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June 2018

Where next? And how do we get there? Faster, cleaner, friendlier – the people and vehicles fixing your mobile life. Plus: pull up to the bumper with valet-parking pros.

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Guiding light

Lighting the way forward: when it comes to adopting new technology, seemingly small design improvements can make a big difference. As our cars turn electric (or driverless), the function played by headlights and signalling…

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Editor's letter

Our editor in chief couldn’t quite believe what he was seeing as he made one of his regular trips through airport security recently: is one of the most tiresome travails of modern travel being revolutionised?

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The opener

We get toasty in Vienna, fawn over Brazil’s suited, booted football squad and consider how fashion-forward Saudi Arabia truly is. Meanwhile, where is the best place to get branded bags? It’s totes Milan.

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Groomy kind of love

Pooch pampering has been taken to a whole new level in Japan. We head to the country’s largest dog show, where competitive groomers have their clippers at the ready.

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Time and tide

An app that tracks the status of ocean-going vessels worldwide, MarineTraffic uses a network of 3,000 ship spotters to gather its maritime data.

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Mr Sunshine

When the crowds thin out, South Korea’s most in‑demand leading man likes to enjoy some downtime at his favourite restaurant.

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Defence briefing

Why modern militaries are offering cushy perks to recruits and the Thai military’s surprising new mascot.

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Lion's den

Despite its athletes, writers and conservation efforts winning international acclaim, Kenya’s divisions, corruption and poverty gap are curbing its potential.

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The direct approach

Flying cars may ease congestion, but why not improve existing options? Here are our favourite simple solutions to get around – and between – our cities.

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Gearing up

City planners plotting new routes should look to these three cities for hints on how to get people moving.

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Ask the experts

Auckland’s mayor, a Slovenian urban planner and Taiwan’s cycling maven all have one thing in common: they want to improve the way you get from A to B.

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On the move

We ponder the fact that driverless cars may not be driving the future after all, celebrate the democracy of public transport and board a humble ferry – it’s the best way to get to work, says our writer. Who else gets to see…

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High spirits

The aviation industry is opening up to a world of possibilities (including artisan cocktails) as products designed to enhance the in-flight experience begin to take off.

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Radical departure

To create an aircraft cabin and transit lounge to suit the longest of all long hauls, Qantas turned to an innovative designer prepared to go the extra mile.

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In full flow

Shiny new infrastructure projects are often a way for mayors to broadcast their ambition and boost publicity (Garden Bridge, anyone?). But, as these five schemes show, the smartest planners present viable solutions to real…

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