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Scientists create science fiction plane that flies silently without any moving parts at all

The Independent - Tech

Scientists have created an entirely silent plane that flies without any moving parts at all, like something out of science fiction. The plane can travel for relatively long journeys despite not having any kind of propellor, turbine or any moving parts at all. And it flies entirely silently, drifting across the air. Uber has halted testing of driverless vehicles after a woman was killed by one of their cars in Tempe, Arizona. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar.


Meet the Japanese tech guru who is betting big on the future of drones

The Japan Times

The only person in kimono at a recent government meeting on flying cars was Kotaro Chiba, a former online-game executive turned financier of a very specific kind. For Chiba, 44, who wears kimono on special occasions to show his pride in Japanese culture, is gathering money for what he calls the Drone Fund. It invests in unmanned vehicles to survey buildings, make deliveries and take aerial photos for tourist boards; hover scooters; and a pilotless cargo craft that's seeking to make it all the way from Japan to Silicon Valley in one go. Chiba is at the forefront of an industry that's only years away from changing our lives. In five to 10 years, the skies could be alive with drones delivering goods, according to McKinsey & Co.


This AI Method Will Bring Autonomous Vehicles to Skies Sooner Than Expected

#artificialintelligence

Birds have long inspired humans to create their own ways to fly. We know that soaring bird species that migrate long distances use thermal updrafts to stay in the air without using up energy flapping their wings. And glider pilots similarly use thermals currents and other areas of rising air in order to remain airborne for longer. Yet, while we've mastered gliding through these updrafts using various instruments, the exact mechanisms that allow birds to soar are still unknown. But a team of researchers from California and Italy have made some telling steps towards answering this question using artificial intelligence (A.I.).


Startup reveals 'BlackFly' flying car that 'anyone can pilot'

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A Silicon Valley startup has developed a flying car prototype that it claims'anyone can pilot.' Called BlackFly, the single-seat, all-electric aircraft doesn't require the flyer to have a pilot license in order to operate it in the US, according to Palo Alto-based Opener. Opener first drew up concepts for BlackFly nine years ago and has now built an early prototype that can travel 25 miles at speeds of up to 62mph. A Silicon Valley startup has developed a flying car prototype that it claims'anyone can pilot.' Called BlackFly, the single-seat, all-electric aircraft doesn't require a pilot's license to fly BlackFly is a flying car prototype developed by Palo Alto-based startup Opener.


Flying car startup backed by Google founder offers test flights

The Japan Times

LOS ANGELES – A flying car project backed by Google co-founder Larry Page was closer to takeoff on Wednesday, with a model for test flights by aspiring buyers. Kitty Hawk, funded by Page, unveiled a Flyer model it described as "an exciting first step to sharing the freedom of flight." The company was created last year in Google's home town of Mountain View, California, and has been testing a prototype in New Zealand. Images and details were available at a freshly launched website at flyer.aero, and CNN posted coverage of a reporter taking to the air in a Flyer over a lake at a test site near Las Vegas. Kitty Hawk chief executive Sebastian Thrun, who founded the Google X lab devoted to "moonshots" such as self-driving cars and internet-synched eyewear, was quoted by CNN as saying piloting Flyer was as easy as playing the video game "Minecraft."


Google X's Sebastian Thrun: Flying car ready in February

Daily Mail - Science & tech

He's known as the'godfather of the self-driving car', and now Sebastian Thrun has set his sights on flying cars. Speaking at a conference this week, Thrun referred to flying cars as'completely crazy' but said that he believes the world is ready for the'next big thing.' He also revealed that his firm, Kitty Hawk, will have its first flying vehicle – which is more like a motorcycle than car - ready by February 2018. He's known as the'godfather of the self-driving car', and now it seems that Sebastian Thrun has set his sights on flying cars. Thrun was speaking at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco this week, where is explained why he believes air travel will become a daily occurrence in the near future.


United Airlines cockpit access codes leaked online

The Independent - Tech

The passcodes securing cockpit doors on United Airlines aircraft may have been leaked to the public. Over the weekend, United Airlines owner United Continental Holdings informed staff that passcodes and safety information had been posted online by a flight attendant. According to the company, it was a mistake rather than the result of a cyber security breach. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar.


Flying cars aren't real yet, but these supersonic vehicles already exist

Mashable

Self-driving vehicles are passé in Silicon Valley. This week, Google co-founder Larry Page unveiled his plans for a Kitty Hawk Flyer that can hover above the water. Sergey Brin, the other Google co-founder, is reportedly building a giant dirigible inside a NASA hangar. Uber, naturally, has its own plans for flying cars, which it touted earlier this week at its Elevate Summit in Texas. And a German aircraft builder says it's planning to create an Uber-style self-driving system with its own passenger "vehicle," which is really a small, ultra-light jet.


Robocar news: Waymo starts pilot in Phoenix, Apple car gets more real, and the flying car takes off

Robohub

Waymo (Google) has announced a pilot project in Phoenix offering a full ride service in their new minivans. Members of the public can sign up -- the link is sure to be overwhelmed with applicants, but it has videos and more details -- and some families are already participating. I was in Phoenix this morning as it turns out, but to tell real estate developers about robocars; not for this. There are several things notable about Waymo's pilot: There has been speculation recently because of some departures from Apple's car team that they had given up. In fact, last week they applied for self-driving car test plates for California.