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MailOnline visits the world's first VERTIPORT in Coventry that will serve as a hub for flying cars

Daily Mail - Science & tech

The idea of a hub for drones and Jetsons-style flying taxis may sound like a concept from the latest science fiction blockbuster. But such a hub – known as a vertiport – became a reality this week, with the opening of the Air-One site in Coventry. Air-One is a centre for drones and electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, including flying cars and taxis, and will serve as a blueprint for more than 200 vertiports planned worldwide over the next five years, according to Urban-Air Port, the UK-based developer of Air-One. MailOnline attended the opening of the Air-One vertiport this week for a look at what the future of transport could be. From a central rising launch pad from which flying taxis could shuttle passengers on their journeys, to a futuristic vending machine where you can order items to be delivered by drones on demand, here's a look at the key features.


World's first VERTIPORT opens in Coventry: Air-One will serve as a hub for drones and flying taxis

Daily Mail - Science & tech

From Harry Potter to The Jetsons, flying cars have been staple features of science fiction blockbusters for years. And with the futuristic vehicles rapidly getting closer to becoming a reality, the world's first vertiport has opened this week. The Air-One vertiport is located in Coventry and will be a hub for drones and electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircrafts, including flying cars and taxis. The site will serve as a blueprint for more than 200 vertiports planned worldwide over the next five years, according to Urban-Air Port, the UK-based developer of Air-One. 'The opening of Air-One is a momentous moment – the starting gun for a new age of transport, an age of zero-emission, congestion-free travel between and within cities that will make people healthier, happier and more connected than ever before,' said Ricky Sandhu, Founder and Executive Chairman of Urban-Air Port.


#selfdrivingcars_2022-04-20_05-36-02.xlsx

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The graph represents a network of 1,840 Twitter users whose tweets in the requested range contained "#selfdrivingcars", or who were replied to or mentioned in those tweets. The network was obtained from the NodeXL Graph Server on Wednesday, 20 April 2022 at 12:47 UTC. The requested start date was Wednesday, 20 April 2022 at 00:01 UTC and the maximum number of tweets (going backward in time) was 7,500. The tweets in the network were tweeted over the 25-day, 6-hour, 8-minute period from Friday, 25 March 2022 at 15:16 UTC to Tuesday, 19 April 2022 at 21:24 UTC. Additional tweets that were mentioned in this data set were also collected from prior time periods.


#selfdrivingcars_2022-04-06_05-36-02.xlsx

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The graph represents a network of 1,781 Twitter users whose tweets in the requested range contained "#selfdrivingcars", or who were replied to or mentioned in those tweets. The network was obtained from the NodeXL Graph Server on Wednesday, 06 April 2022 at 12:46 UTC. The requested start date was Wednesday, 06 April 2022 at 00:01 UTC and the maximum number of tweets (going backward in time) was 7,500. The tweets in the network were tweeted over the 24-day, 4-hour, 46-minute period from Saturday, 12 March 2022 at 16:24 UTC to Tuesday, 05 April 2022 at 21:11 UTC. Additional tweets that were mentioned in this data set were also collected from prior time periods.


#selfdrivingcars_2022-03-30_05-36-01.xlsx

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The graph represents a network of 1,744 Twitter users whose tweets in the requested range contained "#selfdrivingcars", or who were replied to or mentioned in those tweets. The network was obtained from the NodeXL Graph Server on Wednesday, 30 March 2022 at 12:48 UTC. The requested start date was Wednesday, 30 March 2022 at 00:01 UTC and the maximum number of tweets (going backward in time) was 7,500. The tweets in the network were tweeted over the 21-day, 23-hour, 8-minute period from Monday, 07 March 2022 at 22:37 UTC to Tuesday, 29 March 2022 at 21:46 UTC. Additional tweets that were mentioned in this data set were also collected from prior time periods.


#selfdrivingcars_2022-02-23_05-36-01.xlsx

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The graph represents a network of 1,543 Twitter users whose tweets in the requested range contained "#selfdrivingcars", or who were replied to or mentioned in those tweets. The network was obtained from the NodeXL Graph Server on Wednesday, 23 February 2022 at 13:47 UTC. The requested start date was Wednesday, 23 February 2022 at 01:01 UTC and the maximum number of tweets (going backward in time) was 7,500. The tweets in the network were tweeted over the 13-day, 5-hour, 31-minute period from Wednesday, 09 February 2022 at 14:35 UTC to Tuesday, 22 February 2022 at 20:06 UTC. Additional tweets that were mentioned in this data set were also collected from prior time periods.


Musk Pushes The Boundaries In Tesla Autonomous Campaign

International Business Times

Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk often touts the arrival of completely autonomous vehicles as imminent, but exactly how close that future is for the electric automaker remains murky. Meanwhile, the company is launching new features in a US regulatory environment that has often taken a laissez-faire approach to emerging technologies, while using terms like Full Self Driving (FSD) that critics view as misleading. Videos posted online by Tesla owners show an erratic performance in "FSD Beta," the latest update on Tesla's driver-assistance system. Cars can be seen turning awkwardly, knocking down safety cones and lurching unexpectedly. Earlier this month, Tesla initiated a recall of some 54,000 vehicles equipped with FSD Beta to disable a feature that had allowed the cars to go through a stop sign without fully halting in certain situations. The episode highlights a downside to Musk's envelope-pushing approach, which has also been credited with making electric vehicles a mainstream option in the United States and other markets.


#selfdrivingcars_2022-02-02_05-36-01.xlsx

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The graph represents a network of 1,623 Twitter users whose tweets in the requested range contained "#selfdrivingcars", or who were replied to or mentioned in those tweets. The network was obtained from the NodeXL Graph Server on Wednesday, 02 February 2022 at 13:49 UTC. The requested start date was Wednesday, 02 February 2022 at 01:01 UTC and the maximum number of tweets (going backward in time) was 7,500. The tweets in the network were tweeted over the 17-day, 22-hour, 51-minute period from Friday, 14 January 2022 at 22:39 UTC to Tuesday, 01 February 2022 at 21:31 UTC. Additional tweets that were mentioned in this data set were also collected from prior time periods.


Baidu's electric car brand Jidu closes $400M Series A round – TechCrunch

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Once an industry with long development cycles, the automotive space is being upended by China's tech giants. One can hardly keep up with all the new electric vehicle brands that come out of the country nowadays. Jidu, an electric carmaking company founded by Baidu and its Chinese auto partner Geely only a year ago, said Wednesday it has banked nearly $400 million in a Series A funding round. The new injection, bankrolled by Baidu and Geely, which owns Volvo, is a boost to the $300 million initiation capital that Jidu closed last March. The proceeds will speed up Jidu's R&D and mass production process and allow it to showcase its first concept "robocar" -- which it classifies as an automotive robot rather than a car -- at the Beijing auto show in April.


Hitting the Books: What autonomous vehicles mean for tomorrow's workforce

Engadget

In the face of daily pandemic-induced upheavals, the notion of "business as usual" can often seem a quaint and distant notion to today's workforce. But even before we all got stuck in never-ending Zoom meetings, the logistics and transportation sectors (like much of America's economy) were already subtly shifting in the face of continuing advances in robotics, machine learning and autonomous navigation technologies. In their new book, The Work of the Future: Building Better Jobs in an Age of Intelligent Machines, an interdisciplinary team of MIT researchers (leveraging insights gleaned from MIT's multi-year Task Force on the Work of the Future) exam the disconnect between improvements in technology and the benefits derived by workers from those advancements. It's not that America is rife with "low-skill workers" as New York's new mayor seems to believe, but rather that the nation is saturated with low-wage, low-quality positions -- positions which are excluded from the ever-increasing perks and paychecks enjoyed by knowledge workers. The excerpt below examines the impact vehicular automation will have on rank and file employees, rather than the Musks of the world.