If the drone can carry the car away, why not just fly everywhere? The famous styling house Italdesign and jetliner maker Airbus are reportedly taking a new stab at imagining the old idea of the flying car, according to Automotive News Europe. Rather than making the vehicle itself capable of going airborne, drones would allegedly be able to pick up the body for carrying occupants away from traffic. The concept will debut next week at the Geneva Motor Show. Revealed: Italdesign and Airbus Pop Up Concept can fly or drive you anywhere According to insiders speaking to Automotive News Europe, the concept is an autonomous vehicle with a separate passenger compartment and chassis. The companies’ imagine that if traffic gets too congested, then a drone would fly over and pick up the occupants.There seem to be some flaws in the logic of this design, though. First, the chassis would need to be universal enough to find one in a place somewhere with less … [Read more...] about Italdesign, Airbus prepping drone-carried flying car concept for Geneva
Science technology and the future of small autonomous drones
When I was growing up — in fact, when a lot of us pre-millennials were growing up — the year 2020 represented the future. It was, in a sense, humanity's destination. That may have had something to do with futurist theory. But it may just as well have been something far more arbitrary, like the fact that the numeric alliteration "twenty-twenty" scans and sounds... well… like the future. Or perhaps it was about 2020 vision, the idea of seeing things clearly. Seeing and feeling the future vividly. Like a place you want to be. Read more: Why every brain needs a user's manual As a child I never thought I'd ever get there. I've always thought the future is inherently, always, in front of me. And out of reach. But that's all moot now. We're mere weeks away from the future that once was. The year 2020. And it's for that reason that the first book I've selected for my Christmas stocking list of science books is one that was originally published in 1970. Future Shock by … [Read more...] about Save your Christmas — read books about science
Russia responded on 5 January to an attack by a swarm of drones targeting a Russian airbase in north-western Syria and a naval station on the Mediterranean Sea. The multi-drone attack, which is suspected to have been launched by militants, is the first of its kind, representing a new threat from terrorist groups. The use of a swarm attack demonstrates a militant capability, which was previously limited to states, to simultaneously control and coordinate several commercial drones at one time using a GPS unit. This development may send viewers of the science-fiction series Black Mirror into hiding, but it should prompt professional militaries to double down on countermeasures, specifically the creation of electronic jamming tech. Swashbuckling drones operated by rebels and militants have been shoring up the frontlines of conflict internationally, in some cases braving the choppy waters off the coast of Yemen, and in others crowding the skies over Syria and Iraq. The Lebanese militant … [Read more...] about How do we thwart the latest terrorist threat: swarms of weaponised drones?
TAIPEI, TAIWAN - China is bolstering its lead in resource exploration and any conflicts in the South China Sea, a sea disputed by five other governments, by stepping up deployment of expendable, cost-effective drones, analysts believe. Last month the People’s Liberation Army exhibited an “electronic-warfare variant” of drones that had done just reconnaissance missions before, part of an effort to control information during any military movement, American research organization Center for Strategic & International Studies said. In September, a drone network operated by the Chinese Ministry of Natural Resources was sent to survey the contested sea’s waters and remote, uninhabited islets, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment said as reported by domestic media. In 2017 Chinese researchers christened a drone specifically for maritime transport and surveillance. Drones can easily spy because, if caught, operators can claim they’re being used for … [Read more...] about Why Drones Matter So Much for China to Control Disputed Sea?
One of the first drone deliveries was not operated by a tech giant from Silicon Valley. Instead, it was small-time criminals who saw potential in the new technology. In late 2013, days before Amazon even announced its futuristic plan to operate a fleet of automated vehicles, four people were arrested for attempting to smuggle contraband into a Georgia state prison using a drone. Guards noticed a remote-controlled helicopter hovering above Calhoun prison. Later, they found the six-rotor drone in a nearby car alongside what appeared to be its cargo: pouches of tobacco and mobile phones. Five years later, Amazon still hasn’t launched its sky delivery service, but the proliferation of cheap, commercially-available drones worldwide has far outpaced the ability of authorities to control them. In the past two years, non-military drones have shut down Gatwick airport for 36 hours, been used in an apparent assassination attempt against a Venezuelan president, and even been flown by Isis … [Read more...] about Detectors, jammers and cyber attackers: the rise of anti-drone tech