Despite Pandemic, EmbraerX Speeds Development Of EVTOL ‘Flying Cars’ For Uber Elevate And Beyond

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The dream of flying cars that can zoom over urban traffic is a persistent one. Perhaps the most organized “urban air mobility” effort is the Uber Elevate Network, the “future of aerial ride-sharing.” Uber is working with partners like vehicle designers, manufacturers, infrastructure providers and regulators to begin testing vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicles “as early as 2020.” Riders are to get the “option of an affordable shared flight” by 2023.

Considering the impact of the pandemic on the aviation industry, and on Uber itself, are such optimistic dates still viable? “We think it’s more important our vehicles go into operation when conditions are right for the vehicle and ecosystem,” says Andre Stein, Head of Strategy at EmbraerX, an Uber Elevate partner which recently launched an eVTOL simulator, (You 

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BMW warns against DTM switching to GT3 cars

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A switch to GT3 machinery, potentially with more horsepower and no driving aids, has been mooted as a replacement to the DTM’s Class One cars in the wake of Audi’s decision to abandon the series at the end of this year, leaving BMW as the only manufacturer.

Audi has openly stated that a switch to GT3 cars could enable it to remain involved in the series via some of its customer teams, which fall outside of the Volkswagen Group’s push to be involved exclusively in electric motorsport on a factory level.

BMW is currently developing a GT3 version of the M4 model it uses in the DTM, albeit this will not be available for customers to purchase until the 2022 season.

Asked by Motorsport.com for his thoughts on a potential move to GT3s for the DTM, Marquardt admitted it was not his preferred solution, and suggested that series promoter ITR

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How The Pandemic Has Restored Our Relationship With Cars

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CTO and Executive Vice President at NXP Semiconductors, a leader in Automotive, IoT, Industry 4.0, Mobile and Connectivity technologies.

The changes brought by the pandemic are reinforcing all of the reasons people fell in love with cars in the first place and distancing us from some of the car-sharing ideas that were prevalent as recently as last year. They have brought us full circle to the car as a refuge and a way to get away, like the young people in post-war America once believed, with the added twist of providing a safety bubble.

The hint of this latest transformation may hide in the data on traffic. While vehicle use plummeted at the start of the Covid-19 crisis, according to the EPA, it has been on the rise lately despite the fact that many shelter-at-home orders are still in place.

Intriguingly, the actual data collected from vehicles shows

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Taking the New York City streets back before the cars return

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She’s the patron saint of pedestrians in New York City. Bike riders too. And she’s seeing an opportunity like she’s never seen before.

“A once-in-a-generation chance to reimagine our streets and what’s actually possible,” Janette Sadik-Khan said.

As city transportation commissioner for six years under Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Sadik-Khan rerouted more traffic, cleared more bike paths, laid more bus lanes and reorganized more public plazas than anyone in the history of American urban life. She created what became Citi Bike and fundamentally shifted the human and vehicular flow through Times Square and Herald Square. There will be a New York City when this pandemic is finally over. What? You thought a global health crisis would stop her from insisting on more?

“When we used to take a parking spot or two,” she recalled, “it was like we were taking someone’s firstborn child. Now, almost overnight, there are 9,100 outdoor-dining permits

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