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Some days, you just can’t fly a drone
Looking back, my weekends are a perfect case study of how impossible it can be to fly a drone in New York City – or really any metropolitan area.I remember wasting one particular Sunday last month trying...
Elon Musk says LA is open to his Boring idea: underground traffic tunnels
Elon Musk’s passion for tunnels is surprisingly infectious, with the tech entrepreneur revealing that he’s recently had “promising conversations” with the mayor of Los Angeles to bring The Boring Company's...
Watch: Silicon Valley's personal flying vehicles
Do the skies above America's bodies of water need disrupting? A Silicon Valley venture thinks so, and just unveiled its latest vision for a flying vehicle that glides above water. In a new video, the company...
Op-Ed: The No.1 reason Uber's flying car is just a fantasy
Another major tech downdraft for flying cars is heat. Batteries, as everyone knows, get hot when you use them. And, unfortunately, the more power you draw from them over a shorter time period, the hotter...
Uber plans to test flying taxis in 2020
Uber's next big venture could be taking off sooner than expected, both figuratively and literally.The ridesharing company kicked off its Elevate Summit today, where it intends to detail Uber Elevate —...
Watch Google co-founder's flying 'car' take to the sky
Ever dream of driving a flying car? Later this year, you may get the chance to.That is, if you stretch your definition of 'car', and can afford a Kitty Hawk Flyer. The Flyer, you're surely wondering,...
Silicon Valley takes on the flying car
On a recent afternoon, an aerospace engineer working for a small Silicon Valley company called Kitty Hawk piloted a flying car above a scenic lake about 100 miles north of San Francisco. Kitty Hawk's...
Germany's Lilium Calls Test of Its 'Flying Taxi' Prototype Successful
A Bavarian startup is developing a five-seat "flying taxi" after successful test flights over Germany of a smaller version of the electric jet, the company said Thursday. Munich-based Lilium, backed by...
You will soon be able to purchase a flying car
If you were to ask any sci-fi writer of yesteryear what the future was going to look like, flying cars would undoubtedly rank pretty high in the list of must-have accessories. Now it looks like that fantasy...
Real flying cars could take to the skies by 2022 - beating the not-real Jetsons by 40 years
Just like robot butlers and personal jetpacks for all, flying cars are a technology we’ve all been promised since we were kids, mainly thanks to the Jetsons.Well, finally, they could be taking a step...
Real flying car will be reality soon
The future is here: The first-ever production-ready flying car is set to be revealed in just over a week.Slovakia-based engineering firm AeroMobil unveiled its flying-car prototype in 2014, but it was...
Uber Hires NASA Engineer for Flying Car Initiative
Uber has hired an engineer from the U.S. space agency NASA to work on its initiative to nurture a flying car industry. Mark Moore joins the Uber Elevate project, which is aimed at supporting companies...
Uber hires NASA engineer to work on its flying car vision
EnlargeUber reader comments 15 Share this story On Monday, Bloomberg reported that Uber has hired Mark Moore, a senior research engineer from NASA’s Langley Research Center. Moore will work on the flying-car...
Uber hired a flying car expert who thinks we'll start seeing them in one to three years
Uber is getting serious about a plan to build flying cars, according to Bloomberg. Uber's plan involves airborne taxis that will travel 50 to 100 miles between "vertiports" that connect passengers between...
New drone design inspired by bats' flight
WASHINGTON — Holy drone, Batman! Mechanical masterminds have spawned the Bat Bot, a soaring, sweeping and diving robot that may eventually fly circles around other drones.Because it mimics the unique and...
A flying, self-driving car by next year? Airbus says yes
We’ll be seeing more and more driverless cars on the road in the coming years, if automakers get their way. But if Airbus has its way, self-driving cars will be old news sooner rather than later.The company...
Airbus CEO sees 'flying car' prototype ready by end of year
MUNICH (Reuters) - Airbus Group plans to test a prototype for a self-piloted flying car as a way of avoiding gridlock on city roads by the end of the year, the aerospace group's chief executive said on...
Meet the 1.5 tonne unmanned drone capable of flying a human being at nearly 200 kph
After 15 years of development, an Israeli tech firm is optimistic it can finally get its 1.5 tonne people-carrying drone off the ground and into the market.The Cormorant aircraft, billed as a flying car...
Drones inspired by insects could keep flying even when damaged
This is how you do itStacey CombesBy Nicole KobieDRONES could learn a thing or two from the birds and the bees. If an aerial robot loses a part mid-flight, you would expect it to crash. But it could stay...
Amazon Flying Warehouse Patent Revealed
Online retailer Amazon’s aspirations for the use of drones appear to go far beyond individual deliveries by flying robots. According to a patent filing, the company may be looking to develop huge "airborne...
Airbus takes a step closer to driverless ‘flying taxis’
In August, Airbus released an article claiming the project was making good progress. "Many of the technologies needed, such as batteries, motors and avionics are most of the way there," explained Airbus...
Japan’s crazy plan to light Olympic torch
A group of engineers are working on a flying car to be ready in time for the Olympics. ENGINEERS in Japan are racing against the clock in a bid to be able to light the Olympic torch at the 2020 games with...
A rare small specimen discovered from the age of flying giants
A rare small-bodied pterosaur, a flying reptile from the Late Cretaceous period approximately 77 million years ago, is the first of its kind to have been discovered on the west coast of North America....
Woman shoots drone: “It hovered for a second and I blasted it to smithereens.”
Enlarge / Jennifer Youngman, 65, used a .410 gauge shotgun like this to take out a drone.Big Swede Guy reader comments 33 Share this story Further ReadingAttorney for “Drone Slayer” says federal lawsuit...
Flying cockroaches! Heat sends pests soaring
Summer weather can make for hot, sticky and uncomfortable days. And if staying cool and keeping hydrated aren’t enough to worry about, heat waves could cause cockroaches to take to the skies. Yes, you...
Flying cars are going to be introduced next year
Artist’s impression of the multipropeller CityAirbus vehicle. JUST when you were getting used to the concept of autonomous vehicles, a company has decided to kick things up a notch. To combat traffic problems...
Is Elon Musk working on an "Iron Man" flying suit?
It's a question that has been asked before: Is Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk the real-life version of "Iron Man?" If this tweet from Musk himself is anything to go by, the answer might be "yes."On Wednesday,...
Google co-founder Larry Page is secretly building flying cars
Previously known patents registered by Zee.Aero show a craft that matches this description, with a thin central fuselage and twin rows of propellors like outriggers. The patent, filed in 2012, says the...
Owl vs. drone: We test the ultimate flying machines - CNET
The DJI Phantom 4 may come packed with a tonne of intelligent flight modes to help you send it soaring through the sky, but what we really care about is how it stacks up against Mother Nature's finest...
Dezso Molnar interview: On the road with a serial inventor and flying car advocate
Dezso Molnar is living his childhood dream, traveling America and the world as a wandering inventor, living out of the back of a Honda Element as often as not. He consults on all manner of fascinating...
See an airborne jet ski wipe out a drone - CNET
Enlarge ImageMoments before impact. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET Not every drone lives a life of luxury, flying lazily over parks with soft grass below to cushion its fall in case of an accident....
Is the truth out there about UFOs?
A UFO sighting made over Sheffield, England, in March 1962. THE world’s most high profile intelligence agency has released a raft of declassified documents which detail UFO sightings. The CIA documents,...
Watch This Trained Eagle Take Down A Flying Drone
As more and more civilians start flying drones, there will probably be an exponential rise in situations where authorities need to quickly take down a poorly-navigated drone hovering above a stadium...
UK at risk from 'simple and effective' terrorist drone attacks
Drones that can be purchased on the high-street may be exploited and used by terrorists, The Oxford Research Group has warned.Terrorists wanting to cause chaos, such as attacking nuclear power stations,...
Dubai to battle skyscraper blazes with a fleet of flying firefighters
On New Year’s Eve 2015, the world watched as Dubai’s 63-storey The Address Hotel exploded into flames. As the dramatic fireworks rose up, the high-rise showered debris on the streets below, leaving emergency...
This octocopter wants to fly you at 60mph - CNET
Enlarge ImageThe EHang 184 AAV is designed to fly a passenger for a trip lasting up to 23 minutes. EHang Think Amazon delivery drones are a radical idea? A Chinese startup called Ehang has used the same...
Australia’s 50-year-old UFO mystery
The truth is out there. CHILDREN as young as seven were confronted by men in sharp black suits and warned against talking, as emergency services and military swarmed the area. It’s the mystery that has...
DJI's new software update keeps your drone in line
Personal drones are some of the hottest gadgets of the moment - but how do drone makers ensure their customers aren't flying drugs into prisons, illegally spying on their neighbours or interfering with...
Why the dream of the flying car hasn’t panned out
Toyota received a patent for a stackable wing that sits on top of a flying car. (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office) If you’re ever bothered by the blind spots in the typical car today, then you would hate...
SOFIA completes busy year, highlights of 2015
2015 was an exciting year for NASA's flying observatory, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA. By flying at altitudes of more than 40,000 feet, above more than 99% of the water...
This is the R2-D2 drone you're looking for - CNET
Enlarge ImageThis fan-made flying R2-D2 quadcopter makes saving the galaxy look easy. Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET We've drooled over Star Wars drones and quadcopters in the form of an X-Wing,...
The awesomeness of bats
Just how awesome are bats? It's easy to forget that one in five species of mammal on this planet have wings capable of delivering spectacularly acrobatic flying abilities. Equally incredibly, two-thirds...
Green consumers flying in the face of environmental conviction
Flying has a high environmental impact and gives rising concerns for CO2 emissions and climate change. Nonetheless, there are few signs of changing behaviour even from committed environmentalists, many...
SkyDeck concept puts your head in the clouds
If the window seat doesn't cut it for you when flying, how about a roof seat? The SkyDeck, designed by aerospace engineering firm Windspeed Technologies, will give passengers 360-degree views from a transparent...
World's 'safest drone' launches on Kickstarter
Who said drones had to look like quadcopter airplanes? Fleye, a new Kickstarter project, wants to make the world's safest drone in the form of a spherical flying machine with a camera. With blades covered...
Singapore students design personal flying machine
Ever wanted your own personal flying machine? Well, a team of engineering students at the National University of Singapore (NUS) appear to be one step closer to making that a reality after they successfully...
Meet Snowstorm, the flying car for the drone generation
Ever sat in your chair at work or school, wishing you could just fly away? Well, it seems some engineering students from the National University of Singapore may have felt that same yearning and taken...
Did Scott Kelly tweet a photo of a UFO?
Since arriving at the International Space Station earlier this year, astronaut Scott Kelly has been tweeting impressive views of Earth. One shot taken over Southern India on Nov. 15 sparked particular...
Five awesome uses for drone technology
Interest in flying robot technology is skyrocketing, bringing a thrilling wave of novel uses for drones from saving lives to creating new entertainment. Initially known to many for their military use,...
3DR Collaborates With AirMap Because Flying A Drone Can Be Hazardous
Flying a drone can be tough. Where are you allowed to fly? Is there an airport within 5 miles. What about a hospital or U.S. national park that has restricted airspace? AirMap is one of the best...
Living and learning with a Yuneec Typhoon Q500 drone
The Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4k is a camera mounted on a quadracopter and I've spent the last couple of weeks living and experimenting with it. 'Drones' are often in the news these days, but the reality is...
Stunning video shows 'jetmen' flying in formation with Emirates A380
It’s an incredible video that looks like it’s straight out of a ‘James Bond’ movie – two intrepid ‘jetmen’ flying in carefully choreographed formation with a huge Emirates A380. Jetman Dubai pilots Yves...
Dive of the RoboBee: First insect-size robot capable of flying and swimming (w/ Video)
In 1939, a Russian engineer proposed a "flying submarine"—a vehicle that can seamlessly transition from air to water and back again. While it may sound like something out of a James Bond film, engineers...
NASA's MMS spacecraft achieve tightest flying formation ever
On Oct. 15, 2015, a NASA mission broke its own record: the four satellites of its Magnetospheric Multiscale mission are now flying at their smallest separation, the tightest multi-spacecraft formation...
Photos: Robots battle to tackle the aftermath of a nuclear meltdown
This flying robot has been designed by team ICARUS, an EU-funded project with partners from Belgium, Germany, Poland, Portugal and Spain. Flying robots tend to be very fragile but some teams participating...
In Depth: Are flying cars ever going to take off?
When you were a kid and you thought about what cars would be like in years to come, you always thought they'd be flying. That idea is pretty much exclusively the fault of cinema, with movies like Bladerunner...
A sport plane for the masses? Fun, sure -- if you have $189,000 to spare
NEW YORK -- The sun was shining and the wind was blowing as I leaned back in my seat, my elbow hanging out the window. It was a typical summer day spent cruising around the city. Only I was 500 feet above...
Man fined over stadium drone flying
A man has admitted illegally flying drones over professional football matches and London landmarks. Nigel Wilson admitted nine breaches of taking video over football grounds and tourist attractions last...
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