Most Read This Week: Boeing’s Self-Flying Taxi Soars, BMW’s $333M Self-Driving Cars Test FacilityMost Read This Week: Boeing’s Self-Flying Taxi Soars, BMW’s $333M Self-Driving Cars Test Facility
Also inside, how Mercedes connected cars are helping repair Boston roads
August 4, 2023
Here are the most read stories in IoT World Today this week:
Boeing Self-Flying Taxi Company Takes Test Flight
Boeing subsidiary Wisk Aero conducted a demonstration flight of its fully, self-flying electric aerial vehicle (EAV).
The vertical takeoff vehicle, which seats four people, has a fixed wingspan of 50 feet and cruises up to 4,000 feet above ground at speeds up to 135 mph.
The plane is self-flying “with human oversight,” according to the company.
Flying Car Gets OK to Drive on Roads
The flying car that was recently authorized for test flights has now also been given approval to drive the vehicle on public roads.
ASKA recently received a special airworthiness certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to conduct test flights of its four-seater passenger vehicle.
Now the vehicle has received authorization by the Department of Motor Vehicles to do road testing on public roads.
Flying Taxi Trio Flies in Formation
A flying taxi company has demonstrated a formation of three self-flying electric aerial vehicles (EAV) in Shanghai, China, this week.
The prototype vehicles from AutoFlight took off vertically and flew in formation. The vehicles have flown at different heights and for different durations. Previous test flights have ranged up to 75 miles at a time and up to 42 minutes per flight.
BMW Opens $333M Self-Driving Cars Test Facility
BMW has officially opened a massive new testing facility dedicated to the development of automated and autonomous cars.
The Future Mobility Development Center, based in Sokolov in Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic, is the giant German automaker’s largest test facility in the world and covers more than 1,482 acres of land.
Its state-of-the-art features have not come cheap, with the company admitting it has invested around $333 million in the project.
Connected Mercedes Vehicles to Improve Boston’s Roads
Mercedes cars are going to be used to improve Boston’s roads in a first-of-its-kind vehicle-to-infrastructure pilot program.
Data from connected vehicles will be collected and analyzed to identify which streets in the city require upgrading or urgent maintenance, due to potholes or damaged surfaces.
The initiative – a partnership between Mercedes’ Urban Mobility Solutions and Boston’s Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics (MONUM) and Citywide Analytics Team – will see participating cars use an advanced algorithm to process data when they collect information on where they encounter bumps on the road.
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