After doing his debut earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show, the ID. Buggy was just at the Monterey car week to show what she could do in the showroom. The car spent the week hitting the beach and sand dunes on the California coast, not just sitting with fancy design ideas. It's a car that can be driven. Even if it is not likely to be produced – at least for the masses – it shows "the versatility of the electric platform," said VW spokesman Jochen Tekotte, at the beach before a trial road.
The vehicle picks up what Volkswagen calls its MEB platform, or modular, power-driven matrix, and shows how the detachable top of his body can lead to other creative electric vehicles. The electrical structure with its 62 kWh lithium-ion battery at the base can inspire other all-electric designs and fun ideas. And the buggy is open to other producers to get a license and modify it as they please.
As for its electric statistics, it has a range of 155 miles on a charge, a top speed of 99 mph, and can go from 0 to 62 mph in 7.2 seconds. Yes, the car is just an idea, but it uses the electric platform of other VW cars that will be in production. (The family of ID is that of VW electric range, with a sedan, a sedan and an SUV in the next few years.)
It is not only the bright green that stands out, but also the simplicity of the vehicle. With its minimalist interior, its bar and Targa windshield frame naked, its "play" and "break" pedals and its hexagonal flywheel without buttons, it gives an idea of what future cars might be, especially when They lead. (You can still listen to music via the stereo system, do not worry.) It's also a return to 1960s cars focused on a simple design and intended solely for driving through the elements.
Ford and Volkswagen have announced a collaboration on electric vehicles Last month, using the VW platform, other automakers may attempt to create a new type of electric vehicle. But it will be difficult to achieve something as fun as the beach buggy.
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After landing the aircraft, the flight attendants deployed the emergency barriers and the passengers evacuated the cabin. Fifty-five people, including 17 children, were injured, according to the Russian Ministry of Health, but only six required hospitalization for "moderate" injuries.
The Ural flight 178 has already been dubbed the "miracle of the Ramenskoe", in the part of Moscow where the plane fell – echoing the "miracle of the Hudson" of 2009, when US Airways Airbus A320 lost both engines after taking off from LaGuardia Airport in New York and safely landed on the nearby river.
Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and Jeffrey Skiles were at about 2,800 feet when a swarm of geese lost their power. In contrast, the Ural pilots, Damir Yusupov and Georgy Muruzin, found themselves without a motor running at only 750 feet. Rather than trying to turn around and get back on the track, they shut down the engines and continued their route towards the free field southeast of the airport, itself located just southeast of Moscow.
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"The best thing to do is find a flat spot," says Pete Field, aviation consultant and former marine test pilot. When a jet aircraft loses power, the altimeter becomes the fuel gauge and even in an airliner designed to slide, 750 feet are almost empty. This wastes time and altitude, Field adds, and the pilots were fortunate to have a clear surface in front of them, with no tree lines or trenches. (The Moskva River was to their right, but its winding path would not have allowed an easy touch.) Field also said that pilots had an interest in leaving the landing gear up. On an unpaved surface, the wheels may have sunk into the ground and may tip the unit over.
The Kremlin plans to name the two pilots for state awards, according to The New York Times, and the Ministry of Agriculture will assess the damage to the cornfield.
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Over the next half-century, the gyrocopter faded into darkness – its cameo in nineteen eighty one Mad Max 2 notwithstanding. But the growing interest in urban aviation and some new technological tools could combine to put the retrograde design back in the air. Among the many configurations developed for future electric overhead taxi-All that goes from a multirotor business to drones to wing machines and tilting propellers – the gyrocopter could prove to be the most easily adaptable to the task, given its simplicity and its known security features.
The gyroscope was invented in the early 1920s and used throughout the 1930s and 1940s, even before the helicopter. He even distributed mail between the roofs of American cities. When a helicopter uses its main rotor for propulsion and lifting and its tail rotor for its balance, the gyrocopter is propelled by a rear propeller. As the upper rotor, which provides lift, is not powered, it only turns when the plane is moving, and the gyroscope takes off like an airplane. It is a simple and agile design, but the US military has preferred the helicopter for its hovering and takeoff capability. The helicopter evolved while the gyrocopter stagnated.
"For years, these things have been languishing like recreational aircraft," says Mike Hirschberg, executive director of the Vertical Flight Society, an industry association. Nobody bothered to build them with aerospace grade materials. Most people who fly them buy them as kits, which they assemble themselves. Now, however, that changes. "Electric power is becoming a tremendous catalyst for configurations other than helicopters," Hirschberg said. "They have attracted the attention of Uber and other airline taxis startups."
Gyrocopters, built to higher standards than ever before, are starting to gain ground in the US among private pilots, thanks to a recent FAA rule change that increases their ease of use in the US. 39, American airspace. This allows European automakers, including Magni Gyro, based in Italy, and AutoGyro, Germany, to import their modern, often carbon composite aircraft into the country.
But your slightly greater chances of seeing this curious craft in the air is only a short-term effect. In the not-too-distant future, you could end up working in a modern version of the old gyrocopter. Two companies in particular, Skyworks Global and Jaunt Air Mobility, are developing electric air taxis by infusing a nearly 100-year-old design with technology that fills the gaps that have led older users directly to helicopters.
The companies say their upgraded gyrocopters are among the most optimized – and easily achievable – candidates for electric aviation. "There were some really appealing aspects of aerial mobility gyroscopes in the city," says Don Woodbury, CTO of Skyworks, former program director at Darpa. "They can slip and keep total control even in the event of power loss, so they do not require things like ballistic parachutes. We believe that the gyrocopter can be – and should be – as safe as commercial aviation, which is much safer than conventional helicopter aviation. "
The Skyworks taxi candidate calls eGyro, a new model, which has not yet been revealed, that will use an electric motor to pre-rotate the main rotor, thus allowing the aircraft to take off vertically, as well as a second engine at the back. propeller
Since most vertical lift aircraft have power peaks during take – off and landing, the batteries and engines must be custom designed. The eGyro, however, will use suitable automotive batteries and engines. "The energy profile of a gyrocopter is fairly constant," says Woodbury, whose Salt Lake City-based company is also developing a turbine-powered turbine gyroscope (ie, burning fuel) called Vertijet for military and commercial users. "It consumes the same amount of energy throughout the flight, and this balanced consumption allows us to use the same technologies as cars."
Woodbury also mentions the benefit inherent in overall simplicity. Gyroscopic aircraft do not need to move from vertical flight to horizontal flight via wings or tilting propellers, and the use of conventional flight controls means that the FAA does not have to approve new computerized management systems. Woodbury said the company was developing two air taxi configurations from which to choose, and was in the final stages of selecting a manufacturing partner to build the prototype and eventual production model.
Philadelphia-based Jaunt, launched by Kaydon Stanzione, an aeronautical engineer and military aviation consultant, takes a similar approach to Skyworks – using a free-spin rotor in forward flight, a wing and rear-facing propellers – with some differences. More particularly, the main rotor can be fully powered by electric motors as required, which allows a stable hover. Just one month after Jaunt's official incorporation, Uber chose his concept as one of six official development aircraft his flying taxi program. (Uber is also a partner with Bell and Boeing subsidiary company Aurora Flight Sciences, among others.)
In Jaunt, Stanzione, also a former test pilot, acquired the long-standing technology rights of Carter Aviation Technologies, one of the most dynamic innovators in modern-day rotorcraft technology. Its prototype Carter Copter reduced the speed of the main rotor in forward flight, limiting drag and allowing for faster flight. In Jaunt's new aircraft, the main rotor is powered by two electric motors that allow it to function as a helicopter when flying over or taking off. "But flying ahead, we do not need that," says Stanzione. "And because it's electric, we also do not need complex transmissions to power the rotor or propellers."
The low speed of the main rotor also minimizes noise. The blades have weighted tips that increase their momentum during rotation. This helps maintain rotor speed in the event of a power failure, creates more control during the final landing rocket and increases rotor stability at higher speeds. In cruise flight, Jaunt's gyroscope should be able to reach 170 mph. Stanzione says he plans to fly a prototype in 2023 and obtain FAA certification about a year or so ago. This is an optimistic projection, but he says the path to certification is clearer, as most of Jaunt's technologies are well understood, as in the case of Skyworks.
The remaining challenges for these two systems include the same face all the manufacturers of electric overhead taxi-Differently how to increase production and ensure that battery technology provides the range and capabilities required by a commercial service. Even in this case, these companies hope to reach the market much sooner than others, or even play an important role. in the next James Bond or Mad Max leafing along the path.
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Elsewhere in the business, Boeing continued to work on a fix for his distressed 737 MAX, while a researcher discovered security flaws in the code of his 787 Dreamliner jet. We also attended a pivot of electric cars at a major supplier in the automotive industry, registered with self-driving trucks while roaming in Texas, and more. It's been a week – let's go, let's catch up.
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Why did the kid with the backpack cross the road? Because one Thursday in August has become one of the busiest times ever for a very under construction airport, LaGuardia and everything fell apart.
A recent survey of Salt Lake Tribune and the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah found that residents supported action for all by a margin of three to one. A monthly pass giving access to all public transportation in the region costs nearly $ 200.
Salt Lake may not be renowned for its public transit power, but the goal of getting people out of their car and putting them in shared vehicles is not the object of controversy. The city suffers one of the worst air quality in the country and is subject to "inversions", during which a layer of hot air traps air near the ground, concentrating pollutants to the point of departure. block the view surrounding mountains. "For a generation, we have been talking and doing nothing," said Dabakis. say it tribune. "This will change our air dramatically – and it will happen in weeks and months, not generations."
The capital of Beehive State would be one of the first US cities to apply this idea, but not really a global pioneer. Several cities in Poland offer free public transport. The Estonian capital of Tallinn made free transit for residents in 2013 (visitors are still paying), and now the national government is do the same thing for bus systems through this Baltic country. A city in the center of France calls its bus network "Transport Issoudun Free" – Free Transportation Issoudun. Paris Major Anne Hidalgo wants to debate the idea free tickets in the run-up to next year's municipal elections. In all of these places, reducing the cost of the bus, tram or train has two purposes: to reduce carbon emissions and to make things more equitable for those who do not drive or can not drive.
In Salt Lake, eliminating fares would not change the finances of the transit system much. Rates represent only 11% of the Utah Transit Authority's revenue, or $ 52 million; Dabakis proposes to fill the hole with part of the $ 660 million that will now improve the roads. This is a relatively small percentage of fee revenue, but it is not unusual, says Jonathan English, who studies public transportation use at Columbia University. In other US low density cities, fares typically cover less than 30% of operating costs. Even in New York, this figure is less than 50%. Take into account the administrative costs of paying users – consider managing ATMs, collecting and securing funds, enforcing rates, and more. – and it is easy to advocate for everyone to be allowed to board.
But free fares benefit existing transit users more than encouraging new ones. The vast majority of Americans have the means to buy a car – and the public transit fare, according to English. "It's not necessarily the price that dissuades them," he says, but an inadequate service – buses that do not come often enough or do not go where the jobs and services are. "In these cases, it does not matter if it's free."
For Mr. English, the key to increasing the number of users is to make public transit a viable alternative to driving. His research shows that even a basic level of service – putting everyone in a 15-minute walk from a bus that comes at least twice an hour, until around midnight – can convert drivers into motorcyclists. , at least for some trips. And there is no need to spend billions on new infrastructure, or even on more vehicles, because many cities have enough buses to handle rush hours, which they park for most of the day . "Improving basic local service is very economical and remarkably efficient," said English, who noted that while transit use has declined across the country, Phoenix and Seattle have resisted to the trend by using buses more frequently, even during off-peak hours. more wheels on the street and even the creation of lanes reserved for large shared vehicles.
Dabakis, at least, wants to do more than reduce the cost of bus driving. The transit lawyer says he wants to put every resident of Salt Lake within 10 minutes walk of an "effortless public transit" – effortlessly they will not even not to think about the price of the ticket.
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Uber and Lyft suggest time for cheap rides could be finished
Uber and Lyft have released their quarterly financial results this week and they are still lose a lot of money. It seems that for now, both are more focused on improving profitability and less on competition, which means that cheap rides and vouchers may soon be a thing of the past.
A teenage pirate bugs found in the school software affecting millions
Some children play sports, others study for tests, but a teenager spends his time after school hacking common educational software Blackboard and Follett, revealing serious bugs that would allow a hacker to have deep access to student data. In the case of Blackboard in particular, I found 5 million vulnerable files for students and teachers, ranging from notes to vaccination records. If that's what a bored teen could do, what more experienced hackers could have done?
This is the maximum premium Apple now offers for hackers who can find and report vulnerabilities in iPhones. To achieve this number will have to find a series of interconnected vulnerabilities in a beta version of iOS, which is quite unlikely, but the increase in Apple's payments is an encouraging sign of better relationships with the security community.
You've probably already seen these crazy gear: a wheel with a foot platform on each side that people use to walk down the sidewalks. Well, my friend, there is now a more affordable version. It's time to join the cool kids and get one for you.
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