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Dubai Plans To Deploy Driverless Pods And Green Rail Buses

The high-tech transport systems will facilitate eco-friendly, sustainable travel and reduce carbon emissions by as much as 50%.

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Dubai is expanding its range of sustainable transportation options with the addition of autonomous pods and a solar-powered rail bus system. The forward-thinking move will complement the city’s already ambitious projects, such as flying cars and robotaxis.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) recently signed two Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with UK and US-based private companies to bring innovative transportation solutions to Dubai.

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The initial MoU was established with Urban.MASS, a UK-based firm, to explore the feasibility of deploying these new transportation systems. According to Abdul Mohsen Kalbat, CEO of RTA, the solar-powered rail buses will run on double tracks, facilitating swift and efficient movement throughout the city. During the initial pilot phase, authorities hope to reduce carbon emissions by an impressive 50%.

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The RTA has also partnered with Rail Bus, a US company, to introduce a sustainable transport system where vehicles travel on a bridge equipped with solar panels. RTA CEO Kalbat explained that the system will feature a contemporary design and be more cost-effective than similar transportation alternatives.

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Dubai’s vision for the future of transportation aligns with the city’s commitment to sustainability and eco-friendliness and strengthens the Emitate’s reputation as a pioneer in modern urban mobility.

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Adobe Teases New AI Editing Tools And Updates In Premiere Pro

The video editing app will be enhanced with a generative extend tool, text-to-video, improved timeline waveforms, and more.

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After launching the generative AI model Firefly last year, Adobe is now showcasing how the technology will be used in upcoming versions of the editing app Premiere Pro. In an early sneak peek, the company demonstrated several new features, including Object Addition and Removal, Generative Extend, and Text to Video.

The first new feature, Generative Extend, targets a common video editing problem by using AI to “Seamlessly add frames to make clips longer, so it’s easier to perfectly time edits and add smooth transitions”.

Meanwhile, Premiere Pro’s Object Addition & Removal tool will leverage Firefly’s generative AI to “Simply select and track objects, then replace them. Remove unwanted items, change an actor’s wardrobe or quickly add set dressings such as a painting or photorealistic flowers on a desk,” Adobe states.

Adobe also showcased another new feature that can automatically generate new film clips using a text prompt. To use the content creation tool, editors can “Simply type text into a prompt or upload reference images. These clips can be used to ideate and create storyboards, or to create B-roll for augmenting live action footage,” Adobe explained. The company seems to be commercializing this particular feature extremely quickly, considering generative AI video only appeared a few months ago.

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The new additions to Premiere Pro will be added later this year, but Adobe is also introducing smaller improvements to the editing app in May. The changes include interactive fade handles to enable easier transitions, an Essential Sound badge that uses AI to “automatically tag audio clips as dialogue, music, sound effects or ambience, and add a new icon so editors get one-click, instant access to the right controls for the job”, along with effect badges and a new look for waveforms in the timeline.

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