Most Read This Week: Flying Taxi Company Coming to U.S. Airports

Also inside, Roku Security Breach Impacts 15,000, flying taxi company agrees to build vertiports in Dubai

Scarlett Evans, Assistant Editor, IoT World Today

March 15, 2024

3 Min Read
Side view of the Lilium jet
Side view of the Lilium jetLilium

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

Flying Taxi Company Signs Deal for U.S. Airport Operations

Electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) jet maker Lilium is partnering with Atlantic Aviation to prepare more than 30 U.S. airport locations for electric vehicles, including Florida, Southern California, the Northeast corridor and Texas.

The companies will focus on infrastructure deployment and operations at existing and coming sites. Development plans include planning for flight paths, customer experiences, charging capabilities and operations forecasting.

Lilium said it also intends to manufacture and sell its Lilium Jet to individuals and companies for private, premium or shuttle operations. Lilium then would offer support and services.

“Our partnership with Atlantic Aviation is a critical step toward realizing our vision for a sustainable and accessible mode of high-speed regional travel,” said Sebastien Borel, Lilium chief commercial officer.

See Lilium’s jet in action here >>>

Flying Taxi Company Agrees to Build Vertiports in Dubai, Abu Dhabi

Archer Aviation and Falcon Aviation have agreed to develop a state-of-the-art vertiport for eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) flights between Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Related:Most Read This Week: Air Taxi Flies Between China Cities in 20 Minutes

The vertiports are set for development at Falcon Heliport at Atlantis, the Palm in Dubai and the Marina Mall heliport in Abu Dhabi’s Corniche.

Vertiports are used for flying vehicle takeoff and landing, to pick up and drop off passengers and have batteries charged or changed.

Archer and Falcon Aviation plan to offer passenger service in Archer’s Midnight flying vehicle between the two Falcon vertiports. The journey, which typically takes two hours by car, would be only a 30-minute trip by an eVTOL vehicle.

Read more about the project >>>

Roku Security Breach Impacts 15,000 Users

Roku has disclosed a security breach that gave hackers access to more than 15,000 accounts.

In a notice sent to customers, Roku said  the hack was likely a result of data breaches of third-party services.

According to the notice, unauthorized actors had obtained customers’ passwords and usernames, changed individuals’ login information and attempted to purchase streaming subscriptions in a “limited number of cases.”

Roku noted, however, that hackers were not able to access users’ social security numbers, full payment account numbers, dates of birth or other sensitive personal information.

Read more about the incident >>>

Tesla, Optimus Scientist Leads Hugging Face Robotics Project Launch

Hugging Face, a startup providing open-source AI and machine learning tools for developers, is launching a robotics project led by former Tesla scientist Remi Cadene.

Cadene announced the news via a post on X, formerly Twitter.

“After three years at Tesla and Optimus, I am thrilled to announce that I joined Hugging Face to start an ambitious open robotics project!” Cadence wrote.

He added that the project is hiring engineers to build “real robots” in Paris.

In a job listing for an Embodied Robotics Engineer, Hugging Face said the role will “push the boundaries of what's possible in robotics and AI.”

Read more about the upcoming project >>>

Self-Driving Tech Vulnerable to Attack, Study Finds

A new study has demonstrated the vulnerabilities of lidar technology when deployed in autonomous vehicles (AVs) for navigation capabilities.

The team of researchers from the University of California and Japan's Keio University demonstrated how lidar-based systems can be tricked into “seeing” objects that aren’t there and missing those that are.

In tests, the team demonstrated these spoofing attack capabilities on nine popular lidar systems, in what they said was the first large-scale measurement study.

Find out the results of the study >>>

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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