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Heathrow trials a driverless vehicle in new footage

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Fascinating footage has been released of a robot's-eye-view of a driverless vehicle trial at Heathrow Airport, side-by-side with how a human driver would see the routes it took. The clip comes from a'cargopod' vehicle that spent three and a half weeks running autonomously along a cargo route around the airside perimeter. The trial collected over 200km of data for Heathrow, cargo operator IAG Cargo and the software firm providing the self-driving tech, Oxford-based Oxbotica. Fascinating footage has been released of a robot's-eye-view of a driverless vehicle trial at Heathrow Airport, side-by-side with how a human driver would see the routes it took The clip comes from a'cargopod' vehicle, pictured, that spent three and a half weeks running autonomously along a cargo route around the airside perimeter The trial was designed to further understanding about how autonomous vehicles could work in an airside environment so opportunities for their use can be maximised. Lynne Embleton, CEO at IAG Cargo, said: 'Technology is evolving at an incredible pace.


Glasgow subway trains will be the UK's first with no staff

Engadget

Glasgow's subway system will be the first in the UK to operate trains with zero staff on board. As The Scotsman notes, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) had already announced that a new batch of Swiss-built trains will be driverless. Now, however, the subway operator has confirmed that they won't have any guards or conductors either. "We will always have staff in the system, but it is not our plan to have a member of staff on every train," Charles Hoskins, a senior director at SPT told the newspaper.


Flybe Plane Makes Emergency Landing at Belfast Airport

U.S. News

The Bombardier Q-400 took off from Belfast City Airport for Inverness, Scotland, on Friday before being diverted. The plane circled in a holding pattern, burning fuel, for about two hours before landing at the city's international airport.


Malta: Libyan plane presumed to be hijacked has landed

Los Angeles Times

Malta airport says a Libyan plane has landed at the Mediterranean island and that there appear to be two hijackers on board. The Malta airport authority said all emergency teams had been dispatched to the site of what it called an "unlawful interference" on the airport tarmac. Earlier Friday, Malta's prime minister, Joseph Muscat, said in a tweet that there was a "potential hijack situation" involving an internal Libyan flight that was diverted to Malta and that emergency operations are underway at the airport. Airport officials said the Afriqiyah Airways A320 flight has 118 passengers on board. Haitians, Africans, Asians: Mexico's border cities are getting overwhelmed with migrants headed to America


U.S. Osprey makes emergency landing at western Japan airport

The Japan Times

OSAKA - A U.S. military Osprey aircraft made an emergency landing Monday afternoon at a busy airport in western Japan, causing some commercial flight delays, the Defense Ministry said. An MV-22 Osprey belonging to U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa Prefecture landed at Itami airport, which straddles Osaka and Hyogo prefectures, at around 1:55 p.m. It landed safely and taxied to a parking apron with no injury or structural damage, the ministry added. The tilt-rotor aircraft, which was on its way to the U.S. Navy's Atsugi base in Kanagawa Prefecture from the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Yamaguchi Prefecture, had sent an emergency message before landing, according to the ministry. It asked the U.S. side to report details of the incident.