Could sensors on trains mean end of the line for ticket barriers?

Railway station ticket barriers could be replaced by sensors which detect when passengers board trains, a manufacturer has claimed. Train-builder Hitachi Rail is developing technology designed to ensure travellers are automatically charged the correct fare by recognising their smartphones at both ends of their journey. The firm is testing the system in northern Italy and…

Living in the smart city – solar powered pavements and roads that can charge electric cars

  From big data gathering information about pollution, water use and traffic through to smart roads capable of managing autonomous vehicles and charging electric vehicles, Fast Future's Rohit Talwar, Steve Wells and Alexandra Whittington look at what the future has in store for the smart city In the coming decades, the planet’s most heavily concentrated…