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Italdesign and Airbus develop car that can be airlifted above traffic

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  • World-premiered in Geneva on March 7th 2017
  • Aerospace and automotive industries unite to draw up a shared vision for seamless, multi-modal, fully electric urban mobility
  • Urban transportation is moving into the third dimension, exploring city skies to contribute to relieving congested roads and reducing emissions
  • The modular concept includes a capsule that connects to either a ground or air module, and can be integrated into other means of transportation
  • An Artificial Intelligence platform will manage the trips offering passengers multiple optimized choices of transport combinations to match their travel preferences
  • Passengers will interact with the multimodal transportation system through a simple app
  • Passengers can relax and enjoy their journey thanks to a self-piloted system for both ground and air transportation

 

Geneva, 7 March 2017 – During the 87th Geneva International Motor Show, Italdesign and Airbus world-premiered Pop.Up, the first modular, fully electric, zero emission concept vehicle system designed to relieve traffic congestion in crowded megacities. Pop.Up envisages a modular system for multi-modal transportation that makes full use of both ground and airspace.

 

The feasible concept is the result of Italdesign and Airbus’ joint reflection on how to address the mobility challenges of megacities achievable for a majority, which has become one of the most pressing issues for commuters in megacities worldwide. With traffic congestion projected to hugely increase by 2030, the companies decided to combine their engineering expertise to tackle how to best achieve a sustainable, modular and multimodal urban mobility system – giving rise to the Pop.Up concept.

Pop.Up System consists of a three layers concept:

  • an Artificial Intelligence platform that, based on its user knowledge, manages the travel complexity offering alternative usage scenarios and assuring a seamless travel experience;

 

  • a vehicle shaped as a passenger capsule designed to be coupled with two different and independent electric propelled modules (the ground module and the air module). Other public means of transportation (e.g. trains or hyperloops) could also integrate the Pop.Up capsule;

 

  • an interface module that dialogues with users in a fully virtual environment.;

 

The Pop.Up system aims to give time back to commuters through a flexible, shared and adaptable new way of moving within cities introducing a new user-focused transportation system concept.

The Pop.Up vehicle combines the flexibility of a small two seater ground vehicle with the freedom and speed of a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) air vehicle, thus bridging the automotive and aerospace domains.

 

Pop.Up’s modus operandi is simple: passengers plan their journey and book their trip via an easy-to-use app. The system automatically suggests the best transport solution – according to user knowledge, timing, traffic congestion, costs, ridesharing demands –  joining either the air or ground module or other means of transportation to the passenger capsule, and following passengers’ preferences and needs.

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At the heart of the concept is a capsule: designed to accommodate passengers. This high-tech, monocoque carbon-fibre cocoon measures 2.6 metres long, 1.4 metres high, and 1.5 metres wide. The capsule transforms itself into a city car by simply coupling to the ground module, which features a carbon-fibre chassis and is battery powered.

 

For megacity journeys with high congested traffic, the capsule disconnects from the ground module and is carried by a 5 by 4.4 metre air module propelled by eight counter-rotating rotors. In this configuration, Pop.Up becomes a urban self-piloted air vehicle, taking advantage of the third dimension to get from A to B efficiently whilst avoiding traffic congestion on the ground.

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Once passengers reach their destination, the air and ground modules with the capsule autonomously return to dedicated recharge stations to wait for their next customers.

 

Thanks to the possibility of combining the capsule also with other means of public transportation, the Pop.Up offers a seamless travel experience. The user can stay for the entire journey in the same capsule without worrying about switching between different travel modes and enjoy the entire commute time, with real time interaction between the capsule and the surrounding urban environment and communities.

 

Aerospace leader Airbus is harnessing its expertise to actively develop a number of radical concepts that will contribute to relieving urban congestion. “Adding the third dimension to seamless multi-modal transportation networks will without a doubt improve the way we live and how we get from A to B,” said Mathias Thomsen, General Manager for Urban Air Mobility at Airbus, on the occasion of the unveil. “Successfully designing and implementing solutions that will work both in the air and on the ground requires a joint reflection on the part of both aerospace and automotive sectors, alongside collaboration with local government bodies for infrastructure and regulatory frameworks. Italdesign, with its long track record of exceptional vehicle design was an exciting partner for Airbus for this unique concept project.”

 

“Italdesign is a service company, created to provide services and mobility solutions to interested parties worldwide. It is deeply rooted in our DNA to search for future state-of-the-art solutions,” said Italdesign CEO Jörg Astalosch. “Today, automobiles are part of a much wider eco-system: if you want to design the urban vehicle of the future, the traditional car cannot alone be the solution for megacities, you also have to think about sustainable and intelligent infrastructure, apps, integration, power systems, urban planning, social aspects, and so on. In the next years ground transportation will move to the next level and from being shared, connected and autonomous it will also go multimodal and moving into the third dimension” continued Astalosch. “We found in Airbus, the leader in aerospace, the perfect partner who shares this modern vision for the future of megacities to develop a sustainable multi-modal vision of megacity transportation,” he concluded.

 

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About Italdesign

Italdesign is a service company providing design, engineering and production for the transportation industry, through to final testing and type-approval and support into Start of Production and the design of complete business models. Italdesign is based in Moncalieri and today has premises of more than 50.000 sq.m., a full-scale design and engineering campus and a cutting edge development and prototyping centre. It has 1000 employees in Italy, Spain and abroad. Italdesign offers its services to all interested parties worldwide. In 2017 Italdesign launched as additional business unit to design, develop and produce ultra-limited vehicles for all automotive constructors worldwide. In 2016 and 2017, Italdesign was awarded Top Employer certification in Italy.

More information on: www.italdesign.it

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These are the Top 10 best US airlines of 2024

These are the Top 10 best US airlines of 2024

In an era where air travel plays an integral role in connecting people and places, the quality of airline service can significantly impact travelers’ experiences.

As we navigate the ever-changing landscape of aviation, insights into the performance and reliability of different carriers become invaluable. Enter WalletHub’s comprehensive analysis, offering a glimpse into the 10 best US airlines of 2024. Join us as we embark on a journey through the clouds, exploring the top performers.

Best airlines of 2024

  1. Alaska Airlines (68.07 out of 100): Anchoring the list is Alaska Airlines, celebrated for its consistency and customer satisfaction. With a score of 68.07, Alaska Airlines sets the standard for excellence in the skies.
  2. SkyWest Airlines (65.96): Following closely behind is SkyWest Airlines, recognized for its operational prowess and reliability. With a score of 65.96, SkyWest secures its position among the elite.
  3. Spirit Airlines (65.69): Surging into third place is Spirit Airlines, renowned for its affordability and expansive route network. Despite its low-cost model, Spirit Airlines earns acclaim with a score of 65.69.
  4. Delta Air Lines (61.56): A stalwart of the industry, Delta Air Lines maintains its reputation for superior service and efficiency. With a score of 61.56, Delta continues to soar above the competition.
  5. United Airlines (51.96): United Airlines occupies the middle ground, offering a balance of convenience and comfort to travelers. With a score of 51.96, United remains a dependable choice for domestic and international flights.
  6. JetBlue Airways (51.6): JetBlue Airways, known for its focus on customer experience and amenities, secures its place in the top 10 with a score of 51.6.
  7. Hawaiian Airlines (48.3): Transporting passengers, Hawaiian Airlines earns accolades for its hospitality and island-inspired service. With a score of 48.3, Hawaiian Airlines embodies the spirit of aloha.
  8. American Airlines (46.52): Despite facing challenges, American Airlines maintains its presence among the top performers with a score of 46.52, showcasing resilience in the competitive aviation landscape.
  9. Frontier Airlines (43.57): Frontier Airlines offers budget-conscious travelers a gateway to the skies with its affordable fares and diverse destinations. With a score of 43.57, Frontier Airlines secures its place in the top 10.
  10. Southwest Airlines (36.03): Rounding out the list is Southwest Airlines, renowned for its no-frills approach and extensive route network. With a score of 36.03, Southwest Airlines remains a popular choice for travelers seeking simplicity and value.
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World’s Top 21 riskiest Travel Destinations – U.S. State Department’s Level 4 Advisories”

World's Top 21 Riskiest Travel Destinations – U.S. State Department's Level 4 Advisories"

The US government provides travel advisories to warn its citizens about the safety and security circumstances in numerous places across the world. These recommendations are intended to assist travelers in making informed decisions and minimizing risks while abroad.

While many countries are typically safe to visit, the US Department of State advises exercising caution or avoiding travel altogether owing to a variety of concerns such as political instability, terrorism, and natural disasters.

Travel advisory levels are released by the U.S. State Department for over 200 countries worldwide. These levels are updated regularly depending on a range of risk factors, including health, terrorism, and civil unrest. Level 1 travel advisories advise taking standard precautions, while Level 4 advisories advise not going there.

As of October 23, over 10% of countries—21 in total—had a Level 4: “Do Not Travel” advice. The State Department states that in Level 4 countries, the United States government may have “very limited ability” to take action if travelers’ security or safety is in risk.

Places With a Level 4 Travel Advisory

Afghanistan: According to the State Department, the Central Asian nation is dealing with “armed conflict, civil unrest, crime, terrorism, and kidnapping.”

Burkina Faso: This West African country is plagued by crime, terrorism, and kidnapping. With little to no notice, schools, restaurants, and hotels may become targets of terrorist strikes.

Myanmar (formerly known as Burma): The main barriers to visiting this Southeast Asian nation are civil chaos and armed conflict.

Gaza: Due to the current conflict, US officials advise visitors to Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza to either postpone their plans or stay away.

Iran: All visitors are at danger for kidnapping and unjust detentions, but Americans are particularly vulnerable to “arbitrary arrest and detention.”

Iraq: The State Department bases its Level 4 designation on “terrorism, kidnapping, armed conflict civil unrest.”

Libya: Conflict between armed groups in Libya’s East and West has plagued the country since the fall of its dictatorship over a decade ago.

North Korea: is home to one of the longest-running dynastic dictatorships in history, and US passports are not valid for travel “to, in, or through” this nation.

Russia: The invasion of Ukraine, arbitrary law enforcement, and intimidation of American citizens by Russian government officials are among the factors that led to the country’s Level 4 travel recommendation.

South Sudan: Weapon assault, kidnapping, and crime are the main risk factors, with violent crime being widespread in the nation.

Sudan: Due to the continued turmoil in the nation, the United States withdrew its embassy from Khartoum in April 2023 and blocked its airspace.

Yemen: Yemen has six of the nine risk categories listed by the State Department: landmines, terrorism, civil instability, health hazards, and kidnapping.

Malawi: Level 2
The Department of State is warning visitors to Malawi to travel with extra caution in light of recent criminal activity and civil upheaval.

Bangladesh: Level 2
US residents who are in Bangladesh or intend to travel there should be especially careful because of the country’s high crime rate, terrorist attacks.

Saba: Level 1
The most recent alert states that visitors to Saba should take standard safety precautions.

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Boeing’s Showstopper Aircraft and Green Commitment at Dubai Airshow 2023

– The airshow will feature a Boeing 777-9 flying display, while customer 777, 787 Dreamliner, and 737 MAX aircraft will be on static display.

Boeing's Showstopper Aircraft and Green Commitment at Dubai Airshow 2023

Boeing Co [NYSE: BA] is set to showcase its market-leading commercial, defense, and services portfolio at the 2023 Dubai Airshow. During the event, they will feature their new widebody 777-9 jet in the flying display. Additionally, the company will demonstrate the state-of-the-art F-15QA (Qatar Advanced) fighter, marking the first time that the digitally advanced Qatar Emiri Air Force F-15 has performed at an air show.

As a strategic sponsor of the Aerospace 2050 conference at the airshow, Boeing will emphasize its commitment and actions in promoting a more sustainable aerospace future. They will also express their support for the aviation industry’s goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

Boeing's Showstopper Aircraft and Green Commitment at Dubai Airshow 2023

Boeing’s activities at the airshow:

Boeing Commercial Airplanes:

  • Boeing will showcase its widebody 777-9 airplane from November 13-15.
  • The 777-9 is the world’s largest and most efficient twin-engine jet, based on the successful 777 family with technology from the 787 Dreamliner. It can seat 426 passengers and has a range of 13,510 km.
  • Customer displays will feature aircraft from various airlines, including the 787-9 Dreamliner, 777-300ER, 787-10 Dreamliner, and 737 MAX.

Riyadh Air:

  • Riyadh Air, a new Saudi carrier, will display a Boeing-owned 787-9 in a new indigo livery inspired by the sky at dusk.

Boeing Defense, Space & Security:

  • Boeing’s Advanced F-15QA fighter jet will perform aerial demonstrations.
  • The T-7A Red Hawk Advanced Pilot Training System simulator will be showcased.
  • Several Boeing aircraft, including the F-15E, KC-46A Pegasus, P-8A Poseidon, AH-64 Apache, and CH-47F Chinook, will be on display.

Boeing Global Services:

  • Boeing will present services for government and commercial customers, including digital, sustainment, modifications, parts, and training solutions.
  • They will highlight partnerships for support and digital capabilities for aviation operations.

Sustainable Aviation:

  • Boeing will discuss efforts to reduce aviation’s carbon footprint at the Aerospace 2050 forum.
  • They will also talk about the Cascade Climate Impact Model, a tool for reducing carbon emissions.

Innovation and Technology:

  • Boeing’s Aerospace Xelerated is partnering with the Vista 2023 startup hub.
  • They will feature 10 portfolio companies supported by the UAE’s Tawazun Council.
  • Boeing’s Applied Innovation team will work with seven portfolio companies to bring startup technology into their products.
  • Visitors can learn more about Boeing’s capabilities at Exhibit 1005.

Boeing’s High-Flying Presence at Dubai Airshow 2023

Boeing showcased its Business jet BBJ aircraft at the MEBAA event in Abu Dhabi last year, an event designed for a private jet flight expo. The Dubai Airshow 2023 is also highlighting private jet companies such as Gulfstream, Embraer, and Bombardier. Boeing recently secured a significant order for its Boeing 737 Max aircraft, with 108 orders for the 737-7 Max variant from Southwestern Airlines. Similar aircraft of this type will be featured at the Dubai Airshow, targeting new commercial market segments. Additionally, the event will feature the presentation of the new Boeing 777x upgraded versions.

Passenger planes are available for sale with prices that vary depending on their seating capacity and range. Boeing offers a range of commercial planes priced between $50 million and $450 million, all customized to meet specific customer requirements.

The Boeing 777x is in competition with the Airbus A350, both incorporating cutting-edge technology and composite materials that reduce the aircraft’s weight, thereby enhancing fuel efficiency and range for airlines. Boeing is also conducting tests with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on all its aircraft to make them more environmentally friendly by 2040. At the Dubai Airshow 2023, Boeing and Airbus are presenting the finest aircraft available for sale. The event also includes demonstrations of simulation technology for airline pilot training, electric aircraft, and the latest innovations in aviation.

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