Most Read This Week: Saudi Arabia Air Taxi Takes off, Drone Show Breaks Records

Plus, the U.S. is set to lead smart manufacturing boom; “Spiderman” window-washing robots and more

Liz Hughes, Editor, IoT World Today

July 7, 2023

3 Min Read

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

Saudi Arabia Air Taxi Takes Off

The first flying taxi test flight in Saudi Arabia has been successfully completed as the country is driving forward its efforts to introduce commercial operations of eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) craft.

A comprehensive flight program was held over the course of a week, the result of an 18-month collaboration between German urban air mobility (UAM) firm Volocopter and NEOM, the futuristic smart city planned in Tabuk in the northwest of the Arab kingdom.

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Drone Show Breaks Record at Royal Wedding, Independence Day Celebrations

Jordan drone show company HoverUp sets a record for the most number of drone light shows conducted per day.

The company, which worked in collaboration with SPH Engineering, put on between two and three shows each day to celebrate Jordan Independence Day on May 25 and a royal wedding on June 1.

A fleet of 400 drones performed between two and three displays each day.

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U.S. to Lead Smart Manufacturing Boom, New Report Finds

The smart manufacturing market is slated for rapid expansion from now until 2031 and the U.S. is expected to emerge as the dominant player, according to a new study.

According to the study, the global smart manufacturing market will generate revenue of $830 billion between 2022 and 2031 and identifies the U.S. as the region most likely to profit in this time frame. This is due to the presence of major market players in the region, as well as high levels of automation adoption across various industries in the area. 

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‘Spiderman’ Robot Window Washers Coming to Hong Kong High-Rises

Israeli start-up Verobotics has been selected to provide its pipeline of autonomous, wall-scaling robots to clean the exteriors of Hong Kong skyscrapers, in a new deal.

Verobotics’ “Spider-Man” robots weigh just 20 pounds and use suction cups to walk across the exterior of a building. They are equipped with brushes to clean the building as they move, as well as an array of sensors for inspection and predictive maintenance purposes.

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Porsche Launches Self-Driving Software Division

Porsche has announced plans for a new division focused on autonomous driving that will use its famous Nardo Technical Center in southern Italy. 

The new arm will concentrate on software development for intelligent and connected vehicles and by basing the new operation near its proving ground in Salento, Porsche will have access to a world-class facility to assess its development work as swiftly and efficiently as possible.

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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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