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Car of the future

Audi has launched its four-door design vision Audi Aicon, presenting an autonomous Audi of the future – with no steering wheel or pedals.

As a design concept, the four-door 2+2 boldly leaps ahead to show the exterior and interior design of the next decades. The technology demonstrator combines innovations relating to the drivetrain, suspension, digitalization and sustainability in a visionary manner. The Aicon, too, is designed for purely electric operation and should be able to cover distances between 700 and 800 kilometres on a single charge.

Airport Robot

One of the best commercial examples of the use of technology is LG’s Airport Robot. Designed with travellers in mind, the robot is engineered to recognise voice and answers questions in a variety of different languages to streamline air travel making the passenger’s trip much more enjoyable.

YuMi, the conductor

YuMi, the world's first truly collaborative dual-arm robot, made its debut at the opera by conducting Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli and the Lucca Philharmonic Orchestra at the Teatro Verdi in Pisa. YuMi, manufactured by ABB, was invited to the stage by Bocelli, who performed the famous aria "La Donna è Mobile" from Verdi's Rigoletto. YuMi also conducted works of Puccini and Mascagni during its first night at the opera in front of a sold-out Teatro. Among the guests was ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer, under whose leadership YuMi was developed. The unique demonstration showed what can happen when advanced robotics meets the arts.

From race to road

The Mercedes-AMG Project ONE will celebrate its world première at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, from September 14 to 24. For the first time, the two-seater supersports show car brings the very latest and efficient, fully-fledged Formula 1 hybrid technology from the race track to the road almost par for par to represent the highlight of AMG's 50th anniversary.

Sedric in Dubai

Sedric, Volkswagen’s first concept car featuring an integrated mobility concept for the road traffic of tomorrow, made its Middle East debut at Cityscape Global 2017, which opened in Dubai on Monday.

Volkswagen Group will be showcasing Sedric (Self-Driving Car) to visitors from September 11 to 13 at the Dubai Land Department stand.

The concept vehicle was first presented at the Group Evening in Geneva on 6 March, followed by an appearance at Auto Shanghai April.

The Concept Car has been developed from scratch for autonomous driving. Sedric provides a concrete insight into the innovative form of individual mobility that can be used by everyone but which can nevertheless be geared to personal needs and aspirations – available at the touch of a button, easy, sustainable, convenient, and safe.

Waterfront splendour

Leading developers from Bahrain will be showcasing mixed-use real estate projects worth over $11 billion including the $2.5-billion waterfront district Bahrain Bay and the innovative Canal View at the Cityscape Global expo in Dubai.

Besides these developments, the major ones to be rolled out include Diyar Al Muharraq, a progressive urban development including the iconic Dragon City besides Durrat Al Bahrain, a hallmark island city; Canal View, canalside living at its finest in the heart of Dilmunia and Bahrain Marina, a trendy waterfront development.

Runway to Runway

Etihad Airways and renowned British designer Julien Macdonald officially launched a promotional fashion film 'Runway to Runway' on the opening night of NYFW: The Shows in New York. Above, a still from the film.

Saudis book World Cup return

Saudi Arabia's national soccer team has secured qualification to next year’s World Cup in Russia beating Japan 1-0 in their last AFC Round 3 Group B match on Tuesday at Jeddah on Tuesday.

The kingdom is back in the World Cup after an 11-year hiatus.

The Saudis finished in second place in the group behind Japan with 19 points, but they secured their place in the finals thanks to the goal difference ahead of Australia who also have 19 points, said a statement from Fifa.

The kingdom joins Iran, Japan and Korea Republic as the Asian representatives in Russia.

Saudi team owes their win to substitute Fahad Al Muwallad who gave the upper hand for the home side at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah and in front of more than 60,000 spectators, it added.

Russia 2018 will be the fifth appearance for Saudi Arabia in the FIFA World Cup finals after qualifying for the first time back in 1994.

They featured in three consecutive finals afterwards (1998, 2002 and 2006) before missing the last two editions in South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014, said the statement.-TradeArabia News Servic

Louvre in Abu Dhabi

Louvre Abu Dhabi, the first museum of its kind in the Arab world, will open its doors to the public on November 11. The museum focuses on shared human stories across civilisations and cultures. Pritzker Prize winning French architect Jean Nouvel has designed the museum city under a vast silvery dome.