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Whistl trials electric unicycle, the AirWheel Q3, for urban deliveries

It may look a bit like a poor man's Segway, but meet the AirWheel unicycle.  Billed as  a futuristic transport device, it's being deployed by whistl (formerly TNT Post) to get parcels around the city more quickly. Posties from whistl took to the streets of London, Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham on Monday 15th September, creating…

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Chris PriceWhistl trials electric unicycle, the AirWheel Q3, for urban deliveries
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Taxi firm Addison Lee rolls out in car 4G FREE of charge

At last a genuine reason not to have to make inane conversation with your cab driver. Addison Lee is rolling out 4G to its 4,800-strong London fleet, following a trial which saw 150 of its cars using the 4G service. The 4G network will offer passengers upload and download speeds of up to 12mbps which,…

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Chris PriceTaxi firm Addison Lee rolls out in car 4G FREE of charge
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Human-like skin for aircraft under development

A so-called "smart skin" – made up of tens of thousands of tiny sensors – could be fitted to future aircraft so that they can "feel" changes in speed, temperature, physical strain and movement. The system, which is being developed by BAE System's Advanced Technology Centre in Essex, will also allow the exterior of aircraft…

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Stuart O'ConnorHuman-like skin for aircraft under development
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London Buses trialling free wifi

Transport for London has announced a trial of wifi on a handful of buses which, if successful, could roll out to thousands of other buses that serve the capital. Pic from here. The technology has been installed on a bus on route 12, between Dulwich and Oxford Circus, and the RV1…

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James O'MalleyLondon Buses trialling free wifi
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London Underground to support contactless card & phone payments in September

London's Tube network will support payments through contactless debit and credit cards from September, it has emerged. EE has also announced that its customers will also be able to pay by tapping their handsets on the card readers. According to MayorWatch, improved "Wave and Pay" functionality will kick in on September 16th. Perhaps most intriguingly,…

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James O'MalleyLondon Underground to support contactless card & phone payments in September

London buses are about to get smarter

Transport for London (TfL) is currently testing a couple of new techie innovations in buses: live maps to show you where you are, and impressively/terrifyingly, a display showing how many seats are free upstairs. Anyone who lives in the capital…

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James O'MalleyLondon buses are about to get smarter

National Rail opens its data to bedroom coders

National Rail has announced it is opening up live train data to developers – which means travel apps are going to get much smarter. Whilst the announcement is aimed at developers, the implications for users could be huge. By making…

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James O'MalleyNational Rail opens its data to bedroom coders