Mobile, sun-seeking gardens, and more in the week that was

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The Fisker Karma was one of the world's hottest plug-in hybrid supercars when it debuted in 2011 - and now its creator Henrik Fisker has announced plans to launch an electric sports car with a 400-mile range next year. Meanwhile, Mercedes is taking aim at the Tesla Model X with its new Generation EQ SUV, which touts 400 horsepower and an all-electric driving range of 300 miles. The International Space Station is getting ready to test a brand new ion thruster that can be powered by space junk, and teenage inventor Boyan Slat has modified a C-130 Hercules aircraft with high-tech sensors to spot plastic debris in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Solar power is getting cheaper by the day - and two groundbreaking projects in China and Abu Dhabi have pushed the price down 25% in just five months. In other energy news, Poland just unveiled a glowing, bright blue bike lane that's charged by the sun.


Google's Mo Gawdat: 'Happiness is like keeping fit. You have to work out'

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Mo Gawdat is the chief business officer at Google X – the "moonshot factory" responsible for some of the company's more audacious projects, such as self-driving cars and a balloon-powered global internet. Before he joined Google, while working as stock trader and tech executive in Dubai and in response to a period of depression, he used his engineer's mindset to create an "equation for happiness". The equation says that happiness is greater than, or equal to, your perception of the events in your life minus your expectation of how life should be. When his 21-year-old son Ali died during a routine operation, Gawdat turned to the equation, which they had worked on together, in an attempt to come to terms with his tragic loss. Gawdat's book, Solve for Happy, explains the theories underpinning the equation and how it helped him sustain his life after Ali's death.


UAE Startup AlgoDriven Uses Its Proprietary Data Platform To Accurately Price Used Cars

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Buying a used car in the UAE has often been likened to walking through a minefield, with the process of having to assess a car's capabilities often causing mental dilemmas like no other. One startup is hoping to make buying a used vehicle easier by streamlining the process of assessment and evaluation before a purchase with the help of its proprietary vehicle data platform. Co-founders Glenn Harwood and Jaron Crossland initially built AlgoDriven after growing frustrated at the process of evaluating used cars. "We decided to build a mobile app to help car dealers with this problem- valuing used cars they wish to purchase or trade-in," says Harwood. "That evolved from there, as we found that banks, insurance, fleet, and classifieds all face a similar problem." The duo both have extensive experience in the automotive industry- Crossland's family has owned car dealerships for generations and has run dealerships brands like Mercedes-Benz, Mazda, Chrysler, Jeep and Kia, while Harwood has had stints with Mercedes-Benz in Australia and Abu Dhabi, as well as BMW in Dubai.


What is Careem? Uber's major rival in the Middle East escalates the ride-hailing battle

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Uber's been too busy dealing with the fallout of its corporate culture in the United States to make too many headlines about its presence abroad recently. But a major regional rival got a significant batch of funding this week -- upping the game for Uber in the Middle East. Careem, Uber's biggest rival in 80 cities across 12 countries in the region, reportedly raised another $150 million, finishing up a $500 million Series E funding round the company confirmed in December. The German automaker Daimler participated in the funding round, led by Saudi Arabia's Kingdom Holding. Careem was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in Dubai.


Tesla to upgrade Autopilot and add more self-driving features to Model S and Model X cars

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Tesla's new AI autopilot could roll out next week: Elon Musk says cars with latest hardware are set to get more self-driving features Tesla could be giving its customers a late Christmas present – an upgraded Autopilot that will add more self-driving features to newer Model S and Model X cars. CEO Elon Musk shared a tweet on Friday confirming that they'might be ready to rollout most of Autopilot functionality for HW2 towards the end of next week' Dubai police launch AI that can spot crimes BEFORE they... What humans will look like in 100 years: Expert reveals the... Travelling star heading towards Earth could cause a... Are aliens trying to contact Earth? Dubai police launch AI that can spot crimes BEFORE they... What humans will look like in 100 years: Expert reveals the... Travelling star heading towards Earth could cause a... Are aliens trying to contact Earth? Models built after October will have hardware capable of a long list of features, but have been waiting for a software update The latest update would push Tesla's autopilot capabilities even further towards full automation, enabling Level 5 automation of vehicles Guests throw chairs as huge fight breaks out during wedding Male guests in a Chinese wedding flock to harass a bridesmaid A young thug is filmed fly kicking a lady in the back Man's amazing backflip saves child from out of control car Girl walks around London with no jeans - can the public tell? Man's amazing backflip saves child from out of control car Girl walks around London with no jeans - can the public tell?