We’ve tried to solve this problem with posable head restraints, bunched up jumpers and overpriced neck pillows bought last minute from duty free, and all have fallen short of the mark. Here to save our necks is the NodPod: a new…

Does travel insurance cover Airbnb?

From its humble beginnings in a San Francisco loft, online property rental platform Airbnb now offers its 60 million users the chance to ‘live’ – even if only for a night – in over 57,000 cities throughout the world. With more and more people booking through Airbnb, and the ever-present importance of having adequate travel insurance in place, it helps…