VTOL pioneer Lilium signs record-breaking deal

German electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft manufacturer Lilium has signed a binding sales agreement with Saudia Group for 50 Lilium Jets, with options for an additional 50.

The deal – signed at Lilium's headquarters near Munich – marks the largest of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, and represents the largest reported firm order of eVTOL aircraft by an airline planning to operate them.

The agreement – which follows a...

European autonomous vehicles to receive Japanese boost

The European autonomous vehicle industry will enjoy a technological leap with the introduction of cutting-edge automotive camera technology from Japan.

TIER IV is bringing its advanced automotive-grade camera series to the European market, promising enhanced reliability, accuracy, and range across various operating domains.

TIER IV's C1 and C2 cameras are designed to deliver exceptional image quality for autonomous vehicles, even in challenging lighting conditions. These...

Waymo’s robotaxis now hailable by anyone in San Francisco

Waymo, the autonomous vehicle technology company, has announced that its robotaxi service is now available to the general public across San Francisco.

Waymo One, the company's ride-hailing service, has opened its doors to anyone in San Francisco after years of careful scaling and testing. The service operates 24/7 throughout the city, offering rides in fully autonomous, all-electric vehicles.

The expansion comes after Waymo has successfully provided tens of thousands of...

Wayve secures over $1B to develop AI for self-driving vehicles

Wayve has secured $1.05 billion to develop next-generation "embodied AI" technology for self-driving vehicles.

The funding round for the UK startup was backed by major tech giants like SoftBank Group, NVIDIA, and Microsoft. Wayve plans to use these funds to advance their embodied AI approach, which will enable self-driving cars to learn from and navigate the real world—including unpredictable situations involving other drivers and pedestrians.

Wayve co-founder and CEO...

Tesla unveils more details about driverless ride-hailing service

During a first-quarter earnings presentation on Tuesday, Tesla provided glimpses of what riders could expect from their future app designed to summon driverless cars through an intuitive interface reminiscent of popular ridesharing platforms like Uber and Lyft.

The upcoming ride-hailing service will allow users the ability to conveniently call for a Tesla vehicle, adjust the temperature inside the car, track its location in real-time, and customise their...

UK’s smart motorways regularly stop working

Amid ongoing debates about their safety, UK smart motorways continue to face scrutiny as new data reveals they frequently suffer from outages. Despite advanced technology, these disruptions undermine the system designed to safeguard drivers.

Smart motorways utilise radar and cameras to identify vehicles in distress and accordingly adjust lane signals to manage the flow of traffic. However, figures released through Freedom of Information requests by BBC Panorama show – between...

Klein Vision sells flying car tech to China

The technology behind a flying car, originally developed and successfully test-flown in Europe, has been purchased by a Chinese firm.

Klein Vision, the Slovakian company that created the AirCar, has sold the exclusive rights to manufacture and use the aircraft within a "specific geographical region" of China to Hebei Jianxin Flying Car Technology Company.

Stefan Klein, Chairman of the Board at Klein Vision, said: "We are pleased to announce the sale of the license for...

Flying taxis and delivery drones set for UK skies by 2030

The UK could see flying taxis transporting passengers, drones delivering goods, and unmanned aircraft aiding emergency services by the end of this decade, according to an ambitious new government plan announced today.

The Future of Flight action plan, unveiled by the Department for Transport, lays out a roadmap for novel electric aircraft and drones to overhaul transportation in British skies. Studies estimate the drone industry alone could boost the UK economy by £45 billion by...

PumpWatch will provide UK fuel price data to driving apps

The UK Government's new PumpWatch initiative aims to make fuel prices available to the public through price comparison sites and map apps. Fuel retailers will have to share prices within 30 minutes of changes under the proposed rules.

Ministers met with leaders from top motoring sites like RAC and The AA today to discuss sharing the new fuel price data. The new initiative aims to increase competition and reduce prices at the pumps by empowering consumers to find the cheapest...

Waymo expands robotaxi operations to Austin

Waymo – the self-driving technology firm under Google-owner Alphabet – is set to launch its Waymo One service in Austin, marking the latest expansion of its robotaxi operations.

Following successful ventures in Phoenix, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, Waymo's move into the Texas capital underscores its ambition to establish itself as a leader in autonomous transportation.

Announced in August 2023, Austin was designated as the fourth city for Waymo One and the company...