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Nicole Kobie

Journalist

London

Nicole Kobie

Freelance journalist covering tech, transport and science
Contributing editor to Wired UK and Futures editor at PC Pro.
Bylines in New Scientist, Teen Vogue, WebUser, Computer Shopper, Computer Active, Grazia, Big Issue, the Outline, IT Pro, Alphr and more.

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The wild logistics of Heathrow Airport will instantly devour its much-needed third runway

There is no other airport that does so much with so little as Heathrow. The constraints on its capacity have made it the busiest two-runway airport in the world, leading to catastrophic delays if anything goes wrong. But the limits have also sparked innovation in airport management, from robotic baggage handlers and F1-designed simulation software to rejigging wake vortex classifications so arriving planes can land closer together.
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The pessimist’s guide to the future, from virtual reality to driverless cars

Hype fuels the technology industry. A few years from now, we’ll be shuttled about in driverless cars, lose our jobs to AI and robots, and forget our troubles in virtual worlds. Hyperloop will zip us across countries, chatbots will organise our lives, and drones will deliver our shopping paid for with digital currencies.
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How the world tracked Kim Jong-un's historic flight in real time

FlightRadar24 tracks flights around the world using a network of 18,000 receivers perched on rooftops, radio towers, and masts to pick up pings from aircraft transponders and map them in real time. When a plane crashes, a footballer is transferred, or the pope jets away from the Vatican, thousands and even millions follow along on the website or app in real-time.
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The psychological tricks TfL uses to make London's tube feel faster

Commuters are difficult animals to herd – a fact learned the hard way by Transport for London (TfL), which runs the Underground network as well as buses, trams and boats in the British capital. In 2016, in an effort to battle station congestion, staff at Holborn station in central London ran an experiment.
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Even Ryanair says its hand luggage rules make boarding too chaotic

Getting onto a Ryanair flight is way more chaotic than it should be. And changes made last year to try and ease the confusion might have made things worse, the budget airline has now admitted. So what happens next? First, a quick baggage policy history lesson. Ryanair last year tweaked its bag policy, checking the larger of passengers' two allowed carry-on bags for free at the gate.
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Trams are great for city transport – why doesn't the UK have more?

The UK used to be covered in trams, with networks in virtually every city and town, but now just eight (or six, depending on what you include) British metro areas use a light-rail system. Could they be set for a comeback? The popularity of Edinburgh's trams suggest a renaissance in the making. The network opened in 2014, delayed by three years and millions over budget, but it's partly made up for that by posting a profit two years ahead of schedule and winning the hearts of passengers.
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The slow self-driving cars of Greenwich

Shuffling home a bit tipsy along the river in Greenwich, the woman probably didn’t expect to see an automated pod following her every stumble. As if holding back due to awkward good manners, the self-driving vehicle trailed her down the bike path, unable to get around without coming too close. Contrary to most of our assumptions about driverless cars – perhaps skewed by recent American trials – that’s exactly how carefully, slowly and deliberately the automated pods in this particular trial move as they run along the river near the O2 Arena.
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The future of train travel: Biometric tickets, sensors and drone repairs could spell the end of delays and strikes

Forget the strikes and delays of British train travel. Instead, distract yourself with a dream of an innovative transport utopia. That’s what the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) has done. The organisation representing Britain’s 23 train companies has set out a blueprint for railways in the digital age, envisaging smart carriages that chat to each other to cut delays, drones hovering over tracks to assist with maintenance, and biometric, fingerprint-based ticketing.
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How did driverless cars cope in last week’s London’s snow?

There’s one London driver that didn’t react badly to last week’s snow: Greenwich’s driverless pod. The GATEway project runs a pod – the same vehicle used at Heathrow to ferry drivers from the parking lot to the terminals – around a 3.4km route on the Greenwich peninsula. The aim isn’t currently to test the automated technology, but to understand public perception to driverless vehicles.
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The rules refuse to bend as Citymapper moves to disrupt London transport

When is a bus not a bus? When it only seats eight people and changes its route on demand. Journey planner app Citymapper is extending its reach on London's roads with the launch of a service somewhere between a bus and a taxi. It's been dubbed Smart Ride. However, this wasn't the company's intent.
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Could Uber run the London bus network? It’s complicated

Uber wants to run city bus systems. And, as the UK’s bus coverage hits a 28-year-low, unless government and local authorities invest more in public transport, we may well have to give the taxi firm a shot. Dara Khosrowshahi, the firm’s CEO, says he wants Uber to become a market for transport options from bikes to food delivery and more.
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Is Hyperloop overhyped and underlooped?

London to Edinburgh in 50 minutes. Global mass transport that’s as fast as planes without chewing up fossil fuels and spewing out emissions. And all backed by the billionaire enthusiast who pushed electric cars to the forefront and wants to take humans to Mars. But is Hyperloop actually possible?

About

Nicole Kobie

You may have seen my work at PC Pro, where I edit the Futures section, on Wired UK, where I'm a contributing editor, or in WebUser, where I write the news pages. I also regularly contribute to Teen Vogue, The Outline, CityMetric, New Scientist, Alphr, Vice's Motherboard, IT Pro and Cloud Pro, Computer Shopper, and the Telegraph, and have written for Mental Floss, Ars Technica, Trusted Reviews, MacUser, Computer Active, The Calgary Herald, the Guardian, and more.

I’m a creative, hard-working digital and print journalist, currently specialising in technology, science and transport stories, but happy to write about anything -- even Theresa May coughing.

I focus on high-quality news and features stories, explaining complicated topics with clean, precise writing. I work quickly, write accurately and, perhaps most importantly, hit my deadlines.

Aside from writing and editing, I've had training in investigative journalism, data journalism and photojournalism, and used to be a regular on PC Pro's podcast.

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Skills

  • journalism
  • writing
  • editing
  • news
  • features
  • blogging
  • columns
  • photojournalism
  • photography
  • technology
  • spending hours at the pub
  • Being retweeted by Snowden