Revolutionary All-Electric Flying Car Successfully Completes Maiden Flight

450px-SeatbeltThe Lilium Jet promises to revolutionize the way we travel. The electric flying car has just completed its maiden test flight in Germany.
Lilium, the Munich-based startup developing the vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) jet, has successfully completed a series of tests using a two-seat prototype of the larger craft it is eventually planning to create.
The basic concept is that the new vehicle has the benefits of a helicopter. While taking off, it doesn’t require vast airfields or runways, and once airborne, the craft is able to achieve the higher top speeds like a jet.
In a video provided by the company, the aircraft can be seen taking off vertically like a helicopter. When in the air, the aircraft uses wing power to travel quietly and efficiently. Continue reading

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A Ferrari Once Owned By Trump Sells at Auction for $270,000

2006_Ferrari_F430_F1._(16428997006)A ten-year-old Ferrari once owned by President Trump was sold at auction on Saturday in Florida at a record $270,000. The vehicle fell short of its low estimate when it left the sale block.

Car lovers and Trump supporters had queued to admire the 2007 F430 F1 coupe at a convention center in Fort Lauderdale this weekend.

The Ferrari was estimated to sell for anywhere between $250,000 to $350,000. Bidding on the car stopped at $240,000, $10,000 below the lowest estimate of $250,000.

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British Inventor Turns Iron Man’s Flying Suit into Real-life

450px-Iron_Man_Comic_Con_1British entrepreneur wants to turn people’s dream of a suit for a human flight from a sci-fi fantasy into reality.
Richard Browning had invented, built and filed a patent for his Iron Man-like flying suit. It took him nine months. He has created his super- suit by attaching miniature jet engines to his limbs.
For the time being, this suit allows its wearer to soar about half a meter above the ground for a few minutes.
Browning is a former Royal Marine reservist. He has called the flying suit Daedalus, after the Greek mythological figure. Browning has just founded Gravity, a tech start-up. The team of Gravity has built and filed patents for the human propulsion technology that could re-imagine manned flight. Continue reading

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Denim is Trendier than Ever…and Smarter

800px-Denim_jacket_cuff_closeupWhen you need airport transportation this fall, just tap the cuff of your denim jacket to call us.

Google and Levi’s have recently shown off a new joint project- a $350 smart jean jacket. The new smart jacket which allows the wearer to control their mobile device at the swipe of a cuff is aimed at cycling commuters and will be available for purchase this fall. The jacket was initially announced in 2015 and officially introduced at SXSW in Austin a few days ago.

The denim jacket has technology woven into its fibers. Continue reading

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Large Drone Nearly Collides with Airliner in London

drone_with_gopro_digital_camera_mounted_underneath_-_22_april_2013Two pilots were left stunned after their passenger jet narrowly missed a large drone near Heathrow airport.
The report says the drone came within meters of crashing into an A320 passenger plane while they were approaching the west London airport.
They spotted the flying object as they came into land at the airport. They were shocked since they were flying at 10,000 feet and the plane had just started its descent. The gadget had multiple arms and up to eight rotors passing below the plane’s right wing. Both pilots just exclaimed: ‘Was that a drone? At 10,000 feet!’ Continue reading

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California Finally Ready for Fully Self-driving Cars

selfdrivingAutonomous vehicles with no human behind the wheel and even a steering wheel may soon appear on California’s public roads as the state Department of Motor Vehicles released regulations to govern the testing and sale of self-driving cars.

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Tesla Autopilot Crash Caught On Dashboard Camera

772px-Tesla_Motors_Model_S-1_close-upA Model S slammed into a highway barrier when its autopilot system malfunctioned and failed to spot the merging of traffic lanes.
Several days ago, a Tesla Model S was being driven on autopilot down a highway near Dallas, Texas, when it plowed into a barrier at a construction zone. The driver wasn’t injured, but he blamed Tesla’s autopilot for the accident.
When the road required the driver to merge lanes, for some reason, the autopilot computer on board the Tesla failed to recognize the obstruction and the road change of direction leading the car to crash into the barrier.
The accident was caught on the dashboard camera of a vehicle following the Tesla during the event and the footage actually shows that the Tesla needed to merge or change lane in order to avoid the barrier – a situation that the Autopilot probably shouldn’t be expected to be able to handle.
Forward Collision Warning feature didn’t work as the Tesla’s owner claims that there was no warning. Also, the Automatic Emergency Braking is actually not designed to engage if there is an alternative and in this case, the vehicle wasn’t supposed to brake in order to avoid the barrier, the Autopilot shouldn’t be left to react without the driver intervening.
What is also clear from the video is that the design of the road at the place of the accident is quite awful since even the driver in the car with the dashboard camera almost crashed into the barrier.
Six months ago, Tesla updated Autopilot software to rely more on radar sensors and less on cameras. The update also disabled the automatic steering system if a driver doesn’t keep both hands on the wheel. A few months ago, Musk said that by the end of this year a Tesla should be able to drive in full autonomous mode from Los Angeles to New York without the need ‘for a single touch’ on the wheel. He added that all new Tesla models would come with an $8,000 package for technology that allows the vehicle to drive itself.

According to MailOnline.

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Self-Driving Bus that Talks and Listens to Passengers is Now Ferrying People Around

468px-TransLink_Flag_Pole_Bus_Stop_SignOlli is a talking, electric and self-driving bus which has recently hit the streets of Washington, DC. It has been developed by Local Motors, an Arizona-based automobile technology firm.
The electrically-powered Olli is made from 3D printed parts and can carry 12 passengers. It relies on similar technology that is used on Google’s autonomous cars including a laser-sensing system with 30 sensors, called lidar and a number of cameras. Local Motors teamed up with IBM Watson to make Olli the first bus that has the capability to analyze and learn from transportation data. Olli buses are autonomously controlled by the IBM Watson supercomputer and monitored by humans at all times. Continue reading

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Lamborghini’s Long-Awaited SUV to Debut In 2018 At Geneva Motor Show

800px-Lamborghini_Aventador_(5488843474)The production version of the Lamborghini Urus, the long-awaited hybrid SUV, will be unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.
The new hybrid luxury crossover will cost from around $225,000 and it is set to produce over 600bhp from a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8. Lamborghini is planning to begin production of its first ever SUV in April 2017.
The famous car brand is planning to start production of its first ever SUV in a couple of months, said Stefano Domenicali, Lamborghini’s CEO during an interview. He also confirmed the new vehicle will be called Urus. Continue reading

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Alphabet’s Car Company Waymo Sues Uber Over Self-Driving Secrets

745px-Google's_Lexus_RX_450h_Self-Driving_CarAlphabet’s rivalry with Uber got even more heated up as the internet giant sued the ride-hailing company for allegedly stealing self-driving cars secrets.
According to a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco on Thursday, a former Google employee stole the designs and technology and started a new company.
Google’s self-driving car company, Waymo, was ‘apparently inadvertently’ copied on an email from a startup providing components for Uber. There was an attachment showing drawings of Uber’s technology: a lidar circuit board that had ‘a striking resemblance’ to Waymo’s design, according to the complaint. Continue reading

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