Bosch built a sensor platform just for flying taxis

first_img Share your voice All of the electric urban aircraft unveiled at Uber Elevate 2018 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Enlarge ImageThis little box is all Bosch thinks flying taxis will need to operate the sensors required for autonomous flight. Bosch Flying taxis are a growing area of interest as congestion continues to get worse. Bosch is a supplier with its hands all over the automotive industry, and now, it wants to get into the flying-taxi game by leveraging its current strengths and applying them to a burgeoning field.Bosch on Tuesday unveiled its new sensor platform, which is aimed specifically at air taxis — small, short-distance aircraft that will likely operate without human assistance. Using its knowledge from developing sensor platforms for automated development cars, Bosch has combined a batch of sensors on a single platform that the supplier believes will be able to give air-taxi development the parts it needs without the insane cost usually dedicated to aerospace tech.The supplier says the system is plug-and-play, which means it should be able to integrate into a number of existing flying-taxi systems without too many complications. Bosch didn’t give a full listing of every sensor built into the platform, but it did call out a few: Acceleration sensors track movement, yaw-rate sensors determine angle of attack, magnetic field sensors monitor its heading, and pressure sensors measure altitude and airspeed. “Through our Bosch solution, we aim to make civil aviation with flying taxis affordable for a wide range of providers,” said Marcus Parentis, who heads Bosch’s team in charge of these control units, in a statement. “We are talking to air taxi manufacturers from the aerospace and automotive industries, as well as with startups that build air vehicles and are looking to provide sharing services.”We still have a way to go before flying taxis even get approval to take off — the FAA does not mess around, after all — but Bosch believes they’re definitely a part of our future. It pointed to analysis from Morgan Stanley consultants that claims the flying-taxi market could be as high as $1.5 trillion by 2040. Sounds a little lofty, but hey, we may as well aim high. 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Post a comment 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous More From Roadshow Tags Auto Tech Future Cars 8 Photos 0 Boschlast_img read more

NBCUniversal streaming service to launch in April

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Top 5 unanswered questions about Apple TV Plus 1 50 Photos Comment 2:21 2019 TV shows you can’t miss NBCUniversal is working on its own streaming service.  SOPA Images/Getty NBCUniversal, a streaming service from Comcast, will launch in April, NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke said during a Comcast earnings call Thursday.The service, which will reportedly be ad-supported, has been expected and caused some consternation among fans of The Office, when it was announced in June that the show would be leaving Netflix for the NBC platform in 2021.There’s no shortage of companies getting into the streaming business. Both Apple and Disney, for instance, are working on platforms. Originally published at 7:09 a.m. PT.Update 7:20 a.m. PT: Adds additional information about streaming platforms. Tags Digital Medialast_img read more

Sports Monday Astros Look to Advance and Texans Edge Out the Cowboys

first_img Listen David J. Phillip/APAlex Bregman celebrates after hitting a solo home run against Cleveland Indians’ pitcher Trevor Bauer in Game 2 of the ALDS Saturday. 00:00 /05:26 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: center_img X Dallas Keuchel starts for the Astros this afternoon in Game 3 of the ALDS as they look to sweep the Cleveland Indians and advance to the ALCS for the second consecutive year. Behind strong pitching from Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole, the ‘Stros took the first two games of the series at Minute Maid Park.Meanwhile, the Texans squeaked out another win by defeating the Dallas Cowboys 19-16 in overtime on what some think was a conservative late-game decision from Dallas coach Jason Garrett. The Texans improved their record to 2-3.And the Rockets continued their preseason Sunday with a 108-93 win over the San Antonio Spurs as rumors continue to float around the team aggressively pursuing Tomball native Jimmy Butler. We discuss those and other developments in Houston sports with Jeff Balke, who writes for Houston Press and Houstonia Magazine. Sharelast_img read more

Singapores AllRites Launches Digital Film TV Marketplace

first_img“My experience as a producer showed me that appointing a (conventional) distributor does not mean success. Rights get locked up for a long time, there is no minimum guarantee, long negotiating periods and fees of 30-40%. One time I had a distributor go bust,” Mehta told Variety. “My objective with AllRites Marketplace is to de-risk the monetization of content.”With no listing fees, non-exclusive terms and low overheads, the online marketplace offers independent content owners no downside, Mehta says. For buyers, the site’s searchability, hosting of trailers and low-res episodes, and its payment gateway accelerate the process from selection to deal completion.“We are not taking away existing relationships,” Mehta said. “But just because a show has been sold in 100 territories, doesn’t mean that there aren’t another 80 remaining.” Content owners which have listed product to date include IMG, Mediacorp Singapore, Silver Wolf International, MNC Indonesia, and New Films International. It reports signing deal memos with a further 50 companies at the recent Miptv market.Riaz says he understands that the film and TV industries will take time for the online market to take off and be used for more than re-syndication of library content.Further developments he would like to introduce include: other genres such as formats and live sports; expansion of the ecosystem into a social media channel; and use of blockchain technology to better manage rights and payments.To date the company has been backed with seed capital form Singapore and Vietnam. In the coming months, Mehta aims to go to the private capital markets for series A funding.“Asia is one of the fastest growing markets in the world. Its diversity offers opportunity to the hundreds of independent companies trading in Asian content,” said Mehta. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 A Singapore-based startup has launched AllRites Marketplace. It is pitched as the world’s first fully-operational online platform allowing content buyers to trade film and TV rights.AllRites Marketplace has been in beta form since July last year and starts formally this month – between APOS, Miptv and the Cannes Film Festival – with some 17,000 hours of mainly Asian content. It has ambitions to expand to world scale.AllRites was founded and is operated by Riaz Mehta, who spent 17 years at Australian tech firm KAZ Group, before founding Imagine Group, a producer of large-scale reality shows including “The Contender Asia,” and “The Biggest Loser Asia.” Former NBC Universal VP of channels, David Gunson serves as AllRites chief content officer.“For content creators, whether they are a big film studio or an independent producer, the AllRites Marketplace provides a platform to find authenticated buyers. For content buyers, the platform provides a global catalogue, allowing them to search for content, find instant content rights availabilities and make offers for content rights all online,” the company said. Listing content on the platform is free of charge, and it is free to use for buyers. A fee is charged to sellers for completed transactions.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

South Eastern Railway conducts antilittering drives

first_imgKolkata: The South Eastern Railway (SER) conducted special anti-littering drives on Saturday and Sunday at Santragachhi and Howrah Stations. During the two-day drive around Rs 27,000 was collected as fine.According to the SER, on Saturday officers and ticket checking staff were deputed in and around of Santragachhi Station’s platforms. The intention was to sensitise the passengers travelling not to make the platforms and other areas of the stations dirty by spitting or other means. Each passenger found littering the area was fined up to Rs 500. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to the SER officials, the drive was conducted not only to prosecute the passengers but to spread awareness among people. Sources informed that people found spitting was charged Rs 100 and people found throwing garbage on railway tracks or at platforms were fined Rs 500. On Saturday, the SER collected Rs 13,000 from the persons caught littering the area. Around 100 people were prosecuted including some without ticket passengers. On Sunday, the drive was conducted at the New Complex of Howrah Station. Around 108 persons were prosecuted for littering the station area and the SER has collected approximately Rs 14,000 as fine. The SER has announced that such drives will continue as a surprise check across the SER jurisdiction in future. “Such type of drives will continue at different stations under SER jurisdiction. The teams will consist of Commercial Inspector with Ticket examiner and RPF staff as it was on Saturday and Sunday,” said spokesperson from the SER.last_img read more

What Shoppers Are Searching for This BacktoSchool Season According to Google

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » Culottes are hot, but high-waisted shorts are definitely not.So says new research conducted by Google as the retail industry enters the ever-critical back-to-school shopping season — the second most lucrative moment on retailers’ calendars after Black Friday.Google has honed in on long-term trends that continue to rise (jelly shoes and kimono jackets) and fall (paracord bracelets and anything seersucker), as well as the evolving ways in which shopping is playing out in today’s omnichannel landscape.Shopping timelines are changing, for instance, as consumers tend to search for back-to-school products earlier online, while waiting later to pull the actual trigger. Eighty percent of shopping takes place in a span of just two weeks and among three retailers, Google said, typically closer to the start of the school year.Related: 8 Trends That Food Franchises Are Watching Right NowAnd mobile, of course, continues to grow. “Last summer, about 40 percent of back-to-school searches were done on mobile devices, and already this year, mobile share is topping 50 percent,” Google said.Google’s own YouTube has also emerged as a critical back-to-school shopping vehicle for 18 to 24-year-olds — 22 percent of whom said they “go to YouTube to find out what’s cool to purchase.” To target millennials, for instance, it might be wise to embrace the concept of an OOTD (Outfit of the Day) — a wildly prevalent video category on YouTube that currently accounts for 1.3 million search results.At the same time that it revealed these findings, Google announced new updates to help make shopping easier on mobile devices — including its long-rumored ‘buy button,’ (which the search giant is referring to in slightly flowerier language: ‘Purchases on Google.’)While a dozen major merchants are currently piloting the feature, which enables users to purchase items directly from ads displayed in Google search results, Google told Entrepreneur that it ultimately plans to roll out the feature to “retailers of all sizes.”Related: Get Ready for ‘Buy’ Buttons in Google Search Results 2 min readcenter_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global July 15, 2015last_img read more