Six-Wheeled Delivery Robots Will Soon Be Used To Deliver Meals To Homes Around London.

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Six-wheeled delivery robots which trundle along at 4mph will soon be used to deliver meals to homes around London.

The self-driving robots can navigate through city streets using a GPS tracker coupled with on-board cameras and sensors.

When the robot arrives at its destination, the customer has to type in a code that has been sent to them.

This lets them open the robot’s lid to collect their food.

So far, 30 robots have travelled 5,000 miles during tests in Greenwich, Milton Keynes and Glastonbury.

The customer has to key in a code to retrieve their food

Now food delivery firm Just Eat plans to start using them to deliver food to homes in London later this month.

Allan Martinson, the chief operating officer of developer Starship Technologies, said: “We haven’t lost a single robot in eight months, or been involved in any accidents that resulted in loss or injury.”

He said most people who’ve spotted them in the street are unfazed, but kids “love it”.

“We’ve seen them try to chase it, hug it. One person tried to feed it a banana.”

To prevent theft and other interference, it is fitted with a movement sensor that sends an alert if it is lifted off the ground.

It also has nine cameras and two-way audio to a control room, from which humans oversee the robot army.

It is cheaper than regular delivery – costing around £1 to transport goods within a 3 mile radius.

Just Eat chief executive David Buttress said: “In busy times there’s a shortage of supply drivers. These will enable restaurants to meet the demand.”

Source: http://news.sky.com/story/self-driving-robots-to-deliver-food-in-london-10447731

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Volvo Announces That They Will Begin Trials Of Volvo’s XC90 Driverless Cars In And Around London, Early Next Year.

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The Swedish manufacturer said it will be the first time members of the British public will be recruited to get behind the wheel of autonomous driving (AD) cars on public roads.

Adapted versions of Volvo’s XC90 will be used in trials Credit: Volvo

A limited number of semi-AD cars will take to London’s streets early next year before the scheme is extended to up to 100 vehicles in 2018. Adapted versions of Volvo’s XC90 will be used.

Autonomous driving represents a leap forward in car safety. The sooner AD cars are on the roads, the sooner lives will start being saved

 

It’s not been confirmed yet which parts of the capital will be used for the trial.

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BREAKING NEWS: BA Flight BA727 Carrying 132 Passengers Has Been Hit By A Drone On Approach To Heathrow Airport.

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An investigation is under way after an object, thought to be a drone, struck the front of a passenger jet on approach to Heathrow

The pilot reported that an object had struck the Airbus A320, which took off in Geneva, as it came in to land at the London hub.

The flight – BA727 – landed safely at Heathrow Terminal 5.

No arrests have been made and inquiries are continuing.

A British Airways spokesperson said: “Our aircraft landed safely, was fully examined by our engineers and it was cleared to operate its next flight.

“Safety and security are always our first priority and we will give the police every assistance with their investigation.”

The strike is the latest in a string of incidents involving drones and aircraft in UK airspace.

Steve Landells, flight safety specialist at the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA), said: “Frankly it was only a matter of time before we had a drone strike given the huge numbers being flown around by amateurs who don’t understand the risks and the rules.

“It appears that no serious damage was done on this occasion, but what is clear is that while most drones are flown safely, sensibly and within the limits of the law, much more education of drone users and enforcement of the rules is needed to ensure our skies remain safe from this threat.”

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) “drone code” says they should be kept away from planes and airports, and not be flown above 400ft.

In March, a report released by the UK Airprox Board (UKAB) found there were 23 near misses between drones and aircraft in the six months between April and October last year.

On 22 September, a Boeing 777 that had just taken off reported that a drone narrowly passed down the right hand side of the airliner.

Investigators concluded that the drone was at the same height and within 25 metres of the jet.

A report was made to police but the drone operator was not traced.

Source: http://news.sky.com/story/1680304/drone-strikes-ba-plane-at-heathrow-airport

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Zaventem Airport Partially Operational, Following Terror Attacks.

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Brussels airport plans to partially reopen on Sunday with new security controls, 12 days after it was attacked by suicide bombers. Airport authorities said three Brussels Airlines’ flights would depart for European destinations.

Zaventem has not handled passenger flights since the attack on its departure hall claimed by the so-called Islamic State group.

The attacks on the airport and a metro station left 32 people dead.

In another development, Belgian authorities charged a third suspect – named only as Y A – with terrorist offences linked to a plot to attack France.

The charges come in the wake of the arrest of Frenchman Reda Kriket in a Paris suburb on 24 March.

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Brussels airport chief executive officer Arnaud Feist said that “from Sunday morning, Brussels Airport should be partially operational”.

He said he was expecting to receive official authorisation for the reopening later in the day.

The first flight is expected to take off in the early afternoon for the Portuguese city of Faro. The others will be bound for the Greek capital Athens and Turin, Italy.

Passengers will only be able to get to the airport by car or taxi – the terminal is still closed to trains and buses.

Under the new security arrangements:

  • vehicles and passengers travelling to the temporary departures area will be screened on the access road
  • an additional police check and ID and boarding pass check will take place at the entrance to the temporary departures area. Those not flying will not be allowed in
  • passengers will then proceed towards the departure gates, undergoing the usual access and security controls

Late on Friday Belgian officials reached a deal with police unions on enhanced security at the airport.

The dispute had delayed the reopening.

Mr Feist said he hoped the airport would get back up to full capacity in time for the start of the summer holidays at the end of June.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-35951454

 

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BREAKING NEWS BRUSSELS [CNN LIVE]: Explosions At Zaventem Airport And Maelbeek Metro Station, Claim Multiple Casualties

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British Travellers Are Facing Three Days Of Flight Delays And Cancellations, Because Of Strikes By French Air Traffic Controllers.

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Passengers travelling from Gatwick, Heathrow and Luton Airport have already been hit by rescheduling after the strike began on Sunday with officials at Gatwick saying that passengers had experienced delays averaging more than 50 minutes.

 

Passengers flying with easyJet and British Airways from Gatwick, Heathrow and Luton Airport to European airports are likely to experience lengthy delays or cancellations from today.

Luton Airport have confirmed that flights to Amsterdam and Nimes had been affected by industrial action, adding that four flights had been delayed as a result of a “knock-on effect in the network”.

Officials at Gatwick said passengers were experiencing delays averaging 50 minutes, and advised all passengers to ring their airlines for updates.

A spokesman for easyJet confirmed that 82 flights were cancelled on Sunday, including 32 scheduled to take off from British airports.

He said: “We have been pro-actively informing affected customers, so they have the opportunity to reorganise their journeys.

“Affected customers can change their flight free of charge or receive a refund. We advise customers to make any amendments to their booking on the Manage my Bookings area of easyJet.com.

“As well as affecting flights to and from France, the strike action is causing delays to other flights which use French airspace.

“We recommend that all customers travelling on Sunday 20 and Monday 21 March 2016 check the status of their flight on our Flight Tracker page.”

“Although this is outside of our control we would like to apologise to all our customers for any inconvenience and would like to reassure them we are doing all possible to minimise any disruption as a result of the industrial action”

British Airways refused to disclose how many flights would be affected by the strikes, but said it was doing “all we can to minimise disruption to customers affected.”

A spokeswoman added that larger aircraft were now being used and some flights were being re-routed.

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Rail Minister Claire Perry: “We Are Working With The ORR On A Compenation Scheme For Comuters Badly Hit By Train Delays”

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More than 50 train services are between half an hour and 119 minutes late every day in Britain, industry figures show.

Office of Rail and Road (ORR) data analysed by the Press Association reveals that 5,250 trains were late from July to September 2015.

The figures – which amount to an average of 57 trains running significantly late each day – do not include trains that ran more than two hours late.
The Caledonian Sleeper was the worst operator, according to the data

The data shows the worst operator was the Caledonian Sleeper, which runs overnight services between London and Scotland.

Some 3.7% of its services suffered disruptions of between 30 and 119 minutes.

Transport generic train movement. Rail travel southeast London.
First Hull Trains had 2.7% of its services running late, while Virgin Trains East Coast had 2.6% running late. Grand Central had 2% of its services delayed.

James MacColl from the Campaign for Better Transport said “far too few” passengers understand when they are due to be compensated for late running services.

“With record numbers of people now relying on the railways – and technology like electronic tickets becoming more widespread – this needs to change,” he said.
“With big investment going into the railways, it’s also essential that the whole industry works together to minimise disruption and keep the trains running on time.”

Rail Minister Claire Perry said: “We are investing record amounts in our railways to make journeys better for passengers, and the rail industry must ensure their customers receive the best possible service at all times.

“This includes making sure the network is robust and that delays caused by planned works are kept to a minimum.

“If passengers are hit by significant disruption, we do have a generous compensation scheme and we are working with the ORR to make sure that the claim process is quick and hassle free.”

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union described the figures as “shocking”, adding that staff and fleet shortages coupled with “chronic under-investment in infrastructure” has led to major delays.

A spokesman for the Rail Delivery Group, which represents train operators and Network Rail, said timetables are a “promise to passengers”.

“Train operators and Network Rail are working hard together every day to deliver a better, more punctual railway and to give people better information when things do go wrong,” he said.

“The rail industry has cut the number of incidents causing delays every year, but a busier network means that incidents can have a greater knock-on effect.”

Source: http://news.sky.com/story/1658393/average-of-57-trains-run-late-every-day

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