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Also inside, Duolingo data breach exposes 3 million users emails
September 8, 2023
Here are the most read stories in IoT World Today this week:
Flying Car Showrooms Set for Texas, Florida
Showrooms selling personal flying vehicles are expanding from Florida to Texas.
Created by Aeroauto, the new Texas showroom is planned for Greenport International Airport and Technology Center in Emerald Island.
Aeroauto already has two EAV showrooms in Florida, one in Hollywood and another in Palm Beach Gardens.
Aeroauto said it plans to market a wide range of flying vehicles “from individual ultralights, which you don’t need a license for, all the way up to cargo and large passenger taxis, municipal vehicles, police, fire and air ambulances.”
Flying Car Crosses River in China
An electric flying car successfully flew across the Xiang River in Hunan province, China.
The two-seater eVTOL vehicle is from Xpeng Aeroht, a subsidiary of Xpeng, which claims to be the largest flying car company in Asia.
The flying car, the Xpeng X2, is made of carbon fiber with a fully enclosed cockpit.
The test flight took off from the west side of the Xiang River and landed close to the building complex comprising the Changsha museum, library and concert hall on the river's east side.
Fast, Flying Cars Targeted for US Market
Australian flying car maker, AceVTOL, has received a $250 million order for its vehicles to be sold in U.S. markets.
Ace VTOL from Perth, Australia, announced the order for its flagship personal eVTOL aircraft from Aeroauto in West Palm Beach, Florida, allowing its flying vehicles to be sold in Aeroauto’s showrooms.
The Ace aircraft, called GT Slipstream, is a two-seater flying car promising speeds of up to 270 mph with a range of 300 miles on a charge. Ace refers to it as a ‘flying muscle car.’
Personal Air Vehicle Completes Test, Heading to Market
Flying cars are booming not only for commercial use but also for individual buyers.
The market for personal air vehicles (PAVs) is set to see significant growth this year, with several PAVs from different companies coming to market in the coming months.
In August, an unmanned flight test by the Dragon ultralight electric takeoff and landing (eVTOL) PAV took place, heralded as a key step for planned deliveries in early 2024.
The Dragon comes from Rotor X Aircraft, a two-seat helicopter company in Arizona, is operated by a joystick and features eight motors and lithium batteries with a two-hour charge time.
Duolingo Data Breach Exposes 3 Million User Emails
Just under 3 million Duolingo users’ (2.68 million) email addresses were recently compromised and the data sold on hacking forums.
Duolingo first acknowledged the issue in January, highlighting the exposure of public information such as user names. However, it was not known that users’ email addresses had been compromised.
Duolingo has since released a statement saying the issue was due to a data scrape of public information, rather than a system hack, saying “no Duolingo systems or private user data were compromised.”
Assistant Editor, IoT World Today
Scarlett Evans is the assistant editor for IoT World Today, with a particular focus on robotics and smart city technologies. Scarlett has previous experience in minerals and resources with Mine Australia, Mine Technology and Power Technology. She joined Informa in April 2022.
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