Showing posts with the label #California startup

Autonomous Flying Taxis Near Takeoff

  Wisk Aero's   4-Seat Air Taxi Going After FAA Certification                                             Source:  Wisk Aero New Form of Urban Commuting Mountain View, California-based Wisk Aero, which is financially backed by Boeing, just unveiled its 6th generation, 4-seat, autonomous air taxi.  The eVTOL is all-electric and a very sleek and smart new way to travel.  This is the design that the aerospace startup company intends to put into production and bring to market.  Wisk Aero is now seeking its FAA certification to fly passengers, along with certifications in New Zealand and elsewhere.  The company has performed more than 1600 test flights with its new air taxi.  It is clearly getting ready for take-off. Unique Autonomous Flying with Remote Human Backup The technology underpinning Wisk is highly advanced.  While the eVTOL flies autonomously without a pilot, remote human operators monitor it and are ready to take over and fly it remotely if need be.  The autonomous flying is

New Totally Solar SUV Concept That's Hot

  California Startup Humble Motors' The Humble One                                             Source:  Humble Motors More Than $20 Million in Pre-Orders California-based startup Humble Motors has unveiled a solar roof concept SUV that they call the Humble One or One, for short.  The vehicle has 80 square feet of highly advanced photovoltaic cells on the roof that capture sunlight and turn it into electricity to power the vehicle for a range of 60 miles per day.  That is good enough for many urban commutes. Hot New Entry into the Solar Car Market The One SUV has 4 doors and is roomy enough to carry four passengers. It is 198 inches long and weighs 4,000 pound.  It is engineered to be as lightweight as possible. Humble Motors is calling it the world's first, totally solar powered SUV. It's a hot vehicle with more than $20 million in pre-orders.  In February 2021, One orders grew 426% in the US,  while US EV sales increased only 12%.  Humble One's price is not so humble.