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Circulate on Fridays: Open source self-driving cars, portable solar panels and more!

It is Friday again! As you are hopefully planning pleasant weekends, we bring you the latest edition of Circulate on Fridays, highlighting seven great circular economy related reads. Join us this weekend for pieces on the pros and cons of Universal Basic Income, portable solar panels, an open source self-driving car and much more!

If you support greater equality and an end to poverty, surely you support the idea of Universal Basic Income, right? Possibly not, Vox’s Dylan Matthews interviews a well-known U.S. anti-poverty campaigner, Robert Greenstein, the president and co-founder of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, who offers a somewhat different perspective on the topic.

Is clothes buying going out of fashion? That’s the claim made in this Financial Times piece, a trend that could potentially open up increased opportunities for circular models in the fashion and textiles industry.

Portable solar panels small enough to fit into a bucket and easy to assemble in less than five minutes without any expertise, Fast Company’s Adele Peters has the story of SoloPower Systems, which could be a solution for providing energy in off-the-grid areas in the developing world.

A number of big companies have pledged to be 100% powered by renewables within the next 10-15 years and new technologies will have a huge role to play. On the World Economic Forum Agenda blog, Joe Myers analyses Google’s latest moves towards that renewable energy goal.

Technology to enable smart cities exists and is already in place. Integrating tech with political and economic systems is required to enable smart cities to become a reality argues Green Biz’s Lauren Hepler in her latest article.

For all of the ideas being discussed about reducing congestion, pollution and making getting around in cities more effective, one that continues to gain traction is the possibility of making cities more pedestrian and less car orientated altogether. One small example of this has been put to the test in Paris with slightly surprising results. Charlie Sorrell has the story here.

An online education startup has announced its intention to build a self-driving car. That’s a headline we didn’t expect to write, but Udacity’s Sebastian Thrun announced it at Tech Crunch’s Disrupt event this week, and what’s more, they apparently intend to open source the technology so “that anyone can try to build their own self-driving vehicle.”

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