Most Read This Week: Flying Taxi Company Signs Deal for U.S. Airport Operations

Also inside, Roku cyberattack affects 576,000 customers, Boston Dynamics retires humanoid robot Atlas

Scarlett Evans, Assistant Editor, IoT World Today

April 19, 2024

3 Min Read
A side view closeup of the Lilium jet

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

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

Lilium, a German developer of an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) jet, is partnering with Atlantic Aviation to prepare more than 30 U.S. airport locations to handle the electric vehicles.

The partners said they are preparing EAV markets in Florida, Southern California, the Northeast corridor and Texas.

Development plans include for infrastructure deployment, flight paths, customer experiences, charging capabilities and operations forecasting.

Lilium intends to manufacture and sell its Lilium Jet to individuals and companies for private, premium or shuttle operations. 

Read more about the deal >>>

Roku Cyberattack Affects 576,000 Customers

Roku has disclosed a cybersecurity incident that impacted around 576,000 customer accounts, in the second major security breach for the company this year.

In a blog post, the streaming television company said hackers accessed the accounts using stolen login credentials.

The breach was discovered after Roku ramped up its monitoring of account activity, following an attack earlier in the year that impacted 15,000 accounts.

In response, Roku said it is implementing “a number of controls and countermeasures” to detect and deter future credential stuffing incidents, including resetting passwords for all affected customers and enabling two-factor authentication.

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Read more about the incident >>>

Boston Dynamics Humanoid Robot Atlas Retires

Boston Dynamics announced this week that it is retiring its humanoid robot, Atlas.

The announcement came alongside a retirement video showcasing the robot’s capabilities.

“For almost a decade, Atlas has sparked our imagination, inspired the next generations of roboticists and leapt over technical barriers in the field. Now it’s time for our hydraulic Atlas robot to kick back and relax,” the video was captioned. “Take a look back at everything we’ve accomplished with the Atlas platform to date.”

Watch the retirement video >>>

Tesla Slashes Full Self-Driving Subscription Price

Tesla has halved the subscription cost of its Full Self-Driving (FSD) software for owners in the United States.

The FSD package will now cost $99 a month, rather than the previous rate of $199.

The latest move is another attempt by the automaker to increase uptake of its self-driving tech, as its electric vehicle business segment sees a rocky start to the year.

FSD allows cars to handle tasks such as lane changes, navigating round objects and controlling acceleration and deceleration. It is also claimed to recognize traffic signals and road signs and can be used on local roads as well as on highways.

Related:Most Read This Week: Pilotless Flying Taxi Takes Flight in Costa Rica

The technology has already been subject to intensive investigation from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration following several collisions with stationary vehicles and was the subject of a massive recall over a crash risk at intersections.

Read full details of the move >>>

Walmart to Deploy Robotic Forklifts at Distribution Centers

Walmart has announced plans to roll out robotic forklifts across four of its distribution centers.

Under a new partnership, Fox Robotics will provide 19 of its ‘FoxBot’ robotic forklifts to Walmart, 

following a 16-month pilot of the technology at Walmart’s Distribution Center 6020 in Brooksville, Florida.

The ‘FoxBot’ uses an array of onboard cameras and lidar sensors to identify pallets and obstacles in real time, picking up and placing items in any orientation from trailers onto the shop floor.

Under the new system, human workers’ roles will shift from manually unloading pallets to managing and coordinating the most efficient way for the robots to unload trailers.

See the forklift’s in action >>>

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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