Transportation

Boeing Conducts Final Test Flight of 737 Max With Software Fix

Boeing has conducted a final test flight of a 737 Max model with an updated anti-stall system prior to its certification by aviation authorities, the aerospace manufacturer said Wednesday. CEO Dennis Muilenberg tweeted a video where he said the test flight was carried out on Tuesday, adding that test pilots have completed 120 flights totalling more than 203 hours of airtime …

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Apple Said to Be in Talks With Potential Suppliers of Sensors for Self-Driving Cars

Apple has held talks with at least four companies as possible suppliers for next-generation lidar sensors in self-driving cars, evaluating the companies’ technology while also still working on its own lidar unit, three people familiar with the discussions said. The moves provide fresh evidence of Apple’s renewed ambitions to enter the autonomous vehicle derby, an effort it calls Project Titan. The …

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Insect-Inspired Arm Technology to Enable Drones Fly in Windy Conditions

Researchers have developed a drone with ‘movable-arm technology’. It is inspired by the wings and flight patterns of insects. The new technology enables the drones to function in windy conditions along with making it more energy efficient.   The details about the technology is published in the Journal – Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control. Drones are used to assist in …

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Tesla Set to Raise Price of Its Full Self-Driving Option

Electric Vehicle (EV) maker Tesla is set to increase the price of its Full Self-Driving option from May 1. “Please note that the price of the Tesla Full Self-Driving option will increase substantially over time,” Elon Musk, CEO, Tesla, tweeted late on Saturday. Musk, however, didn’t provide a specific figure. While responding to a question on Twitter, he said the …

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Tesla Makes It Harder to Buy Its $35,000 Electric Car

Tesla is making it more difficult to buy the $35,000 version of the Model 3 sedan that used to be viewed as pivotal to its growth. The electric-car maker announced another series of changes to its lineup and pricing late Thursday to “simplify vehicle choices.” All Tesla vehicles that can be ordered online now come with the driver-assistance system Autopilot …

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Tesla, Panasonic to Seek Productivity Gains Before New Battery Investments

Panasonic Corp and Tesla Inc will continue to make new investments in the US electric carmaker’s Gigafactory as needed, but believe they can squeeze more out of existing resources than previously planned, Tesla said on Thursday. Separately, Panasonic said it was watching the demand situation in the electric car market before making any further investments in expanding the capacity of the …

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Boeing 737 Max Software Update Working as Designed, CEO Says

Boeing Co’s chief executive said on Thursday that a software update designed to prevent disasters like two recent fatal crashes involving its 737 MAX is working, with about two-thirds of the fast-selling jetliner’s customers having seen the fix in simulator sessions. In his first public speech since an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX crash that killed all 157 aboard on March …

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Alphabet’s Drone Delivery Service Takes Off in Australia

Google parent Alphabet’s drone service made its first air delivery in North Canberra, Australia, on Tuesday after getting approval from the country’s civil aviation authority. Wing, the company’s drone delivery arm, said the delivery service will be available to a limited set of eligible homes in the suburbs of Crace, Palmerston and Franklin and would gradually expand to customers in …

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk Allegedly Pushed Former Employee, Company Denies ‘Any Physical Altercation’

Tesla CEO Elon Musk allegedly pushed a former Tesla employee who’d resigned and was attempting to say goodbye to co-workers, a media report claims. “Elon did exit an employee at our Fremont delivery centre last year due to concerns about his performance, however there was no physical altercation whatsoever,” a Tesla representative said in a statement to Roadshow by CNET …

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Tesla’s Musk, US SEC Ordered by Judge to Meet for an Hour on New Settlement

A federal judge in Manhattan on Friday ordered Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk and the US Securities and Exchange Commission to meet for at least an hour to try to settle the agency’s concerns over the billionaire entrepreneur’s use of Twitter. The SEC had asked US District Judge Alison Nathan to hold Musk in contempt over a February 19 tweet …

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