Scenic sat-nav will take you on the prettiest route

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Smartphones and route-planning apps have changed the way we navigate, guiding us from A to B with maximum efficiency. But what if we want to take the scenic route?

Soon they may help us do that, too. An AI system called Autobahn can use Google Street View images to optimise your route for a particular type of scenery, such as mountains or views of the ocean.

Read the full article in New Scientist.

Autonomous cars will only ease traffic when paired with smart lights

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A car with no driver, nor even a steering wheel, pulls up at your door. You jump in, bound for the airport. The car pulls away, turns off your street onto a main road and… hits traffic? It turns out that even when autonomous cars become reality, they won’t help much to ease the gridlock in our cities: for that, we need to overhaul traffic lights too.

Read the full article in New Scientist.