Lobby Bar – July 8: Hilton’s Foray into Camping, Clairvoyant Constellations, and Thou Shalt Not Drive (Diesel)

By Jeremy Del Nero on 8 July 2016
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Lobby Bar – A Compellingly Concise Summary of FBT News and Views

Meant to be. Jonathan Spira explains why Britain’s exit from the European Union was written in the stars. It’s quite simple, it was literally written in the stars – just grab a telescope and direct your gaze directly beneath Orion’s Belt, where you can read all about it.

Boats in bins. Let us take you around the beautiful city of Oslo, where the water is fresh and the days are long (or short). Oslo is spread across forty islands, so be sure to pack a canoe and some oars – see our gift guide about getting one that will fit in the overhead bin.

Out of control. BMW is planning a self-driving car, which should hit the roads by 2021. Just remember, the driver still chooses the temperature and the music, so if your self-driving BMW wants to cruise at 90° F (32° C) with K-pop blasting, you must obey.

Diesel decline. A number of German cities are considering a ban on diesel passenger cars in an effort to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions. Should the ban take effect, diesel car owners must turn over their vehicles to the government and bicycle to work for a month as punishment for the pollution they have caused.

See through me. American Airlines plans to speed up security lines at a number of U.S. airports by deploying multiple new tools and technologies, including new scanning belts. Now, passengers no longer need to remove any clothing or shoes; they simply lie down on the conveyor belt and are scanned just like their luggage.

Urban camping. The world’s first Canopy by Hilton hotels is now open in Reykjavik, Iceland. The canopies are said to be made of durable canvas tarps, perfect for shelter from the rain and sun. Still, if walls are important to you, check out Tent by Hilton, which is down the block and features zippered enclosures.

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