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Hyundai Elevate: 'The world's first walking car' Martin Love

The Guardian

This'quadrupedal' vehicle may look like a smart shopping trolley ready for a supermarket dash in some distant interstellar community. But, in fact, it's a full-size, robotic walking car, which Hyundai believes may be helpful in rescue zones when normal vehicles, even the most robust 4x4s, just can't hack it. It's called the'Elevate' and by blending technology found in modern electric cars with advanced robotics, it can climb up 5ft walls, straddle a 5ft hole and step across piles of debris, thanks to the addition of four fully articulated robotic legs – and all the while keeping its passengers completely level. The idea is that the Elevate could be driven by first responders to a disaster location, just like a traditional electric car, but then when the terrain became impassable it could use its highly dexterous legs to move in any direction. It can walk at 3mph and the legs are powered by the same battery that drives the car's motor.

A pair of pot-pipe pop-ups aim to elevate the cannabis accessory shopping experience

Los Angeles Times

First to open its doors will be the Higher Standards X the Pottery pop-up shop, a partnership between the New York-based elevated smoke shop Higher Standards (which has its flagship in Chelsea Market) and the Pottery dispensary on Venice Boulevard. Set to open on June 2 and run through August, it will offer a curated selection of products from Pax, Storz & Bickel, Malin Goetz and Jonathan Adler as well as Higher Standards' own line of minimalist borosilicate glass water pipes and branded cleaning kits. It is also expected to stock the Banana Bros.' soon-to-be-released joint-rolling machine Otto.

Virgin is working to elevate hyperloop travel by 2030


Virgin Hyperloop is leading the race to make the high-speed technology become a viable transport option within this decade. The company is now building a state of the art testing facility in West Virginia, which includes a 10-kilometer-long testing tube.

Uber's aerial taxi play


Uber's flying taxis are taking off, as the transportation upstart looks for new ways to shorten trips made long because of distance or traffic congestion. Flying cars were once nearly the exclusive domain of tech aphorisms ("You promised us flying cars, but instead we have x."), but now they are actually being put into gear in the form of electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicles. Over the last couple of days at the Uber Elevate summit in Los Angeles, the company further laid out its own ambitious plans to develop and commercially deploy air taxis by 2023. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, who has been at the helm for less than one year, admitted he wasn't initially 100 percent on board for Elevate, he said at the Uber Elevate Summit in Los Angeles. It took a couple of sessions and some reviews of the math for him to be sold on it, he said.

Visuals and ambition can't elevate 'Alien Invasion: S.U.M.1'

Los Angeles Times

This bleak but ambitious sci-fi film from Christian Pasquariello starts strong, but falters in its final act.