Plus, FAA approves autonomous flight system testing and plans for flying taxis by 2028

Liz Hughes, Editor, IoT World Today

July 28, 2023

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The words Top 5 Stories of the Week

Here are the most read stories in IoT World Today this week:

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 last week 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.

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Kitchen Robot Company Botinkit Raises $13M

Kitchen robotics startup Botinkit has raised $13 million for its suite of automated cooking robots and to help its plans to expand into the Middle East and Europe next year.

The series A funding round was led by Forebright, with additional investors including 5Y Capital and Brizan Venture. Notably, the latest round also received investment from Zexiang Li, a professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, who previously provided an angel investment in drone giant DJI.

The latest funding round brings the company’s overall funding to nearly $20 million.

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FAA Approves Autonomous Flight System Testing

Reliable Robotics has received FAA approval for its autonomous flight system certification plan, allowing the company to begin testing its fully automated aircraft systems. 

Through the autonomous flight system, autopilot is continuously engaged through all phases of aircraft operation from taxiing to takeoff and landing. “This landmark achievement marks unrivaled progress towards the certification of fully automated aircraft,” the company stated. 

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Tesla Fatal Head-On Crash Probed by NHTSA

America’s auto safety regulator is probing another fatal road accident involving a Tesla.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) launched a special investigation into a crash in California earlier this month.

On July 5, a 2013 Subaru Impreza collided with a 2018 Tesla Model S on the Pioneer Trail in South Lake Tahoe.

The California Highway Patrol told local media that the two vehicles met head-on, with the Impreza believed to be traveling at a speed of 55 mph and the Tesla at 45 mph.

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FAA Plans for Flying Taxis by 2028

The FAA set 2028 as the timeframe for aerial vehicles such as air taxis to be traveling to and from destinations.

The Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) Implementation Plan introduced details the steps and processes for aerial vehicle operations to be regulated and certified.

The FAA defines AAM as “an emerging aviation ecosystem that leverages new aircraft and an array of innovative technologies. The scope of AAM is limited to those engaging in passenger-carrying or cargo operations with a pilot on board.”

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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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