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Boeing unveils huge autonomous cargo drone

Daily Mail

A huge autonomous drone that can carry the weight of two baby elephants has been unveiled by Boeing. The heavy-duty quadrocopter can transport payloads up to quarter-of-a-ton, and Boeing says it may use the drone to shift heavy cargo in future. After designing and building the craft in just three months, Boeing says it has already put the vehicle through flight tests at one of its research centres. A huge autonomous drone that can carry the weight of two baby elephants has been unveiled by Boeing. Powered by an electric propulsion system, Boeing's CAV prototype has eight helicopter-like rotors, allowing for vertical take-off and landing.


Futuristic Hover Coupe is a flying 'Italian Rolls-Royce'

Daily Mail

Stunning concept images have revealed an Italian designer's unique vision for a retro-inspired flying vehicle. Lazzarini Design Studio has merged futuristic technology with 1920s luxury for its Hover Coupe, which resembles a cross between a Rolls-Royce and something from a science fiction film. According to its creators, the hover car will be able to reach a top speed in excess of 342mph (550kph) using four jet turbines. Stunning concept images have revealed an Italian designer's unique vision for a retro inspired flying vehicle. The concept car is based on the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8, an Italian luxury car manufactured from 1919 to 1924, which was the main rival to the Rolls-Royce.


Volocopter says flying taxi service will be up by 2020

Daily Mail

Volocopter has said its self-flying taxi service will be up running somewhere in the world in'two to three years'. The 60mph (100kph) vehicles resemble small helicopters and will be hailed via an app before whisking users to their destination through the air. Now one of Volocopter's co-founders has claimed a commercial service powered by the electric vertical-take-off-and-landing aircraft could be running before 2020. Volocopter has said its flying taxi service will be up running somewhere in the world in'two to three years'. Speaking at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in Berlin today, co-founder and Chief Information Officer Alex Zosel said: 'We think that in two or three years we'll have the first commercial applications somewhere in the world with our service.


Passenger Drone completes its first manned flight

Daily Mail

Passenger Drone took to the skies with a pilot aboard to test out the aerial craft's capabilities back in August, but the footage has just been released to mark its official launch Its engine system is less complex than most quad-copters, which the firm says provides enhanced safety, performance, greater payload and range. The vehicle's structure is composed of lightweight and strong carbon fibre composites, especially created for Passenger Drone. The vehicle's structure is composed of lightweight and strong carbon fibre composites, specially created for Passenger Drone. It uses multiple independent flight control systems to automatically navigate passengers from point A to point B.


Watch: Dubai Tests Flying Taxi Drone For Future Ride-Hailing Service

International Business Times

Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority announced it successfully tested autonomous taxi drones in the city. Volocopter, the German company that built the flying drones, said this week's test is the "first-ever public flight of an autonomous urban air taxi." Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority announced the flying drones at the 2017 World Government Summit in February. The drone taxi is powered by 18 rotors and includes an "intelligent autonomous control system," said Volocopter.


Google X's online course teaches you to build flying cars

Daily Mail

'Our students will develop the software skills and conceptual understanding necessary to build a flight system for an autonomous flight vehicle that can reliably complete complex missions in urban environments,' the firm said. 'Our students will develop the software skills and conceptual understanding necessary to build a flight system for an autonomous flight vehicle that can reliably complete complex missions in urban environments,' the firm wrote. Thrun, who used to work at Google before leaving to set up his flying-vehicle firm, Kitty Hawk, said he envisions a world where he can fly the 34-mile (55 km) journey from Palo Alto to San Francisco in just ten minutes. Thrun, who used to work at Google before leaving to set up his flying-vehicle firm, Kitty Hawk, said he envisions a world where he can fly the 34-mile (55 km) journey from Palo Alto to San Francisco in just ten minutes.


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

Daily Mail

In April, Kitty Hawk revealed a prototype of its flying vehicle – an electrical aircraft that resembles a flying jet ski. According to Sebastian Thrun, a working version of Kitty Hawk's flying car will be ready by February 2018 And according to Thrun, a working version of the product will be ready by February 2018. Steve Jurvetson, one of the original investors in SpaceX, is also optimistic about flying cars, adding: 'They're kind of like autonomous cars, you get a peek of the future. And Steve Jurvetson, one of the original investors in SpaceX, is also optimistic about flying cars, adding: 'They're kind of like autonomous cars, you get a peek of the future.


Airbus' Vahana Flying Car Uses Laser Sensors to Pick out Landing Spots

WIRED

Airbus calls its self-flying flying car Vahana, and is working on it at its Silicon Valley outpost A 3 (pronounced "a cubed"). If all goes according to plan, Vahana will use a Near Earth Autonomy technology called Peregrin. Singh has spent 25 years working on sensors for autonomous cars and aircraft, and spun off Near Earth Autonomy from Carnegie Melon University five years ago. That said, a lot of work remains to be done, and Neva Aerospace, a European consortium driving the development of key technologies for flying cars, believes fully autonomous flights remain a long ways off.


Teaching Drones How To Crash Safely

MIT Technology Review

The system stores a database of potential ditch sites for safe emergency landings, and is able to choose the ideal site based on range, size, type of terrain, reliability, and time or day constraints. It's a much more advanced system than what is currently used in most commercial UAVs, which require a designated "home" point, to which the vehicle will attempt to return in the case of a hardware malfunction or drained battery. Current models are unable to safely ditch if, for example, the remaining battery charge is unable to return the drone to its home point, or if that home point is out of date. Once these remaining technological challenges are solved, Roy believes that Safe2Ditch, or similar systems, could become an FAA-mandated safety standard in UAV manufacturing.


The Blackbird set for a hypersonic overhaul

Daily Mail

Lockheed Martin has revealed its secretive Skunk Works unit is beginning to build the first flight demonstrator of a radical hypersonic update of the long-retired Mach 3 SR-71 Blackbird spy plane. Lockheed Martin posted an artist's impression of the craft to its website, with the caption'The Skunk Works hypersonic design – an aircraft developed to execute Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance and strike missions at speeds up to Mach 6.' The plane will also have a'warm structure' that will heat up during flight Lockheed Martin posted an artist's impression of the craft to its website, with the caption'The Skunk Works hypersonic design – an aircraft developed to execute Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance and strike missions at speeds up to Mach 6.' NASA is backing plans to return to supersonic flight, with its Quiet Supersonic Transport (QueSST) low-boom flight demonstrator aims to produce a much lower'boom' than other supersonic aircraft, and NASA is hoping to see the first flight tests take place in 2021 The XS-1 program envisions a fully reusable unmanned vehicle, roughly the size of a business jet, which would take off vertically like a rocket and fly to hypersonic speeds.