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Soft tests for autonomous vehicles

2018-03-15
Statistics may point to human fallibility being the cause of almost all road accidents, but the switch to a connected robotic environment must ultimately deliver every nano-second of every day on the promise of a guaranteed near-total safety highway environment. Today’s grudging acceptance by the global public of the inevitability of deaths and injuries on the road will not continue in a driverless environment.
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Lockheed Martin validates heatshield for the Mars 2020 rover mission

2019-05-07
Lockheed Martin Corporation successfully completed development and testing for the heatshield that will protect NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Mars 2020 rover during its descent to the Martian surface. After completing the flight hardware structure, Lockheed Martin tested the heatshield’s physical integrity by exposing it to ‘flight-like’ thermal conditions.
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UAV Turbines designs purpose-built microturbine engine for Class 3 and 4 UAVs

2019-05-02
UAV Turbines, Inc. has developed a new microturbine, turboprop engine designed for defense and commercial Group 3 and 4 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or “drone” applications. UAV Turbines’ Monarch RP is designed to operate reliably, quietly, and powerfully on various qualities of heavy fuel and outperform conventional reciprocating engines.
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CityAirbus urban air mobility vehicle completes first flight

2019-05-06
According to Airbus, the CityAirbus UAM vehicle – or “air taxi” – will initially be operated by a pilot for certification and market entry purposes; however, the aircraft is designed for fully autonomous flight once regulations are established.
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United ups commitment to sustainable aviation biofuel, extends contract with World Energy

2019-05-23
United Airlines officials in Chicago have strengthened their commitment to ensuring United is an environmentally conscious carrier by expanding its contract with Boston-based World Energy and agreeing to purchase up to 10 million gallons of commercial-scale, sustainable aviation biofuel over the next two years. United currently uses the biofuel to help sustainably power every flight departing out of its Los Angeles Airport (LAX) hub and achieve more than a 60 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions on a lifecycle basis, officials say.
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BlackBird to purchase 110 all-electric Bye Aerospace eFlyer aircraft

2019-05-22
The partnership marks a major milestone for both companies – the purchase will dramatically increase BlackBird’s air transportation network while solidifying Bye Aerospace as a manufacturer of the world’s first all-electric aircraft that meets United States FAA FAR Part 23 airworthiness standards for normal, utility, acrobatic, and commuter aircraft.
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Europe’s blockchain-based Smart E-Mobility Challenge will conclude this May in Germany

2019-05-07
TIoTA, an open software consortium of over 50 members organized to support the creation of a secure, scalable, interoperable, and trusted IoT ecosystem, began the E-Mobility Challenge to link IoT devices with consumers and stakeholder companies such as operators and service, communication, and payment providers within the preexisting European electric vehicle ecosystem.
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Novelis creates first aluminum sheet battery enclosure for mass electric vehicle production

2019-05-01
Battery weight and power density is a major design consideration when it comes to electric and hybrid-electric vehicles. To reduce platform weight for next-generation electric vehicles, Atlanta-based Novelis, Inc. (Novelis) has used direct feedback from industry partners and automotive design engineers to develop the first aluminum sheet battery enclosure.
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Revolutionizing ADAS with forward-looking lidar, part I

2019-04-30
Most vehicle crashes are forward-facing and result from driver error. Although automakers are striving to develop advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) to prevent these crashes, there is still significant room for improvement. This multipart series explores how adding one cost-effective directional lidar (light detection and ranging) sensor would contribute to the prevention of forward-facing crashes.
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