Most Read This Week: Humanoid Robot CEO Takes Charge, Self-Driving Taxi Production SuspendedMost 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
November 10, 2023
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Beta charging systems are already in use at 14 locations across the eastern U.S. with development underway at 55 more locations.
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).
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