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Issue 652 - 25 July 2014: Features
Automated transport: the great disruption to travel as we know it?

Automated transport: the great disruption to travel as we know it?
Andrew Forster

Fully automated vehicles may still be decades away but there is a huge amount of interest today in automated technologies and their implications for travel. As well as the technical questions about the transition to a fully automated future, there are more fundamental ones, such as who will control a vehicle’s speed – the occupant or the authorities? Will they lead to a surge in travel demand? And will we actually own automated... continue

Autonomous Tubes and buses, but train drivers have job security

Automated technology will transform many, but not all, forms of public transport, believes Begg.  Train drivers will continue to be needed on the mixed traffic railway. “The problem is not technology: it is the... continue

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Bus lobby group calls for boost to investment in paid-for Times piece

Bus lobby group calls for boost to investment in paid-for Times piece
Rik Thomas

ON 11 JULY the Greener Journeys public transport lobby group took the somewhat unusual step of taking out a paid ‘advertisement feature’ in the business pages of The Times to promote research it had commissioned from the Institute of Transport Studies at the University of Leeds. “Some 50,000 jobs would be created if British bus times were 10% shorter,” the paid-for feature began. “Almost a quarter of unemployed... continue

Cars still have allure for capital’s rich kids

­Many commentators believe smart phones and other gadgets have replaced cars as the status symbol for the young but The Times’ weekend magazine reminded readers that four wheels can still have their allure for... continue