News Archives - travel

Iris eTrike: Sinclair C5 reborn

The Iris eTrike is an ultralight streamlined electric-assist vehicle with a cruising speed of 25 mph. The single-seat vehicle is the brainchild of Grant Sinclair, nephew of the man behind the infamous C5 electric trike. Is the world ready for efficient, healthy and environmentally friendly personal transport? Grant Sinclair has addressed many of the criticisms levelled at his uncle’s invention…

The car is so last year – Dubai promises taxi drones

In a marriage of Chinese tech and Dubai financing, the world’s first taxi drones look set to take to the skies this summer. Controlling the single seat, eight-rotor fully-automated Ehang 184 drone couldn’t be more simple. The passenger uses a touch screen to select a destination and the battery-powered drone takes care of the rest. The taxi drone boasts a maximum flight…

The decarbonisation of transport

Governments should set ever-stricter emissions limits for lorries and cars, and increase taxes on petrol and diesel so that the internal combustion engine is phased out, according to a 10-year German-led project to find practical ways of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Renewbility project concluded that a combination of greater efficiency and renewable energy can see an almost total decarbonisation…

Urban jungle gets its own vertical forest

By 2050, the UN expects the global urban population to be 6.3 billion – the same size as the world’s entire population in 2004. Quite apart from the demand on natural resources, significant amounts of new housing will be required to accommodate this explosive level of growth. Architects are already delivering a new generation of high-rise building able to generate their…

Micro adventure that fits inside a backpack

You don’t need to fly to the other side of the planet to undertake an expedition; The Hold-Up Paddle is an inflatable paddle board and tent that packs into a backpack. Once its fins have been removed, the paddle board becomes a mattress over which you can erect a specially designed tent. In the morning you need only fold up the tent and…