Here at Grakn Labs, we love technology. So much so that, this month, we’ve decided to share our favourite technology moments of 2016. Each weekday during December, we will open a door on our virtual advent calendar, and peek inside to recall some of the best innovation or news that this past year has brought us.
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Today we are featuring the year’s best vehicle technology innovation and news.
2016 has been a big year for electric and driverless cars, none more so than for Tesla, which announced the much-anticipated Model 3 at the end of March. The Model 3 Unveil Event went down a storm with Tesla aficionados, and led to a flurry (over 400,000 at the time of writing) of pre-orders for the car.
Driverless cars have been in the news daily, as the key players in the automotive industry go head to head with tech industry leaders, such as Google. We have to admit getting a bit teary over the Google video that shows Steve, a blind man, trying out the Google car.
The “whoah!” video of the year was possibly this futuristic straddling bus, tested (at very low speeds) in China. The computer simulation at the end of the video looks incredible, and we’re hoping to see more real footage in 2017.
At rather higher speeds, Hyperloop 1 was in and out of the news this year, for all kinds of reasons (LINK). The first test in May this year was…anti-climatic viewing. It was presumably notched up as successful, because later in 2016 came the news of its possible use as a futuristic transport system, to take passengers from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in 12 minutes (normally a two-hour drive).
Transportation companies like Uber and Didi Chuxing have hardly been out of the news this year. One of our favourite videos of the year is Travis Kalanick (CEO of Uber) speaking about uberPOOL, the company’s carpooling service, which in its first eight months took 7.9 million miles off the roads and 1,400 metric tons of carbon dioxide out of the air in Los Angeles. All this and less traffic congestion: what’s not to like?!
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