Airbus to build flying autonomous taxis that soar over traffic

August 19, 2016 by  
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If you’ve ever found yourself stuck in traffic, wishing you could just fly above the chaos, you might soon get your wish. Aeronautics giant Airbus has announced a new plan, dubbed “ Project Vahana ,” that would create a fleet of on-demand autonomous drones to carry passengers through the skies. And if that doesn’t sound crazy enough, the company says it could begin testing as soon as 2017. Much like Uber , passengers would use an app to book passage on the craft, and then travel to a local helipad. There they would board a CityAirbus drone along with other travelers, and be “whisked away to their destination.” Not only would this service be faster than a regular taxi due to its ability to avoid traffic, Airbus is planning to keep the price in the same range as a taxi ride, too. Any luggage would be carried by a separate service. While Airbus doesn’t anticipate problems with taking to the skies with current technology, training these taxis to be autonomous is going to be a challenge . We still haven’t perfected self-driving cars – how likely is it that we’ll have what are essentially self-driving helicopters available anytime soon? Related: AeroMobil unveils futuristic flying car, plans to launch by 2017 Don’t expect to see any large passenger drones in your city’s sky in the near future. Right now, Airbus has set its sights on a drove delivery system , which will be tested in Singapore next year. If the delivery drones work well, the company hopes they could help ease potential customers into the idea of traveling by drone in the future. + Project Vahana Via Autoblog

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World’s leading sea ice expert warns the "Arctic death spiral" will make global warming even worse

August 19, 2016 by  
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The terrifyingly ominous phrase “Arctic death spiral” refers to a chart that measures the continual melt laying waste to the ice in the Arctic Circle over the last 30 years. Climate scientists have issued repeated warnings that the Arctic death spiral is the Earth’s “canary in a coalmine,” and that greenhouse gas emissions must be curbed in order to fend off certain destruction. As time passes and global temperatures continue to rise, many conservationists are arguing that the point of no return is just ahead. In an op-ed for the Guardian , environment editor John Vidal discusses the new book by Peter Wadhams, the Cambridge professor who has devoted his life to the study of icy environs, and why it’s time to start listening to the warnings. Wadhams, former director of the Scott Polar Research Institute, wrote that the North Pole could be free from ice in just a few decades, rather than the popular prediction of the end of the century. For the Guardian, Vidal points to Wadhams’ new book “A Farewell to Ice,” to be released Sept. 1, as a daring but worthwhile position on the topic of climate change. While most estimates suggest Arctic ice is being lost at a rate of 13 percent each year, Wadhams says, soon the summer ice will melt as well, causing a dangerous trickle-down effect. Related: New NASA data confirms July 2016 was the hottest month on record Many scientists have drawn clear connections between Arctic conditions and the effects of climate change elsewhere on the planet, further illustrating why we should pay attention to Arctic ice melt. Wadhams’ book explains that ice-free Septembers in the Arctic will enable more methane to be released into the atmosphere, and when the ice-free period of the year lengthens to four or five months, the additional greenhouse gas emissions will force the planet over its tipping point. For those who haven’t been studying Arctic ice, a book by the world’s foremost sea ice expert may help. After the concept of the Arctic death spiral emerged, scientists from many agencies have been working to better understand the relationships between Arctic events and the health of the rest of the world. The 2013 documentary “Arctic Death Spiral and the Methane Time Bomb,” which is available for streaming here , offers a startling look at where unchecked global warming will lead. Via The Guardian Images via Andy Lee Robinson/Haveland and NOAA

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Terrafugia is Working on Flying Autonomous Cars That Take Off and Land by Themselves

March 4, 2014 by  
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Imagine a future where you can step inside a flying car, buckle up, and then sit back and relax as it automatically takes off and navigates to your destination. That future may not be too far off, as Terrafugia recently announced it’s working on transforming flying cars that can drive and fly on their own. Read the rest of Terrafugia is Working on Flying Autonomous Cars That Take Off and Land by Themselves Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: autonomous cars , autonomous vehicles , flying cars , hybrid cars , hybrid-electric flying autonomous vehicles , self driving cars , self-driving vehicles , Terrafugia hybrid-electric flying autonomous car , Terrafugia TF-X , Terrafugia Transition , transforming cars        

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Atlas Teams Up With Solid Concepts to Create 3D-Printed Fitness Tracker

March 4, 2014 by  
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3D printing company Solid Concepts recently worked with Austin-based start-up Atlas to develop the world’s first 3D printed fitness tracker. The project represents a unique intersection of many emerging trends, including data collection, wearable technology and 3D printing. The tracker is able to identify your exercises, count reps and sets, and calculate calories burned. Solid Concepts just released a blog post this morning detailing the development of the Atlas fitness tracker – check it out here ! + Atlas Wearables + Solid Concepts Via Solid Concepts Blog The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d printed fitness tracker , 3D printing , atlas , Atlas Fitness Tracker , Atlas Wearables , Design for Health , fitness tracker , fitness trackers , green design , green gadgets , Solid Concepts , sustainable design        

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