Most 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

Liz Hughes, Editor, IoT World Today

August 4, 2023

2 Min Read
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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.

See it in action >>>

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.

Read the full story >>>

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.

Read on to find out more >>>

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.

Find out more about this state-of-the-art facility >>>

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.

Find out how it all works >>>

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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