Most Read This Week: Humanoid Robot CEO Takes Charge, Self-Driving Taxi Production Suspended

Also inside, flying vehicle charging stations set to scale across U.S. and more

Liz Hughes, Editor, IoT World Today

November 10, 2023

2 Min Read

Here are IoT World Today’s most read stories this week: 

Flying Vehicle Company Aims to Move Cargo Better

An eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) vehicle company has received U.S. Air Force funding to create a system for expedited logistics.

Electric Aerial Vehicle (EAV) maker MightyFly received the $1.25 million contract from AFWERX, the innovation arm as part of the Air Force Research Laboratory with an annual budget of $1.4 billion.

Find out how they plan to work together >>> 

Humanoid Robot CEO Takes the Lead at Rum Company

Polish rum company Dictador is taking robotic employment to the next level, appointing a humanoid, AI-powered robot named Mika as its experimental CEO.

Mika was created by Hanson Robotics, the company behind the humanoid robot Sophia. Mika, however, is said to be a “more advanced” version of the design.

Mika’s tasks include identifying potential clients and selecting artists to design labels for Dictador’s bottled rum. 

Discover more about Mika and her new role >>>

GM Suspends Cruise Origin Self-Driving Taxi Production

Production of Cruise’s purpose-built self-driving taxi, the Origin, has been halted.

It’s the latest blow in what has been a difficult period for the General Motors autonomous vehicle subsidiary, during which it has suspended operations across the United States.

Find out more about the decision >>>

Flying Vehicle Charging Stations Set to Scale in U.S.

Two leading electric aerial vehicles (EAV) companies are teaming to accelerate the rollout of fast-charging electric systems for flying vehicles.

Beta Technologies and Archer Aviation agreed to jointly deploy interoperable charging systems in multiple locations.

The Beta charging systems are already in use at 14 locations across the eastern U.S. with development underway at 55 more locations.

Discover more about the fast-charging systems for flying vehicles >>>

Personal Air Vehicle Takes Training to Fly

Technically, anyone can fly a personal eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) vehicle in the ultralight category without any training.

However, advanced training can make the experience smoother, more rewarding and much safer.

On my recent visit to Ryse Aero Technology in Mason, Ohio, we decided to go the advanced training route, which also is the policy for anyone who flies one of the Ryse Recon electric aerial vehicles (EAV).

Find out more about IoT World Today’s visit to Ryse Aero Technology >>>

About the Author(s)

Liz Hughes

Editor, IoT World Today, IoT World Today

Liz Hughes is an award-winning digital media editor with more than two decades of experience in newspaper, magazine and online media industries. 

A proven digital media strategist and editor, Liz has produced content and offered editorial support and leadership for a variety of web publications, including Fast Company, NBC Boston, Street Fight, QuinStreet, WTWH Media, AOL/Patch Media and Design News.

A skilled social media strategist experienced in developing and maintaining an audience across multiple platforms and brands, Liz also enjoys sharing her knowledge and expertise to help businesses small and large.

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