Jetpacks için sürücüsüz arabalar

From driverless cars to jetpacks


Gardiyanın Powered byBaşlıklı makalede, bu “Jetpacks için sürücüsüz arabalar: teknoloji yenilikçiler yeniden şekillendirilmesi geçiş karşılamak” Andy Meek tarafından yazılmıştır, için Cumartesi 14 Kasım 2015 14.13 UTC

Yeni Zelanda merkezli Martin Aircraft Şirketin amiral gemisi ürünü alışılmamış uçan makine: Bir bilimkurgu filminden bir pervane gibi görünebilir bir jetpack, o ticarileştirilmesi yolunda iyi olduğunu aslında değildi.

Ekimde, Yeni Zelanda'nın sivil havacılık otoritesi şirketin Prototype temizledi 12 İnsanlı uçuşlar için örnek jetpack. Fan itmeli jetpack, Paris Air Show'da Haziran'da gösterilen zaman, Neredeyse uçmak olabilir 1,000 metre ve yarım saat kadar uçmak. Şirketin jetpacks ikinci yarısında bazen piyasaya çıkması bekleniyor 2016.

jetpack gelişimi büyük fikirler bir örneğidir ve büyük bahisler ulaşım odaklı işletmeler arasında yapılan, Martin Aircraft gibi şirketler mümkün olanın en uzak kenarlarına yarış nerede. Biz ne zaman arabalar "uzun vadede tamamen özerk" olacak bir süre uçurumun yaşamak, Tesla CEO'su Elon Musk göre. elektrikli araç hissedarlar ile bir görüşme bu ay içinde, o verdi 15 Hedef 20 yıl.

diğer ulaşım girişimcilerin bol kendi benzer yaratıcı planları ile vardır, yapmak uzay dan suborbital uçuşlar Hedef take off ve dikey iniş uçaklar.

Guardian ulaşım geleceği nereye doğru bir fikir edinmek için bu yenilikçiler bir kaç uzattı. Biz doğal teknik sorunları ele nasıl olduğunu sordum ve onlar karar neden ilk etapta bu alanı içine almak için. Ne bulduğumuz bir jetpack üzerinde çemberleme direksiyonuna almak olduğunca normal olabilecek bir yakın gelecek için güçlü bir iyimserlik olduğunu.

Martin Uçak gelecek yılın ikinci yarısında jetpack başlatmayı planlıyor. Şirket, bu gösteri video ile Guardian sağlanan.

martin Uçağı CEO'su Peter Coker onun iş fevkalade imkansız vizyonu üzerine inşa edilecek görünebilir bilir.

"Bu şirket katılmak için beni ikna benim oğlumdu,"Coker dedi, zorluklara rağmen. "Biz tatil edildi, ve oğlum, kim Londra'da bir butik yatırım şirketi için çalışan, haklı işaret: ‘Why wouldn’t you want to be involved in the biggest change in aviation in the last century?' "

In a hurry to get their jetpacks to market, 2015 has been something of a defining year for the company, which has in recent months been locking up agreements, partnerships and showing off the design to potential customers. It has expanded to 53 people across 13 nationalities and is listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange.

Describing the future of jetpacks, Coker envisions a “highway in the sky” or a “fourth dimension of transport”, where the average person can rapidly travel from one point to another.

“We quickly realized the utility around something like this is greater than it being just a personal jetpack,” said Coker, a former Lockheed Martin executive. “We also see an opportunity in the commercial sector – for oil and gas, mining and farming.”

The concept of a flying jetpack might sound like a hard sell to dubious investors and perhaps a bridge too far for potential partners and customers. But Coker says just seeing the thing can help clinch a sale. When his company shows a picture or video of the concept or presents a prototype in action, Coker says it “immediately triggers the dream I had when I was a kid”. In some ways, diyor, getting that buy-in is the easy part.

It’s certainly less complicated than surmounting the inherent technical challenges that come with building a system that includes a gas engine and two fans that provide the needed lift.

“When you take people through the philosophy of how it operates – like all good innovations, it’s a complicated delivery that looks simple – they get it,” Coker says. “They get the utility of it, and every time we go present it somewhere, someone also comes up with some different way to use it.”

The Next concept involves autonomous pods that talk to each other. Industrial designer Tommaso Gecchelin provided the Guardian with this rendering.

Transportation innovations like the jetpacks are taking on a variety of other forms – some incremental, some groundbreaking.

Driverless car technology is one of the hottest sectors at the moment, with manufacturers from Ford to Mercedes-Benz making driverless tech plays. Sensörler ve yardımcı yetenekleri Next Akıllı Ulaşım Derneği'nin Amerika Düşünmek Ulaştırma temaları arasındaydı 30 Washington DC Ekim ayında Yıl zirve.

özerklik doğru itme birçok güncel ulaşım devrimler kalbidir. Tesla'nın üçüncü çeyrek hissedar mektupta yayınlandı 3 Kasım, şirket olduğunu yazdı, "Müşterilerimiz onların arabaları neredeyse 250 mil bu çeyrekte sürdü, şu ana kadar yaklaşık 1.5 milyar mil toplam ". Tesla, mektup gider, gün sabırsızlanıyor "kadar bizim araba müşterilerimize tahrik var ne zaman söyleyebilirim".

Böyle bir gelecek İtalyan mühendis ve endüstriyel tasarımcı Tommaso Gecchelin için kaçınılmaz bir sonuç olduğunu. O aradığını modüler konsept kabataslak var Sonraki that features what are essentially electric pods that can connect and disconnect to other pods as needed, like some futuristic train that can start small and grow to expand, accordion-style.

“Based on our technology and user needs trends analysisit’s very likely that in the future we will see a revolutionary segmentation of the transportation market,” Gecchelin says. “On one side, human-driven cars will become like horses with the advent of motorized cars. So the sports car will become prominent, while city cars will become less desired, giving more space to intelligent transportation systems that will give a more useful and fulfillingtravel and commuting experience.”

He envisions his Next concept as more than just a commuter model. It could double as a service delivery system, with businesses renting or owning pods of their own and sending them loaded with goods to a customer’s home.

Gecchelin says he started thinking about a solution oriented around “work, leisure and on-demand services [rather than] traffic optimization”. Şu an, he’s looking for funding to allow the manufacture of a first fleet to demonstrate the concept in the real world. He’s currently talks with a few German cities about potential partnerships.

“This is what robotics and self driving technologies will lead to,"diyor. “Intelligence and self driving unlock the possibility for vehicles to collaborate exactly like it happens with Next.”

Other than technical hurdles, one of the biggest obstacles standing in the way of such innovations is the status quo. Almost 17m new vehicles will be sold and hit the roadways in the US this year – vehicles that won’t soon be abandoned for a radical new way of getting from one point to the next.

Elio Motors is working to improve the car with a three-wheeled, motorcycle-like concept. The company provided the Guardian with this promotional video.

In an attempt to innovate in harmony with the status quo, Paul Elio frames the utility of his company’s flagship vehicle to something like the iPad. In the same way the tablet hasn’t proven to be a PC killer but instead complements users’ existing range of devices, Elio sees his company’s vehicle as something like the iPad of a customer’s garage. Phoenix-based Elio Motors is taking orders now for its three-wheeled, motorcycle-like vehicle that gets 84 miles to the gallon and which it plans to release next year with an affordable $6,800 price tag.

“I think something like this has to happen,” says Elio, whose company already has more than 47,000 reservations for its vehicle. “I lived in New York City for about a year and a half, and I loved the subway system there. When you have that size population, mass transit works.

“For the rest of the country, we obviously either need to demolish all the suburbs and create big population centers or figure out a more efficient way to get from the suburbs to the downtowns where we work.”

Elio’s prototype product is technically classified as a motorcycle, but it comes with amenities like power windows, air conditioning, air bags and power lock doors, all in an enclosed body. The vehicles will be produced by Elio in Shreveport, Louisiana, at a former General Motors production facility.

“It’s got to be low-cost and high-mileage – it’s got to be both of those to work,"diyor. “This is an ‘and’ choice, not an ‘or’ choice. So the concept is you buy the big vehicle for the reason you bought it, and you have an Elio too. You drive the Elio to work, and on Saturday you take out your SUV.”

Elio said he decided to launch his company and build his own unique vehicle after living through the economic shock of 2008 – in addition to his belief that the dealership-based car business is one of “gamesmanship” and economics that aren’t in the individual’s favor. One of the things he quickly learned as he set about launching Elio Motors is that few things are as fraught with difficulty for an entrepreneur as trying to start a new car company.

“There are more barriers to entry in this space than anything else I’m aware of,” Elio says. “If you take Tesla out of the discussion, the last time somebody created a successful car company in America that’s still running was Walter P Chrysler in 1925.”

Back during the recession, when “the price of oil was going through the roof”, Elio says he became “pissed off seeing the wealth pouring out of this country”.

“I said, I want to build a $5,000 car that gets 65 miles per gallon,” he recalls. “I had no data to back that up. We started working the problem. I still think a $5,000 car would have been a sexy number. But as the architecture started developing and we started meeting with suppliers and getting pricing, we realized this couldn’t have a lot of the features that people would expect.”

He believes the auto retail business needs to change to because dealers aren’t transparent with car costs and financing.

“I think one of the biggest problems is the business model is broken,” says Elio, who says he’s dreamed about owning a car company with his name on it since he was a young boy. “The purchase of a car is such an enormous game, which is why we have the $6,800 figure. If you know what you want and there’s no financing issue, it shouldn’t take you five hours to buy a vehicle.”

The XTI Aircraft concept features vertical takeoff and landing, which could eliminate the need for airports, according to founder David Brody. XTI provided the Guardian with this product rendering.

The year after Elio started his company, Denver-based David Brody was setting off down his own path. His startup, XTI Aircraft, has developed a concept for a six-seat business jet that flies like a normal passenger jet, but with a twist – it also takes off and lands vertically.

The company’s TriFan 600 jet uses three ducted fans for the vertical liftoff. Seconds after takeoff, two wing fans r otate forward to shift to horizontal flight. A fan mounted to the fuselage closes. When it comes time to land, the process plays out in reverse.

XTI claims the aircraft will be the first long-range vertical-takeoff commercial airplane. Other companies are also developing vertical-takeoff technology. In June, Boeing demonstrated a near-vertical takeoff of a Dreamliner.

Brody got a spark of inspiration about a decade ago when his son was 10 years old and brought home an issue of Time magazine. He recalls it included an article about an entrepreneur trying to develop a mini jet that could take off and land vertically.

“That got me thinking,” Brody says. “If you look at what’s happened over the last several years in terms of advances in materials: we have lighter materials and have significant advances in jet engines. This jet has two turboshaft engines, plus advancements in computer technology have allowed for much more controllability and stability of the aircraft as well as collision avoidance. Some of the driverless car technology will probably play a role in the aircraft of the future.”

Brody believes that the future of the moderate commercial aircraft will be in vertical takeoff and landing. The technology would eliminate the cost of building and maintaining airports with long runways. It also could make flying even more accessible by creating air taxi services that pick you up not far from your home if not at your front door.

XCOR Lynx suborbital vehicles aims to take passengers on short trips to the edge of space. The company provided the Guardian with this promotional video rendering.

The ultimate frontier for a transportation entrepreneur, elbette, is out of this world. California-based XCOR Aerospace has started selling tickets for flights on its Lynx series of suborbital vehicles, which will take passengers and payloads on a space trip up to 330,000 feet that lasts less than an hour.

Passengers will essentially be the co-pilot on the trip – the only other passenger on the voyage besides the pilot. Gibi, they’ll be given a “call sign” and will be able to view space through the Lynx cockpit canopy that affords an expansive view of space.

The vehicle is powered by reusable rocket engines that run on kerosene and liquid oxygen.

“At the core of what we’ve developed at XCOR is a fully reusable rocket engine,” says board member Michiel Mol. “That may not seem spectacular, but it actually is. Every other rocket out there is one-time use only. We have what we call instant reusability. Our engine can fly, touch down and go on.”

Gibi, the Lynx vessel can, diyor, take passengers essentially to the border of space. XCOR envisions starting test flights sometime next summer and putting them into commercial use six to 12 months after that, with commercial flights starting possibly in 2017.

The company has sold a few hundred tickets already, mostly to consumers who have a passion for space. (And who have money to spend: tickets are $100,000 per flight.)

“We see every astronaut who’s been to space has come back having had a life-changing experience,” Mol says. “Once you’re out there in the blackness of space, looking at this small blue planet with a bright green glow and a tiny layer of atmosphere around it, it looks so vulnerable from the outside. It makes you an ambassador for Earth itself.”

One of the commonalities that becomes apparent when talking to entrepreneurs like these is how they regard their ambitions as inevitabilities.

All of themand no doubt others in the transportation spaceview the status quo when it comes to the way we get from here to there today as untenable, that something has to changeand that jetpacks and suborbital vessels are far less of a risky bet than doing nothing or making small tweaks to existing concepts.

Mol says the future of transportation also involves ideas and designs we likely can’t even conceive of today, because the needs of tomorrowwill be so extraordinary.

“I think mankind is always trying to find its boundaries and go farther,"Dedi. “I think in the faraway future we’ll be living on multiple planets as a species. I’m convinced of that, evet. Probably not in our lifetime, though.”
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