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News Link • Transportation: Air Travel


•, by Lauren Goode

There are the smartphones and laptops we use every day, and then there's Next Leveltechnology. In this new Verge video series, senior editor Lauren Goode takes you behind the scenes to show you the technology that's being worked on at some of the world's most innovative companies and research institutions. From modular airplanes to prescription video games to Hollywood's attempt to hack your emotions, Next Level will show you the technology that has the potential to radically change the way we interact with tech. 

Commercial flying is, for most people, a mediocre experience at best. Unless you shell out for an upgraded seat, you're generally stuck with little leg room, tepid meals, and nowhere to go for hours or more — all for an average airfare of $350 in the US. Add in recent events, involving overbooking, passenger apparel choices, and dead pets, and the airlines aren't exactly winning the hearts of customers right now. 

This is the problem that Airbus thinks it can solve with Transpose, the wild modular cabin concept that it first revealed to the public last December. For the launch episode of our new video series Next Level, we got the exclusive first look inside A³, Airbus' Silicon Valley labs, and experienced the modular cabin concept in a full-sized mock-up of an Airbus A330.

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