Most Read This Week: Flying Cars Featured at CES 2024

Also inside, Bosch backs hydrogen, unveils new heat pump technology

Scarlett Evans, Assistant Editor, IoT World Today

January 12, 2024

4 Min Read
Flying car from Chinese automaker Xpeng Aeroht
Flying car from Chinese automaker Xpeng AerohtIoT World Today

Here are the most read stories in IoT World Today this week:

A flying car from Chinese automaker Xpeng Aeroht was featured on the floor of CES this week.

The company also announced that its other flying vehicle, the Land Aircraft Carrier, would become available for individual pre-orders this year, with deliveries planned for late 2025.

The Land Aircraft Carrier model involves two parts, one for driving and one for flying, with the six-wheeled ground vehicle essentially carrying the flying component inside it.

The ground vehicle can accommodate up to five passengers, as currently designed. It has three axles with all-wheel drive for all six wheels, with rear-wheel steering.

The air vehicle is fully electric and supports both manual and automatic flying.

See the car for yourself >>>

A flying vehicle from Pivotal was showcased to the media before CES even officially opened.

The Helix flying vehicle from Pivotal, which falls in the category of powered ultralights, does not require a pilot’s license to fly it and will be the first category of flying vehicles to hit the market, starting this year.

Air taxis and certified flying vehicles that require a pilot’s license are coming, but not until 2025, due to regulatory requirements.

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The aircraft has eight fixed rotors and tandem wings, capable of emergency landing on water and flying with maximum wind of 20 miles per hour.

Read more about the flying vehicle >>>

Bosch Backs Hydrogen for Future Mobility: CES 2024

Bosch sees hydrogen as the key to meeting global energy demand in a resource-efficient way, the company said at CES this week.

Bosch said it is investing extensively in technologies along the hydrogen value chain and is actively promoting hydrogen as a pillar of future mobility.

“To help us meet our future global energy needs in a more resource-efficient way, we at Bosch are rethinking energy use and focusing on a two-pronged approach: electrification and hydrogen,” said Tanja Rueckert, member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH.

Bosch said it is working on components for a hydrogen engine, which converts fuel directly into energy without first converting it into electricity. That engine is due to be launched this year.

Read more about the technology here >>>

Hyundai’s Flying Vehicle Unveiled at CES 2024

Hyundai’s flying vehicle company, Supernal, which is developing electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicles, has revealed its new flying vehicle concept at CES 2024.

The four-passenger, piloted eVTOL has eight rotors and can cruise at 120 mph at 1500 feet, with initial trips between 25 and 40 miles. For the eVTOL’s launch, Supernal constructed a vertiport in the parking lot of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Jaiwon Shin, president of Hyundai Motor Group, called the flying vehicle “the next revolution in mobility.”

While Supernal is not planning passenger-carrying operations until 2028, Diachun told me after the presentation that the company is conducting flight testing with prototypes.

See the eVTOL in action >>>

New Bosch Heat Pump Technology Aims to Warm at -5 Degrees, CES 2024

Bosch unveiled its electric heat pump technology this week at CES.

The IDS UItra is designed for high-efficiency heating in cold climates, operating in temperatures down to five below zero.

The heating system will even work to 13 degrees below zero, according to Bosch.

“Thanks to advances in cold climate technology, our heat pump provides heating even in sub-zero temperatures,” said Alexander Wuthnow, president and CEO of the Bosch Home Comfort Group in North America.

Bosch said the U.S. Department of Energy confirmed that its cold climate heat pump meets all requirements of the Cold Climate Challenge sent to manufacturers. 

Also at CES, Bosch introduced a fully automated car valet system that transports a car in a parking garage to a charging station where a robot automatically connects to the car and charges it.

Read full details of the tech here >>>

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About the Author(s)

Scarlett Evans

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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