“Mobility: high-speed rail and air travel seek a place in cities” – Newsletter – April 2021

We have devoted many articles to the transformations of the urban fabric and infrastructures that the autonomous car could bring. Here, we look at the mobility of tomorrow from the perspective of two other disruptive technological innovations: Hyperloop trains and passenger transport by drones.

A SIDE 

— Analysis
Drones and the city: coming to urban skies near you

Will drones make the fantasy of the flying car come true? Although urban constraints remain very strong, more and more projects suggest a positive answer!

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— Opinion
[conversation] Pierre Becquart, Head of Urban Air Mobility at RATP group

The issue is less about urban traffic congestion – which this form of mobility doesn’t seem to solve, but rather how to complement cities’ global mobility solutions.

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— Projection
Hyperloop(s): speed, but at what cost?

Engineers around the world have been fantasizing about Hyperloop and its promise for speed since 2013. However, the technical, economic and infrastructural reality is a little more nuanced that all may seem!

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— Radar
Our selection of innovative businesses #31

Vestack raises €2.6 million to increase development of its bio-based buildings. Israeli startup Veev raises $100 million to develop its modular housing construction solution. SkyMul drones automating rebar tying. Hong Kong-based viAct raises $2 million for its automated construction monitoring platform. Avus, Eurovia’s augmented reality solution trialed in London.

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B SIDE 

— Trends

Urban mobility: speed wars between sky and earth

So will drones manage to take over the urban skies and, more particularly, find a land-based spot for take-off and landings close to city centers? And do depressurized tubes carrying hyper-speed trains stand a chance in providing useful connections to city centers?

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— Radar 

Our selection of innovative businesses #32

Avvir raises $10 million for AI tech that spots construction site errors. Chinese startup RoboticPlus. AI receives $20 million to improve its construction robotics. Electric vehicle charging payment startup Mina triples its value in a year.

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