Dubai plans to launch autonomous flying drone taxis by mid-2017

February 17, 2017 by  
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Adding to its reputation as a leader in experimental transportation , Dubai is hoping to launch autonomous air taxis capable of transporting people far above the city’s traffic woes as soon as the middle of 2017. According to Auto Blog, the United Arab Emirates Roads and Transportation authority announced the plans earlier this week, after a demonstration of the technology at the three-day World Government Summit . The Chinese-made Ehang 184 drone used in the demonstration can travel at 62 miles per hour at heights up to 984 feet. The drone is powered by an electric motor that can spin its eight propellers for up to 30 minutes at a time, with a two-hour recharge cycle in between. Specially designed to withstand the extreme desert temperatures of the Middle East , the Ehang 184 also comes equipped with a variety of safety features designed to provide peace of mind to those brave souls who choose to fly in it. This includes a program that tells the drone to automatically land at the nearest safe destination if even the most minor thing goes wrong, and secure networks designed to ward off hackers. The fact that its flights are all monitored throughout by ground control should add additional assurance. Related: Meet Gita, an intelligent autonomous cargo robot that can carry your stuff And people could be trusting the Ehang drone with their lives sooner, rather than later, as the head of Dubai’s transportation authority has told the Kuwait Times his ministry is already experimenting with using the autonomous vehicle in-flight. Dubai’s experiments with autonomous drone taxis are just one part of its forward-thinking approach to transport. The country is also the future home of the Elon Musk’s first Hyperloop project , which will connect Abu Dhabi to Dubai, a 100-mile trip that will take just 12 minutes. Via Auto Blog Images via ETC-USC and Sam Valadi , Flickr Creative Commons

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SOM Completes Its Twisting Al Hamra Tower in Kuwait City

January 5, 2012 by  
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Read the rest of SOM Completes Its Twisting Al Hamra Tower in Kuwait City Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , al hamra tower , desert architecture , eco design , eco skyscraper , eco tower , green architecture , Green Building , green design , kuwait , kuwait city , Skidmore Owings and Merrill , skyscraper , solar passive design , solar shading , SOM , Sustainable Building , sustainable design

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SOM Completes Its Twisting Al Hamra Tower in Kuwait City

SOM Completes Its Twisting Al Hamra Tower in Kuwait City

January 5, 2012 by  
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Foster + Partners Unveil Plans for Solar-Powered LEED Gold Kuwait International Airport

October 4, 2011 by  
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Inhabitat favorite Foster + Partners just announced they will be designing the new Kuwait International Airport – and they’re aiming to make it the world’s first LEED gold certified passenger terminal! The stunning design is sure to be an eye-catcher from both the ground and the sky, and it will raise the environmental bar for airports everywhere with a smart set of green features that will reduce the building’s energy use and keep it cool in one of the hottest places on earth. Read the rest of Foster + Partners Unveil Plans for Solar-Powered LEED Gold Kuwait International Airport Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , Foster and Partners , green airports , green architecture , green design , kuwait , kuwait architecture , kuwait green building , kuwait international airport , LEED gold , leed gold airport , leed gold building , solar panels

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VIDEO: Andrea Air Purifier Uses a Plant to Clean the Air in Your Home

October 4, 2011 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. The Andrea Air Purifier is a brilliant partnership between man and plant that accelerates nature’s natural ability to clean air in order to detoxify the atmosphere inside your home. We had a chance to sit down with Tom Hadfield from Andrea to talk about how this amazing gadget is able to clean the air in your home 1,000 times better than a normal houseplant. Check out our video interview above! Read the rest of VIDEO: Andrea Air Purifier Uses a Plant to Clean the Air in Your Home Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air cleaning plants , air clearing plants , andrea air purifier , clean air , clean air naturally , clean home , green cleaning products , green home design , green home products , Greener Gadgets

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